This workshop is both technical and experiential – concentrating on building up a functional understanding of underlying physical principles and structures of Contact Improvisation, whilst also widening the trust to ones instincts, impulses and intuition. The principal themes behind the work are organic, fluid and functional movement. Effortless transitions. Efficiency. Sequentiality.
The sessions develop slowly from inside to out. Starting with individual floor-work, offering particular principles and tasks, and then gradually build up to standing using the natural spirals of the body. Material alternates between contact and solo tasks and exercises that connect the group as a whole, creating an open, safe environment to explore. The focus is on cultivating a deeper awareness of listening, breathing, giving, receiving, and timing.
Please bring comfortable clothes to move in and water.
Hugh is a Contemporary Dance Artist specialising in Contact Improvisation. He works Internationally teaching & performing. He began dancing when he was 15, training in Break dance and Contemporary.
He went on to train at Northern School of Contemporary Dance (NSCD), graduating in 2008, and worked as a performer for 10 years before transitioning to focus on the practice and facilitation of Contact Improvisation.
Presently, what interests Hugh most about teaching and facilitating movement is how to create and hold spaces for people to find a deeper connection to themselves and others through playful exploration. Whether it is improvisation, contact Improvisation, or a choreographed dance class, the focus and intention lies in finding the joy and power of a movement practice connected to presence, awareness and breath.