Pulling, Pushing, Sticking, Sliding, Slipping, Twisting: Investigations of Weight and Friction
We’ll begin lying on the ground, letting go of any effort and tension in the body, feeling our mass at rest. When we begin to mobilize, we’ll explore different ways that we can use the floor to move the mass of our body.
When we’re warm and moving, we’ll play some games with different partners. We’ll pose questions as we sense and explore. How does weight and the existence of friction allow us to listen with our bodies? How can we organize our limbs to give more weight or less weight to our partner? What is possible when I’m sharing more weight or less weight? And what is possible when I am not sharing ANY weight with a partner?
We’ll close with a short improvisation score to integrate our explorations into an open contact dance, and to practice entering and exiting dances.
Safety and finding curiosity or joy within the structure of class will be held as priorities. And I will hold space for people to do less (or more) as they feel a need for more ease/safety (or more challenge). All levels are welcome.
Jordan Stout is a movement artist and educator based in the San Francisco Bay Area, specializing in Contact Improvisation and Site-Specific Performance. Her approach to movement is both thoughtful and embodied; seeking power, groundedness, and ease of movement through understanding physics and directly experiencing its effects on the body.
Jordan earned a dual degree in Contemporary Dance and Physics from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2008. She has been practicing contact improvisation for 9 years and has had opportunities learn from and dance with many practitioners and pioneers of the form; including Nancy Stark Smith, Nita Little, Karl Frost, Alicia Grayson, Brenton Cheng, and many others. Since moving to the Bay Area in 2010, she has also studied contemporary dance, site-specific performance, and vertical dance; and she has been very privileged to learn from and perform with Lizz Roman and Dancers, Bandaloop, Mid to West Dance Collective, Bianca Cabrera, Body Research, Kim Epifano, and Risa Jaroslow.
In the past few years, Jordan has focused much of her energy on developing her teaching practices and curriculum. In addition to teaching contact improvisation and vertical dance, she currently teaches science and gardening to elementary school students at Prospect Sierra School. Being in spaces full of curiosity and inquiry inspired her to create a dance workshop with Bentley High School students, teaching them physics through the study of contact improvisation. Jordan continues to develop and expand this material, and it has proven to be a rich foundation for exploring and investigating movement with adults and kids in her classes and workshops.