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A week in January with [ Two for Now ]

[ Two For Now ]. Photo by Emma Fishwick.
13—17 January 2020

Upstairs Studio, Dancehouse

Open to all levels

Accessibility: No wheelchair access

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In Contact Improvisation (CI), we are continually (re)assembling connections in the dance. We assemble our connection to gravity: to know the natural forces that govern our dance. We assemble connections in ourselves: to find ease and the right amount of effort. We assemble connections to our partner: to find efficient sharing of centre and weight. So what are the practical steps for increasing this connectivity – to gravity, in ourselves and to others?

In this workshop, Emily and Joey will guide participants through the aspects they see as fundamental to creating the connections for responsive and playful dancing; utilising full 3-dimensional, spherical space. There will be a variety of material to explore these key aspects, such as physical drills, score investigations and more.

Contact Improvisation is a highly enjoyable dance form that involves the dynamic play of natural forces, such as gravity and momentum, with the communicative ability of touch and contact.

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Melbourne based improvisation duo [Two For Now], comprises of Emily Bowman and Joey Lehrer. They have collectively two-and-a-half decades worth of CI experience. They have a research based practice in Melbourne, where they dance, perform and teach CI together. They are respected teachers, having both taught and performed CI extensively across Australia, as well as around the world such as New Zealand, Malaysia, Germany, United States, Canada and India. They enjoy creating a sense of playful focus, a space for exploration and fun, where improvisation does not get lost in concepts or skill.

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