Monday, May 17, 2010

May 29th @ 7:30 & 30th @ 3PM - Human Landscape Dance

Human Landscape Dance is coming to the Painted Bride on Saturday and Sunday May 29th/30th as part of the Philadelphia/Washington DC Dance Exchange. I have had the pleasure of dancing and speaking with Malcom Shute on numerous occasions and have always found him insightful and committed to the art that he and Human Landscape Dance produce. They utilize a lot of Contact Improvisation in the creative process and I encourage you to read his treatise on CI and how they use it here: as well as check out their website in general:

Please come out and support these guys. They’ve come up here for festivals and classes and we can definitely show them some love.

The show is at 7:30PM 29th of May and 3PM on the 30th @ The Painted Bride
They’ll be performing with Anne-Marie Mulgrew and Dancers Co. ( on a shared bill.

Hope to see you there.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Chris Aiken Tonigh!

A real opportunity to learn from a master of the form…

Chris Aiken, a world renowned teacher and performer (bio included at bottom), will be teaching tonight at The Parlor (1170 S Broad st) rounding out a six week series started by Angie Hauser.

The class is from 7-9 w/ open dancing until 10.
Sliding scale $12-$15 for 3 HOURS of dance, this is an incredible deal for this caliber of teacher, don't miss it!

If you've "been meaning to check out the Monday night contact class," then this is your chance. The class will be taking a hiatus at the end of June. So if you've been meaning to add a little contact improv technique to your bag of tricks and want to do it before everyone jets off for the summer, come on out. 

Upcoming class awesomeness and info includes:

Always be on the look out for Contact Improv Jams curated by Fatima Adamu @ studio 34 (45th and Baltimore ave)

May 31st (memorial day) - No Class @ The Parlor
June 7th - Kira Kirsch from San Francisco (she's also doing a big workshop @ the mascher space that week)
June 14th - Adams Berzins will be teaching Contact Improv as part of the nEW Festival @ UArts (same contact time, different location, details to follow) 

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Chris Aiken is a leading international teacher and performer of dance improvisation and contact improvisation.  Over the past two and a half decades his work has evolved through ongoing investigations of performance, composition, movement technique and design.  His work has been significantly influenced through the somatic practice of the Alexander Technique, ideokinesis, yoga and Rolfing.  Chris has performed and collaborated with many renowned dance artists including Steve Paxton, Kirstie Simson, Nancy Stark Smith, Peter Bingham, Andrew Harwood, Patrick Scully and Angie Hauser.  He is a Guggenheim Fellow and an assistant professor at Ursinus College.  Chris is currently touring a new work entitled "Dwell" co-created with Angie Hauser.