NITA LITTLE WORKSHOP

2nd - 4th June 11-6 £120 email Rob at wainsgatedances@gmail.com to book

Very excited to have Nita Little here from USA for this wonderful workshop...

Communion: A Contact Improvisation and Ensemble Dance Skills Workshop

When bodies meet, communication is found in the quality of touch, the organization of physical forms, the ability to share the physics of motion, timing, and the giving and receiving of weight Yet, it is also, and particularly, in our ability to attend physically.

Please join Nita to immerse in researching states of presence. Enhancing our ability to in-form one another, we can learn to cast our attention into and through shifting embodiments, to land within one another’s flesh, speaking together in the language of physical communion.

Working in duets and ensembles, our CI includes modes for building attentional networks. We will emphasize communication within actions of touch, kinesthetic logic, and embodied attention. Diving into the metaphors that arise when we move well together, we can extract personal wisdom from our time dancing.

Expect training in specific skills, movement meditation, and trance practices to enhance learning, research scores, personal feedback, and ensemble performances.

This work is for dancers whose Contact Improvisation practice is beyond the introductory level – those familiar with inversions, weight exchange, and changing states.

Expect to be touched beyond the flesh.

Nita Little is an activist for relational intelligence through improvisational dance practices that began with the emergence and development of Contact Improvisation (CI) in 1972, a path provoked by Steve Paxton.

Nita has remained on the cutting edge of this practice for 50 years, training generations of Contact Improvisation practitioners and teachers worldwide, A dancer, teacher, choreographer, and dance theorist, Little received her PhD in Performance Studies in 2014. She now returns to international touring invited by dance companies, festivals, conferences and universities to teach, lecture, and compose emergent events.

Her writing investigates ecological actions of attention and the creative potentials present in entangled relations.

She directs an international network of dance research ensembles – the Institute for the Study of Somatic Communication (the ISSC) which has remained in suspension with the pandemic, but will return to practice soon.