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Masterclass with Scott Wells (Californie)

From Monday 13 to Friday 17 November from 18:30 to 21:30
with an evening Performances JAM on Friday
Studio: To be confirmed

More infos : masterclass@contactimpro.org

Two courses offered:

2. Scott Wells
Monday and Tuesday
Beginner-intermediate level and for all!

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
Intermediate-advanced level


This event is followed by the 35th EDITION OF THE JAM INTERNATIONAL OF MONTREAL November 18 and 19, 2017.

Photo : Tanja Striezel


Location: TO CONFIRM

Question : masterclass@contactimpro.org to Stephanie

Schedule :
From Zero to Flying :
Monday and Tuesday 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Flying ≠ Jumping :
Wednesday, Thursday 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and
Friday 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (one-hour dinner break)
Performance Research & Evening Performances:
Friday afternoon from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm (2hrs break)
with evening performance (7 pm to 8 pm) of all participants followed by a JAM for all !

Registration: COMING SOON

$ 35 / class

Until Sunday, October 22, 2017 :

Stage 1
Monday and Tuesday
FROM ZERO TO FLYING Beginner-intermediate level and for all!
$60 or $70 after October 23

Stage 2
Option A
Wednesday, Thursday 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and Friday am / pm / evening perfomances
$120 or $140 after October 23
Option B
Wednesday, Thursday 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm and Friday am only
$90 or $105 after October 23

Description of the workshop.

  • Photo : Tanja Striezel2. Scott Wells
    Stage 1
    From Zero to Flying
    Starting with contact and body awareness. Then learn some techniques and traject towards a space that supports freedom of flight and expression. That is: we start at zero to redefine what is contact—to ourselves, others, reality, gravity. I will see what the group is up for. We’ll be doing my favorite contact exercises and current curiosities. Created or learned over the decades investigation and indulgence. Pleasure à Technique; Somatics à Acrobatics

    1. Scott Wells

    Stage 2
    Flying ≠ Jumping
    Lose your head to fly contact improvisation: Flight patterns, Fluid Acrobatics and Pure Contact. We will work for clear, satisfying contact improvisation in which pleasure is the first teacher.
    We will practice flying, catching, landing, fluid acrobatics, deft maneuvers. For the acrobatics in particular everyone will work at their own level and will learn best by building group safety and trust—I think everyone will do something they never expected.
    We will practice integrating the flying and acrobatics into the contact flow. That is: aerial interactions that increase the contact.
    Jumping ≠ Flying because jumping is is a muscular action, whereas flying is a joint nervous system based and is affected greatly by emotions and attitude.

Optional but highly recommended to play together !!
The work will culminate in an evening presentation.

Performance Research - Ensemble States Improvisation
Sourcing - connecting with your body and spontaneity using authentic movement, the art of forgetting….
Ensemble states - tuning exercises, composition and non-composition.
Performance Jam - open space with intention and group focus, but less tight than a formal performance.
Scores -the way in, Aesthetics—how we watch.


  • Photo : Malcolm Manning

    Here a little video to discover his teaching in 2016: Youtube
    3. Scott Wells
Bio Scott wells
In 1981 Scott Wells discovered the pleasure of contact improvisation shortly after becoming obsessed with the struggles of modern dance. He stuck with both and currently directs a company in San Francisco and tours annually to Europe. Wells has created works for skateboarders, for boxers and choreographed West Side Story for Sonoma State University.

In 2010 and 2005 Scott received the Izzie (San Francisco’s most prestigious dance award) for Outstanding Choreography and was selected by Dance Magazine as “one of the 25 To Watch”. Scott has toured to Europe for the last 20 years teaching and performing in festivals in Moscow, Barcelona, Budapest, Berlin, Vienna, Zagreb to name a few. Wells has been practicing Alexander Technique for twenty five years and BMC for fifteen.

Scott’s style of contact is athletic and emphasizes freedom of movement, flying, fluid acrobatics (easy to advanced), safety, precision, pleasure and technique. What students often like best in Scott’s classes is the variance between the meditative, listening, slow and sensual dancing and the fun, playful, very physical dancing. And students appreciate how the scary or advanced moves are safe, relaxed and made possible

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