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For this workshop we go out to the lake. Surrounded by beautiful sights we will consider what we understand about composition and the ways in which we see. 


I’m curious about what is means to witness CI. What do we see when we watch others dance, and what does it do to our state of attention when we know we are being observed. I use the word witness because it underlines the responsibility of really seeing and being seen. I understand composition as a clarity in what we notice about how things come together, and this can also be experienced while we are dancing. 


I’m interested to explore this further - ways of noticing composition while dancing. Developing our capacity for reading complexity and subtlety. Our eyes will become the central focus here - noticing distances, spaces, forms, textures and perspective, and how our dancing can offer a richness to what and how we see. 


We will also work with the concept of being a witness - for ourselves, our dance partners, and when observing others dancing. We will take composition as an individual responsibility - to enjoy what we are seeing while dancing and to be able to notice composition in anything we choose to see.


At the end of the workshop we can jump into the water to dance with the lake.


Thalia is a dance artist and contact improvisation teacher from Cape Town, South Africa. She studied dance at the University of Cape Town and completed her Masters in Choreography at Rhodes University with a focus on improvisation practice. She has worked professionally with various South African theatre companies and has founded several dance platforms including, Underground Dance Theatre, New Dance Lab and Music Dance021.

Thalia has studied Contact Improvisation with Nancy Stark Smith, Lucia Walker and Jori Snell. She is interested in improvisation
technique and real-time composition as a teaching methodology and choreographic approach and has been following the work of Katie Duck and Julyen Hamilton. She collaborates frequently in
performance projects with dance artists and musicians, and has recently been involved in performing in dance productions for very young audiences.