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Contact Improvisation in Water

Bringing Contact Improvisation research of movement and dance to the aquatic environment, especially the marine environment, provides a totally unique technical, poetic and experiential territory for this practice. Physical forces that interest so much in Contact, such as weight, gravity, force-momentum, friction, as well as flow principles, tone and axis aspects, all gain entirely new possibilities. If Contact Improvisation dance could indeed be explained as a state of non-verbal communication amply anchored in physicality, water seems to add new and defy other old reflections on what is there concrete or metaphorical about communication and contact: empathy, sensuality, lyricism, simultaneity, the unknown, etc.

A methodology for exploring Contact in Water will address aspects such as:

- Rooting and developing a relaxed and organized structure in the water in order to give clear directions to your floating partners, thus using the entire body.

- "Listening" the partner and water in the dance interaction, perceiving and learning to be friends with the unexpected. Our body becomes a moving and fluid support, inviting the partner to surf the waves created by the physical interaction of the bodies in this environment.

- Diving into contact improvisations below the water, developing confidence in disorientation and enter into another space-time dimension. The warm sea water invites you to experience an effortless relaxation underwater. We learned how to use the center of the body to spiral together in dances most guided by water movement.

- Train special mechanisms of our bodies that allow us to slow down our breathing rate and heart rate, fine tune our minds in a meditative state - attentive, alert and at the same time relaxed.

- Learn how to help each other release tensions, transmitting to the partner the state of not doing through bodily contact and the simple quiet presence.

- Learn to interact with the water using its support and allowing it to "dance us", giving continuity and development to our movements.

They are examples of a few ways by which we achieve an experience of movement without effort and with intense sensory, imaginative and poetic potential.

Note: Participants do not need to be trained swimmers. The lessons happen with water at the level of the chest, which means that at any moment one or both partners can touch the ground with their feet. For classes you need diving mask (that protect nose) or swimming goggles with nose clips (see equipments).

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