Falling into Contact – Workshop with Adrian Russi 7-8 Sept

About the workshop:
How can I give my weight and at the same time stay self-responsible? What is helpful for keeping the connection with my center while falling? How does it feel to surrender and when do I give up myself? How do I create stable structures that are smooth and mobile?
In this workshop we will provide basic dynamic principles of CI with the goal to integrate them in their full range into the own as well as the common dance. Besides surfing under the skin and reaching multi-directionally, we will mainly explore how to deal with the own weight and how to use it in order to stay deeply committed to the dance.
Pushing actively against the floor and falling – that means following gravity – are the two main possibilities to initiate spacious movements. And falling towards the partner or rather into the point of contact should be an essential driving force behind any CI-duet.
In order to use gravity we need to surrender and to be brave, mobile and able to react very quickly. In this way “Following Through” will become an organic part of our dance and instead of controlling the situation we will start to navigate along a common pathway into the unknown.

About the teacher:

Since more than twenty years I’m deeply involved in the exploration of the body and many things more that go beyond but stay connected with the physical basis. Beside the dance I did martial art (Wu Chi, Tai Chi, Escrima, Kung Fu), bodywork and energywork. In 1992 I started with Contact Improvisation, New Dance and Open Improvisation joined short time later. And since then dance kept me – it influences and inspires my life to a high degree. After I finished my studies in New Dance at “bewegungs-art” in Freiburg / Germany I started teaching Contact Improvisation and New Dance and initiated “Arte Schoki”, a company working with open improvisation on stage, and this became the basis of my further performance work.
My formation went on continuously in different ways (workshops, festivals, laboratories) and with various teachers, among them Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith who have started to develop CI in the early seventies with a group of other movers. A big influence also came from Lilo Stahl, Andrew Harwood and David Zambrano. Besides the dance I studied Craniosacral Bodywork what has been very important for my understanding of the subtle connections within the body.
I’m based in Switzerland where I offer my work as a free lancer to a wide range of people. I get regularly invited to international festivals and to teach workshops all over Europe. In my teaching I’m focusing on the technical aspects of movement (ease, precision and strength) as well as on matters of perception (sensation, connection of inner and outer space, of bottom and top) and a creativity coming from a distinct body-awareness. For me the pleasure to play, deep engagement in the dance, and respect for others are the basis for gaining the most possible in dancing CI. And there should be always some place left for the sense of humour!
As a performer I’m working with many different international artists and my performances are primarily based on free improvisation including Contact Improvisation, dance, dance-theatre, voice and live music.
And last but not least I’m organizing regularly jams, festivals and meetings to exchange and explore in collaboration with teachers and performers from Switzerland and abroad.

Saturday 7 September: 10-17 workshop (lunch break 13-14:30)
Sunday 8 September: 10-16 workshop (lunch break 13-14.15)

For the lunch break you can bring your own food, or buy some sandwiches not so far from the venue.

On Sunday 7th September right after the workshop there is a jam for everyone with Adrian as warm-up facilitator.
Warm-up 16.30-17, jam 17-19.

Kompani 415
Marketenterivägen 1,
415 28 Göteborg.
Look for a big yellow wooden house.
The space: http://kompani415.se/eventlokaler/
Car: Some free parking lots right in front of the building.
Tram: Ten minutes walk from the tram stop Bellevue.
Buss: Three minutes walk from the bus stop Brovägen. 15 min from center Göteborg.

It is unfortunately NOT possible to sleep in the house where we dance, but you can write and ask here in this event. Maybe there will be a free couch at some other participant. 🙂

Sliding scale: SEK 800 (unwaged) SEK 1100 (low waged) SEK 1400 (waged).

Sign up:
NOTE: Limited places! To reserve your place, please first contact the Göteborg contact collective at gbg.cic@gmail.com.
Your registration is valid once we have received your transfer of the full fee to the following account:
Account holder: Carine Cassia
Account number: 5694 04 676 29
Clearing number: 5694 IBAN: SE0350000000056940467629 BIC: ESSESESS Bank: SEB (Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken).
Don’t forget to put your name and what the payment is for (“WS September 2019” for example) in the payment reference.
Registration deadline: 6 September 2019.

Last cancellation: One week before, we will refund you the full payment, 3 days before, half sum.

Welcome !!!

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