13 - 27 August 2021 / Italy
By Formless Arts
PLAY-FIGHT CAMP
THE CAMP
Play-Fight Camp is one of Formless Arts major events and it works on a collaborative basis. It takes place in a stunningly beautiful landscape of Tuscany and the activities are held in an outdoor studio under a breathtaking view. In case of those seldom rainy days, we will either squeeze and adapt the practice in the small indoor studio or embrace a wet raw experience in the wilderness. The first edition took place in 2016 and every year different collaborators join and support the process by sharing their unique perspectives.
PANDEMIC DYNAMICS | READ
PANDEMIC DYNAMICS
In 2020, due to the restrictions imposed by the covid19 pandemic, Bruno Caverna and Marina Pereira (Sekacheva) could not travel to Europe, the Camp was therefore held by the Formless Arts team of facilitators who have been studying and collaborating with him over the past years.

The Team: Ester Braga, Francesca Romano, Miriam Costa, Chiara Zompa and Lena Turek. In this current year, our best efforts are being addressed and invested, first and foremost, to continue hosting our beloved Camp gathering at Casa Monterosi. In case the travel ban will be lifted in time, Bruno and Marina will be able to lead the Camp with the support of the Team. Due to the times of great uncertainties we are living by, this original plan will be known only by a couple of weeks prior to the event. In case of any impossibility to enter in Europe, the event shall still take place following the successful format of last year led by Ester, Francesca, Miriam, Chiara and Lena.

By launching the info about the Camp, we mainly express a strong wish for re-connecting, meeting and sharing in a deep and safe space through Play-Fight practice, knowing how beneficial it has been, even more pronouncedly after another heavy wave of restrictions, social distancing and collective frustration. At the same time we need to stay in dialogue with this massive unknown so we will be able to keep updating with further details on the structure in accordance with the Italian regulations and conditions.

We are committed to structure the event under viable conditions and guidelines for living together, for the moments of practice, safety measures and advice for before and after the event.

We wish to provide an environment where each participant will feel safe and free to enjoy the time in connection with nature and with each other, while at the same time urging each of us to cultivate a sense of individual and collective responsibility. Therefore we will do our best to follow the requirements from Italian government while preserving the integrity and the essence of Play-Fight practice.
THE PRACTICE
Play-Fight Practice is one of the pillars of Formless Arts. The practice weaves physicality with movement philosophy, shedding awareness into the unconscious resistances towards the gravitational force and the pervasive fear of falling (physically and existentially) that appears as an inherent human condition. Tensions and adversities are necessary frictions to spark evolution and growth, however when stagnated, accumulated and suppressed below the conscious radar, it may potentially turn out into traumatic events, the source for a myriad of dysfunctionalities externalized on the body-mind system. The physical drills, orientated in playfulness, focus on recognizing, acknowledging and recycling those harmful lifelong storage of unnecessary hidden tensions and blockages into a self-empowerment cultivation.

Play-Fight Practice also regards the ecology of life as an inherent and inescapable interplay between cooperation and confrontation. The practice's overall aim is to integrate such a dichotomy into one fertile ground for the exploration of a dynamic balance in between such oppositions. The presence of an engaging partner is vital to ignite the mirror effect, the weaving-thread that permeates through all physical exercises and drills. By cultivating a tactful and honest confrontation, our vulnerabilities, fears, denials, escapisms and blind spots are reciprocally revealed in the bodies. As part of the process we serve to each other as a metaphorical lighthouse, like a point of navigation that supports and nourishes individual's excavation into the depths of our own inner sea of obfuscated resistances, all the way to the roots.

TO WHOM

We welcome movers from all kinds of physical disciplines available and willing to handle the physical, emotional and psychological confrontational aspects upon facing the self beyond the images, acquired identities and other social constructions we tend to cling to.
TEAM
Francesca Romano
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Marina Pereira
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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 has 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 following consistently 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.
Francesca Romano
Francesca started her studies in dance and movement when she was a child. Over the years she went through Artistic Gymnastics, modern and contemporary dance, contact improvisation, dance theater, performing arts studying and working with many dancers and movement researchers. In 2005 she graduated at the School of Drama Paolo Grassi (Milan).
She works as a dance and movement teacher, performer and choreographer. Since 2013 she expanded her researches approaching yoga and martial arts thus having a deeper experience and knowledge about connection between the body, mind and the inner space. This movement field was a point of revolution for her studies and she started to follow this path, researching more and more what's beyond definitions, trying to always be in a state of openness typical of the "beginner mind". It was in 2015 that she approached the work of Bruno Caverna during a Play-Fight workshop. From that moment she started to follow this practice constantly, finding in its tools important points of inspiration, new ways to approach movement and life, new ways to connect with the others and herself. As member of the Formless Arts team she supports the realization of specific projects and works as Play-Fight facilitator.
Miriam Costa
Miriam Costa - Her approach to body-knowledge started through dance, in 2006, with several years of studies in Theater-Dance, Contemporary Dance and Floor-Work, connected to the artistic side of the physical expression. She soon discovered the benefits of the internal body-work using the Release Technique, the Physical Theater with voice studies and the postural and muscular balance, which introduced her to a long journey of personal growth through the constant cleaning and rewiring of the body-mind system. But the turning point of her research was represented by the meeting with Bruno Caverna in 2014, at first with the Liquid Body technique. During the lasts years she assisted with the growth of the Formless Art philosophy and the Play-Fight technique, which definitely allowed her to deepen her knowledge, to live incredibly healing experiences and to open herself up to a new and honest way to approach the body, the mind, the dance and the life. Currently she keeps nourishing and discovering the eternal body wisdom, but most of all she focuses on the challenge of deepening the art of transmition of this complex knowledge. Since the first Play-Fight Camp she works in the organisation team, and since 2020 she facilitates classes with the whole team.

