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Patrick Johnson

Patrick Johnson
The Netherlands

Games and Body Puzzles with Contact Improvisation and Alexander Technique

Contact improvisation (CI) is a dance form developed in 1970’s by dancer/choreographer Steve Paxton as a way of exploring spontaneous movements and playful body mechanics with a partner. It has since grown into both an important component of contemporary dance training as well as a recreational dance form world wide.

In this workshop we will have a taste of how CI and AT can work together. We will start by exploring some simple games and body puzzles that challenge one to improvise while maintaining AT principles. For example, can you walk with a partner through the room while slightly leaning on each other? Can you then change the leaning point smoothly without losing contact and without tightening or collapsing? How does this change your AT experience of walking? After playing with some simple exercises, we will open things up a bit for some more free form improvised movement.  This will allow for some deeper exploration of the roles inhibition and direction can play in improvisation. I’ll be drawing on my experiences from 15 years of teaching CI and AT together on a regular basis.

The movements will be lightweight and easy for anyone with or without CI experience. We will include lots of warming up and there will be lots of flexibility in the level to which you want to take the movement. It should be fine for any body type or fitness level and useful for anyone looking for a new experience, or for new ideas for games that could be used in any group AT setting.  You should wear fairly soft and flexible clothing if possible, though we can also adapt to your needs.

I hope you will join us for a little fun!

About Patrick Johnson

I trained at ATCA in Amsterdam with Paul Versteeg and Tessa Marwick, graduating in 2010. Since then I\\\’ve teaching Alexander Technique and running a Pilates studio at our space in Amsterdam with my wife. (www.smartbody.nl) I have also had a career as a physicist, working in labs in both the US and the Netherlands between 1995 and 2013. Currently I give online workshops in Alexander technique science with Tim Cacciatore, and run the website www.AlexanderTechniqueScience.com with Tim, Rajal Cohen, and Andrew McCann. I\\\’ve been dancing and teaching contact improvisation dance since 1995 and am also interested in other sports and movement practices – running, Pilates, and squash to name a few. I live in Amsterdam NL, with my wife Jelena and two crazy kids Owen (15) and Milan (12).


See also: Patrick Johnson – Presenter Detail Page

Tuesday, 23 August 2022
16:00 h - 17:15 h (4.00pm-5.15pm)
Main Building
Floor: 3.OG (3rd floor)
Room: H 3003A

Performance/Music/Acting/Voice||AT Games||Connections to other Modalities/Techniques



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