Carl Rudman is a lifelong student of joy, curiosity, grief, mystery, beauty and wonder, and tends to approach life through the lens of the body. He has been dancing for almost 30 years and has studied with a variety of internationally known teachers and performers, but is particularly grateful to two brilliant Maine women, Margaret Gould Wescott and Susan Schell, for changing his life. Over the years, he has taught in many diverse settings, including the New England College Dance Festival, the University of Maine at Farmington, Foothills Arts Center, and the Bates College ArtSmart program. He loves to bask in the glow of shared experience with other humans, and prefers a good laugh to a good lecture, although he appreciates both. These days, Carl can often be found roaming the streets of Portland with his wife Sandy and dog Bodhi.
Carl taught contact imrpovisation fundamentals as part of the 2015 Moving Explorations in Community (ME in Community) event.
Dancing the Shape of Water
Contact Improvisation is a dance form with no pre-set structure or steps. Instead, the dance takes the shape of a container created by dancers meeting in whatever states they are inhabiting in the moment, and discovering ways to move together. Contact has been referred to as Art/Sport, because it can be practiced, but not rehearsed. This class offers beginners a way in, and experienced dancers a way to connect with their own curiosities. No particular level of skill, confidence, or experience required. Potential side effects include grins, giggles, a little sweat, and a warm post-dance glow.