Touch&Play: Embodying an Intimate Language http://2016.touchandplay.org Touch&Play Festival and Lab at Earthdance July 2016 Tue, 31 Jan 2017 16:48:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.2 Kristen Chamberlin http://2016.touchandplay.org/2016/07/01/kristen-chamberlin/ Fri, 01 Jul 2016 20:28:58 +0000 http://2016.touchandplay.org/?p=684 The post Kristen Chamberlin appeared first on Touch&Play: Embodying an Intimate Language.

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The Elephant in the Jam: Eros

It’s there.  It’s always been there.  It’s always going to be there.  The Elephant in the Jam is Eros.  Just because we say ‘physics, not chemistry’, doesn’t mean that erotic energy isn’t fueling our dance.  Of course it is.  Dance and Eros are inextricably linked.  That’s why dance is so life-affirming. But what would it look like to own our erotic energy more consciously so that it doesn’t come out as shadow?  What would it take to allow ourselves to expand more fully into the erotic?  How might we allow our joy, passion and pleasure to deeply nourish our dances in ways that feel safe, honoring and dignified?  Please join me in this upcoming intensive where we’ll engage these questions as we welcome the Elephant into the Jam as an honored and celebrated guest.  We will experiment, play, reflect, and engage with the erotic in new and powerful ways that just might change your life – certainly it will change your dance.


Kristen Chamberlin, MS, LMT, SEP,
is a Massage & Somatic Therapist, parent and dancer, with 25 years experience in private practice, retreat facilitation and training.  She directs the Somatic Center (somatic-center.com) in Northampton, MA with a focus on embodied approaches to healing; stress related medical conditions, trauma and Intimacy and Body-Awareness issues, drawing on Somatic Experiencing, Massage, Mindfulness, Himalayan Tantra, Dance and Yoga.  She is core teaching faculty at Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment, and is founder of Tantric Ground (http://www.meetup.com/Tantric-Ground-Northampton/), a local Tantra learning community based on a direct lineage from Northern India.

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Daniel Hayes (Holland, Spain) http://2016.touchandplay.org/2016/03/31/daniel-hayes-holland-spain/ Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:50:01 +0000 http://2016.touchandplay.org/?p=416 Daniel is a Medical Doctor, public health scientist, eco-anarchist and practical idealist.

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Liquid Love (Oil Action)

Liquid Love is a collective experience exploring the sensuality of flowing skin to skin contact using warm organic oil.

The concept is simple: we will pour warm, fine, neutral oil on to your skin, from where it will spread out over your whole body and form a lubricious substance, which allows you to float in a sea together with other oily bodies.

Everyone is invited to respect their own rhythm and limits to touch and nudity.

We invite you to move and allow yourself to be moved without intentions or sexual orientation. Releasing our usual desire to take action on erotic sensations and thoughts we invite you to be present with them and to relax into the energetic flow of the bodies around you. This is a place where you can love and be loved in an impersonal and unbound manner and above all a place to super charge your soul.


Daniel Hayes
is a Medical Doctor, public health scientist, eco-anarchist and practical idealist. He’s been playing, dancing, meditating and conversing CI for over a decade and actively sharing his curiosity and knowledge and doubts for the past eight years.. He is the founder of the Touch&Play Project, which explores the edges of Contact Improvisation by inviting our (al)chemical bodies into the dance. Through artistic and academic research he hopes to highlight the potential of CI as a tool to create authentic connections with oneself and the other by bringing it into play, communication, BDSM, therapy, education, sexuality, somatic mindfulness and more.

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ZigZag Panther Peery-Wolf (CA, USA) http://2016.touchandplay.org/2016/03/31/zigzag-panther-peery-wolf-ca-usa/ Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:46:17 +0000 http://2016.touchandplay.org/?p=432 The post ZigZag Panther Peery-Wolf (CA, USA) appeared first on Touch&Play: Embodying an Intimate Language.

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Power Flux –
An exploration of giving and taking power in consensual dance

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Béu Tornaghi (Brazil, USA) http://2016.touchandplay.org/2016/03/31/beu-tornaghi-brazil-usa/ Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:44:53 +0000 http://2016.touchandplay.org/?p=428 Born in BraSil, citizen of the world, Béu has been traveling between the USA, BraSil, and Europe for several years.

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Nature Play

An invitation to let yourself lusciously blend with other beings around you, exploring the magical environment of earthdance through movement, touch, play, pleasure.


Béu Tornaghi
Born in BraSil, citizen of the world, Béu has been traveling between the USA, BraSil, and Europe for several years, dancing, offering Somatic Movement Therapy & Education, as well as Translation & Interpreting (Portuguese, English, and Spanish primarily, though she also speaks Italian and French). Dancing on land and water since childhood, everything she does feeds back into her Eco-Somatic research; she is always curious about how movement/dance can help us reconnect with many other ways of thinking and perceiving, allowing our human experience to find and create bridges within the many languages of nature. Nature nurtures. Nurture nature.

