Swimming in the Ocean of Possibility: Contact Improvisation and Mindfulness
This workshop offers specific explorations in Contact Improvisation and embodied mindfulness practices, guiding us toward fully engaged presence. Whether you are brand new to C.I. or mindfulness practices or a long time practitioner, engaged presence and embodied action are available to all of us.
We will draw on meditation, Body Mind Centering, Authentic Movement and visualizations as we move in and out of solo and partner dancing. Our mindfulness practice will enhance our fluency with important CI skills, such as refining our sensitivity in listening and responding to touch, following the point of contact, giving and receiving weight with ease and using momentum.
Cultivating presence allows us to be open in any moment to an infinite number of choices in the dance. For those new to CI, you will be supported to listen deeply to your whole body self as you attune to your partner, creating the ground for delicious dancing, based in listening, awareness and spontaneous action.
For those of us who have practiced CI for years we can become habituated to particular choices and find ourselves unconsciously swimming in the same pattern, body system or tempo. This series will help us recognize that a multitude of choices are available at any moment, allowing a whole new world of experience to emerge.
Alicia Grayson has been passionately involved with dancing, teaching and performing CI for the past 27 years. She has taught contact improvisation as an adjunct faculty at George Washington University, University of Denver, Naropa University and Shenandoah University. She teaches CI, yoga and pilates classes in Boulder and regularly travels nationally and internationally to teach. Her long time practices of authentic movement, yoga and meditation are important influences on her dancing and teaching. She is a certified Hakomi Therapist and Perinatal Somatic Therapist. She delights in exploring and discovering new depths to contact improvisation and related disciplines and is particularly interested int he intersection of physics and expression and the mind/body relationship.
Location: Center for Art & Spirit at St.George, 1 School Rd, Asheville, NC 28806, USA
Regular Saturday Jam
at The Center For Art and Spirit
Doors open at 3:45
Head west on Patton Ave, pass Skylanes Bowling. Turn left at the next traffic light onto Bear Creek Rd. Take an immediate right (passing the yellow wedge markers in road).
Look for St. George's Episcopal Church on left (there is a stone that says 'Montessori School.' ) Park anywhere around building. Enter by large red doors.
NOT to be confused with nearby Presbyterian Church.