Dance as a ground for the evolution of consciousness – Mathan Levkovich

When the invitation came to join the Contact Silence retreat, a sense of curiosity emerged in me.
Dancing for me is a language. A language that exists in a realm that cannot be fully described by words.
A language which is an experience, an experience that can alter my state of being.
There are two conceptual frameworks that have been occupying my attention recently, that I would like to bring with me to the retreat.
The first framework deals with the concept of ‘Egregore’ – which could be described as a collective mind that can be manifested when a group of people consciously come together with a common focus or intention. I have been contemplating with my students in Vienna, attempting to deepen our understanding on what are the necessary conditions that enable the ‘Jam Egregore’ to come into being – What I mean by that is something you might have experienced before, those special jams where you feel connected to the entire space and to everyone around you, and you act as if you are a neuron in a larger network of an external brain, and that brain is guiding you, shaping your experience…
The second framework deals with the concept of ‘Holarchies’ – which stand for hierarchy of ‘holons’. A holon is something that is simultaneously a whole in and of itself, as well as a part of a larger whole. A simple way to understand holarchies is to look at development structures in nature – Take a few atoms and you get a molecule. Few molecules and you have a cell, few cells you get an organ etc etc. Each level in the hierarchy has it own ‘wholeness’ and at the same time is acting as a part of something larger. In a jam space, we can observe the following holarchy – in the bottom of the holarchy we have the solo body. Two soloist merge into one duet. Few duets form a little group. Several small groups can merge into one large group. The interesting question that we can ask is how to ‘split’ our attention between our own wholeness and the fact that we are also a part of a larger whole…
Looking forward to sharing time and space with you all,

Quando è arrivato l’invito a partecipare al Contact Silence retreat, è emerso in me un senso di curiosità.

Ballare per me è una lingua. Un linguaggio che esiste in un regno che non può essere completamente descritto dalle parole.
Un linguaggio che è un’esperienza, un’esperienza che può alterare il mio stato d’essere.

Ci sono due strutture concettuali che hanno occupato la mia attenzione di recente, che vorrei portare con me al ritiro.

Il primo quadro riguarda il concetto di “Egregore”, che potrebbe essere descritto come una mente collettiva che può manifestarsi quando un gruppo di persone si riunisce consapevolmente con un obiettivo o un’intenzione comune. Ho riflettuto con i miei studenti a Vienna, cercando di approfondire la nostra comprensione su quali sono le condizioni necessarie che consentono alla “Jam Egregore” di nascere – Ciò che intendo con questo è qualcosa che potresti aver sperimentato prima, quelle jam speciali in cui ti senti connesso all’intero spazio e a tutti intorno a te, e ti comporti come se fossi un neurone in una rete più ampia di un cervello esterno, e quel cervello ti sta guidando, dando forma alla tua esperienza…

Il secondo quadro riguarda il concetto di “Holarchie”, che sta per gerarchia di “oloni”. Un holon è qualcosa che è allo stesso tempo un tutto in sé e per sé, così come una parte di un tutto più ampio. Un modo semplice per capire le holarchie è guardare le strutture di sviluppo in natura: prendi pochi atomi e ottieni una molecola. Poche molecole e hai una cellula, poche cellule ottieni un organo ecc. ecc. Ogni livello nella gerarchia ha la sua “integrità” e allo stesso tempo agisce come parte di qualcosa di più grande. In uno spazio jam possiamo osservare la seguente olarchia: in fondo all’olarchia abbiamo il corpo solista. Due solisti si fondono in un duetto. Pochi duetti formano un piccolo gruppo. Diversi piccoli gruppi possono fondersi in un unico grande gruppo. La domanda interessante che possiamo porci è come “dividere” la nostra attenzione tra la nostra totalità e il fatto che siamo anche parte di un tutto più ampio…

Non vedo l’ora di condividere tempo e spazio con tutti voi,

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6 – 10  April 2023

Gaia Terra, Flambruzzo, Udine

31 Agosto – 4 Settembre 2023

Monterosi, Anghiari, Arezzo

29 October – 2 November 2023

Gaia Terra, Flambruzzo, Udine


CONTACT SILENCE retreats is a social promotion project of LIBERA MENTE APS association

We firmly believe that contact improvisation holds great potential on a social and communicative level and carries within it an unequivocal educational message. In addition to being the vanguard of the natural and authentic movement, it teaches respect for one’s body and the other, nourishing the fundamental need of the human being to physical contact, gives joy and well-being to those who practice it, reconnects man to his creativity and the primordial dimension of the game.