Research through Play-Fight and Contact Improvisation

18 - 19 April 2020
Falling into the point of contact is an ongoing research through Play-Fight and Contact Improvisation.
It focuses on the moment of meeting through the skin, what we are able to communicate and share in this limited point, with how much clarity, weight or subtleness, from which space, intention or quality of attention.

What happens when we fall into the point of contact ? And what happens when we grow from the point of contact ? Are these two possibilities always available ? Can we fall and grow at the same time ?

The final purpose of the exploration is to enter into the free flow with a wider spectrum of possibilities stimulated through the body awareness; to soften the mind and support a process of recognizing and eventually re-patterning what is actually disturbing our flow, when alone and when shared.

PF principles supporting/interconnecting with CI:

connectivity craft
engaging by disengaging - effortlessness
physical and mental resiliency towards falling - moving with integrity
sensitivity of the touch
sharing body mass on different level of intensity
connect centre to centre with and without physical contact
fall into the point of contact
join the force - feed connection don't break the flow
engage with the partner - stretch the comfort zone


"About my way until here:
Contemporary dance, flying low & passing through, yoga, bmc, contact improvisation, and since the past 5 years liquid body & play-fight are those practices who mostly shaped and are shaping the way I move and discover myself through the physical expression and interaction with others.
All these experiences are doorways to find more freedom: in the body in terms of flexibility, efficiency, softness, strength, grounding and flow; in the mind in terms of openness, widening the perception, softening the thinking process, getting to know patterns that are there and understanding that I can create new ones when necessary. I am thankful for all the great teachers and dance partners I have met until now.
I care a lot about the field of contact improvisation, not only for the practice itself, but also for the set of values and qualities that are fostered through it. My latest consistent training into play-fight practice by Bruno Caverna gave me the possibility to open up myself to contact improvisation with a new state of mind (and body) which allows me to explore, within the frame of contact, but with a greater freedom cultivated through the play-fight training. For this reason I have been extremely curious to explore this fine line between the two approaches, in my body first. I am highly inspired to see how certain principles in the moment of the improvisation can work harmoniously together, empowering the dance from inside out, or can also take completely different directions. Since two years I am taking part in the Play-Fight Facilitator Program guided by Bruno Caverna; a mind-blowing journey."
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 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.


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.


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