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Exploring Freedom - Dance Improvisation Workshop with Martin Piliponsky (Argentina) & Kirstie Simson (USA/UK)

Start date: July 2, 2018

End date: July 4, 2018

Tickets: £90 robdothopper@aol.co.uk

2nd-4th July Cost £90
To book and for more information, please contact Rob Hopper at robdothopper@aol.co.uk
A great chance to work with Kirstie Simson – a dance maker who the New York Times called  “a force of nature”.

Martin and Kirstie met through their common interest and passion for dance improvisation and the exploration of freedom. They have taught and performed together in Buenos Aires and South America in 2015 and 2017.

Their creative dialogue encompasses the importance of expanded listening with perceptions of the body and the environment, through practicing focused states of presence, communication and bonding.

Martin and Kirstie will co-teach the workshop, drawing from material they have developed in their own classes through facilitated exercises, open time for play and exploration, movement scores, observations and discussion. Much of the work will be experienced through partnering and connection with others, balanced with solo time for processing and reflection.

Both see their art form as a life practice, and they will share insights gleaned from their collective experience of living dance improvisation.

MARTIN PILIPONSKY (ARGENTINA) is an architect and urban planner, a dancer and teacher of improvisation. Throughout his growth, Hebrew folk dances and athletic sport training have shaped his character and spirit. For the past several years his passion for architecture is reflected in his guidance as a teacher and curator of spaces both traditional and non-traditional for the practice and performance of dance and improvisation. Blending his background in architectures and dance, Martin teaches about the possibilities of how the spaces in which we live can transform dance and life itself. Sustained by a practice in deep listening to oneself and the environment that contains us, he shares his practice through teaching and performance to students and audiences all over the world.

KIRSTIE SIMSON (UK) has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Called “a force of nature” by the New York Times, she is an award-winning dancer and teacher who has “immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance” according to Time Out Magazine, London. Kirstie is renowned today as an excellent teacher, a captivating performer and a leading light in the field of Dance Improvisation. She is a professor at the University of Illinois, and continues to teach and perform all over the world.