During the festival there will be intensives, workshops, jams, labs, one to one, performances, underscore, rest, walk, sauna, chikung, meditation, bodywork, discussions and conversations, etc.
There will be four intensives led by Anya Cloud (US) and Urs Stauffer (CH). You will choose one. We would also like all of us to have the chance to learn from both of them so they will give an additional class for the other group. The workshops will be held by Juli Gábor (HU), Julia Limaverde (BR), Mélanie Jolly (FR) and Marci Debreczenyi (HU). In the morning, David Leung (HK) will propose Chi Kong practise.
- Everything You Touch You Change
Intensive with Anya Cloud
This Contact Improvisation workshop will foster a space where the impossible may become possible.
We will train skills both in and out of physical contact — highlighting the body’s relationship with gravity, space, and survival — for high-stakes, unruly, nuanced, and accountable Contact Improvisation dancing to take place. Finding and keeping agency is paramount. We will work to notice the impact on ourselves, our dancing, and the group. What if we allow ourselves to be changed through this practice? We will insist on the DANCING through a devoted and unapologetically physical research oriented approach to Contact Improvisation.
My research straddles extremes – I’m invested in athletic wildness and soft patient specificity. How are power and gentleness related? My study of the Feldenkrais® Method is radically informing the ways that I practice and teach contact improvisation. We will work with our round and permeable bodies as open systems as we cultivate pathways of aliveness, choice, and imagination. We will surely work with rolling, sliding, falling, flying, disorientation, momentum, endurance, duration, composition, and more. This will support and be supported by detailed work around sensitization, pressure, intention, tone, direction, timing, quality, and sequencing. We will surely develop skills for more attenuated listening, consent, setting of boundaries, and risk taking. Some things may seem boring and some things will be thrilling — it will all inform increasing the range and humanness of our dancing. This workshop will be deeply physical and deeply political. How can we practice de-prioritizing in order to allow the conditions to reveal the priority?
Who you are and how you move will impact what happens over the course of the week. We will invite multiple strategies to emerge, queer, disrupt, dissolve, and transform.
- Remembering Basic Functionality
Intensive with Urs Stauffer
In my class, I wish to share my definition of the field of research in CI which is physical, not emotional, nor social and not esthetic in the sense of artistic standards. I understand CI not as a practice, but as a TECHNIQUE which NEEDS practice. This is where we start.
Our body is shaped in order to be functional in movement, as well within ourselves as in relationship with others and our environment. Finding ways to access this natural and long lost functionality is very fundamental in CI. To understand and INCORPORATE it, we need the courage to spend time with basic principles which go way underneath (or beyond?) the acrobatic dances CI seems to be famous for. The study of some tools of Body-Mind Centering® can be very helpful to allow our body to remember its ancient knowledge of moving with ease and precision. In my work BMC® and CI keep informing each other constantly as two distinct techniques.
Feeling more comfortable and adequate in our bodies as well as more at ease in relation to our environment, we will open up new possibilities to improvise our dances with skill and pleasure.
- Solo consciousness, collective body
Workshop with Juli Gábor
What are my needs and how can I fulfil them? Is this important for the collective? How can I connect to my own core and at the same time be aware of the others and their actions? How can I be an important part of a team and create something significant together? What is the relevance of these experiences for me as an individual?
These questions can be looked at from a purely physical point of view and are very relevant for practicing CI, but maybe it’s also interesting to investigate them in our everyday life and behaviours… We will take time to go into the physicality by solo movement and group scores and we will also reflect on how these ideas (can) manifest in our lives.
- Listen to the void – beyond technique
Workshop with Julia Limaverde
As we sharpen the kinesthetic awareness, we may be able to set aside our usual patterns and find ourselves in a state of deep listening. Presence sets in during the dance when we stop thinking. This active meditation takes our dance to places unvisited. Breaking the expectation that we generate a spectacular dance can lead to a sensational experience. What is the difference between virtuosity and skill, repetition of acrobatics and spontaneous movement, spectacle and experience, trick and improvisation?
In this class we propose begin by focusing on some of the technique foundational to CI. We remind ourselves that these techniques are there as a guideline only, and that we have the option to forget the ‘moves and pathways’ and ask the body what it wants to do. We notice everything we have learnt and then let it go, and unlearn, allowing what is new to arise. The intention is to release the conventions and bring the dance closer to the nature of the movement; breathing, silencing patterns, recognizing addictions, deconstructing habits, exploring the new with naivete, without censorship, without reference or prerequisite. Trusting in the unknown, surrendering. Everything is safely out of control.
- Playground of mirrors
Workshop with Marci Debreczenyi
How the outer world is mirroring me? How can I observe what it’s mirroring and transform it through my body?
