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Matching Tone-Matching Power: contact improvisation with Nicole Bindler
February 3 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 1:00 pm on Sunday, repeating until February 24, 2019
This February we’ll be exploring the idea of tone in our contact improvisation (CI) dances, using CI skills and Body-Mind Centering® (BMC®) practices. In BMC we often refer to a person’s tone as a way of describing their overall state of activity vs. rest or tension vs. release. Tone can vary from one part of the body to another, and many people who occupy a single space can embody distinct and diverse expressions of tone. In CI and BMC we often experiment with matching other people’s tone, or going under or over their tone to explore the various ways we can meet others.
When we look at these principles through an embodied lens, we find a wealth of knowledge and material to use in our CI practice toward more dynamic, juicy, relational dances. When we look at these principles through a social lens, we find opportunities to explore power dynamics, and any biases we might have toward certain kinds of tone. Through a broadening of our capacity to modulate our tone, we can find avenues toward more creativity, agency, freedom, and safety in our CI dances.
Nicole Bindler’s performance work and teaching have been presented at festivals and intensives throughout the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Europe, and in Tokyo, Beirut, Bethlehem, Mexico City, and Quito. Her dances have been supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Leeway Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Ellen Forman Memorial Award. Bindler holds a BA in Dance and Poetry from Hampshire College, a degree in Muscular Therapy from the Muscular Therapy Institute, and certificates in Embodied Anatomy Yoga, Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga, and Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering® from the School for Body-Mind Centering®. She has been on faculty at Temple University, University of the Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania, and has guest lectured at Drexel University, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Hameline University, Arizona State University. University of Texas, Austin, Goldsmith’s University, St Mary’s College of Maryland, Moore College of Art and Design, and Ursinus College. Her writing on dance and somatics has been published in Critical Correspondence, Contact Quarterly, Emergency Index by Ugly Duckling Presse, Jewish Currents, BMC® Currents, Curate This, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, and thINKingDANCE. She currently serves on the Earthdance Board of Directors.