Contact Improvisation workshop with Vega Luukkonen

I am dancer, dance-teacher, performance-artist and bodyworker made in Finland, but currently based in Berlin, India, and nomadic temporary moments in time and space. I have studied in Finland, Helsinki - in Theatre Academy of Finland (TEAK) and Metropolia AMK.

I graduated from TEAK 2008 as dance- and theatre-teacher ( MA ). Though - I guess my dearest high-school and university in

contact-improvisation has been finnish contact community, where I have learned so much, by sharing the dance and rolling point with the other spiralling beautiful finns since 20 years...

I have been teaching contact and dance since 15 years all around the world, on many internationally acknowledged festivals and retreats. Especially recent years I have been more focused on organising my own workshops, events and festivals. I am one of the co-organisers of Goa Contact Festival since 11 years, and that has become big part of my life - to live my winters in India - Arambol beach - and create platforms and possibilities for cultural exchange, dance and learning - in "Forgotten Land" which is collaborative dance-center, offering different trainings, festivals and workshops around contact improvisation, somatic practices, yoga and dance.

Contact Improvisation has been part of my life since teenager ! So - many kind of chapters I have gone through. More and more I look for lightness and grace in my dance - in the sense of organic, fluid and effortless movement. Breath plays as well big part in my dancing, brings me naturally into moments of momentum, falling, flying, swinging and bouncing.

My dance is informed by aikido, capoeira, developmental movement patterns and axis syllabus. How our bodies can move intelligent and efficient ways? Precision in transitions and details brings in lightness and effortlessness. I also work with composition, expanding out from duet into trios and group-compositions through time and space. Breathing in and out of contact.

For me dance is combination of technique and intuition. Form and freedom. Being and doing. I try to find ways to explore and teach technique by understanding the underlying principles of movement, so that we can stay connected to our dance and expression, and learn in the spirit of exploration. Where our curiosity can stay alive, and we can always find new details on the way.

During this intensive I will simply share with you the way I love to dance!
As the name says : "Transitions, Precision & Lightness" - describes well my interests in dance, and life.

We will flow in and out of contact, viewing the dance as a playful dialogue, which breathes freely in time and space.
Awareness and presence are helping us to expand the choices and possibilities in our dance.
Cultivating conscious listening, breathing, giving and receiving.

During the classes we work both technically - focusing on understanding the underlying physical principles of contact improvisation
- and experientially - widening the trust to our instincts, impulses and intuition.
We will evoke deeper understanding how our bodies function? How the joints, bones, muscles and fascia function ?

Some of the movement principles I employ are informed by developmental movement patterns, release technique,
and floorwork. The classes develop slowly from inside out, gradually visiting different levels from floor to up,
using the natural spirals of the body. Getting familiar with three-dimensionality and being upside-down.
Material alternates between contact- and solo tasks, towards group-composition and space.

Within specific exercises we explore tools and principles that are helpful in contact-improvisation,
such as; sharing weight, center-to-center, leaning and supporting, rolling and sliding...
We will use ideas around falling; momentum, acceleration, suspension, swing and bounce -
to enter easy lifts and flights through the space ! Spinning off our dances into freedom and individuality, and reconnecting again.

Inviting lightness and spaciousness to our dances.
How can we distribute our weight intelligently ?
How do I organise my body structures in movement ?
Our biggest organ - fascia - allows us to communicate directions on very sensible and delicate ways.
Fine tuning and subtle precision. Breathing in and out of contact.

Technique and Poetry.
Structure and Freedom.
Playful Beings in Motion.

Resident Teachers
Christine Cole
Zura Kazishvili
Yu Gen
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.
299 €


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

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