Contact Dance meets Massage

februari 23, 2019 hele dag
Contact Dance meets Massage
Contact Dance meets Massage

Datum: zo. 23 februari 2019
Tijd: 10:00 - 17:30 uur
Docent: Tom Goldhand
Locatie: Wingerdweg 32, 1031 CA Amsterdam
Voor wie: masseurs en dansers!
Prijs: early bird € 75, na 10 februari betaal je € 85


Massage therapists know the body of their clients, dancers know their own body. Where they meet and a new movement arises. 

Where does a meeting of two bodies' ends and a contact improvisation dance begins? Where does a bodywork therapy ends and a journey of two bodies begin?

In this workshop we will try to see the similarities and differences between contact improvisation and a session of bodywork and massage. Traditionally a workshop of contact improvisation ends with a bodywork session. The dancers, many of them professional body therapists, share their knowledge of relaxing the body and massaging the muscles and joints. In this workshop we will learn and explore the principals of moving another body without effort and being moved without unnecessary tension.

This workshop is not about the high physicality or acrobatic side of contact improvisation, nor is it about the “choreography” of a specific massage session, but rather on the exploration of what happens in the body when it is being touched in different ways and manipulated into movement, what are the principals behind a treatment and the meeting point between two bodies – therapist and patient. What happens in the body of our partner, but also and as important, what happens in our own body as we move into physical contact.

For body-workers this workshop will add some insights into movement, manipulation and relaxation in a moving body. Seeing yourself and your partner (either dancer or client) as one unit in dance.

This workshop is a great experience for body-workers and therapists that have not yet encountered the world of contact improvisation and is also a wonderful opportunity for contact improvisers to meet another side of this beautiful dance.

Part 1– feeling, sensing and exploring different tissues and movement in the body. Bodywork session going into dance.

Part 2 – manipulating, moving together, and relaxing inside the session. Contact impro as a massage and body therapy

About Tom

Tom Goldhand is a dancer and a dance teacher and maker in the field of Dance Improvisation and Contact Improvisation, Tom holds a Master degree in Dance therapy from Codarts University and is a certified body therapist (Ilan Lev method).

In the last 5 years he works as the movement teacher in the "Akademie voor Massage en Beweging" in Amsterdam.

Click here for Tom's website.


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