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Community, Authentic Relationships and Consent Culture

It is time to do the work

A common ground

To make this journey as rich and safe as possible, we will start the festival with ensuring a common ground through a session on consent work and Contact Improvisation. Once we feel more grounded and connected we invite you to dive deeper and into more experimental forms of connection. Throughout the week we will offer participants material and experiences that help cultivate a more conscious self, a more profound connection to nature and more authentic and compassionate relations.

During the week there are many different formal and informal proposals.

Intensive workshop

When you register you can choose between three intensive workshops. The intensive is a daily closed container that provides an opportunity to deepen the work and cultivate complicity with the same people throughout the week.

Single classes

In the afternoon there are loose classes and you can choose on the spot which one you want to go.

Diverse evenings

The evenings are filled with different structured proposals like jams, ceremonies and playgrounds.

heart to heart

Organisers

Aramo Olaya

I research gender and movement from the somatics in improvisational partner dancing through tango and contact improvisation. I have taught and exhibited in cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Bilbao, Valencia, Wuppertal, Hamburg, Paris, London and Berlin. I am part of projects such as the Queer Tango Project, Sonidos Exóticos para tres guerras, International Congress on Philosophy of Dance, Cuerpo Ficción and Touch&Play. Some of my experiential workshops are: Non-binary tango, Beyond Consent, Corpo-reality: performing otherness, The Queer Touch, Limits of the body: from gender roles to being-thing, Embodiment of masculinity and femininity through tango posture and attitudes , Flying Milonguero: class and gender in the origins of tango, No role tango, Touch with the heart, The mask and the mirror, Unrolling Partner Dance or The walking androgynous: embodying mutual support. I have participated in events such as Contornos Políticos del Cuerpo (Bilbao), Cuerpos Políticos (Ziordia) and Queer Contact Improvisation Hamburg 2018.

Daniel J. Hayes  

I’m the founder of the Touch&Play Project, which started as an exploration into the Chemistry and edges of Contact Improvisation and has slowly morphed into an international network of dancers and movers researching the Relational Body. By training I’m a Medical Doctor, public health scientist but in real life a social entrepreneur, eco-anarchist and practical idealist. I’ve been playing, dancing, meditating and conversing CI for nearly two decades and actively sharing my curiosity and knowledge and doubts for the past ten years. Through artistic and academic research I hope to highlight the potential of CI as a tool to create authentic connections with oneself, the other and the group by bringing in infinite play, NVC, embodied consent, BDSM, spirituality, conscious sexuality, somatic mindfulness and more.

Kamila Lukasik

Kamila has a M.A in Education. After working for a few years as a college professor, however, she decided to break free from the public sector. She left her beloved Valencia and moved to London where she was training to become a Tantra Educator with Tantric Journey School of Healing and Awakening. The following year she came back to Valencia and started up her home office practice. Through her work as Tantric Journey facilitator and therapist, Kamila helps women, men and couples who struggle with emotional and sex-related issues. Kamila also runs workshops and retreats where she promotes health and wellbeing through bodily awareness and somatic experiencing. She works mainly in Valencia. A few times a year, Kamila travels around Europe, mostly to the UK, Germany and Poland, to facilitate workshops, training courses, retreats and festivals. For more info about Kamila’s work, please visit: www.detoxemocional.info

Continue reading about Kamila

Kamila was born in Poland in 1986 as the youngest of three siblings. Growing up on a family farm, she had a chance to observe from up-close the phenomenon of life-and-death from early age. Fast forward to 2006 when Kamila has to make a decision regarding her studies. Following her heart, which above all, wanted to be free, she decides to study languages. Upon graduation in 2010, she decides to take on a work-exchange program in the USA. After spending two years in the US she moves to Barcelona, and a year later she moves to Valencia, where she lives until today.

