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Falling and Softness


Sat 4 Mar 2017, 1:00pm–5:00pm

Where: Toi Pōneke Arts Centre, 61 Abel Smith St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: R16

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $63.00 ($60.00 + $3.00 fees)
  • Concession Admission: $48.00 ($45.00 + $3.00 fees)
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Falling and softness is a workshop using improvisation and Contact Improvisation as a vehicle for movement. Open to individuals with all levels of experience to invest into mindful awareness and mutual exchange of making contact and moving with ease. Facilitated by Jonathan Sinatra.

Contact Improvisation is a real investigation into touch, gravity, momentum, and weight sharing between two or more bodies. Dancers move with constant attentiveness to their bodies, senses, impulses, and trajectories, while listening and responding authentically to their patterns, partners, and the environment.

Jonathan Sinatra teaches techniques of this form that lean towards practices of falling and momentum while using the substances of softness and creativity. Having practiced contact improvisation for 20 years and working with the choreographer Russel Dumas for 16 years, Jonathan keeps in mind traditional basics of the style and partnering work while he explores safety and risk taking.

The workshop will move between formal teaching, jamming, and discussions to create an intimate space and dialog for movers, actors, body workers and dancers of all backgrounds to engage in practices of kinaesthesia, perception, and connection.

Jonathan Sinatra has a BA (honours) from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. His solo works include “Testing 1-2-3”, “languid yet”, “sometimes I fear touch”, “Passing By”, and “Burning In”. Since 2001, he has been working and dancing with Russell Dumas (Dance Exchange). He was the principal performer for Dumas‟ in the room series at The Studio (Sydney Opera House), Helsinki and Liverpool. Previous Dance Exchange projects include In Available Light at Dancehouse, Larret Projects (in France and Touch and Go (The Performance Space). In 2004 he received an international travel grant from NSW Ministry of the Arts to travel and study in USA, Europe and Asia. In 2006 he received a Skills Development grant from the Dance Fund of Australia Council to work with Russell Dumas. Jonathan finished a Summer Space grant at Dancehouse (February 2013) and is currently on an Arts Start grant from the Australian Council. Most Recently Jonathan has been performing duets with Dance Exchange in Dance Massive and was a performer for “13 rooms” in Sydney with French choreographer Xavier Leroy.

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