Tidligere kursus 2011

The poetry of Motion - Improvisation and Listening

 Kirstie Simsons classes draw from her knowledge of contact improvisation, dance techniques, Aikido, meditation and her extensive experience of improvisation in performance.

The focus will be on exploring uninhibitedly the huge potential of the body’s response to the primal urge to move, inspired by deep energies released through human interaction, physical challenge and through the excitement of discovering new territory, new sensations and a daring to go beyond inherent ideas of limitation. The classes will be built on very simple physical principles allowing students to explore their experience of moving and to understand their own bodies more profoundly, which is often experienced as joyful and liberating. 

Kirstie will be focusing on various aspects and techniques for freeing up the body - allowing it to move with greater ease and grace. She has spent many years researching ways of moving which generate full and fearless dancing, and she enjoys the challenges of intense physicality. Kirstie will be sharing her discoveries with students. The classes offer students a way to extend and deepen their experience of moving, to
practice the skills of dancing in partnership with others and improvising with greater sensitivity to each other and the environment.

In recent years Kirstie’s focus has been directed towards the art of deep listening within her practice of improvisation. During this workshop she will be sharing her insights and understanding of the essential quality of listening within the art of improvisation, and how this pertains to her experience of improvisation in performance. 

The course is a collaboration with The School for Contemporary Dance and there will also be students participating.

Workshopleader: Kirstie Simson

Kirstie Simson (UK) has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Called "a force of nature" by the New York Times, she is an award-winning dancer and teacher who has "immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance" according to Time Out Magazine, London. Simson’s eternal subject is freedom, as she dares to go beyond the boundaries of form and structure to create movement out of the rhythm of life itself. For the past thirty years Kirstie has collaborated with many dancers and musicians who share a common interest in Improvisation, including Steve Paxton, Darrell Jones, Simone Forti, Michael Schumacher, Adam Benjamin and Le Quan Ninh. She was awarded a London Time Out ‘Dance and Performance Award’ as "a unique figure in the dance world” and Jennifer Dunning of the New York Times said of her dancing "Kirstie Simson is justly celebrated in Britain for exquisite, sensuous dancing that seems to come from some simple force of nature". She is renowned today as an excellent teacher and captivating performer who is a leading light in the field of dance improvisation and she is currently involved in making a film about Dance Improvisation with Scottish filmmaker Katrina McPherson that will be premiered in July 2011. In January 2008 Kirstie joined the faculty of the Dance Department at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign. She continues to teach and perform world wide and to pursue collaborations with artists that she is drawn to working with. 



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