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Kirstie Simson

Dance Improvisation That Offers Resilience and Support in Difficult Times

Kirstie Simson will share her work and underlying embodied philosophy over the course of 4 sessions. She will also facilitate an evening sharing of 2 films she has made, followed by a talk about her relationship to physical practice in the context of the troubled times we are living through.

There is deep inspiration and rigor in a practice of improvisation that posits vulnerability at its heart.  Developing the skills to be able to care for, engage, respect and respond to that state of vulnerability in oneself and others gives life to improvisation that is powerful and transformative. 


This is the work that Kirstie engenders through facilitated exercises, open time for play and exploration, movement scores, observations and discussion.  Much of the work is experienced through partnering and connection with others, balanced with solo time for processing and reflection. Kirstie shares the movement practices and underlying philosophies she has developed over forty years of teaching dance improvisation. She is interested in creating a safe space where participants feel they are seen, heard, and supported to discover, move, and share from the deepest parts of themselves. This helps facilitate meaningful dances that evolve our practices.

Charlie Morrissey

Move On Up

This workshop will explore movement as a primary mode of being in and engaging with the world.

It will utilise practices that map and un-map our bodies, it will explore sensory and extra-sensory modes of engaging with ourselves, others and the environment to notice how we compose and are composed.

We will work with our own and other bodies in and out of contact, building multi-directional, grounded movement, engaging with the lightness and weight of our moving selves.

Imagination as a creative and basic tool of physical survival will be central.

The classes will be fed by practices of Contact Improvisation, Steve Paxton’s Material for the Spine, Lisa Nelson’s Tuning `Scores and by my own ongoing movement and performance practices.

We will work with scores and structures that open space for exploration and discovery. 

The work will be rigorous, physical and we will MOVE.

Moving as a way of knowing
Moving as means of questioning
Moving as way of bringing into being
Moving as progression
Moving as way of being with
Moving as thinking
Moving as disruption
Moving as evolution
Moving to depart from and arrive to
Moving to be in
Moving to re-position
Moving to gain a perspective
Moving to destabilise
Moving on up


Charlie is a performer, teacher, collaborator and director who has been working with movement for more than 35 years. 

He has worked with performance at small and large-scales in theatre, gallery and site-based contexts in the UK and internationally. Recent projects (23/24) include Supernature, a solo created with Siobhan Davies in response to her film Transparent at Wainsgate Chapel; Scáling, a duet with Markéta Stránska co-commissioned by Candoco and Sadlers Wells at Schwere Reiter: HERD – a large-scale site-specific sound project with Artichoke and Orlando Gough across multiple sites in Yorkshire; and Anushiye Yarnell’s A Marathon of Intimacies at Chapter in Cardiff. He is currently exploring dancing the Goldberg Variations with Lucy Suggate.

His work is influenced and inspired by long-term working relationships with artists including Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Scott Smith, K.J.Holmes, Kirstie Simson, Karen Nelson, Siobhan Davies, Katye Coe, Andrea Buckley, Becky Edmunds and many others.

Charlie also organises and co-curates Wainsgate Dances with his partner Rob Hopper in Yorkshire, UK – an artist-led space for experimental dance. It includes daily dance practice, residencies, workshops, and performances.


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