Masterclass with Kirstie Simson
Maiden Voyage is deligted to present an in-person masterclass with esteemed dance improviser, teacher and performer, Kirstie Simson. This is Kirstie’s first time in Belfast so is a wonderful opportunity for local dancers.
In the first part of class we will focus on our relationship with the earth through our breath. We will go on to explore the head/tail connection that unites us with all vertebrates on this planet. Through witnessing and being witnessed, in the last part of the class we will move into meaningful dances with each other and the world around us.
Kirstie draws from her knowledge of contact improvisation, dance techniques, the alexander technique, aikido, meditation and her extensive experience of improvisation in performance. Her work explores the huge potential of the body’s response to the primal urge to move. 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. Kirstie’s art form is her life practice, and she will share insights gleaned from forty-years of a vibrant dance improvisation & collaboration practice.