Contact Improvisation, initiated by dancer Steve Paxton in 1972, is a dance practice that plays with the physics between bodies and gravity. Using partnering skills such as rolling, releasing, weight exchange, falling, lifting and catching, and expanding range of spatial choice, the practice helps one move within sensation and disorientation, access moveable supports and tune to the use of touch, momentum, resistance and flow in physical contact as well as in solo play. This is an introductory class for those with little to no experience with Contact Improvisation or those who would like to revisit the basics.
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    Instructors

  • Sarah Konner

    Sarah Konner is a dance artist, improviser and functional movement educator—interested in the interplay between ecology and somatic arts. Sarah teaches, practices and performs improvisation in New York and elsewhere, as well as creates dance-theater work with her collaborator Austin Selden and others.

  • Ted Johnson

    Ted Johnson Breath. Stillness. Momentum. Relationship. Space. Open mind, open heart. Practicing contact since 1989, with inspiring teachers like K.J. Holmes, Chris Aiken, and Kirstie Simson, Ted’s skills have been honed in the companies of Bebe Miller, Ralph Lemon and Liz Lerman, as well as Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More.

  • Tim O’Donnell

    Tim O’Donnell discovered CI in 1995 and continues to teach at various universities and festivals throughout Europe and the USA. His exploration in the form is strongly rooted in a deep physical listening and a sense of adventure. His classes range from the gentle and subtle to the acrobatic and fluidly athletic.

  • Elise Knudson

    Elise Knudson has created about thirty works, which have been presented around NYC, in Canada and Mexico. She holds an MFA in Dance from Hollins University and has worked with Koosil-ja/DanceKumiko, Risa Jaroslow, Luke Gutgsell and other wonderful people. Elise recently set a dance on Manhattanville College students and taught Theory and Practice of Improvisation at Yale University.

  • Paul Singh

    Paul Singh earned his BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana. He has danced for a lot of people and companies, made a few works that have been performed places, and has taught technique and Contact Improv all over the world. If you’d like more info, ask him.

  • Charles Mosey

    Charles Mosey has been practicing, researching, facilitating, and teaching Contact Improvisation for over 20 years. In that time, he has had the opportunity to work in depth with Daniel Lepkoff and Nancy Stark Smith.

  • Bradley Teal Ellis

    Bradley Teal Ellis is a Brooklyn-based improviser. He has practiced Contact Improvisation for 17 years, and frequently collaborates in process and performance with other artists. In addition to Movement Research, he teaches at NYU/Tisch Experimental Theatre Wing, the Conservatory of Dance at SUNY Purchase, and Gibney Dance.