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Contact Improvisation Fundamentals Workshop

Contact Improvisation Fundamentals Workshop

3 classes / Level 2

Thursdays,   November 2nd - 16th

7:00pm - 9:00pm 

Full Series: $90

Drop-In: $40 per class, pre-approval required

Give your body an adventure for a lifetime with this Contact Improvisation Fundamentals Workshop, taught by Ophra Wolf. Some experience required.

Whether you’re new to dance and movement improvisation in general or to Contact Improvisation in particular, and even if you’re an experienced mover, you will be equally challenged and thrilled by the possibilities of flight, release, and resistance that Contact Improvisation unlocks. You’ll gain a deep understanding of your body’s mechanics and you’ll experience the pleasure of relating through simple acts of giving and receiving weight. We’ll be cultivating our ability to be alert and safe in fast moving situations - an invaluable skill on so many levels, and one that requires strong personal commitment to mindfulness and mutual respect. Therefore, this is not a drop-in class and commitment to the full workshop is required. It's like sending your body to summer camp! Space is very limited, so reserve your spot ASAP. About Contact Improvisation: Contact Improvisation is "a mode of movement which is relaxed, constantly aware and prepared, and onflowing. As a basic focus, the dancers remain in physical touch, mutually supportive and innovative, meditating upon the physical laws relating to their masses: gravity, momentum, inertia, and friction. They do not strive to achieve results, but rather, to meet the constantly changing physical reality with appropriate placement and energy.” - that’s how Steve Paxton, the creator of the form, defines it! What To Expect From this Class: You should expect a fun and dynamic movement class that focuses as much on mindfulness, breath and alignment as it does on courage and play. I’ll be sharing exercises and practices that help to prepare your body for the dancing, but what actually happens in a contact improvisation dance is never pre-determined or proscribed, it depends entirely on what’s happening in the moment. The exercises come from yoga, martial arts, and other dance practices. The class is suitable for ALL levels - it's about starting from where you are and using your body to listen, not to perform. We’ll be playing with gravity and flight and we’ll be looking for states of relaxed ease and pleasure. Most importantly, we’ll be learning to stay safe, alert and agile in unpredictable situations. If you come regularly, your flexibility, strength and confidence in your physical capacity will greatly improve! IMG_3797

Opera Wolf

Ophra Wolf ( is a dancer and performance artist, teacher and healer dedicated to a lifelong study of movement and embodied intelligence as a vehicle for personal and cultural transformation. Contact improvisation is one of her primary practices, and her teaching is informed by a love of creative play and infinite possibility. She weaves together foundational and technical aspects of the practice with knowledge from her advanced bodywork practice and work as an experimental theater and dance improvisation performer. She’s had the privilege of working, studying and collaborating with luminaries of the dance and theater world and is strongly influenced by her ongoing participation since 2011 in Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson’s Figure Space group She’s recently returned from teaching at the first ever Ecuador Contact Improvisation Festival in April of 2017 and is excited to follow up with this workshop at CCE in Beacon, her first group offering in the Hudson Valley since relocating here in 2015.
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