This course is for anyone curious about Contact Improvisation. It’s open to beginner dancers and those who have a bit more experience.
Over 10 weeks you will learn to share weight and communicate through dance with the group and in pairs. By the end of the course you should have the tools to join a Contact Improvisation jam and play with other dancers.
Each week, we will co-create a playful and safe space for experimentation and exploration. Every class will start with games and 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, floating, lifting and supporting, using gravity to move effortlessly.
We will approach other themes such as touch and no touch, following and leading, support, structures and lifts (low table and high table), centre and extremities, shared weight and shared balance, upside down, head to tail connection, dynamics, and momentum.
Some classes will be accompanied by live music.
Please wear comfortable clothes.
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