Touch Symposium / A 12 Hour Program of Touch & Somatic Practice In Movement – a full day of advanced bodywork movement workshops. The day is divided in time with generous breaks, where we may enjoy delicious food and divine non-alcoholic beverages made with the Heart of Home ReMo. Physical work will be altered with space for relaxation and, there will be moments of live music, readings and combined video projections.

TOUCH here & now

Where: Studio ReMo, Slijperweg 7. Amsterdam Noord, the Netherlands

When: Saturday 14th March
From 12am to 12pm.

Deadline for applications: till completed (only 15 participants)

In this time of tactile isolation; encoded as it is in the so-called communication revolution; we have been dramatically plunged into a solitary exile of screen presence and deferred life. One might say that we, consciously or unconsciously, touch our devices more frequently than our loved ones and, as a result, are directly affecting our collective state of health and general well-being. After all, we humans are tactile animals; touch is recognising one another, touch is inspirational, ancient and modern, medicinal and peaceful above all. To link the silent knowledge of the ancestral body with the joy that emanates from the spirit of our mere existence, is to initiate the new rebellion that will bring us back into healthy relationships with others; from skin to skin, from heart to heart in respectful awe for the human life.
The Touch Symposium celebrates our deepest knowledge of communication, our original need for touch.
It claims our right to move about freely, developing a deep knowledge of (self) healing through touch and movement.

What is the Touch Symposium?

A full day of advanced bodywork movement workshops. The day is divided in time with generous breaks, where we may enjoy delicious food and divine non-alcoholic beverages made with the Heart of Home ReMo. Physical work will be altered with space for relaxation and, there will be moments of live music, readings and combined video projections.

This practice has nothing to do with sexual content. We will investigate touch strictly under therapeutic, emotional and artistic principles. Avoid participating if you do not follow these lines. When signing up you commit to respecting the safe space, together we create this field of awareness. We are here to work with people who want to connect to in-depth knowledge.

For Whom?
For anyone interested in bodywork involving subtle forms of touch and movement regardless of their level of experience.

When and where?
Saturday 14th March. From 12am to 12pm. Studio ReMo, Slijperweg 7. Amsterdam Noord.

How much does it cost?
€100 (including food). Pre-registration required.

What participants need to bring?
Comfortable clothes and two towels, one big and one small.

11.30 am Arrival, presentation of the day, welcome tea.
12 am to 1.30 pm > Self-massage workshop // Manuel Artiles

“Model, redraw and recompose your body”

Toning, strengthening or recovering muscle tone are some of the best-known effects.
In this workshop, we will work on the different benefits that self-massage can bring us.
We will discover ancient techniques and their therapeutic properties and how to easily integrate self-massage into everyday life.

Manolo Artiles is a massage therapist, multi-instrumentalist and producer. After a long career as a masseur in the Canary Islands, he discovered the benefits that self-massage brings to the well-being and he started to practice it daily; activity that he combines with his work as a musician, set designer and performer.

—–30min tea and snacks break —–

2 to 3.30pm > ONEskin // Sarah Kate Gardiner
From Massage Into Movement

A guided journey through kinaesthetic touch – from massage into movement. In partners, we cultivate generous hands that ‘meet us where we are’. Exploring basic principles of Classic Massage; applying warm oils and different qualities of touch & surrender, rather than learning specific massage techniques. We focus on releasing tension in the shoulders/upper back, each touch an invitation to dissolve holding patterns. In the zone of inter-connective tissue we, the group, finally merge as one body to surf the seamless ‘one skin’ of body and space.

I am a dance survivalist, body worker and mother based in Amsterdam. Since ’95 I tailor-make community dance workshops and site-specific performances. Touch is central to my artistic practice with dancers, young children and bodyworkers – in instant composition, somatic play and contact improvisation. Since training and working in a busy massage house we regularly read stories in other peoples’ spines; from athlete, mother to burnt-out office worker. In ONEskin I offer some personal insights in human touch. ReMo is home to my childrens’ project TINY&mighty and one woman show.

——–30min tea and snacks break—–

4 to 5.30pm > Where is it lacking, where is it charged? // Martina Gudmundson

Shiatsu is a hands-on technique deriving from East Asian traditional medicine and philosophy. Zen Shiatsu, developed by Shizuto Masunaga during the 1970’s in Japan, uses the older principles of this art to firstly nourish Ki (Chi) where it is lacking, and secondly spread it where it is manifesting as an excess. Hereby the Zen may indicate reading the body and diagnosing its states of being, (rather than dealing with symptoms through set formats or methods). In this workshop we will explore aspects of Zen Shiatsu through working with vision versus touch in relation to body and space, and in motion through the room.

In 2010 I was awarded a diploma by Joyce Vlaarkamp at the School for Zen Shiatsu in Amsterdam, then continued studying through assisting at the dojo in 2011. Since our son was born with Trisomy 21, my practice has been focused on supporting him. This ongoing journey has been further informed by the teachings of Karin Kalbantner-Wernicke and Suzanne Yates on traditional shiatsu for babies, children and in relation to pregnancy. Shiatsu goes hand in hand with being a dancer, performer and visual artist.

1.5h Dinner break + readings
7 to 8.30pm > Manipulation 5.1 // Javier Murugarren

Group manipulations are a vital part of my practice when it comes to understanding the body as a cooperative somatic laboratory. In M5.1, one body is presented to the sincere assistance of five people and a big cloth. The group manipulates the person with diligence and care; rubbing, lifting, massaging and moving it thoughtfully; generating a pleasurable sense of multidirectional floatability; the distorted effects of gravity and the assisted movement unleash an introspective unique movement journey.

My work is based on choreographic experimentation, associating movement with textiles, sound and language. I use the textile apparatus and clothing to generate and divert performance identities and social interaction. I am a co-founder and curator of studio ReMo, an independent performance research community in Amsterdam Noord.

———30min tea and snacks break———

9 to 10.30pm > A Movement Practice In Touch // Ria Higler

In interaction, where do we touch from and what information do we receive by touching the other. How and what do we support when we touch the other. How to receive touch. We can touch each-other in different ways, and in this class, we will work with a few different approaches and various types of focuses to increase awareness about that. Both in quiet and playful ways.

Ria Higler is a performer, teacher and mentor at the SNDO (School for New Dance Development) in Amsterdam since decades, she was artistic co-director between 1989-1998.

10.30 to 12pm > Last Touch – Sound of the Skin // M. Ali Çağlar Erdoğan

From everything touched sounds emerge. We will facilitate a creative session by searching skin/s sound/s through our own and redirect this experience onto skinned drums. Having evolved a touch-self skin-sound connection, we will dive deeper into an interactive jam with drums to transform the touch-power into a unified artistic pulse!

M. Ali Çağlar Erdoğan

Percussion Artist. After 12 years of travelling, searching, learning and teaching with his doholla he founded his Rhythm(ology) Lab(oratory) under the roof of ReMo in Amsterdam 2019.

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