Scott Wells (USA) – Pre-Festival & Festival – Intensive
From Zero to Flying
We will start with contact and body awareness then work with principles and techniques that support freedom of flight and expression. (Pleasure –> Technique; Somatic> Acrobatics). That is: we start at zero to redefine what is contact—to ourselves, others, reality, gravity. We will practice flying, catching, landing, fluid acrobatics, deft maneuvers. For the acrobatics everyone will work at their own level and will learn best by building group safety and trust. I aim to connect the work to somatic knowledge. (For
example, Jumping ≠ Flying because jumping is a muscular action, whereas flying is in the bones and is
affected greatly by emotions and attitude). We’ll be doing favorite contact exercises and current
curiosities: Created or learned over the decade of investigation and indulgence.
Has been practicing contact improv for 40 years, has an MFA in dance and directs a dance company in San Francisco. He has created works for skateboarders, for boxers and choreographed West Side Story for Sonoma University. Scott has twice received the Izzie (San Francisco’s most prestigious dance award) for Outstanding Choreography. He is long-time practitioner of Alexander Technique , BMC and other bodywork and counseling practices. His current passions are Eyebody practice, moving from the organs and contact improvisation.