Contact Improvisation Course

with Daniel Mang

22 – 28 December 2019, Göteborg

The content

We will work with the fundamentals of contact improvisation, such as: the relation to gravity, the physical contact between movers and the momentum of moving bodies; modulating tone, sharing weight, and waking up our reflexes and sense of balance.

We will refine our perception of inner space and body rhythms, as well as our outer sensory and spatial awareness. We will use guided imagery to improve our alignment and fluency of movement.

We will look at ways of combining contact improvisation with bodywork, by which I mean any technique where one person gives therapeutic touch and the other receives. It includes massage but is a broader term that encompasses many different kinds of hands-on work with another person.

We will explore touch and movement as relational practices and situate our physical practice in the world. We will work with personal boundaries, communication, sensation and emotion, the gaze, economies of appreciation and more.

We will address the norms that govern how we live and experience our bodies and how society ascribes meaning to different kinds of touch and different zones of the body.

All levels of experience and all kinds of bodies are welcome.

The teacher

Contact improvisation has been my primary movement practice since 1986. I also practice aikido and am strongly influenced by the Feldenkrais method, Body Mind Centering and ideokinesis.

My teaching is informed by my background as a professional bodyworker / physiotherapist, my studies in osteopathy, my experience with different approaches to communication, and by my politics.

I see my interest in radical social theory and my love of contact improvisation as two aspects of the same desire. I have been teaching the form since 1990.

Schedule

Sun 22 Dec 09:30-11:30

Mon 23 Dec 09:30-11:30

Tue 24 Dec 09:30-11:30

Wed 25 Dec 09:30-11:30

Thu 26 Dec 09:30-11:30

Fri 27 Dec 09:30-11:30

Sat 28 Dec 09:30-11:30

The course is followed by a jam on Saturday 28 December in the afternoon (14:00 – 17:00). Free to participants of the course, otherwise SEK 50.

Fee

SEK 500 – 1000 on a sliding scale for the whole course.

SEK 100 – 200 per session.

Venue

Danskompaniet Spinn’s Studio, Järntorget 7, 413 04 Göteborg

Registration

If you would like to participate, please contact me at danielmang@gmail.com. You can also call or text me at 0765973209. Even if you are only dropping in for one morning, please let me know in advance that you are coming, if at all possible. Thank you!