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Intensives 2020

 

Heike Pourian (Germany)
Relating to the political legacy of CI

Sandra Hanschitz (Austria)
Falling int(w)o

Nina Wehnert (Germany)
Space, volume & elasticity - Body-Mind Centering® into dancing

 

 

 

Heike Pourian (Germany)

Heike Pourian is a transformation researcher, movement teacher and author based in the black Forest, Germany (with the Community Academy for applied good living). Mother of two adult children, she thrives to make Contact improvisation available to a wide range of people as a practice of awarenes for interbeing and political transformation. In 2016 her book „Eine berührbare Welt“ („A Touchable World“) was published – crowdfunded by a supporting network of contact improvisers. She co-initiated the practice Standing with the earth and the project Sensing the change, a somatic-political network and research format.

https://beruehrbarewelt.de/

 

Relating to the political legacy of CI

„Getting lost is possibly the first step toward finding new systems. To reject the familiar, so rooted in our nervous systems and minds requires discipine. We are not attempting to simply eliminate the known systems, but also to realize how we have adapted to those systems. It‘s the habit of adaptation which will keep us reproducing the system.“ Steve Paxton

What are the pathbreaking lessons can we learn from our practicing Contact Improvisation?
In what ways does a jam represent something that radically contrasts what is regarded normal in our culture? 

What are the competences we develop through our dance practice that might be a valuable contibution to the big transformation so urgently needed?
Which are the moments that require all our discipline and courage if we want to avoid „reproducing the system“?

I am highly inspired by the pioneers of Contact Improvisation, who did nothing less than to redefine dance in the context of the social-political turmoil of last century‘s late sixties. We can take that as our legacy.

And, globally we have come to a crisis that surely requires a new definition of what it means to be human: how can we develop a life-supporting and regenerative culture instead of being the species that overpowers, polluts and destoys so much of the life on this planet?

 

Our process in this intensive will be a balanced mixture of witnessed and focussed improvisation, reflection and transfer as well as specific investigation into our very personal patterns that keep us from entering truly new realms. Open for all levels. Please bring pen and paper.

Open for all levels. Please bring pen and paper.

 

A note from the organisers:

We know and appreciate Heike since two decades and have been moving closer to each other in the last years. We value her ability to create & live links between very different 'universes' like the political, the somatic and the therapeutical world. We exprience her as a master of acknowledging complexities, gaininng clarity without simplifying things. We are happy to offer her a space to dive into her dance practice. And we invite her to open our festival to a dramitcally changing world, that needs our skills.

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Sandra Hanschitz (Austria)

 

I am a freelance dancer, choreographer and dance teacher as well as stage and costume designer, scenographer and graphic artist. I received my Bachelor of Arts in „Contemporary Stage Dance“ in 2011 at the Anton Bruckner Private University Linz. I have completed my Master of Arts at the TU Berlin for „Stage Design and Scenography“ in 2015.

I am working as performer and costume designer with the Freiburg choreographers Laura Heinecke & Company and Zina Vaessen. My own works are mostly collaborative and interdisciplinary - between dance, multimedia art, fine arts, and artistry. My present work deals with the Circle - Cyrwheel - and reaches into a contemplative practice. I am an active member of tanznetz | freiburg supporting and forming the independent dance scene in Freiburg.

My most present dance influences are Contemporary Dance, Axis Syllabus and Contact Improvisation. I am fascinated by the complexity of the human body (in motion) and its fluid state of being. In my practice I observe the correlation of Contemporary Dance and CI – dancing with humans and objects.

www.sandrahanschitz.com

 

Falling int(w)o

In this workshop I share my passion in a study about „falling“.

When we are attracted to the center of the earth, the upwards is our companion. What if this opposing two directions in the movement path expand the body in space and thereby opens up a game with time and a conscious decision-making process for the next “step”. For me, space describes the architectural space, as well as the own body space, in which for example our breathing defines the volume in the chest and in which our imagination can create wide(er) spaces.

What useful patterns appear when we fall into space? We practice to sense our weight very differentiated and to gradually release it. Surrendering only one milimeter and one milisecond to gravity has the potential to open up a universe of trajectories.

How do we land safely and how efficiently can we repel ourselves? We are looking for ease in moving, where we encounter the elasticity of our tissue and the alteration of muscle tension with minimal effort. How delicate can our meetings be with the ground, the air, ourselves and others? How can we move in space/time in a multi-dimensional awareness of our own body?

The classes consist of exploration, improvisation exercises, partner exercises, as well as suggested movement patterns.

I teach contemporary dance, shaped by Axis Syllabus, focusing on learning “tools” that can be used directly in CI. I invite us in the jams to investigate the question of how these foundations of contemporary dance practice expand contact improvisation?

 

A note from the organisers:

For many years Sandra has been teaching contemporary classes on our festival – and they have always been a highlight. We love her passion for movement research and the precision & generosity in her teaching. It is a gift to have her energy and openness in the space and the beauty of her dance. And we are happy to finally give her the space to share her dance in more depth.

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Nina Wehnert (Germany)

 

Nina teaches Body-Mind Centering® and Contact Improvisation and Yoga in Workshops, Retreats and Festivals around Europe. She is offering her own Body-Mind Centering® Training in Berlin and Munich and is part of the regular staff of moveus, the official BMC® Training Program in Germany. She is co-hosting the yearly BMC® Festival with around 16 BMC® Teachers and offers regular classes at Tanzfabrik Berlin. She has great joy to immerse deeply into the exploration of sensing, perceiving and the development of the body. She studied dance, is certified as a BMC® Practitioner and Teacher as well as in Embodied Anatomy & Yoga. She teaches Embodied Anatomy in dance and yoga schools in Berlin.

https://ninawehnert.com/

 

 

 Space, volume & elasticiy - Body-Mind Centering® into dancing

We will explore the inner dance of the organs. They give volume to our body. Their movement of respiration, digestion, circulation and pulsation fill our inner space and let us be alive. We will listen to their weight, rhythms, stories, characteristics and aliveness. Recieving and letting go is part of the organ's nature and lets our inner world be in dialogue with the outside world.

In the dance, the threedimensionality of the organs can give us support in giving and taking weight through all layers of tissues. Their elasticity, buoyancy and resilience allow us to modulate the tone and adapt to our partners movement. They give us the possibility to sequence movement through the body, roll smoothly, fall vividly and their lever forces give us dynamic and momentum.

In this intensive we will look more closely to some specific organs and explore them as a collaborative system that is part of our personal expression. Anatomical explanations, somatizations, touch, voice and dances alone, with a partner and the whole group will lead into Contact Improvisation duets.

 

A note from the organisers:

We couldn't resist to ask Nina another time to teach an intensive. With all the nerveousness of our times and also the amount of stimulation that a festival brings we wish to open spaces for calmness and emodiment, where people connect more deeply to themselves and also to others. Nina's ease, clarity and generosity feels like a fundamental support for our festival. We are delighted about her ongoing fascination for details from the BMC world and her desire to bring it into the dance.

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