Contortion: Opening, amplitude, and backbone (spinal) movement

Length: 3 h/day
Max: 10 persons

Contortion is a corporeal technique, in a constant dialogue with one’s own body, and is looking for openness rather than wanting to bend. Never pushing the boundaries, we learn to collaborate with them in a total respect of the body – your tool, your partner. Contortion is also a hyper-consciousness of the sensations of the body’s interior and a dialogue between its limits and its aides. This workshop is about demystifying contortion and making it accessible to everyone by sharing a technique that avoids possible injuries. This technical workshop (specific warming up, alignment, endurance, specific reinforcement followed by cool-down exercises) is based on active flexibility exercises and deep stretching of the hips and the back.

We will work the body’s awareness, breathing, posture and endurance. This workshop addresses all body artists who wish to improve, use, or control their flexibility; to discover a new approach to the body; to open itself to new tools to work in better ways; to develop a confidence and knowledge about its own body limits that allows them to venture into a specific and particular work with the spine; to dip into interior sensation of the body and to open a new approach using this knowledge. Contortionism doesn’t signify “being flexible.” It is a physical technique that one learns and works with. There is no secret.

Acrobatic dialogue

Length: 3 h/day
Max: 10 persons

The circus prowess is the principal essence of this form of art. Since the seventies, circus and dramaturgy started to merge. Though, if we want to write circus, we need to be able to read it as well as understanding its system: intellectually and physically. This workshop will question the encounter between the perception of the spectator as well as the experience of the acrobat. From improvisation exercises, we will explore this circus prowess through solo, duo and group exercises to develop a common physical acrobatic dialogue.

The classes will start with a deep warming up to open a first inner dialogue. Then, we will explore and deconstruct the prowess by reversing its code, playing with its rhythm and angle of presentation. We will “deterritorialize” the notion of danger, so the tricks can become a conscious movement, a matter, and a vehicle. This work aims to open the consciousness of the acrobat towards the different interpretations possible to then develop dialogues with other bodies in movement. From those improvisations, we will discuss and think about the different potential interpretations: from the inside as well as from the outside.