THE PROCESS

The classes are built on are premises that being born on the gravitational field of our planet will inevitably generate fear-reactivity and an accumulation of unnecessary tensions of all sorts stored in the bodies. Along the growing up process, external pressures and challenges from society, educational system, family and so on, will inevitably be added into the construction of personal narratives, potentially further compromising a sense of connectedness. Play-Flight Practice brings awareness into the unconscious resistances towards gravity and the implications of the universal fear of falling on every facet of human expression. Tensions and adversities are necessary frictions to spark evolution but when stagnated and repressed in the body-mind system, it becomes a traumatic event, the source for a myriad of dysfunctionalities. The physical exercises, orientated in playfulness, focus on recognizing, acknowledging and recycling those harmful lifelong accumulation of tensions and stored blockages into a self-empowerment cultivation. Ultimately, the practice stimulates self-honesty and the embodiment of non-resistance, rescuing flow and a sense of unbroken wholeness as our original state of being.
PLAY-FIGHT PRACTICE
ORIGINS

The roots of Play-Fight Practice goes back in 1995 when Bruno Caverna was heading a Capoeira project for patients of a public psychiatric hospital in Rio de Janeiro in collaboration with Luiz Cantador. From the very beginning, the classes were characterized by a deconstructive approach, questioning the dysfunctional aspects of the more conventional Capoeira methodologies at that time. Along its evolutionary teaching process, Bruno would organically integrate principles and knowledge from his experiences in various disciplines such as Physiotherapy, Psychology, Contact-Improvisation, Pushing-Hands, Contemporary Dance, Somatics, Russian Systema, Watsu, Biotensegrity and more recently Freediving.
The label Play-Fight coalesced and took shape only in 2012, though, when Bruno traced back his teaching trajectory and realized that the practice could no longer fit into any known category. The chosen name was a way to acknowledge its Capoeira foundation, while at the same time honoring the extrapolative territory that would most coherently represent the essence of an ever-evolving holistic practice.
PHILOSOPHY

Play-Fight practice is a deep excavation into the nature of our human existential condition, interweaving the inherent life polarities like a symphonic interplay between confrontation and cooperation, form and formlessness, presence and absence. On a biological perspective, life can be regarded as an unavoidable relational play-fight dynamics that takes place uninterruptedly within ourselves from moment to moment as well as at each interaction in our surroundings. The cooperative aspect of the practice ensures that individual's integrity is imperative. On the confrontational side, the practice has the potential to reflect each other's blind spots and to expose concealed unconscious resistances and self-deceptive mechanisms, like a ruthless mirror that can potentially reveal the delusory myth of our acquired identities.
BRUNO CAVERNA
Originally from Rio de Janeiro Bruno started practicing a vast array of physical practices at the age of 8, such as capoeira, contact-improvisation, contemporary dance, acrobatics, watsu, taiji, qi-gong and systema, just to mention a few. Through his auto-didactic nature, Bruno has been extensively researching ways of integrating elements of these diverse movement practices into a more expansive somatic understanding and training method (for dancers, movement practitioners and anyone seeking a path towards reconnecting with their body knowledge). During his journey, Bruno has been deeply fascinated by the mysterious ways water behaves and flows in its natural environment; the water studies next to the education in watsu have become a fluid compass for his life navigation, leading him to developLiquid Body, the foundation of his movement practice. Since 1994 until now Bruno has been teaching/sharing passionately and tirelessly his life experiences with people from all walks of life in more than 30 countries. He authored Formless Arts, an umbrella and philosophical core for Play-Fight and Liquid Body practices, results of a vision that questions our crystallized concepts, while at the same time interweaving a multitude of disciplines and tribes through a common thread.
FOUNDER
Francesca Romano
Clothing publisher
Ester Braga
Admin & Coordinator
Miriam Costa
Team Member
Lena Maya
Play-Fight Practitioner
Marina Sekacheva
Filmmaker & Designer
FORMLESS ARTS TEAM
PLAY-FIGHT PRACTITIONERS
Marina Sekacheva
Team Member / Filmmaker & Designer
For nineteen years, Marina has been studying in different dance areas ,such as classic, folk, contemporary dance, tap dance, street dance, jazz. Nowadays, she works as a young choreographer, dancer and contemporary dance teacher in Russia. In 2015 Marina dived into the movement philosophy of Formless Arts. Through these practices Marina deeply changed her perception towards dance, consciousness and relationships between people, finding a space where to meet, understand and eventually let go of resistances so to develop a honest attitude towards yourself and others. She could experience through these new quality of approach, a meaningful change in both dance and life. As a Formless Arts Team Member, the role of Marina is to design and curate photo and video projects. She carries on a Play-Fight Study Group in St.Petersburg and also organizes Formless Arts events in Russia.
Ester Braga
Team Member / Admin & Coordinator
Ester's background of experiences and interests mainly interconnects her intensive training in contemporary dance and floorwork, contact improvisation, instant composition, with later studies into yoga, postural and somatic practices. The first encounter with Bruno Caverna happened in 2014, first through Liquid Body, later through Play-Fight. These practices offered a fertile ground for the integration of all movement experiences had until that moment and the gradual acquisition of fundamentals tools for the application of what happens during the training into everyday life. Ester currently works for Formless Arts as administrator and coordinator of the internal communication and shared works amongst the Team. Together with Miriam carries on a Play-Fight practice group in Bologna since 2016, while following and supporting consistently FA Projects, aware of navigating through a life-long journey of challenging, yet revealing body-mind explorations and uplifting interactions.
Francesca Romano
Team Member / Clothing publisher
She started her studies in dance and movement when she was a child - with Artistic Gymnastics and modern dance.
In 2005 she graduated at the School of Drama Paolo Grassi (Milan) where she studied Dance Theater, contemporary dance, choreography. Over the years she continued her researches on dance and movement through different approaches, like Contact Improvisation, Release, Improvisation, some Capoeira and Martial Arts (Khala Yoga with Diego Prodi and Play Fight with Bruno Caverna).
Some of the artists she worked and studied with: Lenka Vagnerova, Virgilio Sieni, Laborgras, Roberto Castello, Nina Dipla, Urs Stauffer, Itay Yatuv, Linda Bufali, Giovanni Di Cicco, Sharon Fridman, Rootlessroot, Tom Weksler, Tomislav English, George Itapua.
She works as free-lancer as performer, mover/dancer and choreographer. She is now collaborating with FormlessArts in the team organization.
Miriam Costa
Team Member / Play-Fight Practitioner
Miriam's studies include a long training in contemporary dance, release and floorwork techniques, traditional dances, physical-dance theater and postural-muscular balance practices. Since several years she teaches and works as freelancer for companies as well as in performing arts and video projects. Since 2014 she began to deepen her studies with Bruno Caverna, meeting the Liquid Body and the Play-Fight practices, which represented a huge step into the understanding of the body-mind functioning and an important channel for working on the self in different levels of the being. Currently she is a Team Member at Formless Art; together with Ester Braga, carries on a Play-Fight practice in Bologna since 2016. Her aim is to continue to follow the Formless Art study program, to cooperate in improving its work and to share it in various contexts, from the stage to the pedagogy. In 2018, she started coordinating the Play-Fight Kids project in Bologna, introducing the practice to kids of Primary and Secondary schools.
Lena Maya
Play-Fight Practitioner
She works as free-lancer as dancer.
She is now collaborating with FormlessArts in the team organization.