19-20 april: Eroca Nicols

19-20 april: Eroca Nicols

LABO – Festivalen 11-21 april 2018

Danscentrum Stockholm samarbetar med Cullbergbaletten som arrangerar Labo- festivalen.

2st workshops äger rum i DC Sthlms stora studio:

  1. Dana Caspersen: 16-18 april kl.12-14 och  15-17
  2. Eroca  Nicols: 19-20 april  kl. 12.30-15.30. Se info nedan!

1 workshop händer på Moderna Muséet:

  1. Rachel Fuller: 19-21 april kl.13.30-17.30.

Danscentrum Stockholms medlemmar kan ansöka att vara med men det är begränsat antal platser tillgängliga. Skicka intresseanmälan till: babis.harall@danscentrum.se

Aggressive Snuggling: From the Politics of Touch to the Poetics of Touch

I have recently I started studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and I see many parallels to contact. Like CI, in BJJ it is absolutely necessary to commit all my a en on to the task at hand because of real physical risk. One of the aspects I love about BJJ and where I see a very real difference from CI, is the incredible clarity of boundaries. When a person ”taps out” a li le tap on the shoulder or leg or really anywhere that can be reached, means: stop doing what you are doing, let go, physically come apart and start again. Also, before engaging in any touch, there is a customary high five then fist bump. The cues are not a suggestion of agreement, these cues are clear; yes, I agree to engage and; no, I longer agree and we are now stopping.

Often boundaries are muddy in contact improvisation and there are many reasons for this including systemic hetero-patriarchy, white supremacy, colonialist ideas of ”freedom” and ableism. CI culture can include clear boundaries but in my experience it does not and this excludes many people particularly many women and femme presenting folks, queer folks, gender fluid folks, people of color and folks of different abilities. I want CI to be a place I can invite my community but it is currently not. Perhaps by adopting some of the explicit consent codes of BJJ, we can address some of the issues around consent and boundaries that exist inside the CI community. And do so with care and openness.

I want to stress the importance and the place for the poli cs of touch to precede the poe cs of touch. I believe that we can begin to work on this and at the same  me have a good  me learning some fun skills from another partnered movement practice (BJJ.)

Here’s a list of some of the things we will definitely do:

-Ask for and receive consent before touching anyone!
-Develop and practice both a physical and a verbal start and stop signal.
-Practice saying yes and saying no and meaning it.
-Practice hearing yes and hearing no and responding to it.

More skills we will work on:

-play with different levels of compression and weight
-extreme squeezing, how do we dial up and down our tone?
-improvising from BJJ ”positions”
– mount, guard, half guard, side guard.

teacher bio

Eroca Nicols is an international performance art and body nerd. Her alter ego and company, Lady Janitor combs the globe looking for places to incite radical moments of art chaos, consume massive amounts of coffee, wear amazing unisuits and confer with movers and thinkers of all varie es. Her teaching, dancing and training are deeply influenced in her con nued study of ritual, biomechanics and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.