[openclass] takeover - Lewis Wilkins // Contact Technique Class|
Wednesday 24th & 25th October 2018
10-11:30am both days (studio open from 9:30am)
The Lodge Space
120a, Lower Rd, London, United Kingdom SE16 2UB
7 min walk from Canada Water Station (jubilee)
4 min walk from Surrey Quays Station (overground)
Lewis trained and completed his BA (hons) 1st degree at London Contemporary Dance School. Since graduating in 2009 he has danced with companies and choreographers including; Scottish Dance Theatre, New Adventures, Richard Alston Dance Company, Tom Dale Company, TrashDollys, Jean Abreu Dance, John Ross Dance, James Wilton Dance, Léa Tirabasso, and Riccardo Buscarini. He also recently performed at The National Theatre in the award winning Angels in America, directed by Marianne Elliot. Lewis often leads workshops in the UK and abroad, and regularly teaches at London Contemporary Dance School, Rambert School, TripSpace, and for several professional companies.
These sessions look at technical partnering skills, and how we might integrate these into our practice of improvisation. There will be some somatic internal work to bring the attention into the body and the present moment without judgement. This will lead into solo explorations and relevant patterns in preparation for meeting other bodies in space. With one or more partners we will then work on listening through touch and exploration of weight exchange and support, drawing upon traditional principles and techniques from contact improvisation and martial arts. This tuning in will serve to enrich our physical communication, resulting in clearer understanding of the intention, direction, and energy of the other bodies we encounter in the space. Time will also be given to playing around with inversions and exit options in preparation for more acrobatic possibilities. Through improvisational scores we shall then investigate opportunities to find liberation from the form of pure technique and existing patterns into dancing that is more personal, spontaneous, intuitive, and exciting.
** Booking is essential as spaces are limited.
The Lodge Space (View)
120a Lower Road
London SE16 2UB