Contact Improvisation with Ali Robson
Sundays from 11:30am – 1:30pm
May 1st to June 26th, 2016 **No class May 22nd**
$80 for 8 Weeks
at The University of Winnipeg’s Asper Centre for Theatre & Film, studio 2T15
Contact Improvisation is a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially – following a shared point of contact. Through an honoring of every moment one learns to recognize and differentiate subtle impulses in our movement choices and our partner’s choices. We begin to decipher the cues that we give and receive which tell us when to lead or follow, when to go up, when to go down, where to touch, how to lift, when to slow down, and when to be still. In this form one learns to stay in integrity with each choice, never forcing, never rushing.
Who Should Take The Class? Actors, dancers, and/or anyone interested in expanding physical range and skill who have had some contact improvisation experience.
This class needs 10 participants to go forward.
Please contact Brittany Thiessen at [email protected]
Ali Robson is a dancer, choreographer and teacher based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Since graduating from the School of Contemporary Dancers in 2004 she has worked in both Vancouver and Winnipeg. In Vancouver she studied and performed contact improvisation with EDAM under the direction of Peter Bingham and in 2012 performed in Serge Bennathanʼs Elles. Ali worked for three seasons with Winnipegʼs TRIP Dance Company under the artistic direction of Karen Kuzak performing in Herding Instinct and The Art of Displacement. In early 2013, she performed with Winnipeg’s Contemporary Dancers in Toward Light: A Tribute to Rachel Browne and continues to work with the company.
Ali has worked as a dancer, rehearsal director, and movement coach with many artists including Tom Stroud (Company Link), Natasha Torres-Garner, Treasure Waddell, Alexandra Elliott, Claire Marshall, Coral Aiken, Delia Brett (MACHiNENOiSY), Melanie Kuxdorf, Susie Burpee, and Debbie Patterson. Her own choreographic work has been presented by Young Lungs Dance Exchange and at the Winnipeg Fringe Festival.
Ali holds a BA Honours in Theatre majoring in dance from the University of Winnipeg. She teaches creative movement and modern dance to children and adults and has taught contact improvisation and modern technique to students at the University of Winnipeg, to the public through community classes and to the professional dance communities in Winnipeg, Vancouver, and Regina.