Coming to Mile Zero Dance (MZD) this October 12-14 is Andrew Harwood leading MZD’s Fall Contact Workshop.
This intensive workshop will focus on four specific and fundamental facets of contact improvisation: sensations, space, time and our relationships with the other dancers. This will facilitate the development of a heightened and subtle presence in our solo, duet and trio dances, while remaining attentive to the ever-changing creative ensemble climate in our group compositions.
The intensive will include various somatic/release techniques, hands-on work, games, contact skills such as: rolling smoothly, falling safely, lifting easily, inverting, giving and supporting weight effortlessly and lofting, as well as numerous scores for dancing, warming down and discussions. Open to adults of all ages with curious bodies and open minds.
The workshop is $200 and tickets can be purchased through Evenbrite at https://andrewharwood.eventbrite.ca
Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood is an internationally recognized pioneer and master teacher of contact improvisation. He began his dance career in 1975 and for over forty years has dedicated himself to the research, education, development and dissemination of contact improvisation and real-time composition as sophisticated movement disciplines and performing art forms. Formerly artistic director of AH HA Productions (2000-2014) his work has evolved through ongoing collaborations with many renowned dancers (Nancy Stark Smith, Steve Paxton, Peter Bingham, Benoît Lachambre, Marc Boivin, Lin Snelling, Chris Aiken, Ray Chung, Lisa Nelson and Kirstie Simson among many others) and various investigations of performance, composition, spatial design and numerous movement techniques. Andrew also danced for the companies of Marie Chouinard, Jean-Pierre Perreault, Jo Lechay and Fulcrum, as well as the improvisational ensembles The Echo Case and Discovery Bal. Passionate about teaching, his classes have been influenced by a wide variety of physical disciplines (gymnastics, athletics, yoga, contemporary dance, Aikido and various somatic approaches such as the Alexander Technique, Authentic Movement and Contemplative Dance), which he has shared throughout the world since 1976.