Enough space to arrive and enough silence to hear – Nayeli Špela

As autumn has arrived, also stillness is becoming very present in my movement practice. 

In the last years, It has become more and more clear to me that stillness doesn’t necessarily mean no external movement. Many times, as paradoxes work, it is quite the opposite. 

I see stillness as a time-space dimension of presence. In some way, we invite more spaciousness to our present moment, and this is for me the door opening for the inner silence. 

Silence that travels somatically is part of the movement and a very alive quality of the dance. It’s more primary than speed or direction, but rather more connected with the way I am and allowing myself to respond to what is. This makes my movement natural and flowing into constant surprises.  

Some of the dances that stayed dearly in my body, were the ones in which there was this quality of presence inside which the silent meeting could happen and the small dance could begin. 

Like effortless moving of the trees, or leaves falling. 

The surprises of this meeting felt like we were constantly creating a continuation of a story. 

What is clear is that there is a sense of togetherness, not necessarily in direction or speed, but rather in the availability for the meeting, showing up for the dance, and saying yes. 

So hard to grasp the word silence. But I truly believe it is the essential ingredient for our dances. 

For listening to the momentum and for flow. 

Somehow, it makes sense. 

Maybe we dance and we understand why. 

Let’s see. 


Con l’arrivo dell’autunno, anche l’immobilità sta diventando molto presente nella mia pratica del movimento.

Negli ultimi anni mi è diventato sempre più chiaro che la quiete non significa necessariamente assenza di movimento esterno. Molte volte, poiché funzionano i paradossi, è esattamente il contrario.

Vedo l’immobilità come una dimensione spazio-temporale della presenza. In un certo senso, invitiamo a una maggiore spaziosità nel nostro momento presente, e questa è per me la porta che si apre per il silenzio interiore.

Il silenzio che viaggia somaticamente è parte del movimento e una qualità molto viva della danza. È più primario della velocità o della direzione, ma piuttosto più connesso con il modo in cui sono e permettendomi di rispondere a ciò che è. Questo rende il mio movimento naturale e sfociato in continue sorprese.

Alcune delle danze che sono rimaste profondamente impresse nel mio corpo erano quelle in cui c’era questa qualità di presenza all’interno della quale l’incontro silenzioso poteva avvenire e la piccola danza poteva iniziare.

Come lo spostamento senza sforzo degli alberi o la caduta delle foglie.

Le sorprese di questo incontro sembravano come se stessimo costantemente creando la continuazione di una storia.

Ciò che è chiaro è che c’è un senso di unione, non necessariamente nella direzione o nella velocità, ma piuttosto nella disponibilità all’incontro, nel presentarsi al ballo e nel dire di sì.


È così difficile comprendere la parola silenzio. Ma credo davvero che sia l’ingrediente essenziale delle nostre danze.

Per ascoltare lo slancio e il flusso.


In qualche modo ha senso.

Magari balliamo e capiamo il perché.




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6 – 10  April 2023

Gaia Terra, Flambruzzo, Udine

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29 October – 2 November 2023

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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.