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Raúl Saldarriaga (COL/NL)

Morning Intensive

beginner friendly

 I'm an experienced CI teacher and dancer based in Amsterdam, with a passion for Contact Improvisation. My journey as a dancer has led me to explore our natural movements, constantly discovering new paths and possibilities. I value the importance of playfulness in uncovering our human nature, encouraging an enjoyable, organic approach rather than imitation. My dance technique is influenced by a blend of flying low contemporary dance rooted in my studies in choreography, where the spatial dimension plays a crucial role.


I explore movement in space as a performative event, emphasizing the human body as a dynamic and expressive space in itself. My teaching approach is designed to empower individuals by starting with foundational techniques that explore gravity, potential energy, and body structures. 

This foundation serves as a stable base for partnered techniques, spontaneous embodiment, instinctual flight, and fluid role transitions. We draw inspiration from the natural world to connect with instinctual movements, emphasizing grounded stability and soaring freedom. Trust and non-verbal communication are integral to the experience, fostering a sense of community and connection.  

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Raúl Saldarriaga(COL/NL)

This workshop will focus on a few elements 

1. Exploring Individual Movement with Technical Tools:
This segment lays the groundwork by delving into individual exploration and providing participants with a strong understanding of how gravity influences their dance. It emphasizes stability and balance, establishing a solid foundation for further exploration.  

  • Gravity as an Experience

Participants will gain a deep understanding of how gravity influences their movements. By experiencing gravity as an integral aspect of their dance, they'll learn to move with greater stability and balance.  

  • Potential Energy

We explore the concept of potential energy within the body. Participants will discover how their bodies store energy, ready to be harnessed for dynamic and expressive movements. This understanding helps in building a reservoir of kinetic potential.

  • Arcs and Bridges 

The body's arcs and bridges become key structures that participants will explore. These structures not only support movement but can also collapse, releasing potential energy as a powerful movement impulse or initiation. Participants will learn how to use these structures effectively in their dance, enhancing their creative possibilities.

2. Partnered Techniques:
The intensive seamlessly transitions into partnered work, focusing on balance, weight-sharing, and responsive movement. Participants learn to synchronize their movements with partners, creating a dynamic and harmonious connection.

3. Spontaneous Embodiment:
As participants progress, they are encouraged to let go of rigidity and embrace the beauty of spontaneous and organic movement. The emphasis here is on authentic expression in the moment.

4. Instinctual Flight and Fluid Role Transitions:
This section explores the essence of instinctual flight and the seamless transition between flying, basing, and connecting with the floor. The technique is presented as a versatile tool to unlock new dimensions of movement and connection.

5. Instinctual Connection:
Drawing inspiration from the natural world, participants connect with instinctual movements, focusing on grounded stability and soaring freedom. This section provides a canvas for shared, organic dance expression.

6. Trust and Non-Verbal Communication:
Trust and non-verbal communication are at the heart of the workshop. Participants are guided in building trust with their dance partners and enhancing their sense of community through unspoken communication.

7. Spontaneous Integration:
The workshop concludes with participants integrating their experiences, reflecting on insights and transformations. The technique has seamlessly merged with spontaneous, organic dance expression, empowering dancers with a versatile set of skills.

Instinctual Flight

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