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Moti Zemelman (MA, USA) http://2016.touchandplay.org/2016/03/31/moti-zemelman-ma-usa/ Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:41:11 +0000 http://2016.touchandplay.org/?p=424 Moti Zemelman, MFA, began practicing Contact Improv 28 years ago. Over the past 20 years he has taught and performed across USA, Canada, Central America, Mexico, Europe and Israel.

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Deep Listening: Contact Improv & Non-violent Communication

Using tools from Marshall Rosenberg’s Non-violent Communication as a common language we’ll explore our underlying observations, feelings & needs, and practice asking for what we truly desire in the dance. In this safe and sacred container we’ll also use Tantra inspired exercises integrating stillness, breath, slow-motion, eye-contact and energetic awareness to explore being more deeply present and empathetic with our dance partners.

 

Moti Zemelman, MFA, began practicing Contact Improv 28 years ago. Over the past 20 years he has taught and performed across USA, Canada, Central America, Mexico, Europe and Israel. In 2008-09 he taught as Professor of Dance at the Instituto Naciónal de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Over the last 10 years in his desire to integrate communication and intimacy skills in his life and teaching he has studied Non-violent Communication, Tantra, Butoh, and Byron Katie’s “The Work”. Moti has been a teacher and a board member at Earthdance Retreat Center.  As a musician Moti plays vocal-electronic music for Contact Jams and in 2007 released his debut CD, Doorwaves. He also designs and moderates the international Contact Improv resource website www.contactimprov.com.

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Alyssa Lynes (USA, Spain) http://2016.touchandplay.org/2016/03/31/alyssa-lynes-usa-spain/ Thu, 31 Mar 2016 17:36:42 +0000 http://2016.touchandplay.org/?p=420 Alyssa Lynes is a dancer and teacher interested in how communication and creative expression play out in partner dance forms.

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Sightless Sensations Jam

We will be guided through Contact Improvisation Principals of connecting with ourselves, the space, and other movers through tapping deeply into our sensations.  You will be invited to wear blindfolds or close your eyes for the entire duration.  Sometimes we label what we come in contact with: an elbow, a man, a fragile body… It is an opportunity to observe what comes up in your mind/body: sensations, emotions, thoughts, wishes, repulsions, judgements…   We will explore scores that push us to observe & maybe reduce our patterns to identify what we experience.  The Jam will be an open and safe container in which to improvise, play and challenge ourselves without sight.


Alyssa Lynes
is a dancer and teacher interested in how communication and creative expression play out in partner dance forms. Alyssa grew up in MA, dancing many performative dance styles (Jazz, musical theater dance, Horton, Limon, Ballet). She received a BA in Contemporary dance and a MS in education in New York City where she worked as a freelance dancer and bilingual (Eng/Span) elementary school teacher. In 2010, her Contact Improvisation training with Nancy Stark Smith catapulted her off on a CI devoted trip to Europe where she has lived ever since. She has added Salsa and Tango to her Partner dance repertoire. Alyssa explores the overlaps of movement forms through her choreography and performance work (most recently in “You Have To” (E-werk Kammertheater ) and with the koreografenkollektiv (Freiburg, DE), in her co-directing film collaboration (“5 Ways In”: a documentary based in the Freiburg CI festival 2012), and in her CI teaching. She recently has taught at CI festivals such as Contact Meets Contemporary (DE), Earthdance New Years Jam (US), The Isreal CI festivals, Touch & Play (SP), and Bread & Jam (UK).

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Alex Perlman http://2016.touchandplay.org/2016/03/30/alex-perlman/ Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:26:14 +0000 http://2016.touchandplay.org/?p=394 Alex Perlman, MBA, MEd, MHRD, CPA, BPHE, has been leading contact improv dance and communication workshops for over 8 years and dancing the form for over 21 years.

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Communicadance™:
Conscious Connection & Transparency in Contact

Dare to feel 100% of your aliveness without taboos or censorship! Honor the passionate and physical nature of your humanness as a kinesthetic, sensual, sexual being in all your sensitivity, vulnerability, and consciousness! Discover the breakthrough nature of each fresh moment! Our frame of interaction is contact improvisation while fostering the quality of awareness and the skill of transparent communication – verbally and nonverbally – and honoring the integrity, choice, reality, and space of ourselves and each other. The principles underlying non-violent communication and meditative practice are keys to our shared journey in our time of discovery and play together.


