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Auroville Intensive from 13th Feb - 17th Feb 2024

Program

The festival program will feature a variety of activities, including intensive sessions, workshops, jam sessions, live performances, underscore events, morning practice, as well as opportunities for relaxation, leisurely walks, bodywork, water contact, sauna sessions, discussions, and engaging conversations, among others.

Morning Intensive

Abhilash Ningappa's workshop focuses on improvisation based on martial arts principles. He has developed a unique method and practices that empower dancers to make choices and explore the possibilities of movement through composition. Through creative choices, dancers can recover and revisit movements, leading to the creation of a performance.

The workshop starts with a warm up session that leads into various movement practices influenced by martial arts and contemporary dance. This progression ultimately leads towards improvisation practice.

 

Abhilash's research focuses on sensorial perceptions and their relation to early life and memories. In his workshop, he emphasizes the fundamentals of movement, such as breath, speed, and energy, involving the core structure of the body, influenced by different methods of kalari payattu and other martial arts. The focus is on the dancer's relationship with the space and the people around them, creating a unique and embodied experience.

Overall, Abhilash Ningappa's workshop offers dancers a holistic and embodied approach to improvisation based on martial arts principles. Through his unique method, dancers can develop their creative choices, expand their movement possibilities, and create dynamic performances.

Abhilash Ningappa

EMBODYING CRITICAL SITUATION

Morning Intensive

In this workshop, we will delve deep into the fascinating world of Meridian Flow, which draws inspiration from traditional Chinese medicine. You will also discover how your hands can serve as powerful connectors between your mind, spine, heart, and your entire being. This connection goes beyond the physical realm, reaching into the profound, multi-dimensional layers of your ethereal energy field, all the way to your tangible skin, muscles, organs, and bones. We will explore the concealed energy pathways within your body, learn to communicate through various types of touch, and master the intricate dance between action and reaction. You will also have the opportunity to meet your imagination as your tracking partner.

Topics will include:

Working with flow meridians

Reflexivity - action & reaction

Meet your imagination as your tracking partner

Shifu Ash & Catrin Kaitaro

CASCADING BODY: FALLING WITH PURPOSE

Movement Class

The flying low classes focus mainly on the dancer’s relationship with the floor. The class utilizes simple movement patterns that involve breathing, speed and the release of energy throughout the body in order to activate the relationship between the center and the joints, moving in and out of the ground more efficiently by maintaining a centered state. There is a focus on the skeletal structure that will help improve the dancers physical perception and alertness. The class includes partnering work and movement phrases, which explore the primary laws of physics: cohesion and expansion.

When you are standing, the whole room is standing. When you are moving, the whole room is moving. The body is constantly spiraling, whether running or standing. Thesespirals help the dancers into the floor and out of the floor. These spirals already exist; the class focuses on finding them. The spirals help the dancer see themselves and the room from all sides. The spirals propel the class all over the room, both on the ground and upright.

Passing through uses the dynamics of complex systems to create a collective web. The group will create dynamics that will be flexible, complex, getting the group to fit tight together, yet always keeping doors open for the unpredictable. The group moves constantly, transforming the environment of the dance. The room is full of pathways - infinite pathways passing through the walls, the floor, even the bodies. These pathways go in any direction and are filled with curves, large and small.

Visible and invisible spirals are constantly passing through the students. Thus the “passing through” is created into a spontaneous composition. When the group becomes one mind, it can never get lost, there is never one person leading, everyone is following.

The whole group is constantly traveling, weaving their bodies inside and out of their classmates and still always aware of the environment around them.

After taking part in the “passing through” the student will learn to instantly connect with their environment and become more spontaneous in the making of choices as an improviser, choreographer or dancing in someone else’s work.

Aric Master

FLYING LOW & PASSING THROUGH

Bodywork

We will work with each others bodies using breath, weight sharing, stretching, supporting, listening to the body rhythms and gently take it to movement together with care and awareness.

Sasha Vorobiova

BODYWORK TO DANCE

Contact Class

Explore the nuanced artistry of Contact Improvisation in our class , where the focus is on cultivating the quality of movement. Discover the essence of ease within the dance space, allowing the body to fluidly navigate and connect. This class aims to unlock new pathways and expand your dance vocabulary through the dynamic interplay and responsiveness. Join us for an immersive experience that invites participants to delve in with self and others in the exploration of Contact Improvisation.

Jeevak More

FINDING THE QUALITY OF DANCES

Contact Class

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Harmandeep Singh

CONTACT CLASS

Contact Class

In this workshop we will practice, explore, and play with polarities of dance in Contact Improvisation.

We will practice skills that safeguard the body in landing, bearing weight, organizing the structure in transitions. We will then work with playful challenging of each other to create surprising situations that train alert, focused attention and responsive body. We will build and deconstruct movement patterns in order to continuously enrich and enliven the spirit of improvisation. Through the qualities of recoiling and re-bouncing we will generate plasticity in the body and simultaneously allow the exploration of redirecting the movement.

Adrianna Michalska

POLARITIES OF DANCE

Movement Class

BUDY Flow" stands for "Body Unity Dance and Yoga." It is a fusion movement practice developed by Brigitte Breternitz. Decades of professional work as a dancer and choreographer, as well as her passion for teaching, have given her the knowledge and experience to help dancers discover and unleash their individual movement potential in a profound way. The core of this training is being in the state of flow. It aims to touch the essence of your being and make it visible. By learning how to use the BUDY Flow tools in your own training, you can improve your movement qualities in any dance technique you are using. The training focuses on fine-tuning your instrument, which is your body, on all layers.The BUDY Flow Training combines different techniques and principles from active meditations, yoga, and dance. It strengthens not only your body but also your perception of dance in general. Beginners, as well as experienced dancers, are welcome in this class because it can be beneficial for any body in an individual way.

Brigitte Breternitz

BUDY FLOW

Contact  Class

One of the most important principle for me in CI is Listening. My sessions always have a somatic & explorative approach. 

 

Different tools & techniques will be shared to enhance our listening skills. 

*First listening to our own body (if we don't listen to & understand our own body then is it possible to listen to & understand other bodies?) 

*Secondly listening to the entire space ( getting aware of the collective space & everything present in the space) 

*Thirdly listening to other bodies in the space (finally tuning in to other body or bodies in the space & exploring the space of stillness, movement or flying together)

 

Another important aspect to be shared i feel is to how to give & receive a Yes or a No in the space. 

In simple terms how can u simply say yes or a no just through your body. 

In today's world where consent is such an important aspect of personal space & quite rightly so, it needs to be addressed but I rather address it non verbally as it is a space to explore movement & not conversations. So understanding this non verbal space of consent will certainly help to build a strong foundation & confidence to approach any movement space.

Aditya Sasidharan

LISTENING THROUGH BODY

CI Kids

In the festival program, we have included a treat for the smaller members of the family also! The CI Kids class in open and FREE for all children of all ages! 

 

CI Kids class is a journey of play, dance, and self-discovery for children! Spontaneous fun meets creative moves, guided by growth-focused techniques. The aim is to nurture independence and confidence in our little ones. 

Heini Haapaniemi

CONTACT IMPROVISATION FOR KIDS

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