Myriad Shades of Touch
Contact improvisation workshop with Daniel Mang
21 & 22 March 2015
The content: This workshop will be about listening with your skin; speaking through your body; negotiating boundaries; differentiating qualities of touch; altering the map of the body; creating new meanings for touch, movement, gesture. To this end, we will refine our perception of inner space and body rhythms, as well as our outer sensory/spatial awareness. We will work with the fundamentals of contact improvisation, such as: the relation to gravity, the physical contact between movers, the momentum of bodies; modulating tone, waking up reflexes and sense of balance, sharing weight. We will explore touch and movement as relational practices: bonding and bounding, consent and collaboration, safer spaces and negotiation will be some of our themes. All levels of experience are welcome.
The teacher: Contact improvisation has been my primary movement practice since 1986. I also practice aikido and am strongly influenced by the Feldenkrais method, Body Mind Centering and ideokinesis. My teaching is informed by my background as a professional bodyworker / physiotherapist, my studies in osteopathy, my experience with communication tools such as co-counselling, and by my politics. I see my interest in radical social theory and my love of contact improvisation as two aspects of the same desire. One of my main projects is making contact improvisation available as a way of exploring body politics, as a tool for communication and personal change, to radical left, feminist, queer and antiracist activists. I have been teaching the form since 1990.
Saturday 21 March 09:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:00
Sunday 22 March 09:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:00
Sliding scale SEK 400 (unwaged) SEK 600 (low waged) SEK 800 (waged)
Dansbyrån, Oskarsgatan 6A, 414 63 Göteborg, Sweden
Some sleeping spaces may be available at no extra charge for people from outside Göteborg