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Rob Kancler

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My fascination with Contact Improvisation as a dynamic movement practice, contemporary art form, and somatic modality is mostly about it being a point of entry into creative, interpersonal, and embodiment research. Starting as a superficial curiosity I began exploring CI in 2008, and have been actively teaching dance improvisation, somatic research, and body-conditioning for movement artists internationally since 2016. I’m influenced by classical and contemporary forms of dance, yoga and martial arts, Thai massage, BodyMind Centering, Alexander technique, and the Feldenkrais method. Recently, exploring momentum, articulation of the spine, and softening in relationship to the floor have been at the forefront of my research. Nature and the luminous dancers and teachers I’ve worked with are always my biggest influence and inspiration.


Rob´s class for the New Years Festival:


Are you reading this? Come fall with me. This class is about principles and points of entry into fruitful research, it’s not about a “right way". Trust your body to stay responsible and considerate at the speed of falling. Let go of control, surrender your mass to gravity, momentum, and inertia. Recycle energy and explore qualities of lightness and fluidity. Weave multiple streams of energy. We’ll draw on Qi Gong, Tai Chi, Aikido. And lifts too of course, but probably by accident.