WORKSHOP - Contact Improvisation with Steve Batts

17th November Echo Echo Studios 10am - 12pmBook Now
The contact dance practice that is a leading influence on the movement style of Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company

man teaching a dance class

This class is open to all but will be enjoyable and challenging for people with experience of dancing and moving. If you have a specific question please get in touch. All are welcome and do stay for a cup of tea and a chat afterwards!

About Contact Improvisation

Contact Improvisation is a dance-movement practice that deals with the creative and poetic possibilities and limits of moving in physical touch and close proximity without a plan.

Most partner forms of dance emphasise modules of movement and a particular “feel”. In Contact Improvisation the emphasis is rather on understanding the principles of shared movement so that we can simply meet and create dances from there.

Contact Improvisation dances can be slow, fast, gentle, tender, athletic, boisterous and humorous. They are created through the meeting of two people in physical contact with no fixed intention beyond creating a dance together, and with no fixed leadership role.

Because Contact Improvisation approaches movement in an organic and natural way no-one really arrives as a beginner. We all have movement possibilities and we all understand to some extent, momentum, support, how to bear weight, how to move with and alongside someone else, how to travel up and down alone or together, how to deal with and enjoy gravity, how to adapt to the decisions and movements of a partner and how to understand and appreciate ones own decisions and intuitions as well as those of other people. Contact Improvisation is founded on this natural understanding and it refines and deepens it, opening up the opportunity for a rich expression of the human improvisatory, poetic, sensibility in interactive movement.

Contact is a key influence on Echo Echo's unique movement style and Artistic Director, Steve Batts, describes Contact as "one of the great joys in my life".

Echo Echo regularly hosts Contact Improvisation workshops, classes, performances and jams over the last 20 years.

 

Festival banner artwork by zoocreative

Festival Tickets

Buy tickets with WeGotTickets

 Alternatively please get in touch with us:

Emailinfo@echoechodance.com

Phone (NI): 02871308883

Phone (ROI): 04871308883

Phone (Int'l): +442871308883

Box Office: Call into Echo Echo Studios, Hangman's Bastion, Magazine Street (cash only)

Groups

Large group discounts may be available by prior arrangement. Please contact Echo Echo Festival box office 02871308883 in advance.

Access information

Our sincere apologies - no wheelchair access at Echo Echo Studios due to technical defect with platform lift. We continue to work as quickly as possible to resolve this! Many Festival events are programmed in other accessible venues and locations this year. Please contact us if you have a specific access requirement or query.

Festival supported by

EEF2018 logo strip

 

 

 

What's On

What's On

Echo Echo Kids Classes

8th Sep - 24th Nov (Weekly) +

Body Wisdom

14th Sep - 14th Dec (Weekly) +

WILD ATLANTIC WAVES art exhibition by John Deery

26th Oct - 30th Nov +

Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement 2018

5th Nov - 17th Nov +

WORKSHOP - Contact Improvisation with Steve Batts

14th November +

TWO ENSEMBLES PROJECT & LUCIA WALKER SOLO - Belfast

14th November +

INVISIBLE HISTORIES in association with Void Gallery (free event)

15th November +

SHORT WORKS

15th Nov - 16th Nov +

Artist Talk - MARY WYCHERLEY (free event)

16th November +

TWO ENSEMBLES PROJECT - Craft Village

16th November +

TWO ENSEMBLES PROJECT & LUCIA WALKER SOLO

17th November +

BASORK - Festival Closing Event

17th November +

Festival Symposium (free event)

17th November +

WORKSHOP - Contact Improvisation with Steve Batts

17th November +

LOST IN FROST - Roscommon

6th December +

LOST IN FROST - Letterkenny

11th December +

LOST IN FROST - Enniskillen

18th December +

LOST IN FROST - Kildare

21st Dec - 22nd Dec +

Dance Picnic - Kildare

22nd December +