This session is improvisation-based and open to everyone – no prior experience in improvisation or dance is necessary.
The class will draw on Adriana’s ongoing interest in the embryological development of the heart: how it presents itself as a long tube at around 2 weeks old and by innate twists becomes a precious, complex, pulsating knot.
Using this as an image, spiralling entanglements become a source for playful movements within our bodies and our dances. This work can particularly help release stiffness in the upper torso and shoulder girdle. Social dancers who use an embrace may find it also enriches their potential for connection and accuracy.
Adriana continues to dive into this experiential material because it provides ample scope for improvisational joy and innovation.
Please bring a scarf to use as a tool in the class.
Adriana Pegorer is an interdisciplinary dance artist based in London. She is passionate about Tango Argentino, Contact Improvisation and Japanese Butoh. An active learner of Ideokinesis and many other release-based techniques, she is particularly interested in Embryology. Her writings include Close your eyes and …. Dance! (2010); Why Contact Tango? (2019); It takes two to win (2020). Her current academic research is on the phenomenon of Female Tango Leaders, as part of her MA in Dance and Anthropology at Roehampton University.
The material presented in this class was first proposed as a research project at ECITE 2015. It then grew thanks to various opportunities, such as Studio Camping Town (Brussels, 2016), Independent Dance and Conway Hall (2016), 5th Contact Tango Festival (Wuppertal, 2016), 6th Queer Tango Festival (Berlin, 2016), AuBrana Cultural Centre (Toulouse, 2016), Estudio Pepa Guerra (Madrid, 2017), Tango Zentrum (Munich, 2017), OpenSpace (Brussels, 2018), El Bajo (Hamburg, 2019).