ReSourcing Presence: Activating Ensemble in Contact Improvisation

with Ray Chung and Nita Little

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August 14, 2017 - 5:00pm - August 20, 2017 - 3:00pm

This week-long workshop engages Contact Improvisation in an intensive practice & study of ensemble dancing. Through embodied attention training, physical studies, improvisation, compositional scores, discussions, and group research sessions, we develop our collective response-ability by means of the articulation of our presence. Becoming feral, we ride the lip of experimentation.

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Ray Chung

Ray Chung is a performer, teacher, engineer, and artist who has a passion for dancing which he likes to share with other people. His main focus is improvisation and he has worked with Contact Improvisation since 1979 as part of improvisational performance practice and integrates other movement forms into his work, including martial arts, bodywork and Authentic Movement. Ray has worked with the leading proponents of Contact Improvisation including Nancy Stark Smith, Steve Paxton, Nita Little, Lisa Nelson, Peter Bingham, Chris Aiken, Andrew Harwood, and regularly collaborates with dancers, musicians, and other artists. Ray has also been certified as an instructor of shiatsu by the Shiatsu Education Center of America in 1982, and has studied with Wataru Ohashi, Ryuho Yamada, and Shizuto Masunaga.  His work has been featured at numerous national and international festivals and venues, and has performed in works directed by Anna Halprin, Judith Kajiwara, and George Coates.  Currently based in San Francisco & Sweden, Ray regularly teaches abroad.

Nita Little

Nita Little has been delving into the significance of improvisational dance actions the entirety of her professional career, which began with the emergence and development of Contact Improvisation (CI). Originally a modern dancer, she trained with José Limón and first generation Graham and Cunningham dancers as well as Judson pioneers including Judith Dunn, her mentor in ensemble improvisation. Her work with Steve Paxton was research generative of CI and she toured with him, developed teaching methodologies, performance practices, and conceptual understanding of the form. A practitioner/theorist, Little is a performer, choreographer, teacher, scholar and writer. She received her PhD in Performance Studies in 2014. This was an effort made because of the significance of the field of dance improvisation to the expansion of human knowledge through physical research into its creative and embodied potentials. Little explores physical/mental states in the physics of motion, relational and creative action, and the articulation of presence through ensemble improvisation and Contact Improvisation. She tours on a regular basis making work, performing, and teaching technical, relational, and creative skills to dance companies and at festivals and schools worldwide. Her writing investigates ecological actions of attention and the creative potentials present in entangled relations. In partnership with a diversity of theorists from fields including cognitive therapy, anthropology, psychology, she is developing a Seattle based Institute for the Study of Somatic Communication (ISSC) with a global network of ensemble dance research laboratories.

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