Touch-base — Proposed by Nina Sarnelle

An improvisational physical workshop exploring touch as artistic medium & aesthetic gesture. Whether wanted or unwanted, positive or negative, most touching and feeling in our everyday lives happens for a reason: pleasure, healing, exercise, violence, accident, eroticism, therapy. But what…

Touch-base — Proposed by Nina Sarnelle

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An improvisational physical workshop exploring touch as artistic medium & aesthetic gesture. Whether wanted or unwanted, positive or negative, most touching and feeling in our everyday lives happens for a reason: pleasure, healing, exercise, violence, accident, eroticism, therapy. But what if this logic was loosened — allowing us to contemplate touch for its own sake — like dance, or music? Dance and music are particularly useful analogs, with their long and complex histories, their diverse styles, techniques and intentions, their structures for improvisation…

Through a series of “hands-on” improv sessions, we will investigate the potential of this incredibly intimate and affective medium. I am inviting movers and improvisers that I admire from the community to lead one session based on an improv technique used in their practice. I’ve been trained in the SITI company’s Viewpoints methodology, and will adapt applicable Viewpoints like shape, repetition, duration and tempo to structure my sessions. We’ll also read some improv theory, including SITI’s concepts of extraordinary listening & soft focus, Pauline Oliveros’ deep listening, Contact Improv texts and other ideas from the group.” Each session will consist of equal parts improvisation and reflection. Combinations of choreography will be recorded and built upon to form works-in-progress for public presentation at the end of the assembly. I hope this assembly will inspire group members to work together (or separately) on future projects using the body of knowledge and experience we’ve developed.

Ideal size of the group: 4-9

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