In the frame of Open Spaces/Sommer Tanz 2019
Contact Improvisation (CI) interrogates its history and currency, an inclusive lecture-demonstration-participatory jam event facilitated by Karen Nelson, inquires into the evolution of CI as a living, breathing, changing dance form.
Karen Nelson continues to be a crossroad of dance improvisation in the US’ Pacific Northwest and abroad. A long-time mutator of the form Contact Improvisation (CI), she co-founded mixed-ability experiments Dance Ability and Diverse Dance Research Retreat while later joining Lisa Nelson/ Image Lab’s developing of Tuning Scores for performance. She explores dance history and currency that centers intersections of practitioner experience and interrogates whiteness within her own embodiment and larger community, often collaborating with artists around the world. Her teaching approach brings classic origins of CI and Tuning through exercises, images, practice and discussion along with a view towards engendering individual possession and evolution of the forms through one’s own experience. explomov.weebly.com