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Contact Class. Body, techniques, awareness, communication. A contact class for more physical possibilities, to open your senses and to play with the principles of physical communication. Please register! 15 EUR / Unit or 40 EUR / month

Bodywork2Dance uses different types of bodyrelease techniques to relax us. Our body starts to flow. This is the time to start dancing into heaven. Please register! 15 EUR / Unit or 40 EUR / month

Fly2Dance is a space to learn lifting and complex patterns to release our body. Our body starts to flow. This is the time to start dancing into heaven. Please register!15 EUR / Unit or 40 EUR / month

CI Meditations. Moving from a meditative ritual into the dance space. The perfect finish for the weekend and a nourished start into the week. Please register! 15 EUR / Unit or 40 EUR / month

Contact jamming with all that is in you in that moment. Neusser Str. 26, Aikidoschule im Hinterhof. 10 EUR cash or PayPal to contact(at)motionlab.cologne
(not incl in monthly subscription plans)

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My focus

Contact Improvisation is not restricted by forms. Our movements are free. In other words: they are driven by our own decisions. I am interested in the non-performing aspect of this art, the non-violent body communication and the creation of an unintentional space to witness all aspects of creation.







What is Contact Improvisation?

Contact Improvisation is an evolving system of movement initiated in 1972 by American choreographer Steve Paxton. The improvised dance form is based on the communication between two moving bodies that are in physical contact and their combined relationship to the physical laws that govern their motion—gravity, momentum, inertia. The body, in order to open to these sensations, learns to release excess muscular tension and abandon a certain quality of willfulness to experience the natural flow of movement. Practice includes rolling, falling, being upside down, following a physical point of contact, supporting and giving weight to a partner. Contact improvisations are spontaneous physical dialogues that range from stillness to highly energetic exchanges. Alertness is developed in order to work in an energetic state of physical disorientation, trusting in one’s basic survival instincts. It is a free play with balance, self-correcting the wrong moves and reinforcing the right ones, bringing forth a physical/emotional truth about a shared moment of movement that leaves the participants informed, centered, and enlivened.

Early definition by Steve Paxton and others, 1970s, from CQ Vol. 5:1, Fall 1979