Beginning in the early ’70’s Daniel Lepkoff played a central role in the development of Release Technique with John Rolland and Mary Fulkerson, and Contact Improvisation with Steve Paxton. Through ongoing experimentation with new forms of performance, workshoping specific questions about movement, intense periods of personal movement research, and an onging stream of collaborations with improvising artists, Daniel has slowly expanded and deepened his understanding of functional movement and the presence of the imagination in the body.
As a performer he is known for composing dances that arises from the process of living movement and as a teacher for his continual invention of original techniques, making direct contact with information and pursuing questions together with students. He is one of the founders of Movement Research in NYC. He works internationally and lives on a piece of land in Vermont. For more details about Daniel’s work and to read some of his writings visit www.daniellepkoff.com
We focus on building a foundation for improvising in and out of contact with a partner safely and freely. We practicing rolling, crawling, walking and falling skills to refresh and deepen our body’s connection to it’s basic reflexes, supporting weight and guiding forces thru our center. We work directly with the movement of our attention, in the moment of dancing, as our basic tool for seeing what is possible to do . We will work with the skin and touch, vision and space, compression and stretch. We will dance
We continue the same work from the pre-festival workshop. Further ideas and question to enliven and add challenge and mystery to our explorations and dancing:
•is the body is transparent to gravity?
•moving and being moved, are they different?
•what is perceptual space? does space have weight? is space as a part of our body?
•what is the difference between you and your environment?
bring your own questions!!
Exercises are drawn from Daniel’s ongoing movement research, a long history with Contact Improvisation, a base in Anatomical Releasing Technique, and collaborations with artists Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Simone Forti, Paul Langland, Dora Attila, Oleg Soulimenko, Channel-Z and others. “Perhaps what is unique about this work (as it turns out) is that while being a somatically based technique it is geared primarily towards dancing, composing, and performing rather than healing as a primary focus.” Daniel Lepkoff