Somatic into Contact Improvisation Lifting
Contact Improvisation Outdoor Practice Class

Every Wed./Sat. 6:30-8:00pm (ongoing entire June/July) at Sportsanlage Maybachufer
via Urban Sports Club or Sliding 5-10 euro
(due to traveling, there's no class on 28 June, 1 July & 15 July, last session on 2 August)

This is an outdoor class on contact improvisation lifting. I am proposing a space for technique-focused practice during the summer for 8 weeks, twice per week (Wednesday/Saturday 6:30-8:00pm).

The materials cover my study of Feldenkrais's idea of what's good posture, Susan Klein's research on skeleton structure, and exercises from Steve Paxton's Material for the Spine. I am interested in a somatic approach to understand principles and finding ease and safety for joyful dancing.

I am also researching on placing the "mind" into pelvic HALF, coming into upside down inversion from a developmental pattern perspective and explore the the "dark/unseen side" of our body: the back space. The materials structured to learn weight giving/receiving, safe falling, listening, hip lifting, shoulder lifting, back rolling, handstand/cartwheel, it also includes some physical conditioning and movement exercises.

This is an open practice space for all levels, the learning will be focusing on technical details and progressive building blocks, each class will start with a warm up, there will be large amount of time dedicated for practicing with different partners, I will also facilitate the discussing and collective harvesting.

At the end of each class, you are welcome to stay, have picnics and/or jam into sunset. We are meeting 6:30pm at Sportanlage Maybachufer, you can enter from Pflugerstrasse 46, or better climb through the skating park at the corner of Maybachufer/Weichselplatz because the main gate is often locked. Leave some time to navigate the location if it's your first time.

Look forward to meeting you!

Readings and resources:

1. Moshé Feldenkrais: What is Good Posture from book Awareness Through Movement

2. A Talk by Susan Klein

3. Center of Gravity, Ann Woodhull, Contact Quarterly, Fall 1978

4. Daily Practice: Guide to the Small Dance

Why Standing? by Steve Paxton, Contact Quarterly