Touch & Play festivals have a history of exploring the edges of what CI can be and are known as events in which personal and communal celebration and growth reach new levels. The Touch & Play Project started in 2010 as a platform to challenge the practice of CI as it existed at that time. Through a first festival in Berlin teachers of CI and a range of other body-based practices were invited to explore the "chemistry in Contact" by inviting in participants’ emotions, sexuality, aggression, politics, and everything else often kept out of our dances. The event was a success and the material reverberated around the European and North American Contact communities, raising discussions on the boundaries of our practice and the perceived (un)safety of our attempts to exclude our chemistry from our dances.
Successive Touch & Play events have focused on the exploration of the "edges of Contact" by working one specific frontier (e.g. the Contact community, children and families) or by providing spaces where all edges are equally welcome. The Touch & Play 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.
This year’s theme of communication takes us into a deepening of the dance through verbal and nonverbal communication techniques, styles, skills, and approaches. We aim to bring, explore, and open all of ourselves: the communicator, the sensual, the sexy, the playful, the curious, the powerful, the receptive. Through this wide lens we continue to question the relationship of chemistry and physics in this vast expanse of dance we call Contact Improvisation.
Touch & Play is not a program of Earthdance. For inquiries, visit: 2016.touchandplay.org.
Teachers: Zahava Griss (CA, USA), Daniel Hayes (Holland/Spain), Alyssa Lyons (USA/Spain), Moti Zemelman (MA, USA), Zach (Zigzag) Peery (CA,USA), Jocasta Crofts (England), Béu Tornaghi (Brazil/USA)...and many more