I've been studying Contact Improv for a little while. It's a dance form with strong historical and philosophical roots in Aikido. Recently I volunteered to facilitate an informal 2 hour gathering of contact dancers with an eye to giving them a small taste of Aikido. My hope is to spend about an hour on more Aikido-like stuff and then to open into exercises that leave more room for dancing and improvisation.
My question is this:
Do people have ideas of exercises that I could use to get the ideas of Aikido across which
- Can be done without mats
- Allow for a lot of movement
- Focus more on the interaction and movement in Aikido and less on its martial applicability
I know it's a little bit of an oddball request, and I have some ideas that I'm playing with, but any input at all would be appreciated!