My life mission is to keep reconnecting with my true essence by embodying the Nature that I am, day after day. For Nature is not only something that we can observe out there, or something that surrounds us when we go out for a mountain hike. My own body is the one element of Nature that I can get closest to, ever; there is no better way to reunite with the Mother Earth than by creating an intimate relationship with oneself. The exploration of my inner landscape will never stop. I am just a speck of dust, and yet within me a carry the biggest wonder of this Universe, and so do You 🙂

from knowleadge to experience

Intensive teachers

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Groundwork

In this intensive you are invited to forget who you think you are, your name, sex, gender & profession, to be born again in nature. On a journey of movement migrations through different terrains, we will return to our primary senses, to explore through movement, touch and play, our evolutionary growth, from basic organisms, to animals and humans. This is a journey to discover more sensual, receptive ways of being in the world and more efficient ways of moving through it.

We will begin in water where we will investigate what it means to yield and be held. As we then resurface on land, we will investigate the increasing strength and mobility along our spinal axis and the organisation of our limbs to gracefully transition in and out of the ground. Rising up to vertical dimensions we will explore crawling, climbing and running as a pack, sensing the mechanics and rhythm of each movement. In this process we will further engage our vision and look up and around at how it feels to meet, discover our desires and interact with other beings from a place of earthbound sensuality.

Rosalind Holgate-Smith

Rosalind is an Artist, Dancer and Choreographer based in Snowdonia & working internationally. She creates performances and immersive installations that investigate touch, exploring intimate experiences between people, place and the environment. She takes inspiration from her engagement with Contact Improvisation, Somatic practices and moving in the environment. She holds a Masters in Dance Creative practice and a BA(hons) in Fine Art & Choreography. Over the past 10 years she has been teaching Contact Improvisation and dance for diverse groups, integrating work with developmental movement on land and more recently in water. Rosalind also teaches Yoga and Swimming with the Alexander technique. www.rosalindholgatesmith.com

Dive Into Being – A transpersonal quest through touch

How does it feel to meet and be met beyond our story? When the mind becomes quiet there is a deep ‘fall’ into the body; that which makes us appear separate disappears and we are presented with an opportunity for deep listening.  Can touch become a gateway for embodiment and a portal for self reflection? An interplay of contact improvisation and tantric practices exploring the dance of polarity through the senses. In this intensive we will be using vision deprivation (blindfolds)  to enhance the sense of touch and our ability to respond – responsibility – in the moment.  Can we slow down enough to meet the being in the doing?  Can this be an opportunity to dive into a ‘subjective’ definition of pleasure identical to the direct embodiment of our very own essence? The intensive will escalate in building trust in the body as a perceptual system, refining the spectrum of pleasure and using touch as a moment to moment meditation. We will dive deep into listening and responding to our own body working solo, in pairs as well as in groups.

Stefanie Nicolaou

Stefanie’s work is focused on re-awakening the intelligence of the body and reviving instincts and intuition as forms of communication, one beyond words. She has a background in Clinical Embryology and she is the founder of Women Awakenings Academy. She works as a tantric therapist and educator, as well as a Birth Doula, specialized in fertility, birth and mindful sexuality. contact improvisation has been a catalyst in her work for the last 4 years, giving the opportunity exploring ‘intimacy’ in a different setting. In her embodiment workshops, she combines tantric practices with contact improvisation as tools for connecting deeper with the body, exploring the spectrum of intimacy and using the senses as gateways to understand polarity. Her research questions how intimacy affects the human experience from conception onwards and ways to reset the nervous system by activating psychosomatic intelligence.

Dancing in the light of our shadows

This is an intensive for the curious and the brave. It’s a space where we will dive into our shadows and look at our fears. It’s also a space where we will take care of ourselves and each other feeling into and respecting the doubts and limits that will arise.

Our home base to explore and brighten some of the more hidden parts of ourselves will be the, presumed, role- and power-neutral form of Contact Improvisation and Betty Martin’s wheel of consent. These will provide us with a shared language and listening to move and play together and help us gain clarity in our interpersonal interactions. From there we will take our dances into different directions building intensity over time. One day to explore intense physical sensations and how they move through our body. Another to voluntarily exchange power with those around us. And finally a dynamic and interactive journey into our archetypal selves.

Beyond the politically correct and the social imposed there are pleasures that reside deep inside of us. Let’s see what happens to us and our community as we attempt to fully embrace them.

