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L370: PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUES

Improvisational Forms is a contemporary dance approach with particular focus on Structured and Contact Improvisation and releasing techniques.

 We will hone tools for moving with articulation, strength, sensitivity and spatial awareness, and use those tools for choreographing spontaneously. Students will be taught choreographic improvisation structures created by Richard Bull/Cynthia Novack and by Headlong Dance Theater, and then asked to adapt and refine them based on their own group’s particular interests. 

Each class begins with an embodied movement practice that includes elements of contact improvisation, yoga, releasing techniques, and Pilates. Precision practices such as ballet and Bharata Natyam may also be introduced. Students increase their movement articulation and improvisational skills, at the same time that they create a cohesive ensemble of co-creators and performers.