2 / Ways of Seeing: Improvisation & Performance
In the frame of Winter Tanz 2014/15
Kirstie’s teaching draws from her knowledge of contact improvisation, dance techniques, Aikido, meditation and her extensive experience of performing improvisation. Her teaching builds on simple physical principles allowing participants to explore their experience of moving and understanding their own bodies more profoundly. Participants will be absorbing the skills of dancing in partnership with others, improvising with greater sensitivity to each other and the environment. Most importantly her work has been a life-practice, and as such she shares her insights into the application of this art form as a way to approaching life. It is a way for her to share the knowledge she has gleaned from thirty-four years of loving to improvise and perform, and an acknowledgment of the gift this has been in her life.
Kirstie Simson, USA, has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Her eternal subject is freedom and she is renowned as a leading light in the field of dance improvisation. For the past thirty years Kirstie has collaborated with many dancers and musicians who share a common interest in Improvisation, including Julyen Hamilton, Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Simone Forti, Andrew Harwood, Russell Maliphant, Michael Schumacher, Adam Benjamin and Le Quan Ninh. London Time Out ‘Dance and Performance Award’ as "a unique figure in the dance world.“; Film-documentary directed by filmmaker Katrina McPherson. Kirstie teaches in the dance department at the University of Illinois and across the world.