Touch&Play: Unveiling

July 6-11, 2017

Registration Opens: Apr. 1

Teacher Applications Due: Mar. 5

Earthdance – 2017 – July 6-11

Touch and Play: Unveiling

“The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.”  ― Albert Camus

In the world in which we are living Contact Improvisation can be seen and experienced as an act of freedom and rebellion!  At T&P our intention is to pull back the veil to reveal ourselves more fully, investigate how our patterns and attitudes that may limit us and try on new versions of ourselves.   Let’s express our true nature through movement, touch, communication and connection to radical inner truth.

Touch & Play festivals have a history of exploring the edges of what CI can be while maintaining high standards of safety and consent, and are known as events in which personal and communal celebration and growth reach new levels.

The Touch&Play Project started in 2010 as a platform to challenge the practice of Contact Improvisation (CI) as it existed at that time. Through a first festival in Berlin teachers of CI and a range of other body-based practices were invited to explore the ‘Chemistry in Contact’  by inviting in participants’ emotions, sexuality, aggression, politics and everything else often kept out of our dances. The event was a success and the material reverberated around the European and N. American contact communities raising discussions on the boundaries of our practice and the perceived (un)safety of our attempts to exclude our chemistry from our dances.

The first T&P project to occur in the US was facilitated last July 2016 at Earthdance on the theme of communication. It was a great success. We received a large amount of positive feedback and by request have added one more day to the event this year.  We have been enjoying witnessing the effect of our festival on many participants and teachers. Many classes, festivals, workshops and labs, that were in large part inspired by last year’s festival have been happening in Latin America, Canada and all over the US during 2016-2017. We are honored to be a part of this personal and community development and wish to deepen our investigation of Communication, Contact Improvisation, and Intimacy again this coming July.

Contact Improvisation continues to evolve. We invite you to be active in it’s evolution by exploring the ways in which our verbal and non-verbal communication enhances our connections. Learn to articulate your intentions, boundaries and desires in the dance more clearly and honestly to deepen our connections with ourselves, our partners and our community.

The T&P Project is run as a disseminated network of interested researchers, teachers and practitioners whereby any individual or group is encouraged to voice their own questions or concerns and to create a safe space to have them addressed in an authentic and playful manner.

This year’s theme of Communication takes us into a deepening of the dance through verbal and nonverbal communication techniques, styles, skills and approaches. We aim to bring, explore, and open all of ourselves: the communicator, the sensual, the sexy, the playful, the curious, the powerful, the receptive. Through this wide lens we continue to question the relationship of Chemistry and Physics in this vast expanse of dance we call Contact Improvisation.

A full schedule and updated information about the teachers, class descriptions and intensive descriptions will soon be added!

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Modalities & practices this event is inspired by :

NVC (Non-Violent Communication), Power & Resistance Play, Conflict Transformation, The Work (Byron Katie),
Authentic Movement, Somatic mindfulness, BDSM,
Roleplaying, Ritual, Tantra…

Our goals for this event include:

  • Expanding our range of touch
  • Expanding definitions and edges of CI
  • Exploring sexuality in CI with safety & consent
  • Finding greater freedom & deeper connections
  • Enriching CI with subtle communication practices.
  • Bringing these communication tools into our art & performance

Questions we are interested in exploring:

  • How can CI help us to become more compassionate?
  • Which of our inner voices do we allow into our dances?
  • How does CI help us connect with and express feelings & needs?
  • How to differentiate between intimacy, sensuality & sexuality in the dance?
  • How to create permission to explore edges while defining healthy boundaries?