31 August – 4 September 2021
5 – 9 September 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
Anthony Trahair, is a versatile artist who loves and practices Yoga, Taiji and Juggling with passion since the nineties. Graduated in Chemistry at the University of Birmingham and in Physical Theater at the Teatro Dimitri Academy in Switzerland, he is the author of the book Pearls of Juggling. He is a great lover of playfulness that he considers a wonderful tool to touch the heart of life and for this reason he created the 3 day Playfulness Festival GIOCOSAMENTE. He began studying contact improvisation with Alma Falkenberg in Rome in 2001. And he met his wife, director Sara Pozzoli, thanks to contact. Anthony loves nature, his vegetable garden and climbing trees!
Nina Radanovic I am a dancer, a yogini, a human and a mermaid 🙂 After completing my formal education in Languages, I continued to educate myself, primarily by traveling and encountering new cultures, new people, and new experiences. I have been practicing various forms of movement throughout my life. Twelve years ago in India, I discovered the internal practices of yoga and meditation. Since then, I have studied and practiced diverse bodywork techniques from Thai and Ayurvedic traditions, having learned from international masters in Asia. Through these somatic practices, I came to contact improvisation, which has allowed me to observe my mind-body connection in a totally new way. I discovered CI during a contact festival in Goa only recently, in 2016, but I fell in love with it at first touch. Soon after, I was running all over Europe in order to attend classes, workshops, and festivals, and meet important teachers. When I moved back to Belgrade I just wanted to dance, so I started giving classes in 2018. I organized jams and workshops with foreign guests, first very timidly, and then, frantically. I was eager to infect others with this gorgeous dance form, so that I myself would be able to dance. It warms my heart to see that this small group, originally only a handful of people, has matured into a wonderful contact community that is constantly growing. CI finally brought me to water, where I rediscovered my essence through Aguahara treatments and water dance which I have been exploring as Vu Ava (Slavic Water Goddess – the name that I choose to reconnect with my Slavic roots). I teach yoga and contact improvisation classes in Belgrade, and organize yoga dance retreats in Europe as part of the MOVE2Collective.
Plastic artist and multi-instrumentalist musician, born in Japan in 1981 and raised in Spain, he currently lives between Italy, Spain and Brazil, where he performs his musical projects. In recent years he has also approached the culture and classical music of India. He has always been linked to the world of circus and dance, composing music for different shows. Saxophonist and flutist with musical groups from Madrid and Italy. A fusion of ethnic music that combines the sounds of instruments such as Handpan, Saxophone, overtone singin, didjeridoo, flutes, drums, traveling between nu jazz, classical, trance. Create evocative music, with meditative atmospheres and melodies that transport you to a dreamlike and intimate world.
I started my dance carrier in China, 2002, being employed in disco parties. Back to Europe, I met Budapest as a french and learnt diligently contemporary dance techniques and hungarian language. One after the other, I fell in love with Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Body Mind Centering and Yoga. I started practising, going to trainings, organising workshops, performing for companies, in galleries with friends and acquaintances. I learnt from Skinner Release technique with Gál Eszter, Weight Flow with Goda Gábor, Authentic Movement with Sabine Parzer, Butoh with Kea Tonetti and Atsushi Takenouchi, RealTime Composition with Julyen Hamilton, Claire Filmon, David Zambrano and Daniel Lepkoff, Body Mind Centering with Kálmán Ferenc, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Otto Ramstad and Alex Guex, Contact Improvisation starting mainly with Gál Eszter, Sabine Parzer, Scott Wells then Nancy Stark Smith, Martin Keogh, Patricia Kuypers, Ray Chung and lately Matthieu Gaudeau, Andrew Harwood and Stéphanie Auberville. Since the last 7 years I teach CI weekly in educational programs and open classes, labs and festivals, in Hungary, France, Austria, Switzerland and recently Georgia, Israel. I always apply Body Systems into movement, I love being slow and acrobatic as well. I lead now a seven days CI course about flowing into liftings and I organise underscores and the hungarian CI festival with the sweet kontaktland team (kontaktland.com). I keep on experiencing CI as much more than a dance form, giving me feedbacks regarding my social abilities of acceptance, giving/receiving, learning digesting and letting go … or not.
I am convinced that every aspect of us is trainable: the physical body, the perceptual body, the collective body. As well as the imaginative and emotional one. Just find the right training. My research as a dancer, teacher, human being moves on these levels, knowing that everyone is intercommunicating and at the same time can be investigated individually. It is a question of choosing where to pay attention, at any given moment. Studio Contact Improvisation since 2004, I have been teaching it since 2010, mixing it with other movement practices, daily life, the books I read, the conversations I meet, the people who leave their mark. I consider it fundamental to deal with the earth. Whether it's my father's vegetable garden, the dance floor, self-confidence, deep friendships. Without it you don't stand, don't dance, you don't get good results. Since 2018 I have been co-founder of the CorPoetica ASD association, which works for the dissemination, study and practice of the disciplines related to movement and body intended as a starting point for one's personal growth. CorPoetica supports and promotes the development of a body intelligence that integrates with a more conscious use of cognitive processes.
I am a Gestalt counselor trained at the Miriam Polster Institute in Florence and an integrated approach music therapist graduated from the Tuscan Center of Music Therapy. In the social and educational sphere I collaborate with school institutions and mental health centers in prevention and rehabilitation projects with specific Music Therapy resources. As part of the relationship of help, I work with groups of adults through the tools of Counseling, using a Gestalt approach and artistic mediation. I lead groups on the use of voice and song as a vehicle for transforming human potential, an integration path between Gestalt techniques, artistic mediation counseling, vocal music therapy and free singing. In the artistic and personal well-being field I work as a multi-instrumentalist in concert activities called sound rituals / world-music, a path that sees the realization of meditative concerts through evocative sounds from different countries of the world, combined with the ritualistic dimension of the human being that offers the listener the opportunity to create internal landscapes useful for inner growth and the development of his potential. I am an educational teacher at the biennial music therapy course in Florence. Trainer and populariser in the pedagogical and social field with teachers, helpers and parents.
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