PLAY-FIGHT PRACTICE
Reano (Torino) / 20, 21, 22 May 2022
FACILITATORS: FRANCESCA ROMANO & ESTER BRAGA
ABOUT PRACTICE
The workshop will weave a journey through different exercises, eventually flowing into the free play. Focusing on reawakening awareness upon stored unnecessary tensions and dysfunctional patterns of reactions, we will gradually move beyond the field of mere physicality to embrace all aspects of the being. Only when able to recognise how much tension we accumulate in our system (physical, mental, emotional..), by learning how to release it, we can transform the tension into real power. "Stop doing" allows the body to re-function organically and efficiently, while the mind starts interfering less and less at each step we take.
The partner in this practice is the best mirror and allows us to playfully stretch the comfort zone. We gradually explore exercises and tools for the confrontation which, through the physical experience, we understand being towards ourselves in the first place. The moments of free-play become opportunities to access a never-ending flow of possibilities, responding intuitively with open mind and available body, crafting together an unpredictable interplay between confrontation & collaboration.

READ MORE ABOUT PRACTICE
Main Topics:

falling as a state of being
gravity practice
non-resistance quality
preserving structural integrity
connection, with or without the physical contact
work with and through fears
confrontation & collaboration
play as inherent fundamental quality
INFORMATION
SCHEDULE
Friday: Arrivals. From 6 to 9pm introduction to the practice. At 9pm dinner all together with shared food.
Saturday: 10 to 6pm play-fight practice (with lunch break).
After dinner: JAM !!
Sunday: 10 to 4.30pm
(with lunch break)
FEES
Early Birds until 22 April: 170€
Later Birds: 190€
The fee includes meals of saturday & sunday & sleeping in the practice space. For a bed: 10€ extra p/night
LOCATION
Reano (Torino)
RegistRATION
To register please write at playfightitaly@gmail.com
Places are limited
ESTER BRAGA
I have been exploring my body through movement for my whole life, trying a variety of physical practices. 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. 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. This path gives me the ground to facilitate play-fight and in this particular case is offering some tools to enrich my persoal study that moves in between the two practices.
THE FACILITATORS
FRANCESCA ROMANO
She 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 theatre, 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 has expanded her research approaching yoga and martial arts having so far a deeper experience and knowledge about connection between body, mind and 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 Formless Arts team she supports the realization of specific projects and works as Play-Fight facilitator.
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