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Contact Improvisation with Jen Hong


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Sensing in to Self/Becoming the Other

In this workshop we will begin with solo exercises exploring our own sensory experience. In tune with ourselves, we will bring this listening quality to dancing with a partner, locating the autonomy of our own bodies’ desires while relating to another. We will help each other get into our bodies through hands-on warm-ups involving exploration of the skeleton/joint relationships, muscles, and fascia/connective tissue. Basic fundamentals of Contact Improvisation, such as the point of contact, basic weight sharing principles, flow and resistance, and the relationship between safety and risk will be covered. There will be improvisational structures to encourage and allow spontaneity, surprise, and joy to your dancing with others!

Bring a partner or friend or come by yourself. All-levels welcome!

Cost: $20 pre-paid through Paypal, $25 day of event

A life-long dancer, Jen Hong began her modern dance training at Reed College in Portland, OR and went on to perform with various companies and choreographers in the Northwest for over a decade. She now dances, teaches, and plays in Los Angeles. Jen co-facilitates the Santa Monica Contact Improv Jam and has taught CI as a guest lecturer at UCLA, CalArts (CA Institute of the Arts), and Pieter Space. She is part of the Axis Syllabus International Research Network and counts its founder, Frey Faust as one of her dearest teachers and conspirators in her investigation of human movement and the body as primary research site.

Contact Improvisation is an evolving system of movement initiated in 1972 by American choreographer Steve Paxton. The improvised dance form is based on the communication between two moving bodies that are in physical contact and their combined relationship to the physical laws that govern their motion—gravity, momentum, inertia.The body, in order to open to these sensations, learns to release excess muscular tension and abandon a certain quality of willfulness to experience the natural flow of movement. Practice includes rolling, falling, being upside down, following a physical point of contact, supporting and giving weight to a partner.—early definition by Steve Paxton and others, 1970s,
from CQ Vol. 5:1, Fall 1979