Relational politics workshops

Somatic consensus: building trust through touch

 Somatic consensus proposes energy-sharing simple exercises to develop our capacity to communicate through touch without the need f the spoken word. It’s base in contact improvisation and tango connection techniques, and it explores different qualities of consent, consensus, and shared movement, to understand how can we unfold a complex sensitivity to touch language, mutual respect, widening limits-listening, broadening self-permission, and reflecting about ways to avoid, divert or restructure violence.

The Queer Touch, researching between movement and touch

The Queer Touch researches about power relations and freedom through movement and touch, exploring bodies beyond identity, social expectations on gender, deepening in how movement and touch can help us understand our body history, our relationships with other bodies, and our purely physical being. The Queer Touch reflects on the childhood socialization experiences of queer people as a source to embody how we got used to the power relations we now live as normal. Secondly, it tries to go beyond this human body history in search of the sensation of our bodies as animals, and things, looking for a posthuman approach which helps us to feel detached from what we have built as our stable identity. 

Touching from the heart

Tango and Contact Improvisation are two dance disciplines that share a lot in common and can enrich each other. In this workshop, we will explore some of their principles to look for their common essence and shared language. One of the topics we usually hear about contact improvisation it’s that its connection is based on sensation rather than emotion. On the other hand, we usually hear that tango can lead to deep emotions and connection. Contactango provides a great chance to merge these two ways of understanding connection: the physical sensations contribute to the deepening in the emotions and vice-versa. We will focus on the energies that arise from the heart: the energy floating between the solar plexus and the spine, and we will understand them as physical sensations we can play with inside our bodies, and also as energies we can learn to control, deliver and share with other bodies. We will work with the ideas of ‘feeling with the head’, ‘walking with the heart’, and ‘breathing with the sex’ to explore partnered improvisation in the context of tango as a dance form, a poetic framework, and a performative philosophy.

Queering contact: vulnerability and mutual support

Queering contact implies the idea of putting vulnerability at the center of movement practice. A queer perspective on contact improvisation deals with the core values of contact improvisation and their chances of realization among the contact impro international community. Vulnerability is a powerful political concept which can help us to understand and embody, not only the diversities and differences that draw different body landscapes and that encourage a commitment with the views of those who are publicly perceives as more vulnerable, but also trace specific qualities of movement and mutual support as physical realizations of those views and values.

Desubjectivation workshops

The walking androgyne: posthuman astrobiology of the planet Earth

Gravity on Earth travels at 9.8 meters per second. This is a constant we all live with, and it influences the possible ways of engaging physically with other bodies. The walking androgyne is a provocative idea that embodies a reflection on gender symbolism, partnered movement through techniques as tango, contact improvisation, or contactango, and a political approach to the evolution of the human being. Questioning the nature of gender and sex through movement practices and human ontogenetics, this workshop aims to incorporate the sensation of being more than one body, gender, conscience, to open up the path for the sapiozoic era.

 Creating monsters: multiple subjectivation in other worlds

Our body history is conditioned by the concepts we have learned since we started our socialization process, even before our birth. Desubjectivation is a strategy to detach from the identity we have built through our body history. It can take several forms, one of which is performing non-humanity. Non-humanity has been understood in many cultures with the form of the monster, and with the trespassing to other worlds existing in parallel to ours, one of which is the world of dreams. This workshop proposes physical exercises to get into those worlds and to inhabit monsters’ bodies.

The mask and the mirror

Our sense of self is strongly based on the use of masks we have to embody to be able to function in society. Also, our apparently evident ‘self’ needs to be constantly reinforced through practices of self-reflection on objects such as mirrors, or subjects such as close or far people. In this workshop, we question the evidentness of selfhood and enter in a process of self-estrangement. We make use of glancing, standing, staring, mirroring, and sharing our sense of self and the lack of it with other bodies.

 Corpo-reality, performing otherness

 Corpo-Reality explores what queerness in dance might mean, and how dance can contribute to the development of queerness not only as a human fact but also as a human aspiration to change and freedom. It proposes a trip backward in the gender training and sexual identification processes, embodying the experience of time and aging. It faces the problem of primary desire in contrast with the otherness as a process of embodying external expectations and desires. In this dialectic between gender expression, gender identity, and sexual identification, we will play with the idea and the corporal experience of “I am the other”: the building of the self through the perception of the difference. We build a community experience of performativity as a language that creates action, which creates self-perception, which creates an identity through repetition and recognition by others. We will embody the gender spectrum through movement: from the meaningful experiences of belonging to one particular gender to the agender dilution of gendered identity and sexual identification.