Throughout this course, we will work with simple partnering exercises that focus on the sense of touch, the sharing of weight, and the play of counterbalancing. Within each class, after an initial warm-up, we will progress to larger more complex forms and lifts. It is easier to move someone already in motion. By taking our partners off center, we are destabilizing and then redirecting their pathways. In working together, we will begin to chart our own bodies in relationship to gravity, finding different leverage points in order to lift safely and move with greater ease and efficiency. These skills will be put to use both in improvised and learned material.
Stuart Shugg, MFA Teaching Fellow