Asaf Barach

Asaf Barach

ASAF BACHRACH (France/Israel) has practiced contact improvisation for over 15 years, he studied at Tel Aviv, New York, Paris and Boston. Among his most influential teachers are Steve Paxton, Kirsty Simson, Lisa Nelson, Andrew Harwood and Dieter Heitkamp. Since 2000 he has taught in Europe (Paris, Amsterdam, Fribourg Festival, Ibiza Festival, Kiev Festival…), the United States (Boston, Earthdance, and IC 36) and Buenos Aires. Asaf is a founder of the Collective Contact in Paris. He currently lives in this city, where he conducts investigations in cognitive neuroscience of language and, more recently, of dance.

ma-mamia | Class, 18-19 may

The organizing principle of this workshop will be the Japanese concept “MA” (In Japanese, ma, the word for space, suggests interval. It is best described as a consciousness of place, not in the sense of an enclosed three-dimensional entity, but rather the simultaneous awareness of form and non-form deriving from an intensification of vision. Ma is not something that is created by compositional elements; it is the thing that takes place in the imagination of the human who experiences these elements). Though usually discussed in terms of vision we will explore the kinesthetic  MA arising in the conscious experience of our own body and movement and in particular in the meeting with another body.

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