Jan 5, 2013: Falling into Flying Workshop

Saturday, January 5, 2013
Workshop: 1:00-4:00pm
Location: Kelly's Barn (1360 Sumac Ave)
Taught by Alicia Grayson and J. Akiyama

Fear is one of the biggest factors that inhibits easeful and delightful flying. Most of us when airborne are, unconsciously, afraid of falling.  The more comfortable we get with falling the more comfortable we can be with flying.

This workshop will begin with supporting new and effortless pathways to the ground.  Once we have had a solid deftness with falling we will find our way into the air with an ease and fearlessness that allows the body to experience flight with relaxation and delight.

Specifically you will:

  • Discover and practice specific techniques for navigating the descent to the floor from any level
  • Learn new tools for creating lightness and ease in your ability to fly
  • Experience how to dance underneath the flyer so your body loves being the "under-dancer"
  • Explore how the momentum of falling creates the opportunity for delicious flying
  • Receive individual feedback to support more choice and creativity in your dancing

This workshop is open to dancers with intermediate/advanced contact improvisation skills.

Cost: $35 if paid before January 1, $40 after January 1.

Mail check to: Alicia Grayson, 155 Cumberland Gap Rd  Nederland, CO 80466 or  paypal: aliciaggrayson@gmail.com.

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Alicia Grayson has been passionately involved with dancing, teaching and performing CI for the past 24 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 US to teach at festivals and workshops. Her long time practices of authentic movement, yoga and meditation are important influences on her dancing and teaching. Currently, she is a student in both Body Mind Somanautics, a somatic psychology and living anatomy training program and the comprehensive training in the Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy. She delights in exploring and discovering new depths to the form and is particularly interested int he 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, Mirva Mäkinen, Cyrus Khambatta, and Benno Voorham. His additional research into CI includes participation at CI Ground Research at Earthdance, the Moab Research Retreat, the Freiburg CI Festival in Germany, and ECITE (European CI Teachers Exchange) in Spain. He has been actively studying and teaching the Japanese martial art of aikido for over 18 years, and other interests include the Feldenkrais Method of somatic education and Playback improvisational theatre.