Territories of encounter between Contact improvisation and Somatics: a morning of engaged exploration in motion and sensorial mechanics

Territories of encounter between Contact improvisation and Somatics: a morning of engaged exploration in motion and sensorial mechanics

Sunday June 25th 10am-2pm @ Ninth Street Dance

Touch only happens at the edge of spaces, light only happens during dark intervals –Keith Jarrett

Dear potential participant: What can I tell you to help you know a bit about about what I hope we can enjoy together on this Sunday morning/early afternoon in late June? We will arrive, we will say hello, there will be movement, there will be touch. I will bring some quietly inspirational music to create an atmosphere. I hope to guide a practice which will help us settle into our flesh, get things aligned, wake up sensations, and get us moving together and apart with pleasure and with verve. There will be spaciousness, and also detailed attention. Hopefully things will get juicy and we will laugh and smile, exhale deeply, maybe sweat. It will be lovely, you should come, you would be welcome!

Cost: $35 -60 sliding scale. Please register by calling Ninth Street Dance at 919-286-6011.

Attendance will be capped at 15.

See Facebook event.

More about Ray Eliot Schwartz (he’s a native of the Triangle!):

Ray Eliot Schwartz attended high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts, received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and his MFA from University of Texas-Austin. He has been on the faculty of the University of the Americas Puebla in San Andrés Cholula, México for 11 years, where he has served as the academic coordinator of the dance program (http://blog.udlap.mx/danza/) since 2008.

He is a co-founder of Performática: Foro Internacional de Danza Contemporánea y Artes del Movimiento (www.perfomatica.org), a research associate at the Center for Mind Body Movement – an ISMETA certified institute dedicated the development and investigation of somatic movement education (www.bodymindmovement.mx), and a consultant and teaching artist for ArcDanz International Dance Workshop (www.arcdanz.org).

Prior to starting his work in Mexico, he co-founded four contemporary dance projects in the southern U.S.: Sheep Army, The Zen Monkey Project, Steve’s House Dance Collective and THEM. He has been a guest artist for diverse populations in the U.S., Turkey, South East Asia, South America, and Mexico and has served on the faculty of the American Dance Festival, Bates Dance Festival, MELT, the ZMP Summer Dance Intensive, the Colorado College Summer Dance Festival and SFADI, among others.

He is a published scholar whose principal focus is the interface of somatic movement education and contemporary dance practice. Somatic studies include certifications in Body-Mind Centering® and the Feldenkrais Method™. Additional studies include Zero-Balancing, Gross Anatomy (Dissection), Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and Traditional Thai Massage.