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OFIR YUDILEVITCH
"PLAYING WITH RISK"
Risk is an inherent part of life and of working with our bodies. We can try to avoid risk and miss out on opportunities and possibilities, or embrace risk and learn how to play with it, opening doors to many physical paths that weren't there before.

In the workshop:
  • We will explore and practice risk-taking by learning to let go into gravity;
  • We will learn to use gravity and its momentum in order to move with more ease;
  • We will learn to release, fall and surrender to gravity.
In order to take a risk, we need to think about its consequences: Failing (in the broad sense) and Falling (in movement). If we learn how to fall we can feel comfortable with the risk of it, learning how to re-balance and recuperate from it, whether on our legs or on our hands.

The workshop will begin with a warm up that introduces different concepts of movement such as connecting to one's weight, connecting outwards to the space and swinging body parts to create momentum. During the workshop we will shift from different acrobatic technics (transitions, inversions, handstands, headstands etc.) to improvising and partnering.

By mixing those materials we will create a playful environment to take a risk and explore.
ROB POYTON
"SYSTEMA - RUSSIAN MARTIAL ARTS"
For the Festival, Robert plans to explore the nature of our movement and interactions within a large group of people. Martial arts, movement and dance are most often practiced alone, or in pairs. Working in a crowd brings many changes both to our psychological state and our physical expression.
We will be using the art of Systema as our method to understand moving around people, connecting with the group mind, how to protect ourselves and others, as well as exploring the playful and challenging aspects of being part of the crowd!
LAURA ARIS
"PLAY FULL BODY"
Specific technical exercises and improvisations task with a clear framework will be the starting point for the workshop in a group, as couples or individually. We will look for creative impulses that, when released, offer us new possibilities for achievement. We will observe how, sometimes, extreme qualities maintain a balanced tension, that the tension attracts attention, and that many times, silence speaks.

The workshop is designed to be a playful physical journey but with focus on the mental challenge and clear creativity's goal. We will try to change prism, looking for a different way to look at things. Trying to create something that is not too new or familiar but something in between. Art as a mental activity.

"As teacher and as artist, I am committed to sharing thoughts, questions, tips, and accumulated experiences that inspire and encourage others - hopefully enhancing a collective, intellectual curiosity. Through my years of teaching, I have learned to seek out a balance between goals relating to technical mastery and abilities of individual students to make their own choices, reflect deeply, discover anew, develop personae, and encounter imaginary universes.

Teaching requires a dynamic interplay between what is happening inside the teacher's mind and what happens with the group in the room. The act of teaching and my professional artistic practice has for long been interconnected: They are in constant relation and evolving together. I often borrow ideas from my artistic work according to how relevant they are on a pedagogical level. I then invent work sessions and exercises that support the mechanisms and technical needs of the scenic idea. I select some concepts that can be taken out of context and embodied by other bodies, other minds – keeping the essence but also becoming filters for new, freshly arising materials. Teaching has undeniably become an important part of my professional life. Now, I strongly believe that the relationships between the act of teaching and one's artistic practice is often undervalued."
NATALIA PIECZURO
"FIGHTING MONKEY"
"Fighting Monkey: Open Workshop by Natalia Pieczuro"

An open workshop serves as a basic platform for the Fighting Monkey Practice: it's an overall introduction to the qualities and ideas that have been developed over the last 15 years of F.M. research. There are no restrictions or prerequisites, in terms of former experience and background. Groups usually consist of people from various fields and levels of skills but anyone can easily find their place to work and explore - anyone interested in human evolution.

You will experience mainly "movement situations" - irregular training methods to provoke and increase the adaptive value of your behavioral traits and strategic planning. We will work on complex and most of the time improvised structures to improve your movement qualities and increase your creative variability. We will help you to understand the underlying principles of human motion and how stress and pressure affects our perception, behavior and actions and how creatively adaptive you are in complex situations.

Foster improvisation, imagination and creativity.
The above are vital to problem solving.
Which is vital to adaptability, longevity and sustainability.
Play games.
Expose yourself to difficulties.

We will concentrate on strengthening and elaborating your partnering skills - other words speaking: your « communication skills ». Working with the partner will bring us the alive and so precious irregularity in the training; will influence our behavior, the diversity of qualities, tempo and rhythm of our movement.

Through partnering work - "movement situations", coordinations, work with tools, injury prevention and body conditioning and « being », we will work on strengthening the focus, the awareness and the whole system.

We will break the patterns, learn new patterns and try to find our wings.
We will question how can one learn as much as he can and want?
How can one be open to the "new" and still be well rooted?