Rachel Ruckstuhl-Mann: Elemental Contact Improvisation

This is a beginners workshop for contact improvisation with a special focus on using the natural environment, both as inspiration for movement exploration and as a partner to contact with.

“Contact Improvisation is an open-ended exploration of the kinaesthetic possibilities of bodies moving through contact. Sometimes wild and athletic, sometimes quiet and meditative, it is a form open to all bodies and enquiring minds.” Ray Chung workshop London 2009.

This workshop will cover some simple techniques of contact improvisation and somatic movement inquiry. We will develop spatial awareness in relation to others, gravity, and the the ground, sensitize ourselves to the possibilities of our moving tissues through imagery and breath, and come into contact with the community and the environment we are dancing with.

We will be contacting not only ourselves and each other, but the elements that surround and infuse us. Be prepared to immerse yourself in the possibilities of your physical and elemental experience with others and the environment.


Earth-Beat Festival New Zealand

Earth-Beat Festival New Zealand, 14 Mills Lane, Albany, Auckland, 0632

Earth-Beat Aotearoa is a not-for-profit organization supported by a growing community of spirited individuals. Our purpose is to provide a platform for presence, transformation and celebration that will inspire and empower new ways of living. Through hosting transformational, co-creative events, we aim to nuture and nourish our community on our journey together. 

We envision a world where life is not only sustainable but regenerative; a world where we focus on potential rather than problems, where individual contributions are aligned with the greater good, and where we live in harmony with the natural rhythms of our bodies and the Earth.