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Floor Work for Improvisers - Rolls & Puzzles with Catherine Lessard

November 10 to 13, 2014 (monday to thursday), 9:30 AM to 12:30
At Studio 303, 372 rue Ste-Catherine West, Montreal, 3rd floor

An essential foundation for Contact Improvisation, Improvisation, performance, …

**An opportunity to make the pleasure last … in the prolonging of the Montreal CI Festival and International Jam!**

02. IGP

Based on various Release Techniques and on the most recent researches in neuro-development, as well as on Daniel Lepkoff, Steve Paxton and Nita Little’s meticulous and intense works, this workshop proposes to explore several physical patterns, and to foresee their possible utilization in situations of movement improvisation.

03. Puzzle

Such as spirographs and mandalas traced on the ground or into space, these rolls and puzzles are fabulous tools for the unfolding of our physical intelligence. They all originate in the inherent organization to our anatomy and evolution path. They encourage the body and the brain to stretch their possibilities, by searching adequate physical solutions (both tonic and "lazy" enough) to limiting conditions and to sometimes quite strange/comical situations.

In observing the principle of least efforts for optimal efficiency, this work allows the dancer to meet the floor as a multi-dimensional support and an indispensable ally. It invites us to study with curiosity, patience, empiric self-inquiry and to challenge our boundaries in a respectful atmosphere of profound research.
Images credits: Maryline Charneau/Susan Arnsten-Russell

Cost :
$110 on the spot - $100 before November,$90 before October 26.
Drop in (dancers with experience in CI and improv) : $30.
Max 25 participants.
Registration confirmed upon reception of a $50 N/R deposit.

To register through paypal (with or without an account) :

04. PayPal

For more info or for other registration modes :

Direct contact : Catherine, worksphere@hotmail.com, 514.518.6240.
Bio Catherine

01. Portrait

Photos : Véro Boncompagni/Céline Babin


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