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Connected movements
inspired by Aikido

This class will delve into the movement of connection inspired by Aikido, exploring interactions directed towards our centers.
We will play with connected movements, utilizing grounding and expansion to create support, and work with pressure-extension principles.
How can we establish a connection through interactions that focus on our centers?
How can we harmoniously follow the direction while redirecting the connection's center to challenge our balance?
What is the balance between challenging and caring for our partners as we refine our skills in balance and reaction?

Internalized movements will be translated into small performances where we exchange inspiration,
exploring the observer-performer dynamic and the power of connected movement.
Discover the impact of observation and inspiration in movement as we explore the dynamic between performer and observer.
See how the observer's movements are influenced by the performer, leading to a reaction and becoming a performer themselves.
How does the performer reach conclusions and transitions to become an observer?
Experience the inter-active power of connected movements as both observer and performer are merged.


Loby works as an improvisation practitioner and teacher. He has a background in improv-piano (since 1991) and -theatre (Founder of the Theatre group Vreemdwild in 2009).He organized performances with students from the Art Academy AKI/ ArtEZ Academie and provided performing workshops.
Through play, people get connected and learn the most effective way through personal experiences.

Contact Improvisation is largely influenced by the Japanese martial art Aikido, and this is why his search for the roots of CI led to practicing Aikido. Since 2014, he has been practicing at the Aikikan dojo (The Netherlands) and this inspired his CI practice. In July 2019, Loby is promoted to a Black belt holder, he received Shodan (初段 ) certificate from his sensei Siavash Derakhshan (6th Dan) on behalf of Moriteru Ueshiba (植芝 守央) Doshu of Aikikai, Hombu Dojo Tokyo."My core motivation for giving CI workshops is to bring people together and seeing our connection through playfulness as we show our authentic selves in our movements." CI shows benefits applicable to his daily life, like being mindful in changes and to make a deeper connection with life itself and bring oneself more in the present moment.

He set up Kahbam (a CI group based in Enschede, The Netherlands) in 2013, to combine all the different gathered perspectives of movements and disciplines in order to offer space and share movement experiences.


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