Space Mix / Interrogating CI

with Karen Nelson

With Karen Nelson

Uniting somatic techniques derived from Contact Improvisation (CI) with compositional choice making practices found in Tuning Scores, this workshop explores “inner” and “outer” spaces.

Practice combines two uniquely related systems: Material for the Spine (originated by Steve Paxton) that includes movement intertwining sensation and attention, distinguishing centers of mass, establishing length, and reflexive balance in space; and Tuning Scores (originated by Lisa Nelson), a dance practice that unveils sense desires as motivators, movement as collateral choreography, and space as palette and environment.

Rigorous sensory warm-ups, physicalising through CI, and playing with a cluster of scores to grow edges will additionally prepare us to dance in CI interrogates its history and currency on Friday evening: a participatory lecture demonstration jam event centering on intersectionality and stories of CI through the body, open to the public.

In partnership with Tanzfabrik Berlin, The Work Room Glasgow and Groundwork Pro Cardiff.

All levels of experience welcome. 

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Level: All levels of experience welcome
Date: Mon 1 – Fri 5 July 2019
Time: 11am – 5pm
Price: Standard £210 Low income £195 Concession £175
Booking: Click here to fill out a booking form, or call 020 7091 9650 to make the payment


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Karen Nelson continues to be a crossroad of dance improvisation in the US’ Pacific Northwest and abroad. A long-time mutator of the form Contact Improvisation (CI), she co-founded mixed-ability experiments Dance Ability and Diverse Dance Research Retreat while later joining Lisa Nelson/ Image Lab’s developing of Tuning Scores for performance. She explores dance history and currency that centers intersections of practitioner experience, and interrogates whiteness within her own embodiment and larger community, often collaborating with artists around the world. Her teaching approach brings classic origins of CI and Tuning through exercises, images, practice and discussion along with a view towards engendering individual possession and evolution of the forms through one’s own experience.

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