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The Art of Communication Playshop

Movement Lab
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$30, $25 for early registration, $20 for members

Dr. Albert Mehrabian once estimated that 55% of our communication is through nonverbal elements. Using partner exercises, group awareness drills, physical storytelling, and fun props, we’ll hone our ability to communicate and listen. We will cover introductory contact skills, make space for an open jam and have a closing circle for sharing. This play shop is open to all ages and levels of ability. We will dance to recorded music, move in silence, and make our own sound scapes. Wear loose comfortable cloths with no zippers. Come join us for a playful afternoon of collective spontaneous movement.

Never heard of Contact Improv?
If you like partner dancing or jazz or the call and response of African dance, you might enjoy Contact Improvisation! This social dance is a unique art form rooted in spontaneous co-creativity. At the heart of this practice is an exploration of physical contact between two or more partners, the relation to gravity, and to the momentum of moving bodies. It's about letting go of excess tension, waking up the reflexes and sense of balance, and working with weight. This form brings us directly into the present where we learn about ourselves and our choices as well as learn to navigate the unexpected moment by moment while interacting and negotiating through touch and movement. It can be a useful tool for personal change, and for investigating issues of body politics and the collective experience.

Facilitator Bio: Jolyn Hope Arisman is a dancer and movement educator looking at how dance can be used to grow healthy people and communities. She holds an MFA in Dance from Smith College and has been exploring improvisational dance for community, performance and personal practice. Jolyn is also a certified Body Mind Centering & Yoga teacher and she teaches embodiment techniques for personal development and social change. She will be teaching this summer at the Institute for Somatics and Social Justice in Philadelphia.

What do you do exactly?
The dancers commit to: remain in physical touch, be mutually supportive and innovative, meditating upon the physical laws relating to their masses: gravity, momentum, inertia, and friction. They do not strive to achieve results, but rather, to meet the constantly changing physical reality with appropriate placement, energy and creativity.


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