Physical Poetics and Human Contact


The sensorial world and the emotional body in contact improvisation

July 21-23, Berkeley, CAphysical poetics copy

  • Fri July 21 7p-10p at the Finnish Hall (1970 Chestnut St at University) 
  • Sat July 22 Noon to 6p at the Finnish Hall
  • Sun July 23 Noon to 6p at Western Sky Studio (2545 8th street at Dwight) 

a workshop  in the felt sense of meaning and experiential art-making of contact improvisation, based out of material from the Human Contact Project

Where the base practice of contact improvisation focuses on the physics of bodies moving through contact, the felt experience of contact and emotional echoes and evocations are parallel, endless investigations!

Emotion, feeling, body-memory, imagination, abandonment to sensory exploration, states of being and awareness, collaborative poetics of physical experience, the de/reconstruction of structures of physicality and intimacy, the personal and interpersonal, and the possibilities of emotional bodies in motion…

We give ourselves more permission to explore the felt experience of the dance and explore how to hold space and provide a frame for another’s experience beyond the conventional social. When we explore the mechanics and physics of a dance, what is it to do this from a place of the felt experience, more than the idea? Practices of mindful observation of emotion and sensation as they arise allow for more aware and creative relationship with our felt experience.

We create together a mutually supportive temporary community of personal exploration.

Material for the workshop is coming out of my practices as a dance theater director and as a facilitator of contact improvisation.  As a director, my work is highly interactive and very much about the exploration of experienced sense of meaning and the emotional body.  Somatic psychology and somatic practices are constant reference points in my work, investigating the self in relationship to other and the world.

All attending are expected to already have an introduction to contact improvisation.

Space limited to 25. Based on previous versions of this workshop, it is likely to fill, so registering early is recommended.

You can find the event here on facebook to stay in touch with announcements about the weekend.


regular ++ early + early early
paid by July 20 June 9 June 30 July 12 at the door
sliding scale  240-$340 $150- 340 $180-340 $210-340 $275-$340

to register, use the paypal button below. In the event of cancellation, fee will be refunded minus a $50 deposit.


Sliding Scale (pay what you can in range)

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