2 days workshop – Contact meets Massage: 4,5 of January

Massage therapists know the body of their patient,
dancers know their own body.
A contact improviser must know both.

(For Dutch description see link below)

Where does a meeting of two bodies ends, and a contact improvisation dance begins, Where does a bodywork therapy ends and a journey of two bodies begins?

In this workshop we will try to see the similarities and differences between contact improvisation and a session of bodywork and massage. Traditionally a workshop of contact improvisation ends with a bodywork session. The dancers, many of them professional body therapists, share their knowledge of relaxing the body and massaging the muscles and joints. In this workshop We will learn and explore the principles of moving another body without effort and being moved without unnecessary tension.

This workshop is not about the high physicality or acrobatic side of contact improvisation, nor is it about the “choreography” of a specific massage session, but rather on the exploration of what happens in the body when it is being touched in different ways and manipulated into movement, what are the principles behind a treatment and the meeting point between two bodies – therapist and patient. What happens in the body of our partner, but also and as important, what happens in our own body as we move into physical contact.

For body-workers this workshop will add some insights into movement, manipulation and relaxation in a moving body. Seeing yourself and your partner (either dancer or patient) as one unit in dance.

This workshop is a great experience for body-workers and therapists that have not yet encountered the world of contact improvisation and is also a wonderful opportunity for contact improvisers to meet another side of this beautiful dance.

Tom Goldhand is a dancer in the field of improvisation and contact improvisation, and he is a certified body therapist (Ilan Lev method)
The workshop comprises of 2 full days, you can join one day, however it is advised to join both of them.

Day 1 – feeling, sensing and exploring different tissues and movement in the body. Bodywork session going into dance.
Day 2 – manipulating, moving together, relaxing inside the session. Contact improvisation as a massage and body therapy.

The number of participants for this workshop is limited

This workshop is being offered with collaboration from “De Akademie voor massage en beweging” in Amsterdam and is credited as school points.  For their website – Click Here

Price: 195 Euro.
Price for students of Sadhana Dance who participated in the past in classes/workshops  – 150 Euro.

For registration and questions – Send a mail to sadhana.improdance@gmail.com

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