CI is a movement practice, and a dance performance score (score: a set of guidelines that define the dance) based on playing and exploring with weight, momentum, and the physical forces in which we exist. A skilful dance of CI includes all levels of ourselves - physical, psychological, and neural, and so to do CI well one has to develop these aspects of oneself, as well as their physical abilities.
A good dance of CI in my eyes (and body) is a dance of moment to moment research - an ongoing riddle that has to do with what's available, what's possible, what do I want, and how can I manifest it. To create this state of affairs the partners will do best to show up with minimum expectations, freeing themselves and each other to find out at each moment what is calling their curiosity, and how it can come into expression given the physical and neural forces existing within and around them.
In this workshop we will train in ourselves to be available to respond to physical and neural states so we can make the most of them, create and respond to riddles of all kinds, and be able to catch the subtle timing of potentials for surfing each other's bodies. We will approach dance as a mutual exploration of physical forces and the boundaries of our potential. We will think of the moving body as an ever changing wave that we can learn to catch and use for fun and exploration.
I'd like to leave you with a video of a duet featuring Blake Nellis & Brando (Aaron Brandes) that for me summarizes what CI is - a search for playing with weight that forces the participants to be agile, physically witty, available for anything, and searching for opportunities to catch or support a ride: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQRF2sLK1vY
Edo has been practicing and studying Contact and Improvisation, as well as contemporary dance since 1999, and teaching since 2006. He taught CI in Tel Aviv, New York (steps on broadway), the West Coast contact improvisation festival, Jacksonville MFA dance program (a guest class) and Warsaw Zawirowania contemporary dance festival. For the past 9 years he has been holding weekly CI classes, as well as Improvisation classes, and hosting a monthly Jam at Naim Studio in Tel Aviv.
Since 2008 Edo has been dancing professionally and also choreographing contemporary dance pieces, performing them in Germany, China, Israel, U.S.A and Poland. His duet “Aproximity” has received 3rd prize and audience favorite award in Zawirowania dance competition, Warsaw.
He completed 3 years of study of the somatic “Grinberg Method” and has over 1000 clinic hours accompanying people's personal processes. He carries a 2nd degree black belt in Jujitsu and has taught children and adults. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and is a candidate for a Masters of Dance. He is an entrepreneur in a venture which uses technology to strengthen the connection to the body -
"I look at CI as a practice and play with weight and the physical forces, while at the same time honing skills of non-verbal communication, presence, attention, opening of the heart, collaboration and sharing, and connection to self, ground, other"