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.