Play-fight

12 – 13 March 2022

The workshop will weave a journey through different exercises, eventually flowing into the free play. Focusing on reawakening awareness upon stored unnecessary tensions and dysfunctional patterns of reactions, we will gradually move beyond the field of mere physicality to embrace all aspects of the being. Only when able to recognise how much tension we accumulate in our system (physical, mental, emotional..), by learning how to release it, we can transform the tension into real power. “Stop doing” allows the body to re-function organically and efficiently, while the mind starts interfering less and less at each step we take.

The partner in this practice is the best mirror and allows us to playfully stretch the comfort zone. We gradually explore exercises and tools for the confrontation which, through the physical experience, we understand being towards ourselves in the first place. The moments of free-play become opportunities to access a never-ending flow of possibilities, responding intuitively with open mind and available body, crafting together an unpredictable interplay between confrontation & collaboration.

Main topics for this workshop:

  • embodiment of non-resistance quality/state
  • points of reference for connectivity
  • work with and through fears
  • interplay between confrontation & collaboration
  • play as inherent fundamental quality – playfulness

Play-fight

It is a physical practice that amalgamates the cooperative qualities of contact improvisation and partner-dance, with the refined fighting principles of capoeira and internal martial arts. Through an exploration that goes beyond physical movement and the study of forms, Play-Fight is a real training in observing and listening to oneself in relation to one’s expressive needs and constant comparison with the other, a practice that reveals the multiple aspects and infinite possibilities of human interaction in all its creative potential. The main teaching of Play-Fight is to maintain one’s physical integrity and a calm and resilient mind in the face of moments of potential risk that arise spontaneously – albeit in a protected and controlled context – during an interaction that combines play with fight. . Even before that, the understanding and incorporation of the principles of non-resistance and non-violence are fundamental so that we can find that original state of being according to which „everything flows“.

Ester Braga (Italy)

Her background of experiences and interests mainly interconnects intensive training in contemporary dance and floor-work during the studies at Trinity Laban (London), contact improvisation, instant composition, community dance, with her later formation into yoga, postural and somatic practices. She met Bruno Caverna in 2014, first through Liquid Body and Becoming Animal, eventually through the later development of what is now named Play-Fight practice by Formless Arts; a mind-blowing encounter which since then has been at the foundation of her journey, in life and profession.

Ester currently collaborates at the core of Formless Arts Organization and work as Play-Fight Facilitator in Europe, while teaching regular movement classes in Bologna (Italy) where she is based. At the moment she is also deepening her research in the line between Play-Fight & Contact Improvisation and integrating her important experience in the Yoga panorama within Formless Arts activities, connecting the approach from the very essence of Formless Arts philosophy.

The workshop is intensive: Saturday and Sunday 9.30 – 17.30.

After prior arrangements there a possibility of sleepover for participants from outside Prague.

Price 172 EUR. To reserve a place the deposit of 42 EUR must be paid in advance.

Price 142 EUR if the deposit is paid before 1 March.

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