By Thomas Kaltenbrunner
Thomas Kaltenbrunner offers a accomplished survey of touch improvisation, delivering sensible examples and concepts which were attempted and confirmed in his personal workshops.
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Through two precarious balances a stable unity is created. 2 Using Gravity to Move In our bodies is a constant interplay between gravity and movement. When we move, the action happens through two physical alignments - one with gravity and one against. If we lift our arm to shoulder height for example, and then let go, the arm falls towards the gravitational source. We can use the following definitions to illustrate the point: THE DEFINITIONS 1. Gravity: gravity is a natural force, a constant pull on all bodies towards the (earth's) centre.
It is important to first respect the physical borders of each other and not make excessive demands. With each new dance and new partner, a new consensus must be reached. All surfaces and areas of the body are used as shared surfaces in contact improvisation. This also includes areas of the body usually considered as taboo. The need for close physical contact and sexuality are often confused in our society and can lead to confusion. Agreements are made between the dancers in contact improvisation: personal/private borders are to be respected and made clearly evident.
44 Keriac All previously addressed aspects of human existence are not isolated entities, but are embedded in a larger whole: the physical body in a time-space construction of elementary forces of nature; the biological body in a finely poised balance with its ecosystem (breathing, eating, defecation); the mindful body in a social structure. The common denominators in all of these systems are communication and exchange. These systems are of course concurrent with each other. The separation of body, mind and soul into physical, biological and spiritual divisions is an artificial one and is only useful when looking for a deeper understanding of each area.