Late-Fall Weekend Workshop


the 15th annual Late-Fall weekend Contact Improvisation Intensivetg 17 facebook event copy

with Karl Frost

  • November 24-26, 2017
  • Friday-Sunday, 12-6
  • at The Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley, California

This yearly workshop for experienced contactors is Karl’s most “improvised”workshop of the year, offering new experiments based on recent work and curiosities. Over the days, we meander through an organic mix of technique and poetic exploration of the physical encounter with other.

The technical work cultivates efficiency, kinesthetic pleasure, and physical safety in contact as well as fluid speed and power. A recurring theme is the ability to calmly sense with more somatic detail in more “frames per second”… to sense and to be able to act creatively and functionally on what is sensed.

Art and felt barcfilmmeaning in the dance are the subjects of physical poetics.

While our path will be discovered as we go, you can expect…

  • A balance of study and abandon, tight investigations and open questions
  • Contact vocabulary: novel lifts and mechanical details
  • Explorations of release technique and the “passive sequencing” work
  • Questioning ‘meaning’ and poetry of the body
  • States of awareness and experiments in mind/body relationship
  • The possibility of intentionality and composition juxtaposed with the
    impossibility of control of meaning and motion.
  • The dance both as a physical process and as the poetic interplay of two experiencing beings.
  • The interplay of open discovery and compositional intention as experiment and deliberate provocation to novel experience.

Body work, Mind work, pleasure, intellect, and a fair bit of sweat.

see bottom of web page for registration info. click here to find the event on facebook

Karl Frost has been teaching and performing contact and related work in body-based creative process for the over 20 years. He is known internationally for his dynamic and articulate movement style, his rigor in physical research and teaching, and for the edge-pushing nature of his work in both practice and performance. His work, influenced by studies in contemporary release technique, Alexander technique, and martial arts, has been showcased across the states, Canada, Europe, South America, and Israel. His performances take the body and emotionally and physically felt experience as their reference points.

Karl holds a PhD in Ecology (emphasis in Human Ecology and Cultural Evolution Theory), and MFA in Dramatic Arts, and a BA in Physics.  His research in both the arts and sciences focuses on the role of the body in emotion and social behavior, especially with regards altruism, compassion, solidarity, and conflict. He is currently working at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Department of Human Behavior, Ecology, and Culture as an ethnographic film-maker and researcher.

Some of his recent projects have included Body of Knowledge, the Dancing Wilderness Project, the blindfolded participatory performance work AXOLOTL, and The Sierra Contact Festival.

Of his performance work…

utterly compelling!
Brett Fetzer, The Stranger, Seattle, April 04
extremely interesting.
Ann Wagner, The Stranger, Seattle, Sep 04
the most surprising performance experience i’ve ever had and … one of the most rewarding.
Brendan Kiley, The Stranger, Seattle Oct 05
’something startling but strangely beautiful to behold.
Molly Rhodes, SF Weekly, San Francisco, August 07


Registration: This workshop is for experienced contactors. What this means is that you should have already been practising contact-based explorations for a bit and be comfortable withbasic contact skills, like movement into and out of the floor and moving with another body with weight exchange.  This also should not be your first time being in a structured contact improvisation class or workshop.  If you have any questions, feel free to write. It is open to experienced beginners, but you should be willing to hang tight, as we might move a bit fast through material.  Intermediate and above dancers should have only interesting problems with the material :-).

Fees are sliding scale, with the lower end of the sliding scale depending on when you register. Early enrolment is recommended: It is cheaper, and this workshop often fills.

  Very Very Early Very Early Early Somewhat Early Regular price
Date deposit received October 15 November 4 November 11 November 18
November 23
‘at the door’
$ $180-$400 $210 – $400 $230 – $400 $260 – $400 $290-$400 $320-$400

To register, use the paypal button below.  In the event that you have to cancel, payment will be refunded, minus a $75 deposit.

Sliding scale, pay what you can

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