Richard Parker

United Kingdom
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Richard Parker

Since 2006 I have been passionately developing my skills and knowledge as a Contact Improvisation dancer. From my first experiences, I felt deeply moved by the state of presence and creative expression that CI can bring forth. Personally, I find through this practice we can develop and embody the relational skills of connectivity, co-creation, trust, support & awareness into our lives.

In 2011, I co-founded Hampshire Contact Improvisation, which has grown into a thriving community of professional and social dancers alike from a variety of backgrounds, with regular classes and jams happening on a weekly basis.

As a teacher, I have a solid and clear approach to sharing the Somatics of CI, which in turn has led me to develop teaching scores that offer a rich clarity and accessibility into dancing CI. I also love collaborative improvisation scores that bring greater spontaneity and subtlety into the dance practice.

An aspect that I am also very passionate about, is how we hold space and offer boundaries of safety and accessibility within dance, especially when working with less experienced dancers. I feel it’s really important to develop clarity around how we perceive or hold our attention within a somatic and improvisational inquiry as well as in how the dance is perceived from the perspective of the witness.

In 2018, I started running 3 day National Jams within the UK. I also co-directed a small-scale research project with The University of Winchester that aims to explore and challenge the dynamics of the subject-object relationship within a gallery space. It involves creative research approaches with imaginative and somatic explorations with a group of dancers.

Richard has been facilitating workshops and events since 2004.

Insegnanti significativi
Over the years I have trained with many international teachers including Lisa Nelson, KJ Holmes, Nita Little, Andrew Harwood, Benno Voorham, Martin Keogh and Ray Chung who have greatly enhanced my level of knowledge, experience and attentional skills within Somatic Movement, CI, BMC and Improvisation Scores.