Contact Improv with Erica Kaufman
Contact Improvisation (CI) is a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially – following a shared point of contact..
This dance practice explores the skills of falling, rolling, counterbalance, lifting using minimal effort, how to make ourselves light when being lifted, centering and breathing techniques, and responsiveness to our partners and surroundings.
We will begin by awakening our individual bodies through a series of solo exercises aiming to experience ourselves in motion with gravity as our partner—investigating the flow of pathways that open possibilities for further movement.
With the imprint of this warm up, we will then meet as a group and take our pathways through space with a partner.
By beginning with touch without full weight, we heighten awareness and presences. Touch becomes our communication into deeply focused listening and responding.
Touch becomes our language and fluid movement our interest.
With special interest in clear touch and flowing pathways throughout the workshop, we will then open into a focused jam.
All levels welcome.
Facilitators: Erica Kaufman & Priyanka Barua
Erica Kaufman discovered contact improvisation in 1987 in Philadelphia USA, and continues to dance, explore, and teach nationally and internationally. In 2008 she collaborated with Nancy Stark Smith along with an organizing hub to coordinate the worldwide celebration of CI36– the largest contact improvisation gathering to that date with 27 countries represented.
In 2011 Erica became aware of interest for CI in India and began teaching residencies and workshops on a regular basis primarily in Bangalore and southern India.
She’s taught at numbers festivals including the Israeli Contact Festival, Contact Fest Freiburg, Goa Contact Festival, Moab Jam, Breitenbush Jam. She has taught as full time faculty at Penn State University, University of Denver, and as faculty in residence at the University of Marburg.
Erica has a MFA in Dance & Choreography and is a lifelong yoga practitioner. She is the founder of Lila Yoga— a practice devoted to the movement of prana within asana
Priyanka Barua is a New Delhi based artist. She juggles between the role of dancer, choreographer, performer, improviser and teacher.
Her research with contact improvisation began in 2015 as a cultural exchange student of Goa contact festival.
Onset of the journey, awakening deeper in her conscious she identifies herself more as student of life.
She is trained in Ballet, contemporary and jazz for 5 years. She started teaching CI in 2016.
To enhance her research, she went to Germany to study CI and contemporary arts.
Since then her focus is on connecting, creating and sharing art with national, international artist in India through her platform named as Flow Creative Hub.
In 2018 she associated with Contact Improv India organization.
* Please wear loose and comfortable clothes.
* 3 Student, Artist, Need-Based Scholarships available.
* This program is open to everyone, you can list this in the media.
*All of our programs are in English.
Date & Time: 22nd & 23rd August 2019 (5:45 PM – 8:00 PM)
Please call between 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM IST