Dynamic Softness in Contact Improvisation, 29 February – 1 March 2020, Žíl in Orlice Mountains CZECH

In this workshop we will vigorously deepen our delight in contact improvisation and we will widen the range of our possibilities in dance. We will become living modelling clay which is able to adapt to partner’s ceaselessly changing shape of the body; perfectly naturally and smoothly.

We will widen the area and increase the amount of points through which we communicate with a partner and we will thus gain ability to shift our weight as smoothly as if we were a single being. Spreading wider in the space we will learn to keep number of potential ways which we can take in every single moment. For others we will become a partner with whome the dance is a wildly flowing movement gameexperience of excitement and also understanding.

Joe Stoller (USA)

He has been researching and teaching movement, touch, and somatic awareness since 1998. He is a Feldenkrais Method teacher, Contact Improvisation teacher, and a Shengzhen Qigong instructor. He is also a registered massage therapist integrating Shiatsu, Phenomenal Touch, Myofascial Release and Somatic Education.

Throughout his international career, he has received a Watson Fellowship for research on Contact Improvisation(CI) in diverse cultures, taught regular Qigong and Awareness Through Movement classes at the Present Moment Retreat (Mexico), and danced extensively with Tumblebones in Boulder (USA).

As a massage therapist he has worked in various contexts including a therapeutic center specialized for athletes, a yoga retreat center, high class spas and in private practice in The United States France. His approach to teaching encourages processes of transformation and learning something new while holding a deep respect for people finding their own way.

This all is going to happen in the foothills of Orlice mountains in a house called Žíl on a vast meadow next to a forest. You go here by train or by bus. The nearest stations: Pěčín, Javornice – Přím, Rychnov nad Kněžnou. Address: Přím 33, Javornice, GPS 50.169522, 16.392851

The workshop is intensive, arrivals on Friday after 18:00, leaving on Sunday evening.

Price 130 EUR. If the deposit of 55 EUR is paid before 15 February the price is 115 EUR.

Price for meals and accommodation 50 EUR.