IMAGINERY PHYSICALITIES
CONTACT IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP WITH OTTO AKKANEN.
JUNE 9 - 18, 2021, GOMARDULI ZEN GARDEN
Otto Akkanen

I
a wave
Form passing materia
Materia passing form
Not a half
Not yet whole
Waiting
a shore to crash on
In the beginning of my dancing and dance training, I never was much for working with images or imagination.
But more and more I danced and more and more I taught, I noticed, that I can’t explain
some of the qualities of movement I sense in any other way than through imagination.

How do I conceptualise myself affect how do I feel, how do I feel affect how do I move, how do I move affect my possibilities and so on.

The qualities I am interested of, flowing, liquid, smooth, wavy, ripply have not come through imagination but the only way I can articulate and conceptualise them is through imagination. Because to explain what do I sense I need to apply images to myself that I know are not true.

The tragedy of being a human is, after all, that you can’t trust anything except your senses, and you can’t really trust your senses.

I want to cheat myself, to tell myself to be, or to do something that the physical reality clearly disagrees on, but that I can sense in me nevertheless. Shaping myself through imagined I can reach qualities of movement which pleases me: Dynamic spriralling flow, with some waves thrown in. The easiness of articulating the forces of support and gravity through me. Letting the suspension and expansion move me.

Physically on these classes we are working a lot with our center and center line and the movement around them. Ukemis, rolls, twirls, whrils.
How to move and articulate the forces through the physicality?
To work together with other person(s) as one organism.
To let that organism to move against itself, in order to change, to build, to improvise.
We are going for articulated but dynamic movement together with a clear sense of gravity and support.

This should not be your first time in doing contact improvisation.

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.
Cost
299 €

Including:

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

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