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We use our hands in so many ways, in day to day life and in our dance in the studio as well. We use them as landing gears, and climbing gears, and for balance while we are on our partner.
In this workshop we will learn and explore our hands in contact dancing, manipulating our partner, shaping the dance, leaning into and going out.
We will also explore grabbing with our hands and grabbing with our bodies. Transforming our entire body into a hand, and seeing the hands as a body by itself.
In this 3 day workshop we will go deeply into our arms/wings/hands and transform them with awareness into much more than that. Learning when we need to use them and we can let them go and fly.
★★★★- Places are limited and registration is required – ★★★★
Here is a short video from our previous workshops
– High Income / Happy to support others: €175
– Normal income: €160
– Low income / Students: € 140
2-4 APRIL – AMSTERDAM
The beautiful studio Mirror Center – Ter Gouwstraat, Amsterdam. 3 minutes walk from Amsterdam Muiderpoort train station
2 April 10:30-17:15
3 April 10:30-17:15
4 April 10:30-17:15
Tension, Intention, Attention, Extension
Tension – How does our body move? what mechanism and physical forces drive our muscles? and how can we play with the tonus of our body? what intention do we give to our muscles and movement and how does it change it.
Intention – Our will to move, direction chosen, speed decided. Our intention is the driving force for movement manifestation in the body, yet how much of it are we aware of at any specific time and how much is “just” a reflex, or a pattern that the body has acquired over the years without giving it the proper attention.
Attention – Finding the gap between Intention to Tension, the moment where our will become physical body movement. By adding awareness to our will we can create attentive movement that is not merely a reflex to an outside signal. Our attention can go inside the body, to our partner and even far into the extended surroundings.
Extension – Spreading the limbs to the far ends of the Kinesphere, and our movement to the far end of space. Extension is one of the most used qualities in Contact Improvisation, we use it when we reach high over our partner, or when we reach down towards the ground. Despite the strong physical movement to the far edges of our body’s kinesphere, when a “full and true” extension is being made we try to stay with the minimum amount of tension in our body as possible.
Learning how to do that requires all of our attention and intention.