Bracciano (about one hour from Rome)ITALY
The workshop and the jam will take place at Borgo Paola, a beautiful country estate situated above Acqua Paola’s antique springs, inside a wood which extends for over 2000 hectars where one can take long walks to regenerate body and mind. We will dance in a beautiful circular room with large glass windows!
During the jam there will be lectures, guided wamups and live music!
RAY CHUNG is a performer, teacher, engineer, and artist who has a passion for dancing which he likes to share with other people. His main focus is improvisation and he has worked with Contact Improvisation since 1979 as part of improvisational performance practice and integrates other movement forms into his work, including martial arts, bodywork and Authentic Movement. Ray has worked with the leading proponents of Contact Improvisation and regularly collaborates with dancers, musicians, and other artists. His work has been featured at numerous national and international festivals and venues. Currently based in San Francisco & Sweden, Ray regularly teaches abroad.
The Art and Sport of Contact Improvisation
In CI, the movements and forms arise as a result of what happens in the present moment. Can they be truly spontaneous or are they patterns that repeat from past experiences? Are such movements artful or is it the form as a whole that has an aesthetic appeal? Simone Forti once used the term “art sport” to describe Contact Improvisation (CI). This apt description includes the physicality in the sport, and the creativity in the art. For me, the sport aspect has always been easier to come by. The “rules” of the game are clear¬ the laws of physics, how we communicate to establish trust and support, taking risks to stretch boundaries. The art has been more elusive, but less so when grounded in experience. Creating the bridge or connections between the “art” and the “sport” will be a primary theme of this workshop.
What is necessary to practice, safely, with ease, and connected to the players? We will conduct a survey of CI essentials, with a focus on efficient, effortless use of technical skills, to develop a facility for, and availability to, changing physical states and levels of touch and weight. Once essentials have been established, we expand our practice to include issues related to the art of CI ¬recognizing composition as it happens spontaneously, or intentionally. What makes a composition? Is it the way we perceive the action, or is it the intention of the player? Framing our intention, we practice embodying stillness in movement, and movement in stillness, as an aesthetically satisfying compositional activity. Furthering our practice, we will working with ways of moving “out of the box” of the duet form, expanding our range of choices of how to include more than one other dancer while moving seamlessly into, and out of, contact. We will practice strategies for improvising, or how we improvise the way we improvise, as well as ways of embodying our imagination in movement. How do we make choices that create more choices, rather than limit them?
ACCOMMODATION can be in rooms with a bathroom (double or triple) or in mini-flats during the workshop, and during the jam it will be possible to sleep in a common room using your own mattress and sleeping bag.private room) :: 430 € (accommodation in the common room)
To enroll, send an email to email@example.com
How to reach “Borgo Paola” : http://www.borgopaola.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=13&Itemid=20&lang=it
By train: from Roma Trastevere and Ostiense there are trains every 30 minutes, the closest station to the town is “Bracciano” from there we will organize lifts.
See the timetables here: www.trenitalia.com
This event has been organised by Vera De Propris, Glenda Giacco e Barbara Lucarini.
COSTS (all inclusive):
Only workshop: 315€ (IF YOU SUBSCRIBE BEFORE 12th APRIL) ::: 350 € (AFTER 12th APRIL)
Only jam : 125 € (accommodation in the common room) :: 145 € (accommodation in a room)
Workshop + Jam :
IF YOU SUBSCRIBE BEFORE 12th APRIL: 415 € (accommodation in a private room) :: 395 € (accommodation in the common room)
AFTER 12th APRIL : 450 € (accommodation in a