Rosalind Crisp

Workshop Description | Choreographic Improvisation | 23 -24 February 2019| 11am - 5pm

Rosalind will share her practice of choreographic improvisation - a dynamic set of principles and practical tools that guide a dancer's attention to the continual process of composing in real time with and from the materiality of the body. The body is prepared by undoing held tension and unquestioned patterns and pathways. Breath, weight, and sensation are prioritised.

Practical tools and compositional parameters guide the exploration of movement sourced from touch, texture, imagination and every part of the dancer's body - parts that are anatomically segmented or fictitiously separated. Processes of flow, delay and rupture detach the dancer from presenting "moves" and guide attention to the continual emergence and shaping of dance material in a shared and porous relationship with an audience.

Workshop Description | Undoing the body | 12 - 16 December 2016| 11am - 5pm

For more than thirty years Rosalind Crisp has been evolving a field of choreographic principles and tools that enable a dance artist to confront her history and broaden her palette of dancing options, tools that bring attention to the continual flow of physical, spatial and sensory information for decision-making in any part of the body, at any moment.
The body is 'prepared' by undoing it from held tension and unquestioned pathways, prioritising breath, weight and sensation. A range of practical tools is explored to source movement from touch, texture, imagination and every part of the dancer's body - parts that are anatomically segmented or fictitiously separated and sensed. Attention is detached from presenting moves and embedded in the continual emergence of material in a porous relationship with the dancer's audience.

Crossing Borders 2016 | 13 December 2016, 7 - 8.30pm | Unwrapping d a n s e
a danced lecture by Rosalind Crisp
undoing the hegemony of embodied history
an unfinished dance by a saturated body
an ongoing practice exposed...


Rosalind Crisp is one of Australia’s established dance artists. Over 30 years she has created a substantial body of original work and a method for choreographic improvisation. She holds a masters by research from the University of Western Sydney, is an honorary fellow of the University of Melbourne and a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres, and from 2004 to 2012 she was choreographic associate of the Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson in Paris. She tours extensively throughout Europe performing her solo and company works, teaching and creating works for other companies and universities. The foundation of her work is her ongoing studio research practice.

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