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PAST class

[email protected] – Gravity Waltz : A Contact Improvisation

Bradley Teal Ellis

1:00pm – 2:30pm
January 24, 2019
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In this public Contact Improvisation practice, we will cultivate a sensitized relationship to the physical laws that govern our motion—gravity, weight, mass, momentum, and inertia— and use touch and partnering to amplify those elements in order to express the form through its range of potentials.

Time will be spent texturing the solo body with floor-based work, waking the interior space into movement, exploring known pathways, and developing a kinesthetic ear to hear and follow sensation. Awakening the physical forces involved with play, we will open up permissions to engage with impulse and immediacy, responding to the constancy of change, ready to meet and engage another person at any moment. With a tuned empathy we will explore what it means to embody permeability, to physically hear a partner, and to ride the dance. An intermediate understanding of Contact Improvisation fundamentals is suggested.

Register and learn more about this event on MoMA's website here.

This event will take place at The Museum of Modern Art, in conjunction with Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done. Click here for more information regarding the exhibition at MoMA.

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Bradley Teal Ellis

Bradley Teal Ellis is a Brooklyn-based improviser. He has practiced Contact Improvisation for 20 years, and frequently collaborates in process and performance with other artists. In addition to Movement Research he teaches as adjunct faculty at ...