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Register now to profit from some preregistration discounts

CI workshop "Here and now" :

Week-end at the end of May 2011

CI classes "The invisible kinesphere":

Sundays morning, from April 3 to 24

CI classes "The weave" :

Thursdays, from March 24 to April 7
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Image by Catherine Lessard & David Flewelling

"Here and now", creative process in dance improvisation

« A 12 hours intensive, to dive deeply into the work of instant composition, and to allow the emergence of authentic gestures, clear intentions and true commitment to the present moment. An invitation to tell physical and non literal stories. Used to this workshop? Welcome! New to it? Welcome as well! This material, both profound and ludic, always includes mixed elements of novelty and revision. »

Weekend May 28-29,

Saturday 1:00 to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday 10:00 a.m.to 6:00 p.m. (including meal breaks)

$90 if registration before May 20, $110 thereafter

***Free public presentation, by the workshop participants, Sunday May 29, at 5:00 p.m., come and join the audience!

Studio Caravane,

903 St-Zotique East street, Beaubien metro station

"The invisible kinesphere", with Catherine Lessard

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"The invisible kinesphere": a way to embody, explore and tame the back space, a zone generally invisible to our gaze, to be able to offer it easily in situations of weight transfer and to receive approaching partners.

Mini-series for all levels,

Sundays, April 3 to 24,

10:15 to 11:30 a.m., just before the jam

40$ for the series (12$ drop in).

The jam is included.

Studio 303,

372 Ste-Catherine West street, 3rd floor, métro PDA metro

"The weave", with Catherine Lessard

Spring 2011 session,weekly classes in contact improvisation and dance improvisation with Catherine Lessard, followed by the focused jam

«A course dedicated to the art of being adequately lazy and communicative in movement, the art of responding with a sharp mind and a receptive body to the physical forces passing though us. This course is a training in depth to obtain tools for research and exploration, to absorb the great influence of touch and weight on our sensations and perceptions, to clarify the creative impulses inside us, to be solid observers and actors of our own propositions in the space. »

Session : Thursdays, from March 24 to April 7, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. ($20)

Focused jam 8:00 to 10:15 p.m. ($5)

***Some classes can be added in April according to participation level and availability of studio, stay tuned!

Studio Fleur d’Asphalte,

6847 St-Hubert, Beaubien or Jean-Talon metro station


All registrations are confirmed by reception of the amount of your inscription through post mail at:

Catherine Lessard, 873 rue Léonard, Ste-Thérèse, Qc, J7E 2N8.

You can send a deposit ($60 minimum) if you can not pay the whole in one time. It is also possible to register through Accès D (Desjardins accounts), contact me to obtain the transit codes.

Exception: the mini-series "The invisible kinesphere" on Sunday mornings, where you can register on the spot.

For more information :
worksphere@hotmail.com or 514-518-6240
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Image by Véro Boncompagni


Catherine Lessard transmits with passion and coherence the key principles of Dance Improvisation and Contact Improvisation. She has studied and performed with dancers of international reputation such as Nancy Stark Smith, Daniel Lepkoff, David Zambrano, Andrew Harwood, Kirstie Simpson, Patricia Kuypers and Ray Chung. She also has experience in Body-Mind Centering (BMC), Authentic Movement, and butoh, and has professional training in music and communications. Combining, in a unified pedagogy, both a sharp vision of art and a hungry curiosity for science, Catherine has been teaches and performs improvisation regularly in Montreal (Bizz studio, 303, Fleur d’Asphalte, Dojos), in USA and in France. She is a member of PIE (Performance Improvisation Exchange), a collective of 5 Canadian improvisers and searchers. From 2007 to 2009, she has served as president of the Montreal Association for Contact Improvisation (ACI). Catherine’s workshops are explorations of human expression through breathing, awareness, non-judgement and various nuances of touch and movement, offered in an atmosphere of respect and playful discovery.

Catherine Lessard biography here

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