This course is for anyone curious about Contact Improvisation. It’s open to both beginner dancers and those who have a bit more experience. If you want to be more present in your body and challenge yourself with a new technique – this class is for you!
Over the course of 10 weeks we will co-create a playful space of experimentation and exploration. We will start each class with tasks to awaken our awareness of inner and outer space. Followed by integrating basic skills of Contact Improvisation in a simple and guided way. Practicing falling, rolling, lifting and supporting, using gravity – and defying it!
The last part of the class will lead into a jam: an open and improvised dance, a safe space to play, express and flow. By exploring alone, in partners or in groups, we will use Contact techniques to trust, listen and connect with others, and most importantly enjoy moving and playing together.
About the Instructor:
Marie Chabert is a freelance dance artist, yoga teacher and massage therapist who likes exiting artistic collaborations in theatres and public spaces. She is interested in many types of approaches that enables her to investigates physical, somatic and spiritual practices such as contact improvisation, chanting, martial arts.
Originally from France, Marie graduates from The London Contemporary Dance School in 2006. Since then she has been performing with choreographers such as Kate Flatt, Fin Walker, Lionel Hoche, Willi Dorner, Vera Tussing, Retina Dance Company, Made by Katie Green, cie Apparemment amongst others.
Choreographing, collaborating and teaching dancers and amateurs is a fundamental part of her artistic practice. In 2013 she sets up the Bodysong Company in France and in 2008 she co-founds the collaborative and multidisciplinary company EU&ME, specializing in promoting inter-cultural exchange and site-specific works with audience participation.
In 2012 she co-creates with the Mexican choreographer, Paula Rechtman, the educational project Dance as a tool against violence in Mexico, France and Burkina Faso. She obtains in 2014 the French National teaching diploma (DE) and in 2016, she spends 4 months in India, a spiritual journey where she trains to be a yoga teacher.
Terms and Conditions
Course/class bookings are confirmed only when payment has been received.
Payments are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Classes paid for must be used in the term that payment is taken.
Concession rates are available to the following groups, proof required on the first day of class:
– Universal Credit, Pension Credit, Disability Living Allowance
– Full-time students (in possession of valid NUS or ISIC cards)
– If you are over the age of 65