WORKSHOP SERIES: BRAD STOLLER + KATHERINE COOK
SAT JUN 17 / 2 – 6PM
Velocity Founders 1621 12th Ave
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How can we create new territory in a dance and what to do when we find it? In this Contact Improvisation workshop, we will explore the physicality of territory: ways to create rich micro environments and discover new pathways by decomposing ourselves into smaller pieces and creating more surface area to dance in. Other times we’ll find ourselves in fast-moving, wildly changing territory, developing the skills that help us survive collisions, falls, sudden points of leverage, and shifting weight. How we respond to the brand new territories we discover in the dance is part of the sport of Contact Improvisation. How we create those territories in dialogue with our partners is part of the art of Contact Improvisation. Working with practical principles of CI–gravity, weight, momentum, pressure, openness, softness, and tone–we’ll take our dancing towards new territory and find deeper relationships with ourselves and our partners in the adventure.
BRAD STOLLER began his study of Contact in 1979 in the SF Bay area with several members of Mangrove. He began teaching Contact in 1984 at Sonoma State College and has continued to teach in university settings as well as privately at festivals and workshops. He is the theatre director at Piedmont VA Community College and teaches Contact at UVA. Brad furthered his research into CI by embracing Aikido and The Alexander Technique finding that both revealed universal principles that CI dancers have been fortunate to rediscover in this playful form.
KATHERINE COOK is a dancer, teacher, and mathematician based in Seattle WA. Her teaching incorporates a love of improvisation, awareness and somatic practices, mathematics, and the natural world. She focuses her work at the intersection of the body, the mind, and the environment, and prefers questions to statements, curiosity to answers. Her teaching and performance are rooted in a deep and sustained relationship with the rigor, complexity, and creativity of improvisation. Her dancing celebrates the physical body, spontaneity, and generosity in the present. She has developed material with and/or performed with Nancy Stark Smith, Karen Nelson, Nita Little, Cyrus Khambatta, and Kris Wheeler, among others.
Photo by Blake Nellis