2019-04 Karl Frost: Core Explorations of Contact Improvisation

Core Explorations of Contact Improvisation

April 6–7, Leipzig

A fast-paced *beginner/intermediate* technique-focused workshop

At Tanz Zentrale (Erich Zeigner Allee 64)

We’ll explore the mechanics and possibilities of interdependent movement. While contact improvisation is an open-ended investigation of movement through physical contact, there is a central reference … the classic contact duet of mutual off-balance and following.

We will explore the “outer” technique of movement pathways and expanding lift vocabulary and the “inner” techniques of moment-to-moment dynamic and adaptive functional awareness and alignment. We cultivate soft power, proprioceptive listening, the ability to adapt to incoming weight and momentum.

A mix of subtle investigations and athletic

Some mind work, some body work, and a good amount of sweat.

Fees 120–160 euros sliding scale, with early registration starting at 80 euros.

Workshop in English

I also teach an intermediate/advanced weekend in Berlin, April 27-28. 15% discount for those doing both workshops.

See www.bodyresearch.org/workshops/leipzig/ for details and registration.

Karl Frost (California) has been teaching contact improvisation and related investigations since the late 1980s and has shared his work in over 25 countries. He began his movement explorations in martial arts as a teenager, before expanding to somatics, contemporary dance, contact improvisation, and physical theater. His performance work, via his company, Body Research Physical Theater, explores postdramatic works rooted in somatic psychology and paratheatrical exploration exploring audience agency. He has an MFA in Dramatic Arts and a PhD in Ecology and works at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Human Behavior, Ecology, and Culture.