Simonetta Alessandri

Class Description | Monday Night Improvisation, 1 February 2021 | ONLINE

Feldenkrais into Improvisation: Pelvis & jaw, connection & coordination

This class starts with a Feldenkrais (Awareness Through Movement) introduction which questions how specific movement patterns work anatomically. The focus of this class will be on pelvis & jaw connection and coordination. Through observing our own sensations and valuing our personal insights, we will identify our habits and clarify choices in order to promote efficiency and freedom. By respecting the internal logic of the body we will grow from somatic awareness towards working with larger and more complex movement that could also expand into touch. Awareness of the roots of a movement and the emergence of new possibilities gives us a reinvigorating sense of ownership and pleasure in our dancing. Through improvisational strategies we will access a more energetic physicality and a broader awareness of sharing space and time with others.

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Biography

Simonetta Alessandri is an Italian dance artist and a somatic educator based in London. She teaches at Trinity Laban, Goldsmiths University and London Contemporary Dance School. Her work is informed by more than 30 years of dancing, teaching and choreographing. As a choreographer she has worked with dance companies, student pieces, large scale opera, improvised performance and site specific contexts. She has also worked as a movement director in theatre. She was one of the few dance practitioners in Italy who began working with Contact Improvisation in the 90s.  She taught for more than 20 years in Italy and kept Contact Improvisation alive in Rome for then years with her classes and jams. She has been a guest teacher in Germany, Colombia, UK, Norway, Israel, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Taiwan. She has a  Post Graduate Diploma in Choreography (London Contemporary Dance School), is a qualified teacher of the Feldenkrais Method and holds the Teacher Certificate of the Royal Academy of Dance. She is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.