This workshop will explore the line between physical practice and play, between structure and improvisation. It will draw inspiration from Sam’s background in contemporary dance and contact improvisation, alongside his current movement practice centred around microbatics and gymnastics.
The workshop will be divided into 3 parts. The first hour will be spent exploring play, softening and efficiency of movement through the lens of physical partner games. In the second hour we will isolate specific acrobatic movements: cartwheel variations, the macaco and QDR. Each will be broken down into its fundamental building blocks so that participants can go away with a clear understanding of how to go a ways and practice these on their own.
The final hour of the workshop will look at integrating play into the microbatics practice through the improvisation.
Participants will leave the workshop with the feeling that the brain and body have worked hard!