PLAY-FIGHT CAMP 2023
FACILITATORS
The Camp will be guided by Bruno Caverna in collaboration with Marina Sekacheva, Ester Braga and Francesca Romano
Founder of Play-Fight Practice,
Liquid Body Practice and Formless Arts Movement Philosophy
–íreath-Ability Instructor
Freediver
Bruno Caverna
Bruno Caverna is a pioneer in creating authentic multidisciplinary body-mind practices sustained by an embodied movement philosophy drawn from over 35 years of studying and immersing in various of disciplines such as Gymnastics, Capoeira, Acrobatics, Contemporary Dance, Contact-improvisation, Taiji, Russian Systema, Watsu, Surfing and Freediving. Bruno began teaching in 1995 as a capoeira project leader at a psychiatric hospital. The highly demanding context supported his auto-didactic nature to flourish whilst the process configured deconstructive in its essence, the pedagogical ground for all the other future teaching projects that eventually expanded over 30 countries worldwide in the past 20 years. Bruno's inborn maverick essence led him to always challenge the seemingly dysfunctional societal mindsets that would be in dissonance with a healthy functionality of the being. For a period of time, Bruno felt compelled to strongly question the validity of any social model whenever it would reveal itself as disguised controlling power structures, particularly in those with apparent manipulative and undermining relationships between teacher and students. The inner struggle and the refusal to easily acquiesce to the norms set Bruno off into a lonely explorative path for several years till he realized the uselessness of fighting against the rules of the human game. Bruno eventually transformed his lifelong embodied experiences with inner resistances and struggle as the core subject of interest on his practices and embodied philosophy. In 2012, Play-Fight and Liquid Body coalesced as authentic practices out of a need to label his lifelong research in the body-mind field. In 2016 he founded Formless Arts, an international cross-disciplinary hub that represents a moment of maturity coinciding with the foment of a community of self-responsible individuals. Bruno's teaching philosophy consists in becoming a revealing mirror to one another by sensibly exposing the boundaries of our crystallized social masks and the acquired self-deceptive mechanisms. In the end, Bruno is convinced that is mainly through the hurtful exercise of constantly looking after our own shadows and confronting the human flaws that we may find a sense of wholeness from within, while at the same time acknowledging and honouring a diversity of artful expressions with substantial tolerance towards conflicting perspectives.
Play-Fight Facilitator
Dance Artist
Contemporary Dance Teacher
Formless Arts Collaborator
Marina Sekacheva
Dancer, choreographer and teacher in the field of Contemporary Dance and of movement philosophy Formless Arts. Play-Fight Practice Facilitator. From 1999 to the present day, she has been exploring her body and mind through the practical process of diverse languages of movement and artistic expressions. She lived experiences in contemporary and classical dance, basketball, gymnastics, jazz dance, folk dance, yoga, tap dance, street dance (house, hip-hop, waacking, vogue), Play-Fight Practice, the ancient Russian martial art Systema, Liquid Body Practice, Freediving. Since 2010 she has been engaged in pedagogy, since 2019 she began teaching in different countries. In 2017 she graduated from "Herzen Russian State Pedagogical University", the Institute of Music, Theater and Choreography, where she worked in depth to develop her abilities as a choreographer and performer. Since 2016 Marina has immersed herself in the Play-Fight and Liquid Body practices. She began to actively study around the world, which dramatically influenced her perception of the body and sense of herself in the world. The core of her teaching and research has become more focused on the principles of relaxation, falling and the force of gravity. Sensitivity to resistance and tension in the body became more present in the approach to practice and significantly altered the state and effect of the body-mind relationship. She has been a facilitator of Play-Fight Practice and she also became a member of the Formless Arts team, where she curates and creates the photo, video and web design for Formless Arts platforms. Marina has worked with such choreographers and teachers as Laura Aris Alvarez, Rob Hayden, Dor Mamalia, Noa Zuk, Victoria P.Miranda, Natalia Vik, Francisco Cordova, Tatyana Tarabanova, Lisa Tarabanova, David Zambrano, Alexander Chelidze, Simon Thakur, Florent Hamon, Tomislav English and others. Art director and co-creator of the international movement festival "Born2Play". From 2020 to the present time, Marina has been living in Brazil, where she created the online program of improvisation "Dissolution" and new format of the movement workshop "Paper Body".
Play-Fight Practice Facilitator
Dance and
Yoga Teacher - Practitioner
Formless Arts Collaborator
Ester Braga
Her background of experiences and interests mainly interconnects intensive training in contemporary dance and floor-work, contact improvisation, instant composition, with her later studies into yoga, postural and somatic practices. She met Bruno Caverna in 2014, first through Liquid Body, later through Play-Fight; a mind-blowing encounter which since then has been at the foundation of her journey, in life and profession. Ester currently works as manager for Formless Arts and as Play-Fight Facilitator while consistently following workshops and events, aware of navigating through a life-long journey of challenging yet revealing body-mind explorations and uplifting interactions. At the moment she is also deepening her research in the line between Play-Fight & Contact Improvisation and integrating her important experience in the Yoga panorama within Formless Arts activities, connecting the approach from the very essence of Formless Arts philosophy.
Play-Fight Practice Facilitator
Dance artist/Performer
Dance and Yoga teacher
Counselor
Shiatsu therapist
Francesca Romano
Francesca started her studies in dance and movement since she was a child. Over the years she went through Artistic Gymnastics, modern and contemporary dance, contact improvisation, dance theater, performing arts.

In 2005 she graduated at Civica Scuola Paolo Grassi (Milan) in the professional course for Coreographers, Performers and Dancers.

In the last 10 years she expanded her research in the movement field approaching yoga, martial arts, meditation and different kind of practices having so far a deeper, richer experience and knowledge about movement, somatic and the beautiful complexity of this system called "human being".

Since 2010 she is involved in teaching dance and in the last years she started teaching yoga and developed her own research that she shares in workshops around Europe. In 2015 she met for the first time the work of Bruno Caverna during a Play Fight workshop in Italy. From that moment she follows this practice constantly, finding in its tools important points of inspiration to re-discover how to approach life, the others and ourselves. As member of Formless Arts team she supports the realization of specific projects and works as Play-Fight Facilitator.

Francesca worked and studied with many inspiring movement/dance researchers like Tomislav English (Ferus Animi Terra Nova), Sharon Friedman, Fighting Monkey, Roberto Castello, Nina Dipla, Susanne Linke, Reinhild Hoffmann, Avi Kaiser and Sergio Antotnino, Laborgras, Lenka Vagnerova, Virgilio Sieni, Lior Ophir, Itay Yatuv, Linda Bufali and others.
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