PLAY-FIGHT PRACTICE
Growing from its foundation, the moving and embodied philosophy of Liquid Body, Play-Fight practice is a deep excavation of the nature of our human condition. The name is an attempt to represent the inherent polarities, present in biological and social realms, like a symphonic interplay between confrontational and cooperative qualities. In this perspective, life is an unavoidable relational play-fight condition that takes place uninterruptedly within ourselves from moment to moment as well as at each interaction with the surroundings. The cooperative aspect of the practice ensures that an individual's integrity is absolute. On the confrontational side, the practice has the potential to reflect each other's blind spots and to expose concealed unconscious resistances, like a ruthless mirror that challenges the delusory myth of our personal identities.
KEYSTONES
Non-Resistance
Facing own resistances plays a huge role in the practice. Personal resistance is often a gestural response of deep fears. While fear is a vital biological mechanism that supports the survival of the species, the lifelong acquired societal fears not only violate its original evolutionary design, but are highly detrimental for the organism. During the practice, a friendly terrain is architected to safely evoke and explore own resistances and the fears that accompanied them. A major evidence of progress happens whenever someone quits resisting own resistances and eventually stops fighting with themselves. A simple mental shift with tremendous beneficial implications.
Brutal self-honesty
The cultivation of brutal self-honesty is one of the main pillars of Play-Fight. It is an effective exercise that allows clear distinctions to be made, specially discerning the false ideas and images we construct about ourselves. In contrast, to define intellectually the "real" is seemingly an unachievable task, analogously in trying to capture the ocean with a net. The false, on the other hand, can be recognised and discerned rationally. The Play-Fight paves the road to a practice of deconstructive features by challenging and stripping away any fabricated ideas we may hold about ourselves. In order to cultivate self-honesty to such an extend of relinquishing the false for the falling into a state of no longer knowing who we are, requires commitment, trust and courage. Having the sense of (false) identity scattered may feel like falling into an abyss, and thus, existential fears, vertigo sensations, and dreadful feelings can be occasionally experienced whilst realizing that which we cannot not be.
Connectivity
This is one musical instrument that cannot be left out of the symphony. As simple as that, no connectivity no concert, no Play-Fight. Since the feeling of being connected is subjective, the challenge here is to orientate participants to discern the specific feeling of connectedness without which Play-Fight simply can't take place. Anyone working in aquatic environment knows by experience that resisting to the water flow (fighting attitude) is fruitless, unrealistic. Water is the ultimate inspirational natural element for Play-Fight, for humbly teaching us the way of non-resistance, the doorway to the specific type of connectivity we value, cultivate and sustain throughout the practice.

Bruno Caverna

Play-Fight practice Founder
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 develop Liquid 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.
Bruno Caverna
Play-Fight practice Founder
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 develop Liquid 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.
Formless Arts Film by Noir Films