Daniel J. Hayes              

I’m the founder of the Touch&Play Project, which started as an exploration into the Chemistry and edges of Contact Improvisation and has slowly morphed into an international network of dancers and movers researching the Relational Body. By training I’m a Medical Doctor, public health scientist but in real life a social entrepreneur, eco-anarchist and practical idealist. I’ve been playing, dancing, meditating and conversing CI for nearly two decades and actively sharing my curiosity and knowledge and doubts for the past ten years. Through artistic and academic research I hope to highlight the potential of CI as a tool to create authentic connections with oneself, the other and the group by bringing in infinite play, NVC, embodied consent, BDSM, spirituality, conscious sexuality, somatic mindfulness and more.

let’s play

Single classes teachers

Trio variation’s

Contact improvisation is mainly considered as a duet form, nevertheless, other definitions have been made thinking about a solo –viewed from the person inside (Daniel Lepkoff)-; I’m proposing here to experience CI as a trio form. The trio dance includes the solo, the duo and its variations. The third person could be ask not only to be a dancer in contact, but also could be understood as the audience, the witness, the teacher, the relay, the lover or the son. The trio is in the core of CI scores and perspectives like the performance, the jam or the class but also in the core of social and spiritual representations. Communication in trio is a challenge, which includes tensions –moving power positions and roles- and it also offers new possibilities like take care of the caregiver or to be the mediator. Balance in the trio space is not easy, often you will find yourself in the middle or in the side. Looking, touching and moving will be explored using Contact Improvisation techniques but including also some dynamics and proposal coming from acrobatics –base, top and helper-, tango argentine –using two followers- and some pedestrian ways of sharing the weight.

Paz Brozas

 

Paz Brozas is a teacher, researcher and dancer at the University of León (ULE). Under the Physical Education Department, she imparts body expression and dance and other subjects of artistic approach to the body. Within the framework of the Aula de Artes del Cuerpo, the ULE Cultural Activities production space, she co-organizes a workshop on Contact Improvisation and Inclusive Dance, among other activities. She is involved with national and international CI community, learning and teaching in different art spaces and dance companies mostly in Spain, France and Argentine. She has published several body studies on gender and she is currently developing a comparative gender study based on her local experience as CI and Argentinean tango dancer, whose first approach she presented at the Dance Studies Conference held in Malta in 2018. She is very curious about gender sensibilities and needs in the Spanish and abroad CI community.

 

Weight and Lightness 

Bodyweight is a force, a vector with a determined magnitude, direction and sense. We can change the direction of this weight, remove it from gravity induced inertia and turn it into the expression of our intentions. Pressure and support are two ways to direct and name this energy. Pressure, is synonymous with action, initiative, decision … something that is derived from the drive of our centre. Support, represents waiting, balance, listening … using the skeletal structure of the body to effortlessly channel the weight of the other. From this clarity, we will transition from one role to the other with fluidity, finding ourselves in suspension and in fall, giving space to doubts, silences and discoveries.

A place in the body  

We are a whole that is made up of parts. When we put all our sensitive attention in a specific place in the body, we are able to transform our point of view. From that specific place in the body, we are able to connect with our most sincere presence, The “Now”. Our body changes shape giving prominence to the hand, then to the hip, later on a foot … mutating from one place to another and allowing the rest of the body to organize from there. Each part of the body has a particular discourse and each protagonism impregnates the rest of the body making it an accomplice. Each part proposes a different attitude, and change our expressive discourse. If all the parts harmonize with the part that leads the action, we achieve a homogeneous body and we endow our physical discourse with clarity and presence. Our leading parts carry the voice while the rest of the body is positioned in a listening attitude. But how does it listen? Is it a passive collaboration or the search for stability and balance?

 

Ramon Roig

Ramón Roig

Professional dancer since 1993, since 1999 I focus on dance improvisation and Performance. I organize and participate in workshops with teachers like Martin Keogh, Frey Faust, Ray Chung, Daniel Lepkoff, Karl Frost, Kirstie Simpson, Scott Wells, Urs Stauffer, Mirva Makinen, Jules Beckman, Adrian Russi, Jess Curtis, Rick Nodine, Andrew Harwood, Nita Little, etc. Director and creator of the SIAMB group dedicated to the research, creation and organization of events related to the art of movement. Since 2001 Master of Contact-Improvisation I teach regularly in Barcelona (Spain) and I teach seminars and workshops all over the world.

