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CI Fundamentals

Workshop for beginners, but open for experienced dancers
January 28-30, Vilnius, Lithuania

“The pleasure of dancing with somebody
in an unplanned and spontaneous way” - Steve Paxton

Contact improvisation (CI) is one of the most welcoming and friendly dance forms. It’s open for people of all body types, ages, backgrounds and athletic ability.

In contact improvisation two moving bodies are following physical point of contact and they roll, fall, fly, support and give weight to each other. They are sharing the dance and playing with the physical laws as gravity, momentum, inertia, etc.

This workshop will help to release excess muscular tension, get in contact with our bodies and liberate the natural movement.

During the workshop we will work on:
- relaxing the body and releasing unneecesarry muscular tension;
- physical touch and point of contact,
- listening to the partner, following and leading,
- sharing the weight
- different ways to support/lift,
- soft landing, falling and rolling,
- moving efficiently in different levels,
- inner and shared balance.

There will be technical material and we will also focus on our personal curiosity, exploration and pleasure of dance. We will create a space for finding the trust in ourselves and our partners, spontaneity, support and presence.

People with previous CI experience are also welcome!

Julija Melnik, BA, MA - Tutor in Dance - is leading regular contact improvisation classes, jams and workshops in Lithuania. She has also taught outside of Lithuania (Ukraine, Latvia, Russia, France and USA ). Julija is actively participating in International CI festivals, teachers’ conferences and is also organizing CI events in Lithuania : annual CI and Performance Mini-festival since 2007, regional CI teachers’ conference in March ‘08, Vilnius CI and Performance Festival ‘09.

Julija has studied contact improvisation with CI pioneers - Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith, and also with Nina Martin, Andrew Harwood, Angela Donii, Joerg Hassman, Charlie Morrissey, Adrian Russi and many others. She is also exploring other improvisational forms and performance, and has studied with Julyen Hamilton, Daniel Lepkoff, Nita Little, Alexander Girshon, Keith Hennessy and others.

Julija often performs in improvisational dance structures or performances at international CI festivals and conferences. The recent dance projects she took part in: Bodies in Urban Spaces with W. Dorner , Stokholm ‘08, Barcelona International Dance Exchange ‘09.

Besides CI, Julija has been teaching street dance for five years. She is also practicing Argentinean tango, house dance, salsa, contemporary dance.

What is CI? (Watch video - eng, ru)

January 28 (Fri.) 19:00-22:00
January 29 d. (Sat.) 11:00-14:00; 15:00-18:00
January 30 d. (Sun.) 11:00-14:00; 15:00-18:00; 18:30-21:00 - Jam

Workshop will take place in the central part of Vilnius. Details will be announced later for participants.

Lodging: We might help with finding some free or non-expensive accommodation.

Fee: Cost of the workshop is 30-57 EUR.
With early registration and unrefundable deposit of 10 EUR paid:
30 EUR, till 17th of January,
45 EUR, till 24th of January,
Later - 57 EUR.

Register here

improv_lt (at)
+370 613 57997 (Julija)

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