Friday, September 4, 2009

Contact Improv Class - Sept 9-30

with Aiko Kinoshita and Aaron Swartzman

September 9 - 30
Wed: 6-8:30pm
Sun: 6-8pm (no class 9/20)
Open Flight Studio (4205 University, U-District at 42nd)
Cost: $70 pre-registration (commitment is good, registration is
recommended even if you cannot make every class)
Drop-ins: $15 (if space is available)

All levels of experienced movers welcome!
**Questions & Registration to: umamiperformance (at)

By building on a solid base of fundamentals; listening, rolling,
weight-sharing, spiraling, and following through with momentum, we
will find ourselves falling into flying, in playful partnering, with
plenty of time for open dancing, individual play and questions. We
will look at contact both experientially and performatively, seeking
ways to evoke rich landscapes of sensation and bring those landscapes
out into the visible world.

Aiko is involved in contemporary dance as a choreographer, performer,
teacher, and arts administrator. Aiko’s choreography has been
presented nationally and in Canada,pic Korea and Japan and she has
danced with numerous regional choreographers, performed in her own
work through acornDance, and toured nationally and internationally as
a member of Lingo Dancetheatre (2002-2007). Aiko currently
collaborates with Aaron Swartzman as UMAMI Performance. Aiko teaches
at Open Flight where she is a resident artist and at Velocity Dance
Center where she was Managing Director until 2005. Aiko is grateful
to be able to play with the language of dance and to express her
identity as an artist, citizen, multi-ethnic person, and physical
being, through movement. Her on-going research reflects her interest
in improvisation, natural physicality, dynamic partnering, and

Aaron is a dancer, father, improviser, Capoierista and educator. He
has danced professionally since 2001, working deeply with LINGO
dancetheater, LeGendre Performance and collaboratively with Aiko
Kinoshita in UMAMI Performance. Aaron has taught contact and other
improvisational dance forms at the Seattle Festival of Dance
Improvisation, Sierra Contact Festival, Burning Man, and Dance Art
Group's Movement Arts Research series as well as extensively while on
tour with LINGO dancetheater. He believes in the richness and practice
of discovering spontaneous beauty and weaving it towards ongoing
artistic transformation.

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