Instructor: Kees Lemmens
Dates: 15 Tuesdays from 3rd September - 17th December
(there may be a 1 week break)
Price: € 180
(contact Kees for the price if you're starting after the 3rd September)
Tryout class: €15
Information & registration: Kees.Lemmens@live.nl
In Contact Improvisation (CI) physical contact creates possibilities for wonderful dancing. Contact dancers roll and tumble over each other in duets or in groups. The touch is an opportunity for understanding and for support. This gives the dance its enormous potential for subtlety and for 3-dimensionality and with gravity and momentum, we can carry each other with ease.
CI is a beautiful way of relating, which asks and builds our intelligent response to all the forces and energies at play. Regular practice will attune the awareness of the body by solo exercises and partner-work, and will foster a sense of connection to yourself and your surrounding, as one and another meet in the dance.
In this Tuesday Amsterdam CI-course we will consider the basic propositions of Contact Improvisation. We will also occasionally touch upon applicable specificities, as well as work on specific CI-techniques for lifts and other situations in which the general principles operating in Contact Improvisation are most clear to the body. In my experience this bodily understanding helps improvise freely in any situation we may encounter in CI.
As such this course is very good if you are new to Contact Improvisation. The classes are however also intended for dancers with any level of experience who are interested in further developing their CI-dancing by practicing with us on a regular basis. As a beginner you will learn very much from dancing with the experienced CI-dancers who take part, as well as vice-versa. This Amsterdam initiative on Tuesdays is as a whole specifically geared toward a helpful exchange between experienced and beginner CI-dancers.
About Kees Lemmens:
Kees trained with many international teachers, including several of the founders of Contact Improvisation. He has been giving CI courses and workshops himself since 2009, in both the Netherlands and abroad. Inspired by people in general, he is also influenced by other fields of knowledge like architecture and the fine arts, in which he's worked. Giving and taking Contact Improvisation (CI) is for him a way of learning together, a wonderful method which is still teaching him about himself, the body, other people and the world.