Fly like a bird, land like a cat

Starts 28 maart 2020
Ends 29 maart 2020

10:00 - 17:00

Karl Marxstraat 101, Lent

from 100,- till 140,-

Where Dance & Improvisation meets Acrobatics

“Attention, intention, tension, extension”

In this intensive workshop we will practice and investigate how to be light as a feather and to land quietly on the floor like a cat, we will learn to use our entire body – muscles, bones and joints in order to achieve this not so easy task.
By understanding different pathway in space and inside the body one can learn to refine his/her movement capabilities. Seeing spirals pathways as a way up to the air and down to the ground, realizing that one can influence the “heaviness” quality of his/her body and change it in order to be grounded or to be lifted.
We will refine our point of focus to our intention and attention in the dance, enabling us to lose our unnecessary tension and to make extension into space and partner much easier.
This workshop is intended for all levels practitioners of Contact Improvisation, Acrobatics and Dance, and movers from beginners to very experienced practitioners of this wonderful form.

Some of the material that will be explored into movement, flying and landing:

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 becomes 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.

Practical information

De Kleine Wiel
Karl Marxstraat 101
Lent, Nijmegen

28 and 29 of March

Eat & drink
There will be a lunch break. We will provide a vegetarian soup, bring something with you to make a full lunch.
During the day, we will provide tea and snacks.

Early Bird discount till January 30th
100,- low incomes, 120,- regular
Normal Price
115,- low incomes, 140,- regular

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