Alex Perlman
, MBA, MEd, MHRD, CPA, BPHE, has been leading contact improv dance and communication workshops for over 8 years and dancing the form for over 21 years. He’s facilitated workshops for awareness, movement, communication, and personal development since the 70’s including the Human Interaction™ program, with its feature experiential workshop retreats in the Caribbean. Alex is the founding visionary of Brilliant Contact Communities™ (www.brilliance.org), a developing network of experiential learning and holistic living in conscious, intimate, sustainable, expressive community.

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Solomon Krueger http://2016.touchandplay.org/2016/03/30/solomon-krueger/ Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:18:41 +0000 http://2016.touchandplay.org/?p=390 Solomon Krueger is passionate about personal and social transformation.

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Let’s get Cozy

Let’s get Cozy is a respectful space for therapeutic, creative, and platonic touch. This is an opportunity to fulfill inner-child urges (playing, nurturing, being held), while practicing adult skills (taking responsibility and communicating clearly), so that we may celebrate positive connection and enjoy the astounding physical, emotional and psychological benefits that can result.


Solomon Krueger
is passionate about personal and social transformation. He specializes in creating original events that help to facilitate greater self-awareness, self-expression, and creative exchanges through presence, movement, touch, dialogue, and play. He lives in Montreal, Canada. You can find more information on facebook: flow montreal.

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Sarah Monette http://2016.touchandplay.org/2016/03/30/sarah-monette/ Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:16:43 +0000 http://2016.touchandplay.org/?p=387 Sarah Monette is a trained Authentic Relating facilitator and leads regular games nights in Western Mass and NY to help individuals.

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Authentic Relating Games

Fun and highly-interactive group exercises that explore ways of seeing, connecting, and appreciating yourself and others at a deeper level. We’ll experience what the games bring up and then share our experiences, often gaining greater understanding over what being authentic brings up in and out of the dance. There is richness available in all our relationships when we practice staying deeply connected to ourselves and our truth while feeling, hearing and connecting to others in the moment.


Sarah Monette
is a trained Authentic Relating facilitator and leads regular games nights in Western Mass and NY to help individuals discover more meaningful strategies of interacting and promote deeper connections within communities. She’s a certified psychosynthesis coach, trained mediator and has taught compassionate communication workshops at variety of events, organizations and festivals. Sarah has immersed herself in the rich dynamics contact dancing offers in self discovery and relational development. She has a passion for conversational analysis and interpersonal growth, leaning into our edges and discovering the many layers of connection both in and out of the dance. Sarah is poly, bi, a mom, and along with individual coaching and facilitating events Sarah also works as a flight attendant and loves to explore the world!

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Jesse Johnson http://2016.touchandplay.org/2016/03/30/jesse-johnson/ Wed, 30 Mar 2016 15:09:00 +0000 http://2016.touchandplay.org/?p=380 Jesse Johnson coaches dance teachers, yoga teachers, healers, transformational guides and spiritual leaders all over the world, helping them create, plan and execute retreats.

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Spirituality and Communication

“In this two hour session, we will dance, write and discuss the topic of spirituality and contact improvisation. Contact improvisation is an amazing form for supporting spiritual communities in connecting to unconditional support, paying attention to the present moment, practicing mercy and allowing themselves to connect deeply to another person from the heart. These features of CI conspire to elicit radical transformation in the way that people relate to their own bodies and each other. Whether I’m teaching at the beginning of parties, at transformational music and art festivals or in my own private workshops, I see this opening at play. People connect deeply to themselves and each other, finding a sense of belonging and expanding their experience of community.

Questions to consider:
– How can CI function as spiritual/healing/transformational practice?
– How does this support the development of community?
– What are the complications of being a transformational teacher?
– What are the differences between teaching CI for dancers and (pre-)spiritual seekers?”


Jesse Johnson
coaches dance teachers, yoga teachers, healers, transformational guides and spiritual leaders all over the world, helping them create, plan and execute retreats. Jesse has taught contact improvisation and meditation for both adolescents and adults in all contexts from schools to transformational festivals for the last 7 years. She facilitated the Underscore in NYC for many years and collaborated to produce the Global Underscore in 2012 and 2013. In addition to her work in CI, Jesse holds a MA in Mathematics from Columbia University and has taught mathematics for the last twelve years. She trained at the Center for Group Studies, an institute of modern group psychoanalysis and developed her skills as a facilitator. In addition to her work in math education, Over the last seven years, Jesse has produced, facilitated, and taught over 200 retreats and workshops all over the world. Working in spiritual, artistic and educational contexts has developed Jesse’s rare skillset – namely a unique clarity, deep curiosity and authentic compassion. She creates a strong container for long-lasting transformation in her clients and students and looks forward to bringing this energy to this beautiful jam.

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