Here are a few quick thoughts following a two day Contact workshop with Noam Carmelli...
I haven't done much contact at all since Kirstie Simson's class at U of I, which is now quite a long time ago! It felt amazing to feel moving bodies again and to have that sense of touch awoken. At the end of the first day, I felt a little knot in my throat like a was close to crying, I'm not even sure why, but just such an awesome emotional and physical release. My muscles, on the other hand, felt relaxed, like a lot of tension I've been holding these last couple weeks was let go.
At the end of both days, I had gathered a huge sense of affection for the group and being protective over everyone. When you move and dance with someone else, you must sense them, and there is a mutual idea of understanding when you "listen" with the body. There is a deep sense of empathy when you contact in this way.
We talked about the idea that if everyone sensed movement in the way that we (dancers) do...can we create a better world in which to live? One of my favorite former teachers, Erika Randall, used to say, "Modern Dance for world peace!" I believe it!