How can we challenge our preconceptions about what it means to be with another—to collaborate, support, and navigate the complexity of an ensemble?
How can we relate without copying?
How can we dance with each other without always cooperating?
How can we practice “counterproposal” as an option for building on existing trajectories?
This class draws strategies from contact improvisation, emergent composition, and other methods to create an expanded field for dancing with others or in an ensemble.
We will begin with physical and sensory attunement and practice dancing with each other (a) while in physical contact, (b) at a distance, and (c) with special attention to the space in between those options. We will cover some strategies for offering and listening for consent through an awareness of how the space between our dancing bodies is already a thread of connection. We will end with a group “jam” or “open canvas” to allow for time to integrate, synthesize, problematize, or throw what we have learned out the window.
I am a dancer, teacher, and researcher based in Los Angeles, California. Both my choreographic and scholarly research investigates perception as a precursor to both movement and relationship. I have shared performance work at places like Pieter Performance Space, HomeLA, Highways, the Domestic Performance Agency, Brooklyn Studios for Dance, Movement Research at the Judson Church, NADA Hudson, Lublin International Dance Theatres Festival (Poland), Cairo Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival (Egypt), and SESC Villa Mariana (Brazil). Collaborating in other artists’ work and in collaborative projects is also central to my practice, and I have been shaped by dancing with Darrian O’Reilly, Kathryn Baer Schetlick, Brandin Steffensen, Athena Kokoronis, devika wickremesinghe/Institut IDGAF, and Jeanine Durning. www.zenabibler.com