Chiara Zompa
Chiara Zompa - She discovered contemporary dance in 2007, during her studies of Cultural Anthropology.
At first she fell in love with floor work and release techniques, which are still strong pillars in her approach to movement and dance. Following her desire to explore the potential of physical expression and communication, she has been feeding her research and training mainly with the practice of capoeira angola, acrobatics, contact improvisation, Axis Syllabus and physical theatre, especially enjoying folk dances and singing .
In 2016 her artistic journey brought her to Portugal, where she took part in FAICC, an advanced formation in choreography and creation and she worked in several projects as a performer and choreographer.
Since 2014 she finds within the different practices of Formless Arts a huge base from where to discover and learn about how to meet through dance in a playful, careful and confrontational way, as a gateway to the neverending path of self-knowledge.
She works for the Play-Fight Camp as a facilitator and organizer.
Lena Maya Turek
Lena started dancing at a young age. While immersing in cultural and linguistic studies, her interest in body-centered practices grew and she started her in-depth research, both in (participating in a dance pedagogy training in Vienna and a Community Dance training in London) and out (immersing in various styles, such as 5 rhythms, contact improvisation and release technique) of institutions.In the past years she has been working extensively as a teacher - facilitating movement-based classes to both kids and adults, focusing on aspects of play and pleasure and investigating the interplay between improvisation and technique. She has recently started a yoga-teacher training as well as a training to become a cranio-sacral therapist, deepending further her interest in the intersection of body and mind.Lena met Bruno and Play-Fight in 2016 and was instantly drawn to the depth and holistic perspective of the practice. Since then, she has followed the practice extensively and has benefitted from it immensely, supporting her everlasting desire for a deeper knowledge of the body and allowing physical (as well as mental) patterns to shift organically. She has started to facilitate the Play-Fight study group in Vienna and supported the Play Fight Camp as a facilitator.
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.
Marina Pereira
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.
LOGISTIC INFORMATION
WHERE:

Anghiari surroundings (35 km from Arezzo)

The town you will need to reach is Anghiari (Arezzo-Italy). There will be a pick up service probably in set times, from the morning to the afternoon (we will be able to schedule the service only later on once we will know participants' arrival time). It is important to organize your trip in order to get to the Camp site the earliest as possible.
We will have more detailed information later on.

ВY PLANE:
Suggested airports: Pisa, Florence, Bologna, but also Milan and Rome, then train to Arezzo.

ВY TRAIN + BUS:
You can get to Arezzo by train
(www.trenitalia.com : italian train company web site). Directly from the train station you can catch the bus SI381 to Sanseplocro from the Bus Terminal, right next to the train station. Bus schedule will be available soon.

CAR SHARING: we will create a Facebook group to organize rides amongst participants.
INFORMATION FOR PARTICIPANTS


Places
Limited capacity depending on future regulations (we will have to select the group following different criteria: previous experience with the practice and with Formless Arts, availability to stay with us in this uncertainty while planning the event, expectations and personal needs in relation with our proposal...etc. Therefore an open and direct communication between the Team and the participants will be fundamental).

Beds in private or maximum 2-3 people rooms

Plenty of space for camping

Fees*
Including: classes - 3 meals p/d - camping facilities - pick up from Anghiari to Casa Monterosi)

First 8 registrations - 720
Regular fee - 840
Helper position (more information follows below) - 540
Bed reservation - 130

*Keep in mind - since we are aware of the economical difficulties that many people are inevitably experiencing lately, we are already thinking of options to support whoever will be in need so that the costs would not be a reason for you to give up the participation.
Steps for the application
1. Send a message playfightitaly@gmail.com or apply directly at this link:

2. Once the application is accepted, we will further instruct you how to proceed with payment as well as with other logistics

3. Only once bank deposit has been made your spot is confirmed

4. As the group gets formed we will connected all through facebook and email for those who don't have it to figure out a the arrival logistic

Helpers Dynamic
We will select a number of helpers depending on the size of the group (around 6 helpers). We aim and value a good synergic connection among the team to favour a pleasant and satisfying experience for all sides.

Unlike the discount the helpers selection will follow a criteria of its own chronological order is only one of the criteria.

Aspects to be evaluated:

- Chronological order
- Experience in the previous Play-Fight Camps
- Experiences in other events under similar roles
- Genuine motivation on being part of the Team, despite the common necessity to participate favoured by the reduced fee.

REGISTRATIONS
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