This class series will introduce a vocabulary of touch, with a focus on soft-touch techniques which facilitate the dispersion of tension and tone, making way for buoyant movement, and floating forms of flight. Dissolving notions of humans as contained within singular sacs of skin, we will attend to the time-space through which we relate, to each other and the environment that surrounds us. In expanding our attention to time and space we will explore being and composing together as collections of force, continually disassembling, assimilating and coalescing.
With a focus on touch we will extend into surrounding surfaces, through space, skin, fascia and bone, to study receptivity. We will explore sustaining textured states, moving with momentum, pooling, hovering, transitions-exchanges, and how to recognise boundaries and consent. Classes will include solo work, partnering, and aspects of Contact Improvisation.
Elements of Wednesday’s class will be filmed for Rosalind’s PhD, but you are of course still able to attend class and not be included in this.
Cancellations & refunds
Prices for classes are kept very low and are subsidized by ID in order to support artists to attend. To keep admin manageable for our small team, we don’t offer refunds if you cancel or can’t attend a class, and we can’t transfer your booking to a different class/event. We hope this is understandable. If a class is cancelled or changed by ID however, we do offer refunds/transfers to everyone who has booked.
Rosalind Holgate Smith is a Dance Artist, Choreographer & Somatic Educator from the UK, currently based in Berlin. She creates performances, installations and art that investigate intimate experiences between people, place and the environment. Her approach to both teaching and practice draws inspiration from her training in Contact Improvisation as well as somatic studies in Body-Mind Centering®, Skinner Release Technique, Authentic movement, Capoeira, African dance and aquatic bodywork. She has danced also extensively outdoors, underwater and with raw materials such as soil and trees.
She holds a BA (Hons) in Fine Art & Choreography from Dartington, a Masters in Creative Practice from Trinity Laban and for the past 4 years she has been working on a PhD, investigating Touch as an encounter with Otherness and the vocabulary from Contact Improvisation. Rosalind is also a yoga instructor and teaches swimming with the Alexander Technique.