Susanne Bentley

Contemporary dancer, improvisor, teacher, choreographer & coach


Play Space @ ImPulsTanz (Vienna/Vienne)

19-05-2016 (5)photo: Ludmila Glukhova

Movement Improvisation for Beginners

“Play is the highest form of research” – Albert Einstein
“Play is a state of being” –  Katie Salen – play researcher

It’s a state of openness to explore, feel, test, fail, get better… a frame for experiencing the world. Play allows your natural creativity to surface: as John Cleese says, “it’s a relaxed open mode”.

Think back to yourself as a child, you were in this state constantly. It is often conditioned out of us as adults, so the first thing to access again as improvising adults is how to play. After that comes expanded awareness of the present moment, techniques to open up new movement possibilities,  different ways to interact with partners and groups etc.

The essence of Play Space is to help people connect their own improvisational movement style & presence. Inspired by Al Wunder’s Theatre of the Ordinary, the work of Andrew Morrish and Ruth Zaporah’s Action Theater, this class promotes an experiential way of learning. Participants discover what they like doing, what they like seeing and take responsibility for noticing and developing their own style of moving and interacting.

One of my mottos is “Serious Fun, serious Play” – I’m dedicated to playing as learning tool for art and life. Play Space is a environment to recognise your creativity, learn and most importantly, have fun – otherwise why dance?!

Level/Niveau: beginners/débutantes
When/Quand: 18 – 22 July/julliet 2016,  9:30 – 11:30
Where/Ou: Impulstanz, Arsenal D, Arsenal/Obj. 19, 1030 Vienna, Austria/Autriche
Language/Langue: taught in EN