Isabelle Kirouac

Isabelle Kirouac
Quebec, Canada

I’m an urban nomad, spending many years on the road. Without a place to come back to, my body became my home. I learned to adapt, to cultivate a sense of readiness, to listen and to pay attention to the rhythms of each step. Contact Improvisation is about attention. Paying attention allows us to constantly explore, to practice not knowing, to redefine ourselves in each moment. In this constant dance of holding on and letting go, we expose ourselves and witness one another. Through dance, I have developed a greater awareness of my own body while exploring the nature of my relationships with others. I believe in Contact Improvisation as a process of transformation, which turns fear into curiosity. It is a form of political action that allows us to see and be seen, to communicate through the body, to share and study intimacy, and to find ease and flow while catching the waves.After 7 years of nomadism, she now lives in Vancouver (British Colombia), where she is an MFA cadidate at Simon Fraser University.

biography: Isabelle Kirouac has been teaching Contact Improvisation for many years in North & South America, Europe, Israel, Palestine and West Africa. She is the artistic director of Elsewhere CIDI Festival in Canada, and participated to international festivals such as the Israeli Contact Improvisation Festival, Symposium Imagining Bodies (Estonia), Fuerteventura Contact Festival, Inesperadamente International Dance Encounter, etc., as well as teaching to community members, youth groups and woman groups in such diverse venues as universities, theaters, and woman community centers. www.threelittlereddots.org