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Co-Composing: Somatic Communication for Ensemble Dancing with Nita Little

Nita Little's ensemble & collaborators

Nita Little artfully moves between the individual and their collective body, dancing within environments of creative experience that unpack and engage our relational response-ability. Always touching a body that is a mind, she details the potentials of volatile and flexible embodiments that knit ourselves and our worlds more finely, dearly, and flexibly together. Working with spatial and temporal practices that emerged first with Contact Improvisation and then within dance improvisation, she devises scores that awaken dancers’ sense-abilities to find mindfulness practices that are implicit within creative action. As one of the founding developers of Contact Improvisation, she has pioneered inquiry into the physicality of attention for 50 years. Her work resulted in a PhD studying the articulation of presence as relational which continues to influence her ability to speak and act across disciplines, challenge the domination of a narcissistic cultural imaginary and offers dancer/movers belief in the profound gifts of their art.

Through individual and ensemble dance movement scores, physical attention studies, somatic research, and lots of creative practice this workshop encourages dancers to enhance their potentials for somatic communication. Based in felt experience, this work asks the whole being to participate through actions that articulate our being … one another … and this vital world.