INTENSIVE OF CONTACT IMPROVISATION :
From Zero to Flying
Starting with contact as our foundation, we’ll traject towards a space that supports freedom of flight and expression. I’d like to inject some body systems material (BMC , Alexander Technique and bodywork). For example: Jumping ≠ Flying because jumping is a muscular action, whereas flying is in the bones and is affected greatly by emotions and attitude. For the acrobatic maneuvers everyone will work at their own level and will learn best by building group safety and trust– everyone will do something new.
I like feedback and will see what the group is up for. We’ll be doing my favorite contact exercises and current curiosities–created or learned over the decades of investigation and indulgence.
Pleasure à Technique; Somatics à Acrobatics
In 1981 Scott Wells discovered the pleasure of contact improvisation shortly after becoming obsessed with the struggles of modern dance. He stuck with both, received an MFA in dance from the University of Illinois (1991) and currently directs a company in San Francisco. Scott Wells & Dancers is celebrating 25 years of making dances in San Francisco. Wells has created works for skateboarders, for boxers and choreographed West Side Story for Sonoma State University. In 2010 and 2005 Scott received the Izzie (San Francisco’s most prestigious dance award) for Outstanding Choreography and was selected by Dance Magazine as “one of the 25 To Watch”. Wells has been practicing Alexander Technique for twenty five years and BMC for fifteen.
Scott’s style of contact is athletic and emphasizes freedom of movement, flying, fluid acrobatics (easy to advanced), safety, precision, pleasure and technique. What students often like best in Scott’s classes is the variance between meditative, playful, and very physical dancing. And students appreciate how the scary or advanced moves are safe, relaxed and made possible.
“Scott Wells…has a dizzying abundance of pure dance-making talent “ Rachel Howard, SF Examiner
Wells has become over the last fifteen years the Paul Taylor of Contact Improv — that is, the first to make dances in this idiom that are deeply musical, somehow “normal,” imaginative, witty, often hilarious, sometimes fierce.” Paul Parrish, Danceviewtimes
Come for the Thrills, Stay for the Artistry. Allan Ulrich, Voice of Dance
Sproing! Once you adjust to the notion that very fit people are supposed to be bouncing off walls and flying in your face, you can relax and let them (Wells and dancers) do their thing, which is an electrifying style of contact improvisation‘ SF Weekly