New Essentials for Contact Improvisation 3-days Workshop

Fri, March 15 2019, 6:00 PM - Sun, March 17 2019, 6:00 PM [PST]

1970, Chestnut Street, Berkeley, CA, 94702, United States




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Fri, March 15 2019, 6:00 PM - Sun, March 17 2019, 6:00 PM [PST]

About the Event


3-days Intensive with Andrew Harwood and Ray Chung

This workshop invites the participants on a tour-de-force to de-construct and re-construct our perception of what Contact Improvisation (CI) essentials and fundamentals are.

We will seek to reinvigorate the form through the use of variable speeds, impulse, influence, reflex, initiation, resistance, disappearance, subtle and surprising ways of moving weight, flowing through unfamiliar circumstances, extending our personal range of movement and integrating our imagination.
Playing lightly / seriously with our ‘how to’, our ‘know-how’ and our ‘not knowing’ while we beef up our game.

Perceptual skills involving the proprioceptive and somatosensory systems will be examined and integrated into the greater set of essential skills, such as “seeing” through the skin or body. The role of synesthesia, as well as the synergistic relation of various bodily systems, will be addressed and incorporated into our learning and practice.

We encourage a greater range of experience with perhaps the following: Some familiarity with contact essentials is useful. Bring curiosity, an open mind and a keen desire to dance.

Some of the “essential” skills to be embodied in our practice of CI include the ability to:
– Move while supporting the weight (1%-100%) of another mover,
– Fall and land safely from any level
– Follow and maintain the point of contact
– Be comfortable moving upside down and with disorientation, and be omni-directionally responsive
– Modulate the physical tone of ones’ body in relation to your partner and the dancing
Be emotionally clear and present while dancing

Some CI experience is preferred.

March 15 – 17,
Friday - 6-10pm,
Saturday & Sunday - 10-6pm
Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley, CA 94702
  • Early Egret (before February 1st): $285
  • Regular Roller (before March 1st): $355
  • Late Limpkin (After March 1st): $400 for questions and visit for details and promo videos.



Cancellation policy

Cancellations made 7 days or more in advance of the event date, will receive a 100% refund. Cancellations made within 1 - 6 days will incur a $20 fee.

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About the Organizer

Moving By Touch is an independent force dedicated to the practice, research, and education in the field of Contact Improvisation, a movement art form driven by artistic passion and social awareness. We work on projects locally and globally offering classes, workshops and gatherings that celebrate Contact Improvisation in it’s many facets.


Event Schedule

  • March 15, 2019
  • March 16, 2019
  • March 17, 2019
06:00 PM
10:00 PM
10:00 AM
06:00 PM
10:00 AM
06:00 PM