28 MArch – 1 April 2024
Partecipants: Max 35
Gaia Terra, Udine, Italy
This retreat is designed for people with experience in contact improvisation who are familiar with the dynamics of the jam, and for those who wish to discover how silence and meditation can enrich and deepen their experience of dance.
08.15 / 09.00 Meditation
10.00 / 10.30 Silent Circle
10.30 Silent Jam
15.00 / 16.00 Talking Circle
16.00 / 19.00 Intensive
21.00 Silent Circle
4th day 00.00 – 24.00 Silence in all areas of the retreat
5th day 00 – 11.00 Silence in all areas of the retreat
09.00 / 10.00 Breakfast
13.00 / 14.30 Lunch
19.30 / 21.00 Dinner
I am a dancer, a yogini, a human, and a mermaid 🙂 I am a language enthusiast who stumbled upon a love for dance and yoga during my journey. It all started in India, where I immersed myself in yoga and meditation some 15 years ago, discovering a profound connection to movement. In 2016, while in Goa, I found contact improvisation, a form of dance that touched my heart. This discovery led me across Europe to meet various teachers, and in 2018, I started teaching classes in Belgrade, simply because I wanted to share the joy of movement. Beyond dance, water became a source of inspiration for me. I explored Aguahara treatments and water dance, embracing the name Vu Ava to reconnect with my Slavic roots. Based between Serbia and Croatia, I teach yoga and contact improvisation. I've also played a part in fostering community connections. I co-founded MOVE2Collective, organizing retreats across Europe. I was also involved in organizing CECITE gatherings for Central European contact improvisation teachers to share their knowledge. Additionally, I've helped organize dance events in Belgrade and Zagreb and co-established Contact Improvisation Camp Croatia, a unique summer event that holds a special place in my heart. Internationally, I've had the privilege of sharing my experiences at contact improvisation festivals and workshops throughout Europe.
I am a dancer, movement researcher and author of theatrical performances that use the language of dance. After graduating from the Salzburg Experimental Dance Academy (SEAD), I collaborated with several choreographers and directors (Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui for Joe Wright's film, Agostina D'Alessandro, Compagnia Oltrenotte, Compagnia Dejá Dónnè) as an interpreter for their creations artistic. At the same time, the desire to develop personal projects arose. In 2019 "Vengo a perderti" was born, an entirely improvised solo which received the "dance" award within the SoloCoreographic Festival - Lavanderia a Vapore. With this first authorial work I participated in several festivals including: Solo Dance Festival in Ankara, SHOWCASE at the Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan and MASH-Jerusalem International Dance Week. Together with Edoardo Sgambato we have created "Macula", an artistic research collective that debuted in 2023 with its first work "Amelia". The project has received recognition for choreographic writing at the Cortoindanza Festival and participates in numerous festivals with a site-specific version, including: Conformazioni, Performare Festival, InCastro Festival, Rassegna Logos, Caffeine. We are currently working on "Melancholia", an installation project which was presented in the form of a study at BASE-Centro Culturale in Milan in the framework of the Più che dance Festival and at the Ethnographic Museum of Parma, within the Parma Moving Festival. In addition to the authorial path, I am a teacher in training qualified to teach CAM of the Feldenkrais® method and creator and organizer of "Landscapes for Composition" in collaboration with CorPoetica. A project, with the focus on the technique of instant composition that has involved artists such as Julyen Hamilton, Lily Kiara, Maya M. Carroll & Agostina D'alessandro I share my transformation practices through explorations inspired by the study of the Feldenkrais® method and Instant Composition. The entire self is invited to immerse itself in a perceptive-imaginative state within which to transform and manifest itself freely in all its expression and incisiveness.
About Nayeli Špela: In my profession and passion, I work as psychologist and psychotherapist, founder of Moave - psychology in movement NGO. My background in movement comes from growing up being a semi professional handball player for many, many years. This sport tough me about momentum, ability to fall without fear, trust my instincts, trust my body intelligence to adapt, observe the space and have a felt sense perception of it, being fast, but alert etc. etc. After starting dancing contact improvisation I realised, it is all there in the body and so for me felt like arriving home. All this informations came together. For me contact improvisation is about principles that need to be embodied, to be danced and they can only be embodied if they are felt and experienced, rather than understood. I have deep respect for this practice since in my perception it is a teacher of life. Thanks to many, many knowledgeable people I have met in the jams, festivals and workshops, their wisdom and body intelligence have touched me and reshaped me into a more aware, soft and humble human being. I look forward to meeting you in this workshop and learning from you!
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.
Nearest airports: Trieste, Venezia
VIA PETRARCA 45, FLAMBRUZZO (UDINE)
Nearest Train station: LATISANA
then you’ll get a bus to FLAMBRUZZO
LATISANA – FLAMBRUZZO ore 13:40 – 14.10