Class 1- Explore / Notice / Choose
In the beginning it was set down that we were to explore movement while in contact, with the guideline to ‘take care of yourself, first’.
To explore. What does that mean to you? How do you know when you are exploring and when you are not?
To explore what? To explore the use of contact to improvise!
Contact is touch. We use touch in order to feel, to experience sensation.
In C.I., sensation is direct present moment information about yourself and your relationship to that to which you are in contact.
Sensation is the language of C.I., it is the means of communication. The contact is the source for all involved to feel what is offered, explore options in relationship to what is offered and tract responses, on and on.
Explore what it means to…*
*Maintain attention to sensation, at the point of contact and beyond. As in meditation, notice when your attention wanders and return it to the object of the practice- tracking sensation.
This practice trains awareness to reside in the sensational present moment of what is, the support for that which is becoming.
Contact is the AND that joins and separates self and other.
*Use the contact to feel yourself, to experience the sensation of your own being.
*Use the contact to feel the other, to notice what you notice about your partner.
*Use the contact to feel yourself and other, simultaneously. (This is what the dance requires to be fun and safe.)
Can you direct your attention in each of these ways? What is easy, what is hard?
Notice. Notice. Notice.
C.I. is a practice of becoming intimate with the details of your being and doing, how those details relate to each other and respond to that which you are connected.
*In a solo, (duet!) with the floor, simply observe your choice to do nothing or to do something at the point/s of contact. In the stillness or movement notice details of sensation- area making contact, pressure of weight, temperature, comfort/lack of comfort,……. Also, allow yourself to notice what is present mentally and emotionally. How does your ability to observe detail change as you move from still to moving, from slow to quicker?
The more you know about your choices in contact with the inanimate (floor, wall, furniture etc.) the more options you will have available in contact with an animate partner. There is no limit to what can be learned in and transferred from an on-going solo contact practice.
*Use the contact with a partner to notice whether you are doing nothing or something.
*Use the contact with a partner to notice whether your partner is doing nothing or something.
*Use the contact to experience the AND of you and your partner’s choices occurring simultaneously.
Note- partners commit to maintain a point of contact but do not have to agree about how they will each use it. They agree to stay connected but do not have to match. One may do nothing and the other something or both may do very different somethings at the shared connection.
There is no ‘turn taking’ in C.I. Both dancers use the shared point of contact to send and receive choices simultaneously! There are no prescribed roles, rules or signals in C.I. Instead, participants show up with awareness, curiosity and authenticity to feel what their partner is offering at the point of contact, play with their options in relationship to what is offered and track responses. Through exploration, what is possible is discovered and built upon. C.I. is an unfolding system. The choices are limitless. There is no end to the potential.