Tree Cat Body
with Kyle Syverson
Contact Improvisation in its most generously human, compassionate, athletic, fun, and honest expression is what I aspire to. We learn by dancing with all kinds of dancers, but it starts with listening, to our own bodies, our own sensation. Tree cat body starts with tuning: to nature and to ourselves, to the subtle stuff we block in order to survive this busy world. Slowing down with sublime attention, we invite release and re-activate our deep roots, feel gravity through all our pores. With practice, we can feel our connection to the ground, to the centre of the earth, no matter what our orientation. Upside down, inside out, sideways: if I can feel the pull and orientation of the earth, I can be more comfortable flying and falling. Dancing with a partner, or many, then can be lighter, safer, deeper.
Practicing the subtle and slow is not only delicious, but allows us to leap into the bold, big, and fast if we choose. Like cats, we can use a combination of crescent and spiral to orient and reorient ourselves; our head/tail relation is essential. Like cats, we can be lithe and light, luxuriously liquid and lazy, and fierce! Be ready to sense and move, that is, to dance, outdoors.