Improvisation that Offers Resilience & Support in Difficult Times

5-7 NOVEMBER 11am - 4pm £120 email to book

There is deep inspiration and rigor in a practice of improvisation that posits vulnerability at its heart. Developing the skills to be able to care for, engage, respect and respond to that state of vulnerability in oneself, others and our environment gives life to improvisation that is powerful and transformative. Working from a place of interconnectedness can give us the resilience and skills to face into life’s complexities and challenges.


This is the work that Kirstie engenders through facilitated exercises, open time for play and exploration, movement scores, observations, discussion and humour. Much of the work is experienced through partnering and connection with others, balanced with solo time for processing and reflection. Weather-permitting we will also explore scores that take us outside.


Kirstie draws from her knowledge of Contact Improvisation, dance techniques, the Alexander technique, Aikido, meditation and her extensive experience of improvisation in performance. Her work explores the huge potential of the body’s response to the primal urge to move, inspired by the energy released through human interaction, physical challenge and playfully daring to go beyond inherent ideas of limitation. 


Kirstie shares the movement practices and underlying philosophies she has developed over forty years of practicing dance improvisation, that have enabled her to negotiate life and most recently a life-threatening illness.

Kirstie Simson is internationally renowned as an inspirational teacher, a captivating performer and a leading light in the field of Dance Improvisation.


For the past thirteen years she has been a tenured professor in the Department of Dance at the University of Illinois. In August 2020 Kirstie returned to her home base in Wales with plans to continue sharing her work though with curtailed international travel. She is excited to be starting an involvement with the Black Mountains College, a local college where a curriculum of planet-centric education will be launched in 2021 for building a better future.