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Nancy Stark Smith & Mike Vargas

Nancy Stark Smith & Mike Vargas
NANCY STARK SMITH first trained as an athlete and gymnast, leading her to study and perform modern and postmodern dance in the early 1970s. She danced in the first performances of Contact Improvisation with Steve Paxton and others in 1972 in NYC and has since been central to its development as dancer, teacher, performer, writer/publisher, and organizer. She travels worldwide teaching and performing Contact and other improvised dance work with many favorite dance partners and performance makers including Karen Nelson, Julyen Hamilton, Andrew Harwood, Jeff Bliss, Peter Bingham, and musician Mike Vargas. In 1975, she cofounded Contact Quarterly dance and improvisation journal, which she continues to coedit, produce, and publish. Her first book, Caught Falling was released in 2008. She lives in western Massachusetts.

MIKE VARGAS began playing music in 1959. His curiosity and love of collaboration have led him through many contexts and cultures, from cocktail lounges in Indonesia to New York's Lower East Side, from cancer wards to the Kennedy Center. He started specializing in music for dance in 1978. He also works as a freelance composer across the USA and internationally, performing, teaching, recording, and improvising. For the last 10 years he has been teaching and performing with Nancy Stark Smith. He teaches on the faculty of the Smith College dance department. He has released 9 CD's.
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Nancy Stark Smith & Mike Vargas

«Contact Improvisation: Deepening the Form»

About master-class:

A workshop for people with experience in contact improvisation (CI) who would like to deepen the foundation and open the range of their dancing. We’ll study basic Contact principles and sensations to simplify and challenge our play with the physical forces, with each other, and to stimulate new clarity and depth in our dancing.

Through a combination of skills, scores, listening practice, and open improvisation, we’ll explore a full range of physical and energetic states in our dancing, with and without live music. We’ll deepen and refine our dancing in CI while expanding our awareness to include focused listening, compositional awareness, and conscious, varied relationships between what we hear and how we move.

Nancy’s longtime collaborator, composer/improviser Mike Vargas, will contribute his point of view and his music in the sessions.