Michael Shapira

Contact Improvisation happened to me in my mid twenties. It made me fall in love with the floor, and for a dancer starting late, that was a very good start. When one day in a workshop led by Nancy Stark Smith, i was asked to do a solo, i realised the dangerous closeness between the practice of CI and my relation to dance. I was lucky enough to be rescued by a witch and a magician, both disguised as the directors of the dance school at Bewegungs-art in Freiburg, Germany. Lilo Stahl taught me to always look for the heart of things and Bernd Ka taught me to be professionally silly. To these two childish masters i owe a whole lot.

My relation with performance and improvisation is made up of my desire, my taste, my personality, my hangups, my beliefs, my experience and my ignorance. I tend to look underneath form, like a dance- psychoanalist. I believe only what i see and therefore i often don't believe what i see. I commit to the endless negotiation between form and meaning.

Performances

Awards, Grants, Residencies

Education in Dance and Performance

Earlier...

AND NOW WHAT?

2013. Be prolific. Practice obsession.

2014. It's now or never.

2015. Do.

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