2023 California Winter Contact Improv Intensive w/ Karl Frost


Fri Jan 13 2023 at 04:00 pm


Western Sky Studio | Berkeley, CA

a 3 weekend CI intensive with Karl Frost
DATES: 13-16, 20-22, and 27-29 January 2023
LOCATION: Berkeley, California
TIMES: Fridays 7pm-10pm, Saturdays Noon - 6pm, Sundays 1pm-7pm (and Monday Jan 16th, 1pm-6pm)
SPACE: Western Sky Studio
Cost: $450 - $750 sliding scale, discounts for early enrollment
50 hours of CI training and exploration
This 3 weekend intensive will be an organic mix of technical contact skills and experiential explorations of the physical poetics of contact, sourced from Karl's 35 years of experience in contact improvisation. The foundation of the work will be classic, physics-based contact improvisation. We then use this base in exploring the sensory play and experiential, interactive art-making of CI.
The technical work is a blend of classic CI skills and Karl's Passive Sequencing work: a release-based approach to contact improvisation. Classical material includes off-balance and weight exchange, lift vocabulary, physical listening skills, dynamic use of alignment for lifts and supports, readiness for adaptation, and falling together through space and into and out of the floor. Passive Sequencing, which Karl has been working with for decades, borrows from release techniques, various forms of self-study of body-use, and soft martial arts. We work on dropping reactivity in order to stay more physically present and functionally adaptive with a partner. This blend of material is similar to that presented in the Winter Intensives that Karl used to teach in the bay area years ago.
The Physical Poetics work takes the metaphor of poetry and applies it to contact improvisation and the experience of the body. We work with live composition and improvisation of sensory experience of both self and other to explore contact as experiential art-making. We establish a vocabulary of sensory foci and mechanical processes and with these play with a poetry of experience and meaning, image and feeling. We move beyond the conventional social self in movement exploration to find "deeper" or simply "other" explorations than we usually can access in an open contact jam. Movement of the body then is not just an aim for itself, but a tool used for the movement of experience. This work borrows heavily from Body Research's participatory performance works Axolotl, Proximity, and Tocame!
A workshop for those who already have an intro to CI
50 hours of focused and diverse CI training with a group of other experienced contact improvisers and an instructor with over 35 years of experience.
body work
mind work
and a fair bit of sweat
KARL FROST started dance in the SF Bay Area in the 1980s and has been teaching, practicing, and performing works based in or inspired by contact improvisation since then. His work has been showcased internationally and he is recognized for his articulate teaching work, dynamic and sensitive technical work, and for the psychologically and physically edge-pushing nature of the performances he directs. His company, Body Research, is devoted to exploring how we live, think, and feel through the body. Much of the work is highly audience-interactive, with roots in somatic psychology and in Grotowskian paratheatrical exploration. He has a BA in Physics (UC Berkeley), and MFA in Dramatic Arts (UC Davis), and a PhD in Ecology (UC Davis) and currently works as a research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, Department of Human Behavior, Ecology, and Culture.

Where is it happening?

Western Sky Studio, 2525 Eighth Street #13A,Berkeley,CA,United States, Berkeley, United States

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Body Research

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