If you are unsure about what contact improvisation is, think of doing Aikido, surfing, wrestling and dancing at the same time - something like a moving massage.
Bodysurf Scotland is producing Scotland’s biggest single international professional dance event this year and has created a range of Out of Contact ‘access points’ for the public to engage with contemporary dancers of the highest quality and to introduce us to one of the most eloquent forms of contemporary dance to have evolved during the 20th century.
Central to the programme is a showcase of three captivating fluid dance pieces specially commissioned for the event, performed by international artists at the forefront of the Contact Improvisation scene. Ballet de la MC is a highly entertaining two-dancer love declaration to the motorcycle by Swedish director Bronja Novak. Performed alongside German choreographer Susanne Martin, it is a quirky and humorous piece, packed with tenderness and interesting moves.
Generation is a series of short dances by Findhorn-based choreographer Karl Jay-Lewin and his 10-year-old son Jake. Playful, elegant and intimate movements emerge from his experience of both parenting and Contact Improvisation. These two worlds at first appear to be unrelated but, surprisingly, the infectious blend of humour and sophisticated dance reminds us that both demand laying to waste best-made plans, falling, collisions, knees and taking things all too seriously.
The third piece is IDIOM, choreographed by Alessandro Certini and Charlotte Zerbey. The magnetic communication between the pair has been extremely popular across Europe, since Company Blu Danza was formed in Florence in 1979. Inspired by reflections on the body’s everyday gestures, IDIOM is a new work in which the elaborate abstractions of bodies in dance are performed with characteristic rigour and clarity.
The Arches, Glasgow (0141-565 1023), Tuesday, 7.30pm; Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (01224-642 230), Universal Hall, Findhorn (01309-690 110), Saturday, 8pm