Contact Improvisation workshop with Marina Tampini (ARG)


sept. 30 / oct. 1 – 2017, Spazio Seme (Arezzo, It)

Contact improvisation with Marina Tampini (Arg)

The making of contact: from activating our muscular chains of motor coordination to deepening our observation of the layers of contact

price 85euro

marina tampini diario

This workshops involves a “research in process” on how the activation of motor coordination chains can be a starting point generating powerful dynamics that delocalize our bodies and inform our dances in general and CI in particular.

We will start out by activating muscular chains of motor coordination through our contact with the ground, opening up our attention to the force field that we produce. We will explore possibilities in the streaming of forces that awaken connections between distant points of our own myofascial system grounding in and surfing through different speeds and intensities co-existing within our bodies. We will expand our exploration by making contact with others, building up larger architectures that allow us to sense how to play with the forces we share to create and re-create balance through several points of contact. We will support our exploration on the concept of tensegrity to foster dances that will help bring awareness of the central and the peripheral, the simultaneous giving and taking of weight in the different points in contact and the multidirectional movements co-existing in our tissues while moving.

Having experienced this work, we will look at different layers of contact making to bring up some questions to the practice: where does contact start? Can we make contact without touch? What is that contact made of? What´s the slightest change we can perceive when touching? Can we touch and be touched simultaneously? How does muscle tone vary the experience of contact? Can we recognize the various points in contact when moving as to allow a polycentric dance?


Marina Tampini

marina tampini

My name is Marina Tampini and I am a profesor of the Dance Department at UNA (Universidad Nacional de las Artes), Argentina. I have been practicing Contact Improvisation for the last two decades, and I´m devoted to researching on improvisation and writing, particularly focusing on the articulation of body work (mainly CI and somatics) and filosophy (& social sciencies).

Currently, I divide my time at University between teaching (two different courses: CI and Social History of the body) and research on these topics.
With a subsidy of Fondo Metropolitano de Cultura, I published the book Cuerpos e ideas en danza. Una mirada sobre el Contact Improvisationin in 2012, my Master´s thesis work, which will be reedited this year. I am interested in continuing touring this material outside Argentina within the CI community or other communities which are interested on the reflection based on body work experience.



Saturday 30 sept
– from 16.00am to 18.30pm class

_ 19.00 Book Presentation: “Cuerpos e ideas en danza. Una mirada sobre el Contact Improvisation”

_ 20.30 dinner and open JAM


Sunday 01 oct
from 10.00am to 1.00pm class
from 14.30pm to 18.00pm class and Jam


The workshop takes place at Spazio Seme ( Via del Pantano, 36) in Arezzo – Tuscany (IT)
You can stay in Spazio Seme even for the night, with the sleeping bags. If there are some special needs (especially about food), let us know and we’ll try to manage at best!


price 85 €

Accomodetion, vegetarian food and a lot of dance… included!

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