Inner Oceans and breathing spines
with vega luukkenon
During this intensive I wish to offer you diverse range of core principles in Contact Improvisation…
We will work both technically, concentrating on building up functional understanding of underlying physical principles and structures of contact improvisation, as well as widening the trust to our instincts, impulses and intuition. Letting ourselves completely free, and following the flow. But also understanding how do our bodies work? How do our joints, bones, muscles and skin function?
I use lot of images of water. Inner oceans. Slow, soft liquid flow in us is inspiring me. If we move like water, we will never get tired, cause we don´t need to use our muscles to move. Following the organic flow of water will show us the effortless way. Also working with the breath is something essential for me. Expanding, unfolding & folding, allowing our breath-cycle to get deep and wide, we can fully surrender and tune in with our partners, and find shared rhythm in our dance. We can drop the doing, and fall more into being. And let the dance happen through this image of water moving, letting the river show us the way.
I love to build up dance softly, from inside-out. Slowly ending up towards more technical material and challenges. We often start with individual floor-work, offering particular principles and tasks, and then gradually building up to standing using the natural spirals of the body. Material will alternate between contact- and solowork, and also connecting the group as whole. Creating an open, safe environment to explore. Emphasis will move on to improvised duets where we use each others energy to spin off into moments of freedom and individuality, then seamlessly reconnecting with our partner.
We will develop our dances from inside out, from down to up, exploring organic movement on different levels. Finding soft strength and support, preparing our bodies to listen and connect with the others, as well as with the space, and our surroundings. We´ll cultivate deeper awareness of listening, breathing, giving, receiving, and very importantly – timing.
We will explore basic tools of contact – as sharing weight, center-to-center, leaning and supporting, rolling point of contact. Using physical laws of momentum, suspension, inertia, bounce and swing to find most effortless ways into lifting and weight transfers. Different qualities of touch, impulses. Leading and following, falling and spiralling… Playing with the gravity, pushing and pulling, counterbalance and more…
We will explore the head & tail -connection, spinal push, and spirals of the spine. We are also going to look at techniques for lifting and being lifted. But thinking lifting just as a small weight transfer. Lifting should not have so much to do with effort. Using the momentum and right timing we can fly like a feather. Letting our breath to soften our bodies, and synchronizing with our partners. Finding effortless and easy ways to move together through the space – finding the flow, and joy of dancing.
We´ll also play with energetical space around us – flowing in and out of contact. Creating a sphere of listening with all our senses, touching without touching. Developing sensitivity to read and follow each others in movement, and cultivating playfulness – breaking the rules and being surprised.
We will also include different dance-scores into our practice, which allow you to get into the flow of your own dance, giving time and space to integrate the learnt technique into your own movement and spontaneity.
When: 15.03 – 17.03.2018
15. March 2pm – 5.30pm
16. & 17. March 10.30am – 2pm
Where: Pyramids Yoga