Touch is the first of our senses to be developed, directly linked to our nervous system and the most effective mechanism for communication. The skin, our main sensory organ, the biggest of our senses, the first to develop in the womb, carries an abundance of information about our state of being, movement and likes or dislikes.
Touch can be deeply satisfying and deeply terrifying and we will look at the joy and the pain behind the issue. As dancers most of us have a natural relationship to touch, it being an innate component in the relationship between body and movement. Many people in the western world though have lost touch with their sense of touch. Therefore touch becomes a political and socioeconomic issue as well.
Topics of this week will address touch as a sensory organ, functions of the skin, pain and healthy boundaries, and politics of touch.
We will explore Anatomy of Touch through solo dances, writing and Authentic Movement, duets with bodywork, applied anatomy and contact improvisation and group explorations with improvisational scores and content based sharings.
Please bring basic experience in contact improvisation.Sabine Parzer