We are thrilled to welcome pioneering artist Nita Little to lead this workshop online from Seattle, with live music by Miles Wilder.
Through movement scores for dance improvisation, contact improvisation, experiential investigation, somatic exercises and in-depth personal inquiry, the intention of this workshop is to cultivate those actions of being that support the bodymind in its relations with the world. We gain new tools of physical attention.
This work starts at home, with ourselves, where decisions are made that implicate how we dance and how we live. The platform from which most of our actions emerge in dance, as in our life, is the meeting ground of our conscious and our subconscious mindbody. By awakening this relationship, the very edge of knowing appears, and we can begin to form a generous, caring, and deeply informing alliance.
Encouraging our subconscious to move us before our conscious awareness can act, allows us to engage in far more complex relationships with one another and our worlds. We gain capacity for surprise, richer interactions with our environments, precision that opens possibility, and we begin to sense the full breadth of our invisible wings. Live music will be provided by Miles Wilder.
Nita Little investigates embodied attention within movement practices with a concentration on both creative and relational practices. She looks toward a future that recognizes our environmental entanglements and values many forms of embodied communication. A dance researcher, theorist/artist, and one of the founding developers of Contact Improvisation (CI), she teaches around the globe. She began nearly 50 years ago, working with Steve Paxton on materials that became CI (1972) and was a participant in the earliest performances and teaching that helped it to become a significant form. Through scoring improvisations, she investigates ecological actions attention, particularly with respect to somatic communication between humans and between humans and the non-human. Within a lifetime of training, performing, choreographing and dancing, researching relationalities, CI, dance improvisation, and a Phd, she is an activist for relational intelligence. She currently directs an international institute for the study of somatic communication (ISSC, 2016).