This class will combine applications of Body-Mind Centering ®, practices of Contact Improvisation, and tunings of improvisational approaches in solo, duet and ensemble dancing. We will explore skills and tools to become more tuned to center and subtleties of touch, direction and intention, make the invisible visible by learning more about the interior of the body and our ideas and find pathways to exterior space, time and place. We will cultivate 3 dimensionality and depth, stretch our perceptual tools as well as cultivate presence and readiness.
Body-Mind Centering (BMC ™) is an eclectic and dynamic approach to somatic training and re-education developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen. Skills and applications of BMC will include differentiating body systems, experiencing developmental and evolutionary patterns, and play with fluid states through practice and embodiment.
Contact Improvisation is a dance of improvising and partnering based on the physics of touch, weight, balance, momentum, stillness, flow and resistance, and perceptual play. Begun by dancer Steve Paxton in 1972, Contact Improvisation is a vital practice in contemporary dance and arts, combining aspects of martial arts, yoga, modern dance, gymnastics and social dancing.
K.J. Holmes is an independent dance artist, singer, poet, actor and director based in Brooklyn, New York. Holmes has helped to define, first as a student and now as a teacher and performer, many contemporary improvisational practices. She collaborated extensively with Simone Forti, Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson and Image Lab, and Steve Paxton, among many others. Her solo and ensemble performance work has been presented in New York City as well as nationally and internationally. K.J. is a graduate of the 2 year Sanford Meisner acting training at the William Esper Studio in New York City, with master teacher Terry Knickerbocker (2009), a certified yoga teacher through Satya Yoga, teacher Sondra Loring (2007), and a graduate of The School for Body-Mind Centering, BMC tm (1999). As a sought after teacher of contact improvisation, somatic approaches to dance, theater and voice, composition and other improvisational devices, K.J. has been adjunct professor at New York University/Experimental Theatre Wing since 2001, at The Juilliard School since 2015, and has been teaching through Movement Research, where she was an Artist in Residence 1993 and 2012, since 1986. She has a private practice in Dynamic Alignment and Re-integration and offers private movement tutoring, voice and yoga sessions. K.J. is currently developing her work HIC SVNT DRACONES, has performed most recently with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, Xavier Le Roy and in The Works of Steve Paxton, was cast in Matthew Barney’s new film Redoubt filmed this year in Idaho, as well as in the videos of Cristiane Bouger, Dylan Stephen Levers and in Casting Calls, The Project.