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Improvisation in Action: Improvisation-as-Contemplation with Miriam Wolodarski

2023 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Improvisation in Action is MovingGround’s ongoing fall class series, every 1st and 3rd Mondays at Ellen Webb Studios. Facilitated by Artistic Director Krista DeNio, with each class taught by a different MovingGround collaborator, this class series integrates various forms of movement Improvisation, including: Contact Improvisation, Viewpoints, Composition techniques and practices, writing and movement scores, and more! Come integrate your moving body with imaginal tools and skills, for a satisfying group practice. Class is from 7-8:30pm, followed by a movement jam until 10pm.

All experience levels are welcome.

Improvisation Class + Jam: $20

Improvisation Jam Only: $10

You may use Venmo (@MovingGround) or cash at the venue.

Register in advance here.

11/20 Improvisation-as-Contemplation with Miriam Wolodarski: In this class, we will work in and out of contact in a mode where sensation tells us what to do: not concerned with showmanship or good ideas, but cultivating states of awareness. Loosely borrowing Mary Overlie’s Six Viewpoints schema, and sourcing tools from Barbara Dilley’s Contemplative Dance Practices, we will chart some trajectories for our attention to slide, skip, expand and contract between different foci. Noticing, supporting and developing what is already happening, we can surrender to intuitive delight and humor, balancing effort and release, delving into specific patterns and pathways while prioritizing states of wonder. Come as you are!

Miriam Wolodarski’s work frames dance as a contemplative practice, taking a kinesthetic approach to the socio-political, emotional, and philosophical questions we hold in our bodies. Miriam’s original performances have been supported by programs at YBCA, CounterPULSE, TragantDansa, Centre Cívic Barceloneta, and The Hemispheric Institute, among others; she is currently the Artistic Director of the arts organization Sense Object. senseobject.com

Krista DeNio is an interdisciplinary choreographer, director, performer, writer and educator. She facilitates creative projects based in the principles and practices of ensemble-based theater. Artistic Director of MovingGround, her work engages interdisciplinary collaborations that bridge embodied experience,performance, education, activism, and human-to-human connections. Krista teaches movement and performance making in the Bay Area and nationally. She has been a practitioner of Contact Improvisation for twenty years and approaches the form from technical foundations, choreographic applications and the radical personal and political potential that exists within the practice and participating communities. www.movingground.org


Ellen Webb Studios
2822 Union St
Emeryville, CA 94608 United States
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