The outside world can be seen as the mirror of oneself. All that we perceive in our surrounding is our individual experience that is formed by our past experiences. We will explore how can we play with what the outer world reflects back to us through the body. By observing the body sensations during movement, beneath our thoughts and feelings, we are able to live what we are feeling, and we can play with how we transform it through our expression in movement. Putting it another way, by observing our experience through the sensations, we take a step back and open space for playing, for relating to our experience differently. For this reason I often feel that I am on a playground when I am in a Contact Jam, where I can play with all the sensations the others bring up in me, use my creative potentials to form them.
In the flow of the workshop we will start by bringing our attention on the bodily sensations, giving time for observing them individually. After that, I will propose different situations of relating in smaller and bigger groups and then we will gradually open the space for more and more spontaneous interactions. We will observe our sensations with closed eyes individually, while looking at others moving and while getting in physical contact. We will use each appearing sensation as the fuel of the movement, deepening in them with our attention and discover many ways how they can arise as a genuine expression. Whether the sensation is the most articulated in an organ, a muscle or in a complete body part our aim is to observe and follow its transformation inside and then bring this energy to the common space. Through this mindful process, we create patterns of perception and expression in space to transform and move naturally towards each one’s personal harmony.
- Inside/Outside – The touch and the skin
Workshop with Mélanie Jolly
This workshop will introduce experiences from Eutony Gerda Alexander®. Indeed, when I discovered eutony, I found it shared many principles with Contact Improvisation : gravity, the skeleton, the relationship through touch… And above all, Gerda Alexander defined a principle “Contact” ! For her, contact is different from touch. Touch gives us information about ourselves and the surrounding environment. Contact is widening the attention from the sensations towards the outside. However, Contact Improvisation explores precisely this double direction of touch : to perceive oneself and the other through the encounter.
In my workshop, we will dance a lot with closed eyes. We will mainly explore the information received through touch and skin. At first, touch will allow us to strengthen our presence to our own body. Starting from this presence to ourselves, we will be ready to widen our attention towards our partners, and develop our ability to perceive their position, tone, movement. And then, beyond the encounter through touch, explorations with closed eyes will allow us to feel the whole space of the room and further. We will widen our attention to the maximum and feel the effects on ourselves, sensation-wise. Then, we will refine the perception of our partner through looking, in order to make proposals to support them in their movement : to read the other’s body, then propose but not impose.
For me, community is a set of independent and responsible individuals, who, from their own body, from their presence to themselves, can perceive the surrounding world, the needs of others and the group, and feel how to support the collective adventure, live their responsibility in this world without imposing their points of view. The Contact Improvisation workshop can be a laboratory of these social relationships, of the common place that is the dance space, and then transpose it to the entire festival, to the planet …
Gerda Alexander® Eutony is a practice aimed at accompanying everyone in a relationship with themselves and their body, through an attention to body sensations, in relation to the environment and to the others. The word eutony means the search for a balanced tone, that is flexible and available in order to live as adequately as possible to all the experiences of everyday life. It is both a therapeutic practice and a tool for developing freedom of movement and creativity.
- Movement mementos from the mundane
Morning practise with David Leung
It’s early in the morning. Let’s ease into introspective moments of inclusivity in movement practice, while keeping a light intention to research the interconnectedness of various frameworks and methodologies. Arriving physically and energetically under one’s skin, we prepare our bodies for a good day of dancing.
“That which can be mentioned is not the eternal truth.” Lao-Tsu
I aspire to share with you nothing more than my true being in this very moment. I can foresee that we may stand, walk, FALL, run, sit, roll, FALL some more, slide, crawl, FAIL a bit in all of this, and then try again a good amount of times, while having some fun with it, just because it is what we love to do; or perhaps because this IS what defines us as human beings. Falling seems the natural thing to do under the effect of gravity, while failing seems the human thing to do given our imperfections. Let’s fall and fail and learn and grow together, GENTLY and SOFTLY, as it’s early in the morning. However, there is STRENGTH even within gentleness and softness. Let’s find out.
“That which can be named is not the eternal name.” Lao-Tsu
For now, let’s call it “movement memento from the mundane”. Happy practice.
Of course we will have JAMS every day. Some of them are focused and open, with live music and also silent. There will be one Underscore, maybe outside. As every year we will have space-time jam, where the time will be given for inclusive performance.
There will be a half day dedicated to LABBING, to ONE to ONE and to DANCING DATES.
We will also have time for RESTING and REGENERATING. SAUNA will work every evenings. There will be space for RESTING and BODY WORKS. And there is forest and endless landscapes to escape and find your space if needed.
In addition we will have discussions, sharings, talkings around CI, community, care and safety. And some topics which will be present during the week.
We are happy to welcome you!