T&P Director, Moti Zemelman began practicing Contact Improvisation 30 years ago. Over the past 22 years he has taught and performed across USA, Canada, Central America, Mexico, Europe and Israel. In 2008-09 he taught as Professor of Dance at the Instituto Naciónal de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Over the last 10 years in his desire to integrate communication and intimacy skills in his life and teaching he has studied Non-violent communication, Tantra, Butoh, BDSM, Byron Katie’s “The Work” and most recently Betty Martin’s “Wheel of Consent”. Moti has been both a teacher and a board member at Earthdance Retreat Center in Plainfield, MA where he currently directs the Touch&Play Festival. Additionally he is a featured dancer in Sanford Lewis’ recently released documentary film about CI “An Intimate Dance.” (Video Clip from Film http://vimeo.com/38268635 ) He also designs and moderates the international
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Contact Improv & The Wheel of Consent
At the core of CI is the constant dance of consent. In this workshop we will be practicing this dance of saying and hearing “No” & “Yes” both verbally and non-verbally. This act of trust brings us into deeper intimacy when we hold ourselves and partners with respect. This listening practice guides our dances toward greater empathy and presence. By incorporating Non-Violent Communication, Betty Martin’s “Wheel of Consent”, Tantra-inspired exercises, stillness, eye-contact, and energetic awareness, we’ll explore being more deeply sensual, consensual, and present with each other.
Blindfold Contact Jam:
A Veiled Voyage of the Senses
When we Blindfold ourselves and let our sight go we are able to develop and heighten our other senses. In Contact this is essential to training our bodies to expand beyond our patterns and open to a broader range of movement and sensation. Being blind in the dance is a whole new experience that helps to let go of our prejudgements, agendas and movement habits. By being disoriented in blindness we can reorient ourselves without all the judgments and stories that our minds create from engrained patterns and assuptions. By listening with all our other senses we can forge new pathways to deeper intimacy.
Come experience the freedom of dancing, cuddling and connecting blindfolded… Dance like no one is watching! Blindfolded Jams are fun and magical and of course require extra awareness & safety. We will always have at least 2 people without blindfolds on to maintain the safety of the space. We will also start with a talk and a warm-up about how to use blindfolds to enhance your experience while staying safe.There will be blindfolds available but please bring your own if you have one. See you on the dance floor!! I mean…I guess I won’t SEE you!!