Gabrielle Revlock is a choreographer, performer, improviser, somatics educator and creator of Restorative Contact, a mindful touch-based movement practice. Her choreographic work depicts complicated but relatable interpersonal relationships, developed through meticulous character study and improvisational structures. Her work has been presented across the USA, in Japan, Netherlands, Singapore, Hungary, Russia and India and in NYC at venues including New York Live Arts, JACK, The Flea, Joyce Soho, Gibney and CPR. She was a 2020 Bessie Award honoree, a 2019 Target Margin Institute Fellow and in 2018 she was named ‘Newcomer of the Year’ by the performance journal Tanz. As a dancer, she has performed for Lucinda Childs, jumatatu m. poe, Susan Rethorst, Bebe Miller & Angie Hauser, Leah Stein, David Gordon, Christopher Williams, Vicky Shick, Bill Young and Jane Comfort. Revlock has taught Restorative Contact online and at various dance and wellness studios in addition to being an invited speaker at the 2022 Critical Mass: CI@50, 2020 Embodiment Conference, 2020 Dance & Somatics Conference and Future of CI Conference through Earthdance in 2021. For nearly 20 years she has been a practitioner of CI. When in NYC she has been a CI teacher for Movement Research and was a facilitator of the Brooklyn Contact Jam. She is currently living in Northampton, MA working as a teaching fellow/MFA candidate at Smith College. GabrielleRevlock.com
12/16/2022 CLASS DESCRIPTION:
Restorative Contact begins with the understanding that touch is an important part of human development and wellbeing. It helps us to be present in the moment, in our bodies, and with other people. In this workshop you will be guided through a floor-based sequence of touch and weight-sharing, using various surfaces of the body. We will work slowly and mindfully with care and respect for our body as well as our partner’s. Deep relaxation has been shown to help with anxiety, insomnia, digestion, fertility, and high blood pressure. Studies indicate that touch boosts dopamine, serotonin, and oxytocin, the hormones associated with making people feel good, and lowers cortisol levels, which are associated with stress.
• This workshop is non-sexual.
• Restorative Contact is a partner practice so you are welcome to come with a chosen partner or work with whomever is in the room. Those who do not wish to be in contact with another person are invited to adapt the practice for solo exploration but please be aware that the primary focus of the workshop will be on developing tools for interpersonal touch.
• Beginner friendly. No prior experience with movement or meditation is required.
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