Kirstie Simson: Improvisation as a Life Practice

25 – 26 / 09 / 2021, 11.00  AM – 4.00 PM , Academy of Dramatic Art Zagreb, Frankopanska 22 (Leks)

Kirstie Simson is an internationally renowned Master Teacher who draws from her knowledge of Contact Improvisation, dance techniques, the Alexander technique, Aikido, meditation and her extensive experience of improvisation in performance.

In her classes Kirstie shares the movement practices and underlying philosophies she has developed over forty years of practicing Dance Improvisation. Working from a place of interconnectedness with ourselves, others and our environment can give us the resilience and skills to face into life’s complexities and challenges.

Kirstie engenders her work through facilitated exercises, open time for play and exploration, movement scores, observations, discussion and humour. Much of the work is experienced through partnering and connection with others, balanced with solo time for processing and reflection. Weather-permitting there will be an opportunity to explore scores outside. In nature


Kirstie Simson (UK) has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation.  Called “a force of nature” by the New York Times, she is an award-winning dancer and teacher who has “immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance” according to Time Out Magazine, London.  Kirstie is renowned internationally as an excellent teacher, a captivating performer and a leading light in the field of Dance Improvisation.  For the past thirteen years she has been a tenured professor in the Department of Dance at the University of Illinois, USA. In August 2020 Kirstie returned to her home base in Wales UK from where she continues to explore and share her work as an Independent Artist.  She is excited to begin an involvement with the Black Mountains College in Wales. As a member of their Academic Advisory Board she is helping to design an innovative degree course in ‘planet-centric education for building a better future’ that will be launched in September 2022.