22 – 26 June 2021
Participants: Max 35 per shift
10 days retreat in nature conceived as a meditative / contemplative space. It is possible to participate in only one of the shift, two or all. For people with sufficient experience in Contact Improvisation who can comfortably experience the Jam dimension
The main and constitutive element of the retreat, silence opens our sensitivity and listening, essential elements of contact improvisation: for this reason, in the silent area of the retreat where the platform is located we will try to keep it constantly. In the rest of the retreat area it will be possible to speak from the end of the morning silence circle to the beginning of the evening silence circle. During the night we will donate the entire retreat area to silence, dance, listening.
The Jam of Contact Improvisation
The main practice of retreat, the Jam is designed for people with previous experience in contact improvisation who intend to explore, in addition to the relational, technical, dynamic movement aspects that characterize CI, also the meditative, spiritual, emotional and inner research aspect of the practice.
There will be a fire that we will light every evening after dinner. The fire area will be for us a place of regeneration, sharing, listening. Around the fire it will be possible to sing, dance, play, recite, read poems.
The afternoon workshop will be conducted by one or more focalizers and organized during the retreat in their total freedom and creativity. The proposed experiences will be the result of their collaboration and their peculiar reading of the group. They will not be contact improvisation lessons, but proposals for listening, exploration, meditations, bodywork or moving practices that may or may not provide for contact.
08.15 / 09.00 Meditation
10.00 / 10.30 Silent Circle
10.30 Silent Jam
15.00 / 16.00 Word Circle
16.00 / 19.00 Workshop
21.00 Silent Circle
00.00 – 24.00 Silence in the platform area and silent camp area
21.00 – 10.30 Silence in all areas of the retreat
09.00 / 10.00 Breakfast
13.00 / 14.30 Lunch
19.30 / 21.00 Dinner
My approach to dance is based on mindful awareness. While becoming aware of the body-mind process that naturally takes place, one of the foci is placed on perceiving my own body and the bodies I connect with, allowing senses, impulses, trajectories to inform dances and responses to what is happening in the present moment in an “authentic” way. I believe this allows the opening to new movement possibility, allowing clarity in the decision-making. From the body/mind level, I expand the mindful awareness approach to a broader field of interaction, where the connection can be described as “energetic”, by this I mean a connection that goes beyond the physical contact. This brings into play the practice of improvisation at large. Through the possibility of zooming in and out from physical to energetic, we access a practice that support openness and presence in the shared dance space, made of more people rather than just the duo or trio we are engaged with. In short, we access to the “group mind” a space co-created collectively where Contact & Improvisation “dance together” layer upon layer of attention.
Inspired by Daniel Lepkoff’s idea that CI is a question, my current curiosities in CI relate to the repetitive, the minimal, and the solo. What happens if I maintain focus on a specific idea while dancing? How long can I repeat this idea even if it creates the awkward and the accidental? Through the layering of multiple minimal motions, how is complexity generated? What is the relationship of my solo to the duet, the trio, the whole dancing space? Hailing from Southern California, Andrew Wass is a choreographer, dancer, and researcher. His interests lie at the crossroads of philosophy, cognitive science, and improvised dance. Looking to dissolve the boundaries between academic research and performance, he juxtaposes corporeal and cognitive practices to discover their theoretical commonalities. These commonalities then reveal more potential in his teaching and performance practice. A member of Lower Left and a graduate of the SoDA program at the HZT in Berlin in 2013, Wass is pursuing a PhD in Dance at Texas Woman’s University. He has taught at universities, festivals, and independent studio in Europe, the United States, and Asia. Wass has performed with CI luminaries such as Nina Martin, Ray Chung, Scott Wells, Jess Curtis, Chris Aiken and Nancy Stark Smith. His performance work has been shown in San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Marfa, Tijuana, Berlin, Tokyo, Geneva, Basel, and New York. wasswasswass.com/ lowerleft.org
Linus and Emelie are two professional musicians and sound healing practitioners from Sweden. Emelie has been studying classical percussion and chamber music at Örebro university in Sweden and is now freelancing with different artist and projects. Linus has been studying drums since childhood but changed his course five years ago to become fully dedicated to bansuri and Indian classical music. He has been studying with Igino and Virginia (Italy) and has been visiting India for the last five years deepening his knowledge with well-known gurus and musicians. Linus and Emelie has been studying the art of sound healing at Svaram Musical Instruments and Research in Auroville, India. They have been arranging sound bath sessions in yoga studios and retreats in Sweden.
Plane: Nearest airport: Perugia and Firenze
Car: The place is 40 minutes by car from the Arezzo highway exit 1 hr from Perugia
Train: The closest railway station is that of Arezzo, easily reachable from the stations of Florence and Rome
By bus: The place is not directly accessible by public transport but we can pick you up in Anghiari. There are buses from Arezzo, Perugia, Cesena
More detailed information will be provided following registration