Pansensuality before gender   

The movement patterns we acquire in the society we live in share two characteristics: they privilege standing and seated positions; and they are shaped by gendered movement styles which we try, fail, or refuse to adhere to. This compulsory development has a history we all embody. Queerness and contact improvisation constitute critiques of these limitations on human development. They propose a path to rebuild this history by offering another embodiment which takes over those narratives and customs. Conscious dance and gender practitioners know that we face conflict and limitations due to the inscription of this body history in ourselves. We cannot just become raw material for a new approach, but we can try to repattern ourselves through shared reflection and continuous practice. This workshop aims to lead us through the early history of our movement and pre-verbal development, trying to recall how we thought and moved in our early childhood. It aims to recuperate a pansensuality not yet mediated by cisheteropatriarchal norms, and a movement not separated from curiosity, objects, and others.

 

Aramo Olaya

I research gender and movement from the somatics in improvisational partner dancing through tango and contact improvisation. I have taught and exhibited in cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, ​​Bilbao, Valencia, Wuppertal, Hamburg, Paris, London and Berlin. I am part of projects such as the Queer Tango Project, Exotic sounds for three wars, International Congress on the Philosophy of Dance, Body Fiction and Touch&Play. Some of my experiential workshops are: Non-binary tango, Beyond Consent, Corpo-reality: performing otherness, A touch of queerness, Limits of the body: from gender roles to being-thing, Embodiment of masculinity and femininity through tango posture and attitudes , Flying Milonguero: class and gender in the origins of tango, No role tango, Touch with heart, The mask and the mirror, Unrolling Partner Dance or The androgynous traveller: embodying mutual support. I have participated in events such as Political Body Contours (Bilbao), Political Bodies (Ziordia) and Queer Contact Improvisation Hamburg 2018.

 

Resilient together   

It is becoming more and more apparent that effective and sustainable change of any kind requires us to come together, to group. Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, we severely lack skills in how to function effectively in groups. So, during this session, we will learn many of these skills and embrace the opportunity to practice them in a live learning laboratory. We can explore various types of group process and/or methods to increase functionality of groups like clarifying shared purpose and co-creating effective systems and practices for mutual support, collaborative decision making, conflict transformation, communication, information flow and feedback.

Transforming reactivity

Working with a simple gesture based activity (a.k.a ‘Body NVC’) to support deep internal shifts in relation to how we react to a stimulus (trigger). Especially effective if we are likely to react with anger, shame, envy or jealousy.

This supports:

  • transforming our reactivity on a visceral level (rather than just mentally or emotionally)
  • developing relaxed presence with intensity
  • being open to pain and joy equally.

Donal Gannon

Donal is a nomadic catalyst for personal, social and cultural transformation, dedicated to authentic relating, efficient collaboration, community co-creation and developing skills in leadership and self-responsibility. Since 2003, he has been using his extensive tool kit to support individuals and groups in all corners of the world through training, facilitation, coaching, consultation and mediation. He currently does this as a Certified Trainer with the Centre for Nonviolent Communication (CNVC) and a member of the Cultural Catalyst Network (USA), Permalab (Portugal), HeartSpace Collective and Arise to Succeed (Ireland).

Dancing the power-exchange

During this workshop we will investigate in a playful and dynamic way what power means in human interactions, and what it does to us on physical, emotional and mental level. The focus will be on what happens inside of us when we are given the power to rule within a human connection, and also vice-versa: what happens within us when we give away that power. Power, much like pleasure, is a socially loaded topic and in order to fit in, most of us adjust ourselves to what is expected according to our socially assigned gender. That is why so many people experience great relief when venturing out into another role.

We will go consensually through various fun exercises in which we will dive into these politically incorrect forms of interaction and find out if there might be some hidden pleasures to be unburied from deep within ourselves.

Nique

Nique (born in Holland, long time resident in Spain) follows her life-mission: making the world around her a more harmonious, joyful place to be. Se believes in positive actions versus protests, and adept her days and jobs to achieve her goal. She spreads beauty through her paintings and consciousness by facilitating spaces like Psicodanza and Cuddle-puddles. She also helps people to accept their (sexual) identity in BDSM through one on one sessions or group workshops. She is also involved in an alternative living project called Vidalia.

