- a contact improvisation workshop about seeing and being seen
with Aurora Westfelt and Daniel Mang
Stockholm, 23 & 24 May 2015
We will work with the fundamentals of contact improvisation, such as: the relation to gravity, the physical contact between movers, the momentum of bodies; modulating tone, waking up reflexes and the sense of balance, sharing weight.
But our main focus will be on exploring the relationship between moving and seeing. We will work with our “dancing eyes” - perceiving form, colour, shape, space, distance – and our “social eyes” - recognising emotion, gesture, personality, status, relationship.
In doing this we hope to both open up new possibilities for artistic practice and come to a better understanding of how social relations of domination (gender, race, class, sexuality...) become concrete and material in our bodies.
We will investigate different ways of using our eyes – in keeping balance, orienting in space, relating to and being inspired by other movers, analysing movement.
We will explore touch and movement as relational practices: the gaze as medium of making contact and of dominating the other, the pleasures and horrors of observing and being observed, objectification and autonomy… will be some of our themes.
We would like participants to have a basic understanding of contact improvisation. Don't hesitate to contact us with any question.
I have been dancing for fifteen years. At the moment my focus is on contact improvisation and improvised performance work. I am interested in dance that questions norms, and in how dance can be part of daily life. I studied dance at PKKY in Outokumpu, Finland. Our education there comprised the study of different somatic practices, contemporary technique, new dance, and performance work. As a performer I have, among other things, created solo works about body norms, and performed in a dance project with a blindfolded audience. I have practiced contact improvisation since 2004 and I am part of the organizing group for the Stockholm contact improvisation jams. I teach regularly in Stockholm and have been giving courses in contact improvisation there, together with Lena Nygren. I am also a fritidspedagog and teach dance to children.
Contact improvisation has been my primary movement practice since 1986. I also practice aikido and am strongly influenced by the Feldenkrais method, Body Mind Centering and ideokinesis. My teaching is informed by my background as a professional bodyworker / physiotherapist, my studies in osteopathy, my experience with communication tools such as co-counselling, and by my politics. I see my interest in radical social theory and my love of contact improvisation as two aspects of the same desire. One of my main projects is making contact improvisation available as a way of exploring body politics, as a tool for communication and personal change, to radical left, feminist, queer and antiracist activists. I have been teaching the form since 1990.
Saturday 09:00 - 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:00, Sunday 09:00 - 13:00
Note: We want to talk together over lunch (12:00 – 13:00) on Saturday, so if you could bring some food all ready to eat, that would be great.
Sliding scale SEK 600 (unwaged) SEK 800 (low waged) SEK 1000 (waged)
Kulturhus Skarpnäck, B-salen
Skarpnäcks allé 25
128 33 Skarpnäck
To register, please first contact Daniel (at email@example.com) and then transfer the full fee to the following account by:
Account holder: Aurora Westfelt
Account number: 850714-0401
Clearing number: 3300
Please make sure you include the name/s of the person/s reserving the place/s in the payment reference!
Should you be unable to participate, we will refund you your payment.