Touch & Play Asheville
April 12-15, 2018
Hosted by Kristen Chamberlin, Garrell Bivert, Moti Zemelman,
Michael Hurd, Julia Taylor & Travis Robb
Earthaven is located on 329 acres in culturally rich, biologically diverse western North Carolina. Our forested mountain land consists of three converging valleys with abundant streams, springs, gardens, labyrinth, scattered small shrines and other meditation spots to commune with self and nature. Our village is off-the-grid solar and hydro powered, dedicated to exploring and experimenting with as many aspects of green-minded and alternative living practices as possible. Walking through the village you will find many earth-build homes, outhouse-composting toilets, outdoor showers and skinny-dippers in the steams and ponds, livestock, open building projects, secluded wooded tent sites, larger camp grounds and plenty of woods & wildlife. Come enjoy it with us!
The upcoming (April 2018) Touch & Play-Asheville will explore the Fertile Ground cultivated in our lives and community when we embrace our primal nature –what it really means to be alive, free and connected. We build tools for conscious consent, courageous exploration and sensual, ecstatic play —with the idea that this just might be the most profound act of social change we can make in today’s world. The festival happens over four days, off-the-grid, in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina.
What is Touch & Play?
The Touch and Play Project is a movement emerging out of the International Contact Improv (CI) community, exploring beyond the traditional CI boundaries.
The Touch & Play Project started in Berlin, Germany in 2010 as an experiment in challenging traditionally held CI boundaries. In the first festival, teachers of CI and a various other body-based practices, were invited to explore the ‘Chemistry in Contact’ by inviting participants’ to explore emotions, sexuality, aggression, politics and everything else traditionally kept out of the dance.
The success of the event reverberated through the European and N. American contact communities raising discussions on the boundaries of our practice and the perceived (un)safety of our attempts to exclude chemistry from our dances.
Successive T&P events have focused on the exploration of the ‘Edges of Contact’ by working one specific frontier (e.g. the Contact community, children & families, embodying intimacy) or by providing spaces where all edges are equally welcome. The T&P Project is run as a disseminated network of interested researchers, teachers and practitioners whereby any individual or group is encouraged to voice their own questions or concerns and to create a safe space to have them addressed in an authentic and playful manner.
Contact Improvisation continues to evolve. We invite you to be an active participant in its evolution. When we create clarity around our verbal and non-verbal communication, it enhances our connections. As we learn to articulate intentions, boundaries and desires in the dance more clearly & honestly, it deepens our capacity for authentic connection with ourselves, our partners and our community.
Cost (Sliding Scale)
We invite you to consider if you swim in a pond, lake or ocean, when it comes to finances, and choose accordingly. Thanks!
*Some Scholarships & Work Study Available (Inquire)
T&P Asheville official start time 9:30am on Thursday April 12, 2018. Please plan to arrive Wed. April 11 anytime after 12pm. Participants are encouraged to arrive no later than 9am on Thursday April 12, 2018, in order to leave time for registration, settling in before opening circle.
After you have registered online, additional arrival information including directions, Wed. evening offerings, and a list of items to bring, will be sent to you.
Local airports and driving time to Earthaven: Asheville, NC 45min. Greenville/Spartanburg, SC 90min. Charlotte, NC 120min.
Please ride share if possible. More specific information on lodging will be forthcoming when registration opens on Feb 1st, 2018.
If you want to know more about Earthaven check out their website HERE
Registration opens Feb 1st
To Register click here to fill out the REGISTRATION FORM and pay in full by one of the following methods:
3. Pay in Cash (Only available if you pay Julia Taylor or Kristen Chamberlin in person)
Your spot is not guaranteed until your payment is received
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Travis Robb is a dancer, carpenter, event-organizer and spiritualist. Born in California and raised in Australia, he spent nearly a decade studying personal and community healing-arts intensives in Maine. He went on to spend nearly another decade organizing TranceZenDance Tribe – conscious, healing dance events in Chicago. Travis has been an avid Contact Improvisation enthusiast for the last 15 years, performance artist and basic-skills CI teacher in various locations around the U.S and overseas. Currently living and building at Earthaven he is dedicated to living a life of truth, freedom and authenticity in alignment with a new vision for humanity.
INFO: E-mail Kristen: email@example.com
Or call: Kristen 413.695.7478
Countdown to Playtime!