CONTACT IMPROVISATION
THINGS TO THINK ABOUT


Thoughts from Chris Aiken's interactive improvisation class
for University of Minnesota and Ohio University students:

One Class ... One Community

FOR INTERACTIVE DANCERS

Think about your home in relation to where you are now, geographically speaking. Stand facing your home. Imagine that space, feel what it is like to be in one space and imagine, or remember another. That is the place we will all have to get to ... to consider the other space and the other group as an extension of our attention and awareness. The challenge is how do we do that while actually being in the room.
We have to deal with seeing ourselves on video. From the very first, well need to acclimate ourselves. The monitors are a huge distraction at times.

INTERACTIVE QUARTET

Chris Aiken
Barbara Barker Center for Dance (MN)
Ohio University School of Dance

Not Videoconferencing!

Not "Distance Learning"!

Not -- TV!

FOR INTERACTIVE CAMERAPEOPLE

Your job is to help us feel and imagine the other room and the people in it. We need a context for each other. What is that room like shape, size, sound quality, light; we are on a threshold. Whenever I am not teaching, your job is to get the essence of what is happening or at least some essence. Different vantage points from all the cameras around the interactive studio help with the teaching.

CANON


FOR INTERACTIVE ME

My job as coach requires that I direct the cameras in a way that allows our two groups to meet and to develop a curiosity for each other. The more we care about what is happening in the other room, the more potential there is to share.

DUET FOR FEET

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