INSTANT DECOMPOSITION
CONTACT IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP WITH ASAF BACHRACH.
MARCH 17-25, 2021, GOMARDULI ZEN GARDEN
ASAF BACHRACH (Israel/USA/France)
Dance Experience:

Regular practice and teaching of contact improvisation (CI, a contemporary dance technique) as well as other types of dance (Butoh, release, tuning score)since 1994 years. Studied in Tel Aviv, New York, Paris and Boston.

Among his most influential professors are Steve Paxton, Kirsty Simson, Lisa Nelson, Min Tanaka. Since 2000, he has taught in Europe, in the USA, in Buenos Aires and in Israel. In 2012, he organized an international conference in Paris around CI and 'mindfulness' (http://mindthepoint.wordpress.com/).

Founder of the ME-lieu collective (2015). Since 2016 he is a certified Rolfing® practitioner. Asaf has been co-leading, since 2016 the F.A.R nomadic somatics school, a trans-somatic (Feldenkrais, ALexander, Rolfing and CI) experiential research group.


Research Topics:



Syntactic Theory

fMRI imaging of linguistic processes and dance observation

Psycholinguistics: prediction, processing of Control and Raising structures

Ecological study of cognitive processes underlying dance improvisation and dance

spectating

Instant decomposition

Certain improvisers or ‘techniques’ talk of improvisation as instant or real-time composition. In this lab/workshop I would like to explore a somewhat different perspective: improvisation as instant decomposition.

I would like us to ask how to decompose what we think we know about the world, our bodies, other ‘people’/bodies, the past, the future and the present moment. My intuition is that it is through decomposition that a ground is created for something really ‘new’ to happen (think of compost).

Decomposition is not something one does, it is something that happens (to us, to the relational ecology we are part of, think about compost, again!). However, as anyone who has tried making compost knows, we can or need to create the conditions for decomposition to be possible.

What are the conditions for instant decomposition? I suspect that the practice of falling (together) in Contact Improvisation is a fertile ground for instant decomposition.

Let’s fall
Resident Teachers
Christine Cole
RADICAL EMBODIMENT
Nini Ghibradze
YOGA
Yu Gen
TEA PRACTICE
Gomarduli Zen Garden is a CI based mountain retreat in Georgia. We hold the ongoing contact residency for 30 people and organise educational and research events around contact improvisation, contemporary dance, embodiment and somatic treatments.

We plant a garden dedicated to a memory of Nancy Stark Smith and witness it growing.
Cost
299 €

Including:

- workshop with Vega
- classes with resident teachers
- accommodation
- 3 meals a day

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