2-9 Jul 2023 ~ Losing Ground | Intimate Circles
by Giorgos Sioras Deligiannis & Kyveli Kouvatsi
…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. This is not a therapeutic technique, although it can work as such. We could say that it is a way to approach the Other through sensory experience. A physical practice of the post-pandemic era for the lost pleasure of touch and the richness that sensation contains. For exploring movement and co-movement, Losing Ground is an occasion to listen with your skin, what exists beyond it.
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 cycles in a non-critical 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
a few more words about Losing Ground . . .
Losing Ground is 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.
Drawing inspiration from somatic practices, it explores moving possibilities in a way containing all the dynamics of our bodily memory without being trapped in it. By sharpening our kinesthetic functions, a dance of kinetic codecision, increased care and alertness can occur.
This practice’s research revolves around how dance emerges through the consent of the two bodies and opens a field of reflection for the concepts of codecision and togetherness. In this practice the roles have joint responsibility but also freedom of choice and the goal is not manipulation or puppeting, but co-movement and codecision.
Being part of this togetherness, and while practicing trust and receptivity, the two bodies have the opportunity to explore different qualities, speeds, to experience space differently, moving off-axis and in positions that without each other would not they could explore.
The mobility we explore is not based on imitation, but on a way of guiding that contains all the dynamics of our bodily memory, yet without being trapped in it. Thus, each pair with specific tools and through research exercises builds its own communication code that will allow it to gradually co-move more and more complexly.
Our daily schedule
8.00-9.00 Morning practice / breathwork (optional)
10.30-14.00 Losing Ground class
14.00-17.30 Resting & snack
17.30-19.30 Losing Ground practice / impro
Sunday 25th of June is the arrival day, and only welcome dinner is included.
Sunday 2nd of July is the departure day, and only breakfast is included.
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 | Intimate Circles” is part of Unplugged Revisited, an imprint left by our meeting with the facilitators of the first Unplugged Dance program.
With the intention of creating a space of educational, artistic research and exchange, that will give the opportunity for our individual trajectories to meet and our relationships to deepen, we created this branch where educators/artists from the previous Unplugged Dance programs, have a whole week in order to deepen or revisit their workshop.
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