The format of the workshop is an intensive workshop on contact improvisation which is open to everyone: beginners, dancers, choreographs and performers of any kind.
Over 20hrs of teachings as well as jam every day with live music.
The workshop is limited to 25 people, a smaller group enables a deeper, warmer and less dispersive experience.
Of residency in EX-FADDA, our hosting venue, where we’ll dance. In the same place, we’ll find XFOOD, the first restaurant in Puglia region that employs mixed ability for their awesome kitchen.
outdoors, we will visit the ancient borough of Specchia, where we will continue our activities, visiting its fascinating castles and squares. To conclude our program we will perform in the Specchia Castle. The performance will be open to the public to spread the culture/message of Contact Improvisation. The evening will be accompanied by a delicious local wine tasting.
Contact Improvisation is a dance form in which the point of contact with another dancer provides the starting point for a movement exploration.It is a spontaneous physical dialogues that range from stillness to highly energetic exchanges. Alertness is developed in order to work in an energetic state of physical disorientation, trusting in one’s basic survival instincts. It is a free play with balance, self-correcting the wrong moves and reinforcing the right ones, bringing forth a physical/emotional truth about a shared moment of movement that leaves the participants informed, centered, and enlivened."
Contact Improvisation is an open-ended exploration of the kinaesthetic possibilities of bodies moving through contact. Sometimes wild and athletic, sometimes quiet and meditative, it is a form open to all bodies and enquiring minds.
The workshop includes:
Graduated (MA) from the Dance Department from the University of Arts, Finland in 2000, before that she did masters of Physical Education from University of Jyväskylä. 2010 Mirvä start to do doctoral studies in University of Arts in Helsinki, her artistic research is about Somaesthetics of Contact Improvisation
From 2000 onwards she has been a dance teacher, choreographer and lecturer for dance at the Kallio Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts. She has been teaching in several international dance and contact improvisation festivals. Mirva has been working with with many different dance companies and choreographers, here few of them: Dance company Karttunen Kollektiv (choreographer Jyrki Karttunen), New Circus Company Circo Aereo, choreographer Joona Halonen, Echo Echo dance company (North Ireland), collaboration with Frey Faust and collaboration with Joerg Hassmann. At the moment she is working with a finnish choreographer Valtteri Raekallio.
In dance I am interested in the feeling of flow and soft movement. I love to investigate movement, its rhythm and different ways of inhabiting the body. A feeling of dancing is created by being able to switch the body from total relaxation to extreme intensity and tension. I call this the body’s ability to breathe and create movement.
INNER LANDSCAPE : Intensive, 28th -30 th June 2018
Inner landscape - Main question in this workshop is choice making in contact improvisation. What kind of choices I make when I dance? What is my inner landscape? How do I connect with somatic presence, environment and nature while I dance? We will explore how somatic experiences of contact improvisation affects the choice making. We will also explore some of the main technical principals of contact improvisation, like moving with shared weight, spherical space and disorientation. We will explore floor work, movement through the space and by using experimental anatomy that hopefully will support the dancing.
Once we start exploring our questions about the choice making, we then can look at how this applies to our values in contact improvisation. Are we allowing the other person to see our bodily environments and our inner landscapes? Can we still have our sensations alive while being seen? Can we still connect to listening, seeing and sensing?
These questions have lead me to a further exploration of the sensations and intuition that guide my journey in contact improvisation. Curiosity to improvise in a present moment and finding connection between senses, nature and moments of surprise. I am interested in helping to create a space where nature is supporting contact improvisation and the experience that we share together with other person.