An Exploration of Dominance and submission through Contact Improvisation
Contact Improvisation provides the playground through which we can embody the archetypal roles of Dominance and submission.
In both guiding and surrendering, we open ourselves to a state of receptivity. This allows us to soften into our intuition and trust of self and other, providing the opportunity to surrender safely, consciously and by choice, and to guide with confidence and clarity. Through exploring both dominant and submissive roles we will build trust and connection to journey deeply together through mutual care and support.
In guiding we will focus on the other, noticing our connection to our partners and discovering a fascination with our influence. We will manipulate our partner’s limbs and joints to find their core and center of gravity. By tracking their weight and momentum, we can anticipate their natural reaction and direct their movement patterns as we desire. By setting timing and providing support, we offer the opportunity to surrender.
In surrendering, we will focus on our own internal experience. We will practice allowing ourselves to be influenced and directed by our partners. By discovering states of relaxation and flow, we learn to stay connected and in a ready state. We will explore how changes in muscle tone can make us more or less available to receive our partner’s direction.
This class will include instruction in both physical techniques and states of awareness to help us dive deeply into the experience on both sides of leading and following, guiding and surrendering and dominance and submission. Everyone will get to experience both roles.