Martin Keogh (USA) – intensive 18 h

Martin Keogh (USA) – intensive 18 h

Martin Keogh has taught and performed contact improvisation on six continents over three decades. For his contribution to the development of the form he is a Fulbright Senior Specialist and listed in Who’s Who in the World. Martin spent time traveling to monasteries in Japan and Korea and was the director of the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley before discovering the world of dance. He is the author of four books including the acclaimed: Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World.
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“My greatest sense of accomplishment comes from seeing students increase their capacity for sensation and risk—seeing them dance less with their “ideal” and more with their partner—and the profound gratification of introducing contact improvisation to those who then realize they have found the dance form they were seeking all their lives. I attempt to teach and model that the beauty and reach of our questions, in the end, determine the beauty and reach of our lives.”

100 Ways to Kneel and Kiss the Ground

Join good company for dancing and discovery. With somatic exercises, games, some sweat, and the unique physicality of the contact body we will savor and  rock the boundaries of our dancing. Contact Improvisation reveals to us that instability leads to mobility … and great instability leads to exhilarating mobility. We begin by decelerating our sense of time to enter the details of sensation. From here we locate our ground to dance while in the act of falling. And dance we will!

Our focus will include:

* Moving from a base of sensation
* Dancing with a shared central axis 
* Seeking ease in going off balance
* Finding the spontaneous acrobatics of the form
* Spending more time in nuance, disorientation, and extended follow-through

For those with a solid grasp of Contact fundamentals