CONTACT IMPROVISATION & INSTANT COMPOSITION

– PERFORMING THE UNKNOWN



 

One of the biggest challenges in contact improvisation practice is turning it into a performing experience. How can an interpersonal practice like contact improvisation open to the outside and address an audience?

 

Instant composition during contact improvisation invites dancers to create, compose and perform all at the same time. The actual movement material, which demands certain skills and physical abilities and the way the material is set and composed need to be in constant dialogue with each other. Such a task requires that dancers are capable of carrying out the complicated task of sensing and making sense of their connection to another dancer while at the same time overseeing and making decisions about the compositional aspect of the work. 

 

During the workshop we will train such skills through identifying and exploring the different elements of composition such as the use of space, phrasing, rhythm and timing. Through structured explorations we will tune the dancers’ minds and bodies to clear perception and efficient action and develop presence, openness, lightness and creativity while composing.

 

This workshop is open to intermediate and advanced levels of experience.

Konstantinos Gerardos

Is a dancer, choreographer, director and owner of VIS MOTRIX
DANCE COMPANY which is based in Thessaloniki/ Greece. He is
the artistic director of the company and ReDance, a re education
program for dance and performance.
He performs and teaches improvisation and contact improvisation
for 20 years now. He organizes seminars in Greece and abroad.
(England, Germany, Spain, Italy, Cyprus, Canada)
He created “flow in motion” technique, a contemporary dance
technique, which is the result of his research in contact
improvisation.