March 1 to 5, 2021 – 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$___ with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $_____, non-eligible rate)
$____ drop-ins Mon.-Tue. unless full (or $____, non-eligible rate)
Open to artists of all disciplines / In [LANGUAGE]
Capacity: _ people, priority for full week attendance
This workshop invites us to honor our essence and become the masters of what we know and what we do. Each session serves to create containers for focused investigation, encouraging each person to engage in the dynamics of self-care and empathy for others. Working with the innate intelligence of the body and a curiosity for the unfolding moment, we behold and are with that which wants to emerge instinctively. An assortment of playful & artistic dance scores will allow us to play lightly/seriously with our know-how, our how-to-be and our not-knowing. These spontaneous movement structures will help us focus our attention, develop an awareness of inner/outer space, awaken our senses, harness our inventiveness, create familiarity, dig in to what is actually happening and stimulate our imagination as we improvise alone, in pairs and trios, in small groups and as one large ensemble. This will be a mixed level class, open to all levels of experience.
Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood (Montreal) is an internationally recognized pioneer and master teacher of contact improvisation and real time composition. He began his dance career in 1975 and for over forty-five years has dedicated himself to the research, education, development and dissemination of contact improvisation and compositional improvisation as sophisticated movement disciplines and performing art forms.He studied and performed with the founders of CI Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and Nita Little. He has also performed with a host of exceptional dancers such as Peter Bingham, Chris Aiken, Ray Chung, Lin Snelling, Marc Boivin, Benoit Lachambre, Kirstie Simson and Lisa Nelson. He danced for the companies of Marie Chouinard, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Jo Lechay and Fulcrum, and performed with the dance collectives Discovery Bal, The Echo Case and the Improvisational Movement Fund. Passionate about teaching, he transforms his training in gymnastics, the Alexander Technique, Aikido, release technique, contemporary dance, yoga and various somatic practices into a personal language, which he has shared throughout the world since 1976. He was awarded the Canada Council’s Jacqueline Lemieux Award for artistic excellence in 2000.