Lucia was introduced to Contact Improvisation in 1985, and has been learningg, teaching and practising the form since then. Influential teachers are Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Julyen Hamilton and Kirstie Simson. She worked for many years with Jointwork Dance Group exploring improvised performance and artistic lcbzgccollaborations which continue to be central to her work. In 1987 Lucia qualified as a teacher of Alexander Technique. She teaches individuals and groups with a wide range of interests and abilities.
Recent performance work includes projects at Ebhudelweni rural arts centre, with Flatfoot Dance Company , Durban, at Echo Echo Dance company and solo work ‘the planet is my partner’.
Lucia has developed a particular way of working with ideas and principles from many years practice and teaching of Alexander Technique, movement and improvised performance or ‘Instant’ Composition and loves the opportunity to research this with others in her workshops.
She enjoys how the principles of CI and AT support and clarify each other to encourage depth and wholeness in our moving selves.
Calm Curious and Creative
Contact Improvisation is one of the best techniques I know for learning to be fully present and for exploring our experience of movemenlbchut and living in the physical world.
CI involves playful experiments in movement, touch, sensing and thinking. We aspire to a state of co- ordination and presence that is clear and creative, calm and lively.
In this intensive we will aim tox consciously co-operate with our design, our co-ordination and our desire to dance, and develop our zabilities to be both soft and strong, supported and supportive, calm and lively, spontaneous and safe.
Becoming more curious and conscious of aspects of our experience, including sensation, vision, mood, thought and intention, we will explore how to bring spontaneity to our moving and depth to our dances with others.
We will investigate what inspires us to move, what allows us to be moved, and how to direct our attention. We will also learn to notice the flow of choices and co-incidences that allow us to enjoy and influence the dance.