Colleen Bartley

Class Description | Monday Night Improvisation, 22 February 2021 | ONLINE

Dancing Chaos: Embracing Confinement & Social Spaciousness

"Resourcing your-SELF dancing at “home in your body”
We will be exploring the possibilities presented to us embracing the restrictions of distancing in the studio and being sheltered at home and your body. See it as an opportunity to practice an infinite score--Your body is a universe itself and we’ll jump in - playing with sensorial and perceptual awareness, the forces that act upon us in space and beneath our skin in our organs, bones and tissues. We’ll explore from a state of rest from the space immediately surrounding you and then practice deep listening to movements within your internal spaces. Dances will unfold exploring compositional ideas sourced from a deep dive within. You can take a ride on your own movement, witness your own creative expression and experience the “event-ing” that is YOU. I’ll provide guided imagery and improvisational scores. Class will be informed by The Underscore, Evolutionary Biology, Experiential Anatomy and Contact Improvisation.

Everyone welcome.
Bring your curiosity, a glass of water and a blanket.

If you are joining from home, you are invited to dance seated in a chair or on the floor or a combination." Colleen Bartley

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Colleen Bartley has a Dance and Education degree from Swarthmore College, a diploma in Community Dance from Laban and 25 years of experience with Somatic Education. She has been attending ID's programme since 1999 on a regular basis and has worked directly with most of the founders of Contact Improvisation. Influenced by teachers of contemporary and post-modern dance, experiential anatomy with Gary Carter and Caryn McHose, Authentic Movement with Susan Schell, Improvisation & Composition (Tuning Scores with Lisa Nelson, The Underscore with Nancy Stark Smith, Ensemble Thinking with Nina Martin), Colleen is very active in dancing, organising, writing about and documenting dance and has been the co-editor of Contact Quarterly’s newsletter. She has an invisible disability which informs her practice as a teacher and an artist and the communities she engages with.