Sasha Bezrodnova & Anastasia Saevich (Russia)
Intensive of Contact Improvisation in water for all levels: “Dance Element”
Full release and relaxation – what is called “yield” in the language of the patterns of the developmental movement – in our opinion, is the basis from which the dance grows. A dance can contain many different states, aspects and patterns, it can be energetic and furious, but if yield is missed, then all actions seem to lose their support of sensitivity, become more flat and external. If we have rooted in ourselves the qualities of relaxation and letting go, then we have a very good contact with ourselves, with the earth and with everything/everyone we interact. Then the dance happens truly interactive, organic, and artful. Therefore, in the course of the intense, we will come to different qualities and conditions of the dance, but only after we make sure that the participants really raised this quality of yield within themselves.
In addition to the developmental movement – the patterns on which we always rely in our work, one of our favorite ways to work with different qualities is the images of Elements. In the European tradition, they often talk about the four elements, but we prefer the Chinese version, in which there are five of them – Air, Water, Earth, Fire and Metal. It seems very important to us not to lose sight of the quality of the Metal. It is associated with clarity, presence, accuracy, the ability to distinguish, to divide, to penetrate. Unlike elements that have enveloping properties or stability, Metal gives us an idea of aspects of creativity that may not be obvious to people moving in water. In this intensive, we want to support the development of your interest to the solo, to the joy of partnership in dance, as well as to the aesthetic moments of the dancing in water. Therefore, we will not only listen to ourselves and move, but also look at the other, and be visible. Develop a special quality of vision and testimony. Which helps to learn, and supports the dance of the one to whom my attention is directed, and sets a very special quality of relationships in the dance. When partners not only dance together, but also see each other, and also see what is around – close and far. This is a quality of attention that can be developed with open and closed eyes.