We are delighted to welcome Lucia Walker back to Echo Echo to lead an intensive at this year's Festival...

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Echo Echo Contact Improvisation Festival May 2020

Attention, Co-operation, Appreciation.

How can we - practise what we want

- co-operate with our design

- appreciate what is happening?

What do we practise? Is it what we want to do more of or only what we already did a lot of? I am interested in identifying what we aspire to so that we can make a more effective plan for practising that.

The concepts from Alexander work that I find exciting are the ability to consciously co-operate with our human design. This design has so many aspects which we cannot directly control but we can influence indirectly. By paying attention to the quality of our thinking.

CI involves playful experiments in movement, touch, sensing and thinking. We aspire to a state of co-ordination and presence that is clear and creative, calm and lively.

In this intensive we will aim to consciously co-operate with our design, our co-ordination and our desire to dance, and develop our abilities to be both soft and strong, supported and supportive, calm and lively, spontaneous and safe.

Becoming more conscious and appreciative of aspects of our experience, including sensation, vision, mood, thought and intention, we will explore how to bring spontaneity to our moving and depth to our dances with others.

We will investigate what inspires us to move, what allows us to be moved, and how to direct our attention. We will also learn to notice the flow of choices and co-incidences that allow us to enjoy and influence the dance.

When I concentrated either on myself or on the goal I wanted to reach, something happened outside my field of attention to frustrate my attempt. It was only after I realized attention can be expanded as well as narrowed that I began to note progress. In order to move on a conscious level in which I could be aware of both doing and not-doing (of the inhibitory as well as the excitatory part of the movement) I had to expand my attention so that it took in something of myself and something of the environment as well. It was just as easy, I found, instead of setting up two fields….- to establish a single integrated field in which both the environment and the self could be viewed simultaneously.  FPJones Freedom to Change 1975

Lucia Walker

Lucia was introduced to Contact Improvisation in 1985, and has been learning, teaching and practising the form since then. Influential teachers are Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Julyen Hamilton and Kirstie Simson.  She worked for many years with Jointwork Dance Group exploring improvised performance and artistic collaborations which continue to be central to her work. In 1987 Lucia qualified as a teacher of Alexander Technique. She teaches individuals and groups with a wide range of interests and abilities. She has also been involved with the training of AT teachers for many years.

 Recent performance work includes projects at Ebhudelweni rural arts centre, with Flatfoot Dance Company , Durban, at Echo Echo Dance company and solo work ‘the planet is my partner’.

Lucia has developed a particular way of working with ideas and principles from many years practice and teaching of Alexander Technique, movement and improvised performance or ‘Instant’ Composition and loves the opportunity to research this with others in her workshops.

She enjoys how the principles of CI and AT support and clarify each other to encourage depth and wholeness in our moving selves.

Image above by Ralf Hiemisch