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Casina Settarte Intensive Workshop

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Casina Settarte Intensive Workshop
by School Admin - Monday, 16 June 2014, 1:18 PM

Casina Settarte, Italy  8th-12th August
Intensive Workshop 

Rick Nodine & Simonetta Alessandri

Contact Improvisation & Feldenkrais

The Feldenkrais Method is a somatic discipline which uses experiential learning to achieve a phycho-phisical awareness of the whole self.  Directing attention to internal sensation through exploratory sequences of movement  we will question our habits in order to open new possibilities in our physical organization. The non judgmental approach of the Method encourages curiosity, experimentation and creativity.

In Simonetta’s work Feldenkrais will be a base from which we move into dance.  Gradually  we will expand our movement into space, exploring  and manipulating Feldenkrais patterns  through solo improvisation. The awareness we founded during the Feldenkrais session help us to meet our partner and become more sophisticated in reading, understanding and communicating with them. We will also use specific movement patterns from Feldenkrais  to underpin contact exercises. 

Rick’s work (Spherical Orientation) is a blend of Contact Improvisation’s approach to the body with the structure of the Contemporary Dance class.  He mixes improvisational approaches with choreographed movement to articulate the soft athletics and multidirectional awareness of CI in solo movement. His class also taps the energy, unity and fun of traveling through space with music and set movement patterns. He will use technique as an instrument to playfully push our dancing into new territories. 

The clarity and subtlety of the somatic work will be reflected in how we listen and respond to a partner. The solo technical work will be a doorway to studying the easy acrobatics of Contact partnering.Duet dancing will expand to group improvisation and jamming under the evening sky on the amazing outdoor dance studio open to the landscape of Valle d’Itria. Together we will create a space where trust and humor to support vigorous dancing, practicing, processing, watching, body working, resting and talking about our work together.Each afternoon will give time for Jamming, practicing, processing, watching and talking about our work together. 

There will still be lots of time to go to the near by beach.

COST: 360 euro before 31thof May after 400. Deadline: 15 July 2014

All prices include accommodation and meals.

Accommodation in stone houses.

Meals: breakfast and a light lunch are prepared together, a rich typical Apulian dinner is prepared by a cook.

Registration: Write to, Germana Sicilianitel.+39 348 6644073 and send a deposit of 100 euro.

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