The Valencia International Contact Improvisation Festival

April 13th - 17th

Facilitated by Rick Nodine, Charlie Morrissey y Patricia Gracia Parra

More information in our web: http://www.contact-teu.com/


Seke, Rick and Jamie - Ensemble Improvisation in Performance
Tue 18 - Fri 21 April, 10.30am - 5pm

A four day workshop exploring ensemble improvisation in performance, with Seke Chimutengwende, Rick Nodine and Jamie McCarthy, who have worked, taught and performed together in many different environments for over ten years.

Using movement, spoken and singing voice in a context that also includes live improvised music, participants will look at what it is to inhabit the space they are in, using as many of these modes of performing as they choose and exploring the counterpoint between narrative and more abstract sound and movement material. Participants will develop skills of listening, noticing and responding in performance, building confidence in working with others and in spontaneous decision making.

About the artists

Jamie McCarthy studied music and composition with the composer Gavin Bryars and has worked for many years performing and composing music in a wide variety of situations with a primary focus on cross-artform work and collaboration. He has for many years taught music and voice at London Contemporary Dance School and was also lucky enough to spend seven joyful years touring the world as a violinist with Canadian 'Gay Church Folk' band the Hidden Cameras.

Rick Nodine’s dancing began socially as a teenager and the first technical form to channel his enthusiasm was Contact Improvisation. After some modern dance training he performed through the 1990s for British contemporary dance companies. As a choreographer, Rick has made work for many contexts, including major opera houses, small theatres, art galleries, touring dance companies and warehouse parties.  Rick’s choreographic practice has followed and sometimes led the development of his teaching. Rick started teaching Improvisation at London Contemporary Dance School in 2001 and gradually expanded the scope of his pedagogy to include composition, performance and voice/movement techniques.

Seke Chimutengwende works in dance as a performer, choreographer and teacher. He has performed for companies such as DV8 Physical Theatre and Lost Dog and has performed his own solo improvisation work internationally since 2006. He performs ensemble improvisation with Neat Timothy and teaches improvisation internationally. For his company Seke Chimutengwende & Friends he has choreographed four works: Mr Lawrence, The Time Travel Piece (for The Place Prize), 45 Dances for The People of Ham and King Arthur which premiered at The Yard Theatre in June 2015.Seke is currently researching two new pieces: Black Holes, a duet in collaboration with Alexandrina Hemsley and a group piece Mass, Material and Disturbance.

To take part in this four day workshop please send your CV and a brief expression of interest (maximum 150 words) to hilary.stainsby@theplace.org.uk by Mon 13 March

Cost : £150

Times: 10.30am - 5.00pm
Venue: at The Place - Studio 5
Level: Professional