Barcelona Workshop – July 25 -27 3.5 hours per day, July 28 5 hours per day.
Composing Freedom: ReWilding our Communication in Contact Improvisation
Wilderness places are exciting the way good dances are thrilling. There, the world appears as both ancient and new, enduring but unstable, beautiful in its fragility and strength. The wilderness wakes us up reminding us of who we are. ReWilding is a practice that brings us wide alive when we step out of the familiar and experience ourselves and our dances as ecologies in motion – worlds we build together. Communication is essential to these dances and is the path to finding shared physical freedom. Through training CI movement skills, developing scores, practical research, demonstrations, and dynamic play, this workshop engages dancers in a deep training of the art of physical communication through both Contact Improvisation and Ensemble dancing. It aims to develop dance artists who can become response-able for their shared moment to moment actions – through developing physical attention, creative communication tools, and shared insight. The backbone of CI rises through each dancer’s ability to move beyond themselves and commune within a larger frame of motion. Like shape shifters, CI dancers are most fluid and facile when they can form and deform their sense of self within dynamic, unstable, even explosive moments … not losing themselves but gaining new ways of being in the world.
Nita Little is an activist for relational intelligence through improvisational dance practices that began with the emergence and development of Contact Improvisation (CI). A dancer, teacher, choreographer, and theorist, her work with Steve Paxton was generative of CI in 1972. Little received her PhD in Performance Studies in 2014. She tours worldwide on a regular basis working for dance companies, at festivals and conferences and universities teaching, lecturing, and choreographing. Her writing investigates ecological actions of attention and the creative potentials present in entangled relations. She initiated the Institute for the Study of Somatic Communication (the ISSC) with dance research ensembles participating from around the globe.