O-07 / ReWilding Attention: A Contact Skills Class
In the frame of Oster Tanz 2020
ReWilding attention is what we do when our domesticated embodiments miss significant information that inhibits our ability to move with the speed and clarity of communion. When bodies meet, intelligence is found not only in the quality of touch, the organization of physical forms, the ability to share the physics of motion, timing, and the giving and receiving of weight, but also and particularly in the ability to communicate more directly. Working with improvisation scores, our dancing will be technically specific on both physical and attentional levels with full bodied action.
Nita Little is an activist for relational intelligence through improvisational dance practices that began with the emergence of Contact Improvisation (CI) when she worked with Steve Paxton in 1972. She continues to be a major influence in the development of this work which includes ensemble post-modern dance research. A dancer, teacher, choreographer, and dance theorist Little received her PhD in Performance Studies in 2014. She tours worldwide on a regular basis working for dance companies, at festivals, conferences and universities teaching, lecturing, and choreographing. Her writing investigates ecological actions of attention and the creative potentials present in entangled relations. She initiated the Institute for the Study of Somatic Communication (the ISSC) in 2016 with dance research ensembles (which all share CI in common) participating from around the globe.