Friday 13th and Saturday 14th April at Wainsgate Chapel, Hebden Bridge
This is a brilliant opportunity to work with Karen Nelson from the USA. She has been involved in the development of contact improvisation and numerous movement improvisation practices since 1976… more details will follow on the workshop, but don’t miss this rare chance to work with this inspirational teacher.
For more information please email Rob Hopper at firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Nelson’s 40-year dance and performance practice has been directly influenced by Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and Lisa Nelson, and their respective work in Contact Improvisation, Material for the Spine and Tuning Scores, and through collaboration with many others in venues around the world.
As a dancer/choreographer, performer, teacher and organizer, she co-founded Joint Forces Dance Co, Breitenbush Jam, Dance Ability, Diverse Dance Research Retreat, and the performance group Image Lab, among other projects. Image Lab, including Scott Smith, K.J. Holmes, Lisa Nelson and Karen, intensively developed Tuning Scores for nearly a decade in the 1990s. They performed “observatories” in the US, Europe and Asia, spawning other Tuning projects that continue to this day.
Karen was an annual guest teacher for many years at the Schools for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and Arnhem, The Netherlands, and made numerous visits to Bates Dance Festival, Seattle Festival of Improvisation, Movement Research, Moving’s View, Acapella Motion and other festivals and schools in North America, Europe, South America and Asia.
Her current studies with various others include Russell Delman’s Embodied Life ™ fusing meditation, Feldenkrais ™ Awareness Through Movement and Embodied Dialogue/Focusing. She first graduated from the Embodied Life School in 2014 and teaches this work both stand alone, and happily entwined with dancing in retreats, workshops and on-going classes.
She has received awards for choreography and research from National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, National Performance Network, Wild Woods Foundation, Vashon Allied Arts, On the Boards NW New Works and private supporters.