14 JUL 2015
18 Jul 2015
Amsterdam , Netherlands

From freeze, fight, flight reaction – into free flying real/action

Freeze, fight and flight are the physical reaction of the body to high tension and fear situations.

In Contact Improvisation we can reach a high tension velocity – very fast dancing and dangerous collisions. In these situations our reflexes and reactions kicks in – freezing, using too much tension, or withdrawing and disappearing to fast.

In this workshop we will explore in a fun way how we can learn to override our reactions into a freeform, dancing and extending into flying.

By the end of the workshop we will see how we will be flying on a partner in a safe way, and how to feel secure and to ride this flow even in a less secure situation, which in the past might have brought our reflexes and reactions to burst out.

In this intensive workshop we will practice and investigate in the first two days how to increase our physical abilities in Contact Improvisation – Sharing weight, different pathways, lifting and flying.

Once we will have our Contact Improvisation language on a higher level we will start to challenge our reflexes and reactions and see what physical sensations arrive.

We will learn to be light as a feather and to land quietly on the floor, we will learn to use our entire body – muscles, bones, joints and connective tissue in order to achieve this not so easy task.

This workshop is intended for all levels practitioners of Contact Improvisation from beginners to very experienced practitioners.

Places are limited and registration is required -

TO REGISTER SEND A MAIL TO sadhana.improdance@gmail.com


Schedule: Tuesday 14.7 till Friday 17.7 – (10:30 till 17:00 with a break of 1.5 hours).
Saturday 18.7 (11:00-15:00 ending workshop into an open jam)

In the workshop we will address as well the following 4 concepts -

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.

Payment: 160 Euro – full waged. (Early bird – before 18.6 – 140 Euro)
135 Euro – Students, low waged, and people who arrive from abroad. (Early bird – before 18.6 – 120 Euro)

The price includes – workshops, jam, tea and refreshments. (it does not include meals and lodging).

CONTACT: Tom Goldhand, , http://www.tomgoldhand.com
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