19 Jan Washington DC : Contact Workshop

T H E    J O Y    O F    M A N I P U L A T I O N

Giving & Receiving  |  Leading & Following

In this workshop we discover how manipulating & and being manipulated can be an inspiring source for expanding our movement spectrum and expressive range, as well as a powerful tool for breaking long-entrenched habits. Through a series of technical exercises and research projects—working solo, duo/trio and large group—we explore diverse landscapes of playful struggle and trails of dissonant sensing.Why-how-when do we guide, lead or direct as the Giver, do we submit, follow or resist as the Receiver? Which options are available to us as we navigate between and around these roles, and what is asked of us to broaden our assumed preferences and deepen our perceived understandings of the boundaries and forces at play?As we bring our discoveries into more structured round robin and open jamming, we sharpen our physical articulation and spatial tuning—supporting us further in sustaining a state of comfort in moments of discomfort and confusion.Open to all levels, from first-timers to long-timers.  No previous contact experience necessary.


David Lakein  has been dancing contact improvisation passionately for over twenty years on four continents. Central to how he conveys the joys and possibilities of the contact dance form is his extensive multi-layered and genre-crossing improvisation practice, embodying a range of movement research and performance approaches.


Saturday, 19 January 2013
10am-6pm (lunch from 12:30 – 2:00pm)

Dance Exchange
7117 Maple Avenue
Takoma Park, MD 20912

$45 … up to (and including) 1/5
$50 … 1/6-16
$55 … 1/17-1/19 (or at the door)

To pay and register:

Contact David directly if you have any questions: lakein.workshops@gmail.com