The Art of Deep Listening
Kirstie Simson draws her 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, inspired by the energy released through human interaction, physical challenge and a daring to go beyond inherent ideas of limitation. 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’s art form is her life practice, and she shares insights gleaned from thirty-two years experience of loving and living dance improvisation.
Kirstie Simson (UK) has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Her eternal subject is freedom and she is renowned internationally as a leading light in the field of dance improvisation. She recently made the film Force of Nature, directed by filmmaker Katrina McPherson, that is a testament of her dedication and love for her art form. Kirstie currently holds a professorship in the department of dance at the University of Illinois where she teaches dance improvisation.
What is a ‘good’ conversation?
Through learning how to become aware of a shared space between us we can discover new traits in our own being that have not been previously conscious to us: humility, empathy, and a developing sense of awareness of the deeper qualities of life.
Over the past 15 years, Renata has practiced the art of evolutionary dialogue and has participated and co-led various groups around the globe. She currently holds Dialogue – Salons focused on various topics and hosts a weekly virtual evolutionary dialogue seminar in Berlin. Renata believes that a genuine dialogue practice has the potential to bring us human beings together in ways that are not pre-conceived and that can bring forth innovative ways on finding a deeper, solution-based relationship to life.
Renata Keller is a filmmaker and graphic designer based in Berlin. She has worked in visual arts for over twenty-five years and is the Director of Vertical Impulse, a graphic design, film production, and creative art firm. She is also the CEO and art director of the German philosophical quarterly magazine ‘evolve‘ (www.evolve-magazin.de). With a master’s degree in Applied Imagination from Central St. Martin’s College of Art and Design (Dist), Renata went on to study documentary filmmaking in London. She is currently working on the documentary film ‘Why Women Need to Climb Mountains.’ The film explores the life and vision of the pioneer of women’s history, Dr. Gerda Lerner. (www.womenneedtoclimbmountains.com). Since being a teenager Renata has pursued her deep longing for a meaningful life and continues to undertake a spiritual inquiry based on evolutionary ideas.