A four-part workshop series with Tom Truss

TOUCH – Sunday, March 10, 1:30-4:30

MOVEMENT – Sunday, April 14, 1:30-4:30

WEIGHT and SPACE – Sunday, May 12, 1:30-4:30

WAIT – Sunday, June 9, 1:30-4:30

This workshop series is for all who have been longing to dive more deeply into the foundational concepts of Contact Improvisation as well as for beginners who are curious about the form and want to engage in a dedicated study over time. Each Sunday class will focus on a specific theme and will be flavored with the concepts and principles of the Alexander Technique and Body Mind Centering:

TOUCH – Finding, following and nourishing points of contact with oneself, the floor, a partner, and other (in)animate objects.

MOVEMENT – Exploring how (im)balance can invent, invite and effect movement and momentum.

WEIGHT and SPACE – Investigating propulsion, direction, and timing to help us get off the floor and into the air, as well as researching the effects of closeness and distance.

– Discovering ways to move in and out of contact while riding the waves of improvisation.


This is a workshop that spans 4 months, and we ask that folks commit to the series. If you’re really excited to join this series, but can’t make one class, let us know. We can’t guarantee we can accommodate you, but we’ll try!

$240, $60/class – pay-it-forward price, helping folks attend this workshop for whom the regular price would be a hardship

$180, $45/class – regular price: fully covers teacher fee, teacher travel, and overhead expenses

$120, $30/class – 3 spots available at this rate

*$40 deposit due upon registering. Should you need to pay over the span of the course, or if you need to have a further conversation about finances, we welcome you to reach out! 

Tom Truss is a professional dancer, actor, director and choreographer and certified Alexander Technique teacher.  He has been teaching CI since the mid 90’s with people of all ages and abilities at the New Zealand School of Dance, Contact Festival Glarisegg, American Dance Festival, Seattle Festival of Dance and Improvisation, Earthdance, and Cornish College of the Arts. Tom was a member of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange and toured with Pappa Taramuhara in Tokyo. Currently, he is touring ReWritten – with Matthew Cumbie – about the intimate relationship between Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorn, and his solo show, Tell me what you learned Tuesday, a physical theater piece about a gay man reliving a dinner with his wacky family and abusive father. Tom leads words and movement workshops with LGBTQ youth, the Berkshire immigrant community, and the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts.

All events are @ The Peaceable Barn Studio in Redding, CT (accessible by MTA)

Registration and Questions:

Contact Jovaninapeaceablebarnstudio@gmail.com

If you need to have a further conversation about finances, or anything else, we welcome you to reach out!  

March-June: Playing in the Foundations of Contact Improvisation

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