//single-workshop-main 25 AUG – 1 SEP 2024 | Losing Ground™ - Unplugged Dance

25 AUG – 1 SEP 2024 | Losing Ground™

with Yorgos Sioras Deligiannis & Kyveli Kouvatsi

a tangible approach to Otherness

a partnering, moving and sensing practice, for those that want to explore a shifting togetherness through listening and being listened

an occasion to listen with your skin, what exists beyond it

 

Losing Ground™ is the result of long movement research into improvisation, co-movement, touch, empathy and consent. An original practice in couples with the basic working condition of the closed eyes of one body and the feeling of touch as a moving stimulus

Our practice’s research has been driven by a deep curiosity to what consensual movement is and how that reflects on partnering practices, co-decisioning and togetherness. In this practice the roles have joint responsibility but also freedom of choice and the goal is not to manipulate, puppeteer or imitate, but to co-move while co-decisioning.

As a result we access a movement exploration that contains all the dynamics of our bodily memory without us being trapped in it, while enriching our moving experience through the encounter with our partner and the new system of two.

Being part of this togetherness, and while practicing trust and receptivity, the two bodies have the opportunity to explore different movement qualities and speeds, to experience space differently, to move their main axis off balance and in positions that without each other would not be possible to reach.

Our approach is based on questions in the form of scores, active observation and deep listening through which we want to inspire a unique communication code for each pare that will allow it to gradually co-move more and more complexly, freely and joyfully.

The more one delves into the practice the more can trust their self and others, transmute and transcend unnecessary movement patterns and mind habits into useful ones, and enjoy a mindful dance that is not overanalyzing things.

 

What to expect . . . 

• exercises in pairs with eyes closed

verbal, non-intrusive instructions adapted to each case

physical contact only between participants with discreet guidance and supervision

movement improvisation and exploration

games that activate proprioception and kinesthesia

sharing circles in a non-judgmental environment

 

Ideal for anyone who wants to . . .

• share a unique dance practice and experience

explore and develop their communication on a non-verbal level

explore a different way of dance communication

• to be fed back from an internal information system while working alongside a partner

try a safe framework of self-expression and exploration through contact with another person

 

– By sharpening our kinesthetic functions, a dance of kinetic co-decision, increased care and alertness can occur –

 

 

 FEEDBACK from participant of previous Losing Ground™ workshop

What I have kept from this practice that I have done twice (two cycles) with George and Kyveli is the sensitivity that is created in communication with the other person. As if this kinetic language made me more open to how I listen to the other person but also how I communicate to them to listen to me. Plus, that dance between us happens when this subtle communication has been achieved, creating the most important thing of all: Trust.

Elena Medusa, Losing Ground | suggestions on consensual movement Workshop,

Athens, December 2021 &  Lefkada, August 2022

 

 

 

Kyveli Kouvatsi & Yorgos Sioras Deligiannis are movement educators and dance artists, based in Athens and Lefkada, Greece. They have been working together on Losing Ground™  since 2020.

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All Unplugged Dance workshops are open to everyone who wants to meet, share, dance and self-explore through movement and creative process. There is no need for previous experience in dance classes, although if there is one, it is welcome. 

“Losing Ground™” workshop shares the week with “Resilient Rivers” workshop

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