Workshops: Martial Partnering – The String of the Body® practice

Where: Pisztory Palace, Štefánikova 25, Bratislava, Slovakia

When: November 10 – November 12 2017

The String of the Body program is an outcome of more than 20 years of practice and training within the vast platform of body work including gymnastics, sport and martial arts (such as judo, capoeira, jiu-jitsu, boxing), dance, theatre and body therapy. In our work, we constantly develop our experiences and deepen the creative process by conducting intensive research in communication, adaptation, presence, relation, identity, expression, potential and creativity. How that which is being acquired becomes embedded and a vital part of ourselves? How does the body become an embodied story of what is already known and of what is not yet discovered and understood in us? How to awaken in us our foundations and the internal rules and principles? In the process of training and adapting new data, we translate its meaning into the needs of the Human – the Warrior – the Performer.

Martial Partnering is an intensive process embodied in form of a journey through the body centres such as spine, pelvic girdle, pectoral girdle, breath and senses. We will search for the natural rules of mobility, kinetics, statics, dynamics and balance in the state of lost control. We will enhance the frequency of our mindfulness and presence. We will confront ourselves and our limitations and face the group, the process of decision making, responsibility, safety and patterns of our body and psyche.

Topics of the Martial Partnering workshop:

comfort and discomfort zone, trust and lack thereof; unleashing the strategy, tactics, wit and agility through simple interactive games inspired by martial arts and sport experiences which trigger the interactive process and create potential forms of movement, expanding self-consciousness in terms of our own bodies and selves, the human psyche processes, relations with inner and outer spaces and relations between human beings in everyday and artistic life, building a strong, mobile and elastic structure supporting the body, improving the overall body shape and well-being.


Jakub Gontarski 
Graduated from Wrocław-based 13 Stunt School. He is an leader of program Body Constitution and initiator of The String of the Body workshop in The Grotowski Institute in Poland dedicated to exploring expression, presence, dramaturgy and creativity in martial arts within the path of Human -Warrior-Performer. To find inspiration, Jakub travels to Brazil, where he documents his expeditions and takes active part in candomblé rituals. He has co-created many performances, including Animan – I Am That and Madhouse, and performs movement improvisations on stage to live music. Jakub trained in martial arts – Japanese judo and Brazilian capoeira – for many years in Brazil and in many European countries. He studied under eminent movement practitioners in Poland and internationally. His inspirations are Brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, sports, motor control and body mechanics. Jakub is a co-organiser of the dance-movement Cyrkulacje Festival in Wrocław and the Planet Kids project. He is President of the Momentum Association of Creative Initiatives. He worked for the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe, running workshops and creating choreographies and performances with an international group of young people. He also runs workshops with socially excluded youth in Wrocław, including as part of Thought in Motion, a project of the Institute of Music and Dance. He taught movement classes at Ente private kindergarten (European Cooperation Centre). Jakub plays Afro-Brazilian instruments, and is the author of a poetry book “Śmierć i odrodzenie” (Death and Rebirth).

Agnieszka Rybak 
Teaches, moves and performs. She collaborates with the Grotowski Institute in the BodyConstitution research programme. Together with Jakub Gontarski, Agnieszka co-creates The String of the Body workshop. She has practiced capoeira for many years, including on an expedition in Brazil in 2008. She holds a scholarship of the Alternative Dance Academy in Poznań. Agnieszka graduated from the Academy of New Dance and Improvisation and completed a number of instructor courses in the fields of therapy, dance and movement. She hones her skills in Poland and abroad. She is a practitioner and teacher of a Hawaiian bodywork method and a practitioner of the Life Impression Bodywork method and of Thai Yoga Massage Sacred Dance of the Sunshine House School in Chiang Mai. She is a member of ECITE (European Contact Improvisation Teachers Exchange) as well as an initiator of Wrocław’s contact improvisation milieu and co-creator of the Cyrkulacje Festival and Planet Kids project.



Price: registration to 15.10.2017 – price is 120 EUR 
registration after 15.10.2017 – je cena 150 EUR.

After confirmation of registration is received, non-refundable deposit 70 EUR is required and the rest can be paid on the spot. Payment details will be sent with confirmation of registration.

Minimum participants: 12
Maximum participants: 25

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