Massage therapists know the body of their clients,
dancers know their own body.
A contact improviser must know both.
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 begin?
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 or a jam of contact improvisation ends with a bodywork session, the dancers and participants, 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 what is 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 client) 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.
THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS LIMITED
REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
(last time the workshop was full 2 weeks in advance).
If you have questions – please send an e-mail to email@example.com.
PLACE – TER GOUWSTRAAT 3, 1093 JX AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
What to bring
– (Pot-luck) lunch for yourself and to share
– Water bottle
– Comfortable clothes for movement
– Notebook and pen
10:30-17:30 (with an hour lunch break)
For individuals –
High income – 90 Euro
Normal price – 80 Euro
Low budget/students – 70 Euro
Paid by work/institution – 120 Euro.