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A contact improvisation workshop with Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood (some experience with contact recommended)

Dec 5 (6-9 pm), Dec 6 (10-5), 7 (10-4)
U of A movement room, 3F of FAB

What does it mean to be ready to dance at any time, with anyone and to use all our known and unknown resources? There is an attitude and a state of body-mind that can be cultivated which can help bring us to that place of total alertness. Being completely attentive and always prepared on all levels will enable us to go beyond thinking our way through the dance and help us be attuned to what is actually taking place in the present moment. This full presence allows us to be freed of the mental chatter, the planning ahead or holding onto the past, which so often override the body’s ability to make appropriate split-second choices. The end result: dances that can be entirely physical, playful, heartfelt, surprising and enjoyable.

Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood began his dance career in 1975 with Linda Rubin and has since dedicated himself to the research, education, development and dissemination of improvisation as a performing art. He studied and performed with Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and Nita Little, the founders of contact improvisation and danced for the companies of Marie Chouinard, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Jo Lechay and Fulcrum. He was also a member of the improvisational ensembles the Improvisational Movement Fund, the Echo Case and Discovery Bal. His work involves ongoing collaborations and investigations of performance, composition, spatial design and various movement techniques including yoga, martial arts, Alexander and release techniques, and various somatic approaches. He has been taught and performed at numerous institutions and international festivals throughout North America and Europe as well as in Central and South America, Mexico, Australia, Eastern Europe, Israel and Russia. He is the recipient of the Canada Council’s Jacqueline-Lemieux award for the year 2000.

To register call 780.424.1573 or email