Contact improvisation is a partnered improvisational dance technique based in the movement generated by sharing weight through points of contact between bodies. Worldwide spread as a social dance form, it is a rich and complex technique, but accesible to everybody, with values of horizontality, responsability and autonomy. It developes gravity and bodies awareness, and a learning process that emerges from the inner sensation rather than external imitation of prefigured forms, providing materiality to freedom.
I understand CI as a practice of improvisation in contact with the space, the ground (the Earth), and other bodies based in an understanding of physical forces, as well as the development of a mental state of calmness and attention, in which sensation and the present moment fulfill the space of action. Coming back to the process of developing movement from our birth, it researches about spherical orientation beyond the standing position. Contact improvisation opens up other posibilities for socialization and indentification restricted in our societies, offering a privileged framework for the development of the philosophy of dance, studying the qualities of intimacy, and the metaphisic, ethic and politic interactions between bodies.
Trained at EspacioFCI, a prestigious CI school in Madrid, my personal main interests in the space opened up by contact improvisation are performativity, identification and desubjectivation of bodies, the relationship between the body and its physic and medioambiental environment, the study of violence and somatic consensus, the energy fluxus between bodies, and the creation of a anti-coitocentrist and performative queer sexuality.
CONTACT IMPRO RELATED WORKSHOPS
Somatic consensus: building trust through touch
Somatic consensus proposes energy-sharing simple exercises to develop our capacity to communicate through touch without the need f the spoken word. It’s base in contact improvisation and tango connection techniques, and it explores different qualities of consent, consensus, and shared movement, to understand how can we unfold a complex sensitivity to touch language, mutual respect, widening limits-listening, broadening self-permission, and reflecting about ways to avoid, divert or restructure violence.
Beyond consent: Pansensuality before gender
The movement patterns we acquire in the society we live in share two characteristics: they privilege standing and seated positions; and they are shaped by gendered movement styles which we try, fail, or refuse to adhere to. This compulsory development has a history we all embody. Queerness and contact improvisation constitute critiques of these limitations on human development. They propose a path to rebuild this history by offering another embodiment that takes over those narratives and customs. Conscious dance and gender practitioners know that we face conflict and limitations due to the inscription of this body history in ourselves. We cannot just become the raw material for a new approach, but we can try to repattern ourselves through shared reflection and continuous practice.
This workshop aims to lead us through the early history of our movement and pre-verbal development, trying to recall how we thought and moved in our early childhood. It aims to recuperate a pansensuality not yet mediated by cisheteropatriarchal norms, and a movement not separated from curiosity, objects, and others
The Queer Touch, researching between movement and touch
The Queer Touch researches about power relations and freedom through movement and touch, exploring bodies beyond identity, social expectations on gender, deepening in how movement and touch can help us understand our body history, our relationships with other bodies, and our purely physical being. The Queer Touch reflects on the childhood socialization experiences of queer people as a source to embody how we got used to the power relations we now live as normal. Secondly, it tries to go beyond this human body history in search of the sensation of our bodies as animals, and things, looking for a posthuman approach which helps us to feel detached from what we have built as our stable identity.
Queering contact: vulnerability and mutual support
Queering contact implies the idea of putting vulnerability at the center of movement practice. A queer perspective on contact improvisation deals with the core values of contact improvisation and their chances of realization among the contact impro international community. Vulnerability is a powerful political concept which can help us to understand and embody, not only the diversities and differences that draw different body landscapes and that encourage a commitment with the views of those who are publicly perceives as more vulnerable, but also trace specific qualities of movement and mutual support as physical realizations of those views and values.