Thursday, February 27, 2014
Location: Boulder Circus Center (4747 26th St, Boulder CO)
Taught by Alicia Grayson and J. Akiyama
In this Contact Improvisaion workshop we will explore the integration of center to periphery to support our improvisational choices in spherical space.
Specifically we will:
- Cultivate greater differentiation and expression of each limb and their connection to the core
- Experience how agility in our joints supports more easeful full-body movements when dancing with our partners
- Develop greater awareness of our back body and back space
- Expand our ability to be comfortable upside down
- Increase our capacity for disorientation while dancing in spherical space with our partners
This workshop is open to dancers with intermediate/advanced contact improvisation skills.
Cost: $40 if paid before February 20, $50 after February 20.
Mail check to: Alicia Grayson, 155 Cumberland Gap Rd Nederland, CO 80466 or paypal: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alicia Grayson has been passionately involved with dancing, teaching and performing CI for the past 25 years. She has taught contact improvisation as an adjunct faculty at George Washington University, University of Denver, Naropa University and Shenandoah University. She teaches CI, yoga and pilates classes in Boulder and regularly travels to Europe and around the U.S. to teach. Her long time practices of authentic movement, yoga and meditation are important influences on her dancing and teaching. She is also a core member of the Boulder Contact Lab. As a registered psychotherapist and certified Hakomi therapist she works with clients in somatic psychotherapy and movement education. She continues to delight in exploring and discovering new depths in contact improvisation and related disciplines and is particularly interested in the intersection of physics and expression and the mind/body relationship.
J. Akiyama's contact improvisation teachers include Alicia Grayson, Gretchen Spiro, and Steve Homsher as well as Nancy Stark Smith, Chris Aiken, Angie Hauser, Ray Chung, Jörg Hassmann, Scott Wells, and MIrva Mäkinen. His research into CI includes participation in CI Ground Research retreats at Earthdance and California, the Moab Research Retreat in Utah, the Freiburg CI Festival in Germany, ECITE (European CI Teachers Exchange) in Spain, the Skiing on Skin CI Festival in Finland, the West Coast CI Jam in California, and the i-Dance CI Festival in Kagoshima, Japan. He has been actively studying and teaching the Japanese martial art of aikido for over 19 years. His other interests include the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education and Playback improvisational theatre.