Elske Seidel (Berlin)                     Nature as Teacher:Contact Improvisation in Nature, Water and inside the studio

2 sessions in nature, 1 in warm water, 1 in the studio

 

This intensive is a deepening practice, experiencing Contact Improvisation in nature and warm water, allowing nature to teach us.

 

In Contact Improvisation presence with the earth is our first partner. Fine-tuning our sense of listening to gravity through touch we are continuously responding to and communicating with all the surfaces supporting us. When dancing in nature the realm of possibilities is widening and changing. A three-dimensional landscape of different textures and shapes is welcoming us into its specific language. In communication with what we are touching, we sense and absorb its inherent quality in all its aspects. The forces of gravity are moving through the environment, a truth of which we are part. From this place movement unfolds, takes us and passes through us informing our research and releasing our play.

 

Inside the studio we can harvest essential core principles from our experience in nature and warm water into our movement on land. Rooted in the depth of this experience, our movement qualities and techniques can develop organically from within, guiding us into deeper knowledge and understanding. This resonance can open our play into a field of inspiration and learning for blissful dancing.

 

Also see video about Elske's work:
Interview with Elske Seidel about Nature as Teacher

http://elskedance.de/en/videos

Elske Seidel based in Berlin, is a passionate movement researcher, CI dancer & teacher, deeply committed to CI and its community internationally. She has been teaching dance full time and wholeheartedly since the early nineties, CI since 2004.

 

Her boundless fascination and joy exploring and researching Contact Improvisation in all its depth and subtleties, inspires her workshops, privates, ongoing classes, and each of the projects she creates.

 

She holds a master's degree in Sport Science, Education and English from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Her main research question 'the essence of dance and its teaching' motivates the heart of her work from her early days at University until the present day.

 

Her work recognizes nature as a core source for knowledge, understanding and inspiration. She explores and teaches CI in the studio as well as in nature and in water, each informing and enriching the other. Meeting the moment, she offers organic support for the individual and the instant community as it emerges, allowing each to feel, find and follow what they need to enjoy dancing.

 

As part of her work she has been traveling extensively, teaching CI in Europe, Canada, the U.S., Argentina, Israel, Russia and Japan. She is the artistic director of the Annual Contact Festival Fuerteventura/ Spain and co- creates Dance Your Question: CI Research Week for Experienced Contact Dancers, CI Training Program Hamburg/ Germany, CI Workshop Series BASICS in Hamburg/ Germany and co-organized among many other projects ECITE - European Contact Improvisation Teachers Exchange in Ponderosa/ Germany in 2014.

 

www.elskedance.de

 

www.canarian.contactfestival.info

 

 

Also see video about Elske's work:
Interview with Elske Seidel about Nature as Teacher

http://elskedance.de/en/videos