The Choreography of a Play Party

Participating in an orgy may be a common fantasy, but how does it relate to the actual situation of being in a space with others, not all of whom one is attracted to equally, and how does one create the time and space to respect everybody’s boundaries? We’ll look at choreographic practices such as REFLECTION, COMPOSITION, & COLLABORATION. We’ll also consider the space itself as an active agent. This workshop is intended for those interested in dance, conscious sexuality, and seeing things from different perspectives.

Spanking for beginners

Pain and Pleasure are considered opposites by many, yet both can also simply be heightened states of awareness. We will explore how breath and movement can transform intense sensation into energy, impact into joy.

We will create a safe container so that each person can explore this at their own level, no matter where it is. Whether You’ve only been curious about impact play, or an experienced player who wishes to cultivate the beginner’s mind, You are more than welcome – smack!

 

David Bloom

David Bloom is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, filmmaker, bodyworker, pianist, father, and tea collector. Graduated from the M.A. Choreography course at HZT Berlin. Also a long-time student and practitioner of conscious sexuality, his teachers have included Midori, Felix Ruckert, Osada Steve, Joseph Kramer, and Barbara Carellas. His dance film trilogy Sex & Space premiered at the Berlin Porn Film Festival between 2013 and 2016 and was screened internationally. David was a 2012 danceWEB scholar and has taught at HZT Berlin, Tanzquartier Vienna, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Human Architecture Lab in St. Petersburg, K3 in Hamburg, the Masters of Contemporary Dance Education in Frankfurt, the Rietveld Academie for Fine Arts & Design in Amsterdam, & the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna. more info at: https://davidbloom.info

Vibrant Body

Sound, breath & movement from a tantric perspective

Mapping the body – learning about our personal boundaries.

Opening up the energy pathways, sensing the body – we are much more than flesh and bones. Exploring our energetic anatomy.

Liberating our natural  voice – giving free way to clear expression and authentic communication.

Creating spontaneous movement from within and connecting it with the vocal expression.
Waking up the energy body and connecting with the other on an energetic level.

Exploration of energetical touch and conscious physical touch.

Kamila

Kamila has a M.A in Education. After working for a few years as a college professor, however, she decided to break free from the public sector. She left her beloved Valencia and moved to London where she was training to become a Tantra Educator with Tantric Journey School of Healing and Awakening. The following year she came back to Valencia and started up her home office practice. Through her work as Tantric Journey facilitator and therapist, Kamila helps women, men and couples who struggle with emotional and sex-related issues. Kamila also runs workshops and retreats where she promotes health and wellbeing through bodily awareness and somatic experiencing. She works mainly in Valencia. A few times a year, Kamila travels around Europe, mostly to the UK, Germany and Poland, to facilitate workshops, training courses, retreats and festivals. For more info about Kamila’s work, please visit: www.detoxemocional.info

Coupling

T&P can be a challenging experiencing for couples and other partner constellations.

We will explore and reflect on our dynamics through movement either with our fixed partners and team up with others. We will create a climate of trust and curiosity to gather together, share our experiences, show our abundance, pain and desires through dance and somatic practices.

Come if you have a desire to explore this theme. No need to come with a partner.

Queralt Jorba (Lina)

My background is in the fields of Dance, Psychology, Dance Movement Psychotherapy and Systemic Coaching.

I’m one of four partners in a holistic health practice as well as manage and facilitate artistic and social projects.

My work focuses on promoting relational health using somatics and creativity as main tools.

I feel called to honor our animal nature and include social transformation in our day to day life.

I have my shared nest near Barcelona with my family, where I’m co-creating an Intentional Community called Vidalia.

I support the Touch&Play community in many diffrent ways and the Touch&Play Sisterhood project, which is an experiential feminist approach that highlights the relationship between women as a key factor to navigate life.

Websites: www.queraltjorba.com www.sisterhood.touchandplay.org

Touch&Play Barcelona

Politics of Pleasure

3 – 8 SEPTEMBER 2019

 

A collective somatic experience in the middle of the forest

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