A 2013 Touch&Play Experiment » News http://2013.touchandplay.org Exploring contact improvisation as the art of relating Mon, 23 Jun 2014 16:54:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8.18 Creating a community http://2013.touchandplay.org/2013/05/creating-a-community/ http://2013.touchandplay.org/2013/05/creating-a-community/#comments Sat, 04 May 2013 21:59:02 +0000 http://2013.touchandplay.org/?p=1019 During the experiment we will use the spirit and facilities of Osho Leela to create a physical and energetic space centred around the creation of an intentional living community. Through a short series of brain-storming, -forming and -norming sessions We hope to explore what it could mean to live in a “Contact Community” and how […]

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different paths @ Touch&Play 2013During the experiment we will use the spirit and facilities of Osho Leela to create a physical and energetic space centred around the creation of an intentional living community. Through a short series of brain-storming, -forming and -norming sessions We hope to explore what it could mean to live in a “Contact Community” and how one could possible go about building one.

If you have any experience in community living or building and would like to collaborate in the holding of this space please contact daniel@touchandplay.org or leave us a comment below.

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A new exeriment proposal…. http://2013.touchandplay.org/2013/04/a-new-exeriment-proposal/ http://2013.touchandplay.org/2013/04/a-new-exeriment-proposal/#comments Mon, 22 Apr 2013 20:32:44 +0000 http://2013.touchandplay.org/?p=961 By Alyssa Lynes A study in initiative and responsive touch as a way of developing our conscious state of sharing & curiosity in self and other. Through a build up of trust explorations we will investigate and develop a state of listening and communicating our desires for touch and connection.  We will recognize when, in […]

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By Alyssa Lynes

A study in initiative and responsive touch as a way of developing our conscious state of sharing & curiosity in self and other.

Through a build up of trust explorations we will investigate and develop a state of listening and communicating our desires for touch and connection.  We will recognize when, in response to touch, there is a clear yes or no and acknowledge when a maybe appears or shifts.  We will explore how through touch we can share positive moments & memories of joy, lust, peace or love with our dance partner.  How can I put my shoes on you for a moment so that you can experience the fantastic sensations or feelings that I have?  How can I fully receive what you offer me to try on in a way that feels like just enough for me?  What is the CI dance potential when we seek to give and receive our positive life experiences through our knowledgeable open and communicative bodies?

 

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Welcome to Bread&Jam! http://2013.touchandplay.org/2013/03/welcome-to-breadjam/ http://2013.touchandplay.org/2013/03/welcome-to-breadjam/#comments Thu, 28 Mar 2013 12:00:00 +0000 http://2013.touchandplay.org/wordpress/?p=49 Exploring Contact through Questions of Relating (16th – 21st July) This is an experiment. Its ingredients are: a beautiful old English country-home; the community who run it and who’ve spent decades studying embodied meditation & relational consciousness; ongoing lab-groups, sharing circles; daily Contact jams; a sensual zone with bodywork rooms, tantra temple & BDSM play […]

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Exploring Contact through Questions of Relating (16th – 21st July)

This is an experiment. Its ingredients are: a beautiful old English country-home; the community who run it and who’ve spent decades studying embodied meditation & relational consciousness; ongoing lab-groups, sharing circles; daily Contact jams; a sensual zone with bodywork rooms, tantra temple & BDSM play space; input from experts in communication skills & emotional release; yurts & other small spaces for group and one-to-one work; delicious vegetarian food; a wood-fired sauna; a documentation space; dorms, caravans, chalets & camping space – and of course you, the curious reader: your interests, your creativity, your fears, your commitment to Contact Improvisation, your experience in other embodied forms; your hopes for yourself & for the world; your honest presence.

The BREAD&Jam experiment (Building Relations, Eating, Active Discussion & Jamming) is an invitation to balance the sweet fleetingness of jam encounters with something more substantial and nourishing. We’re interested in exploring the hypothesis that Contact Improvisation can, besides being a beautiful dance form, provide a potent tool for relating to oneself; to nature; in groups, pairs or trios; non-verbally or verbally; sexually; politically; therapeutically, spiritually and above all playfully.

At the heart of the event are small ongoing lab-groups that explore one or more of these facets of connection. These groups will be formed in advance according experimenters’ interests . The following themes have already been suggested:

  • CI & Authentic Relating
  • CI as an Embodied Meditation
  • Living and dancing in community
  • Body politics and CI
  • Sexuality, Sensuality & Spirituality
  • Power & Intense Sensation.
  • Connecting to nature through our dance

Small daily sharing circles with people from different morning lab-groups will give people a safe space to share how they’re feeling and what they’re learning. The afternoons are reserved for a number of prescheduled workshops and many ad-hoc lab, jam, discussion and presentation proposals. The evenings will include nightly contact jams and more edgy late night activities for the curious.

We will keep this year’s Experiment fairly small – around 80 people – to allow a rich web of inter-relating.  Everyone here is a collaborator so if you would like to help us create something  amazing by sharing your curiosity, teaching, facilitation, music, bodywork, or documentation skills please download the Touch&Play 2013 collaboration form.

Looking forward to Touch&Play with you,
Daniel, Jocasta & Sonja – The Touch&Play 2013 core organising team

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