Simonetta Alessandri

Simonetta Alessandri

Italian dance artist based in London.  She was one of the few dance practitioner  in Italy who began working with CI in the 90’s. She kept Contact Improvisation alive in Rome for more than 10 years with her classes and jams. She was the inspirer/founder of the organization RomaContact. Her work is informed by more than 30 years of dancing, teaching and choreographing. Her choreography has been for dance and theatre companies, opera, site specific, she creates student pieces and directed improvised performance. Her work has been shown in Italy, UK, Germany, Colombia, Turkey and Japan. She obtained the Post Graduated Diploma in Choreography at London Contemporary Dance School, the Teacher Certificate at R.A.D. and she is qualified Teacher of the Feldenkrais Method. Simonetta teaches Contact Improvisation, Choreography and Improvisation at Trinity Laban, Birkbeck University, Goldsmiths University, London Contemporary Dance School. She has been a guest teacher in Germany, Colombia, Norway, Israel, France, U.K Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Taiwan.

Spiral dancing – Feldenkrais into Contact

I will use the somatic approach of the Feldenkrais Method as a way into CI, creating a quiet space where we can listen to our own body and question how we organize and eventually re-pattern movement. With exploratory sequences we will discover and clarify the function of the spiral, as powerful and fundamental principle of human movement. We will access new internal pathways that can be transferred and expanded in our contact duets. We will experience how the spiral in our Contact practice is a form to find trust, clarity and effortlessness during the communication of weight.

The spiral is also a complex action that reveals hidden pathways in the physical dialogue between bodies and generates exciting and unpredictable dances.