The first weekend of July will belong to Warsaw FLOW, an international dance festival featuring a number of interactive workshops.
In 2018, the organisers? focus will be with:
– playing with dance
– developing a performance using the CI technique, dancers, and performers
– movement activities oriented at changing the awareness of one?s bodily capacities and potential.
The Warsaw FLOW Festival takes place in Warsaw. First organised in 2010, the annual event confronts established Polish and international representatives of contact improvisation, dance beginners and practitioners. The daily schedule of the event includes workshops of various intensity, jams, and joint improvisations by CI masters.
Contact improvisation is a contemporary dance technique which involves two or more people that move each other, mutually supported by the changing common balance. This type of dance is akin to a kind of ?conversation? between performers, with gestures replacing words. The technique enables partners to exchange their ideas and movement, which can be received passively or picked up and developed.
The festival has been divided into three sections, intended respectively to dance professionals, dance beginners, and general public. Both dance groups will meet throughout the festival during daily CI sessions. This year, one day of th festival will be devoted to joint explorations and an inspiring evening film screening.
This year?s workshops will be taught by Sergey Golovnea, Anna Piotrowska, Jurij Konjar and Ilona Keňová, who will hold CI classes for professional dancers and CI practitioners, as well as beginners.
Ilona Keňová will lead a performative project which will conclude with an open presentation. Anna Piotrowska will teach classes in the site-specific technique, while Jurij Konjar and Sergey Golovnea will hold intense auteur workshops.
The Warsaw FLOW Festival will be held on 1-8 July at the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Studio Teatralne, and across Warsaw?s urban space.
For a full programme of festival events, visit: www.polandcontactfestival.com
Open public presentation:
8 July, 8 pm, Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, ul. Jazdów 2
The workshops will conclude with a special presentation for the festival audience, developed in the course of the eight-day performative project and featuring its participants. Admission to the event is free of charge.
Contact improvisation is a contemporary dance technique which involves two or more people that move each other, mutually supported by the changing common balance. This type of dance is akin to a ?conversation? between performers, with gestures replacing words. The technique enables partners to exchange their ideas and movement, which can be received passively or picked up and developed.
Dance improvisation does not abide by any set choreography, allowing for any given number of dancers, whose mutual relations can be accidental or intended. Dance figures are employed as often as ?everyday? movement ? the two elements combine in one, unrepeatable dance entity. Improvisation is not addressed solely to professional dancers, but also to anyone simply interested in movement, establishing their own sensitivity towards themselves and the surrounding environment, and to those who seek entertainment and pleasure in dance, says artistic director of the festival Paulina Święcańska.
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