INTENSIF CONTACT & PHILOSOPHY
Shapes and Scapes
Daniel Stern’s work on affect attunement in mother-child interactions has been an important source of inspiration for Steve Paxton and the development of Contact Improvisation. By finely studying these interactions, thanks to the video and the slow motion viewing that it allowed, D. Stern proposed to rethink the mother-child relationship in a dynamic way through the concept of “vitality affect”, which we could rephrase as “the temporal affective shape of shared experience”. The mother-child relationship (as proposed by S.Paxton in “Nothing comes to mind”) is a multimodal experience: “Face, color shape, texture … Voice, smell, food, Mom, a multimedia experience”
This “multimedia” experience is the terrain, the land-scape of the mother-child relationship, and contains a potential of actions to be realized (affordance).
The mother offers a relatively stable support, a ‘holding’ and this shared experience takes shape, is updated within the gravity constant.
In contact Improvisation, in the experience of the fall, each dancer becomes the landscape of the other, a dynamic “scape”.
Paxton asked what was the lived experience of a falling apple, we could ask what is the shape of the experience of two dancers who share the time of a fall.
The shaper of our dance experiences (vitality affect) is rarely articulated or shared outside the dance itself. This intensive proposes to explore this double articulation:
→ On the one hand, the affective dimension of dance experience ( the conditions
For attunement) and especially the shared fall, at the heart of the CI practice.
→ On the other hand to take a closer look at this polyphonic, polyrhythmic and dissensual nature of this “multimedia” experience that does not belong to any of the subjects but which is a property of the event itself, the relationship. We will attempt to articulate and share our danced experiences through tools borrowed from
micro-phenomenology, with this question in mind :
How to trace the shape of a shared fall?
Asaf has practiced contact improvisation (CI, a contemporary dance technique) as well as other types of dance (Butoh, release, tuning score) since 1994. He Studied in Tel Aviv, New York, Paris and Boston. Among his most influential professors are Steve Paxton, Kirsty Simson, Lisa Nelson, Min Tanaka.
Since 2000, he has taught in Europe, in the USA, in Buenos Aires and in Israel.
In 2012, he organized an international conference in Paris around CI and ‘mindfulness’ (http://mindthepoint.wordpress.com/). He is the co-founder of the ME-lieu collective (2015). Since 2016 he is a certified Rolfing® practitioner.
Asaf has been co-leading with Matthieu Gaudeau, since 2016 the F.A.R nomadic somatics school, a trans-somatic (Feldenkrais, ALexander, Rolfing and CI) experiential research group. He is also a practicing cognitive neuroscientist at the CNRS where he has been studying language and dance (labodanse.org).
Actor-Dancer-Professor of Alexander Technique. He worked as an actor from 1997-2015 in theatre and dance companies and collectives. Between 2004 and 2006, he co-directed the collective “La Gouttière” in which he developed a specific work of dance-theatre and a specific stage language.
He trained in the Alexander technique between 2009 and 2013 and began to reframe his teaching and his pedagogy through the principles of inhibition and directed attention. He is fascinated the organization of the human gesture and the relationship between attention and posture.
From 2013 to 2016, he worked at the Etimoë center with people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He participates in the ICI and ICrEA project and was invited to co-lead a workshop on the role of inhibition in somatic practices at the ENS. He is also a co-organizer of the International Contact Improvisation Meetings in Paris since 2014.
A founding member of the ICI and ICrEA projects, he played a central role in developing experimental protocols around attention and joint attention.