Class Description | Morning class, 11 - 15 January 2021 | VIDEO RECORDINGS
Touch In The Time Of Distancing
We are wired to touch and be touched. As we near the end of a year of social distancing, many of us are facing what scientists term ‘skin hunger’. Those of us who engage with forms of dance where touch is such an integral part of what we do, are practicing techniques we can call on. These awaken our senses and can revitalize us physically and emotionally.
In these classes, we will draw on the simple fact that touch is an ability we all have, an innate skill that we can hone and use. Our explorations will focus on our own touch, and will incorporate principles from mindful physical practices that include the Alexander Technique and Ideokinesis. We will observe how touching and sensing consciously can reveal fresh details about our physical structure, stimulate our imagination and rekindle our pleasure in moving.
These classes will be available as video recordings, available through a link from 2.30pm each day and valid until the end of Sunday 17 January.
For the past four decades Eva Karczag, has practiced, taught and advocated explorative methods of dance making as an independent dance artist. She performs solo and collaborative work internationally, and many of her collaborations involve links across the arts. Her performance work and her teaching are informed by dance improvisation and mindful body practices, including the Alexander Technique (certified teacher), Ideokinesis, Taiji/Qigong and Yoga.
Eva was a member of leading groups in the field of experimental dance, Strider (UK, 1972-75), and Dance Exchange (Australia, 1976-79), and danced with the Trisha Brown Dance Company (NY, 1979-85) creating original roles in Opal Loop, Son of Gone Fishin' and Set and Reset. She continues to teach through the company education program in NY and elsewhere. She has taught dance and the Alexander Technique at major colleges and studios throughout the USA, Europe and Australia, including a sustained period of teaching on the faculty of the European Dance Development Center, (EDDC) Arnhem, The Netherlands (1990-2002). Eva also has a Master of Fine Arts degree (Dance Research Fellow) from Bennington College, VT, USA.
Recent performances include Promenade, a series of improvised durational performance/installations with visual artist Chris Crickmay and composer Sylvia Hallett; and on-going collaborative duets with Gaby Agis (ID Winlab), with Malgven Gerbes (Tanzfabrik, Berlin), and with Shelley Senter (Freedom to Move Conference, NY). Together with Vicky Shick, she has reset Set and Reset/Reset at the Budapest Contemporary Dance School, the Modern Dance Department of the Amsterdam Theater School, and at Princeton University.
Through her performing and teaching, she aims to communicate her love of full-bodied dancing and her interest in the practice of being in the moment.