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Contact Improvisation


Contact Improvisation form was founded 1972 by Steve Paxton. It is a physical dialogue, in which movers propel movement by touch, gravity, shared weight and momentum. Dance fine tunes your senses and wakes up your ability to listen and respond to what is happening in the moment. Dancers are moving in and out of physical contact while rolling, spiraling, falling and sliding. Dancers are connected to themselves and others by sensing and listening, mutually supporting and following each others movements.







Connection in between the moving bodies

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Surya Shivjot has been practicing and studying Contact Improvisation around Europe and Asia for over 10 years and teaches regular workshops and classes in the UK and abroad.


"I'm astonished by Contact Improvisation as an open-ended exploration that keeps on fascinating me over and over again. For me it is a bridge to widened awareness, connecting to the world in a true and real way, showing my boundaries and illuminate my behaviour. Through Contact I have deepened the experience of life by exploring inner landscapes and poetically connecting with others with respect. It's a way to get creative and listen to my needs in the now, whether it was physical and energetic or still and meditative. Contact Improvisation has definitely expanded the pleasure of being alive and I'm truly inspired to share the practise and support people to find easiness, trust and joy to surrender in contact encounters."




In the workshops we learn to utilize Contact Improvisation techniques in movement composition in a safe and creative way. We do solo, partner and group work which all are supporting the variety of layers in Contact Improvisation. Where does my dance lead me when I learn to trust and surrender to the movement flow? What is possible in dance?


Areas of focus:

* Body awareness and listening

* Movement fluidity

* Experimental anatomy

* Gravity, core and weight giving

* Lifting techniques

* Embodied presence