I give lectures, partly in longer Workshops, but mainly in Contact- or Contemporary Dance festivals, or in Salon formats. I’d like to do it more often and also in a wider scale of environments, like Congresses that are devoted to sports, pedagogy or therapy, where topics like movement, touch, fascia or teaching & learning are of importance.
In my lectures I am looking for a dialogue and an atmosphere of research – not only for me but also for the people, who are listening to me. When presenting a topic I include simple exercises, that can usually be done while sitting on a chair without feeling embarrassed. I believe in moments of active reflection with a random neighbour, to get in touch with ones own curiosities, that might got triggered by my talk.
A private lesson offers the possibility for instant feedback that working in a group can’t provide.
There might be an initial interest or question. But also Body Work, Hands-on Work or simply dancing together can be a starting point for a private session. It will eventually lead towards crucial themes and questions, that can be explored with an open outcome.
Whenever movement patterns or behavioural preferences kick in, which limit your options we can slow down, revers or repeat. The moment, when we could actually change something can be highlighted – in the here and now and not in retrospective.
Getting Groups Going
How do create spaces, where people find their own connection to a theme that is offered and discussed? How can we offer moments where participants can clarify their interest and curiosities, when they have been exposed to given information? When does it needs moments for stillness, when for brief chats? What do people need to feel save enough in a group to not impress the others or to prove their knowledge? How can we actually feel that we are working as a group and not as competing individuals?
For being together in a group it needs a balance of phases for personal moments, partner exchanges and also the experience that we connect as a whole group.
I’d be happy to offer the huge and deep knowledge, which has been created in the field of Contact Improvisation, that would be highly beneficial in many other contexts, like scientific congresses, art festivals, or company developments.