Desire of surface

Desire of surface

contact improvisation mit Zita Pavlištová

25./26. Januar 2014 in Dresden



english version below

Samstag  10-18 Uhr
Sonntag 10-15 Uhr

TENZAschmiede, Pfotenhauer Str., Dresden

45 EUR Frühbucher bis 17. Januar 2014
55 EUR regulär

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Desire of surface

contact improvisation with Zita Pavlištová (Czech republic)


At the surface of our body, our senses are especially well developed. It is a pitty to perceive our skin only as some kind of wrapping that we carry with us, that separates us from the environment and sometimes gives us information about it. In a dance, in a contact improvisation, we miss a lot when we are not able to shift our attention to the surface, to be active here, let any part of the skin lead the movement.

What happens when we change the point of view? Start perceiving the skin as antennae. Use the ability of the skin to react with movement. Reveal that the skin has its own will and logic, according to which it changes its shape, has a particular way how to approach, stretch in a chosen direction, look for stimuli. The skin itself, prior to the rest of the body, can set off into the space, while the rest of the body just goes along.

In a contact with partner, we learn how surprisingly can the rest of the body follow the plasticity of the skin. We will learn how to capture with our skin, use the weight of the skin. Keep smooth connection with the skin. Push away our weight with the skin that is touching our partner. We will observe, how our movement changes when its fulcrum shifts to the surface.

Skin is a wild animal, nimble and impulsive, decisive and independent. The longing hidden in our skin is strong and clear, whatever its aim is. When the stimulus for an action comes from the skin, the whole body and also the center activates and organizes in a way that can lead to a realization of the surface intention.

We will come from the place of pleasure, enjoying of the touch. Our result should be the feeling of security, a strange softness of our movement that instantly reacts to the changing forces, smooth spreading of weight and accuracy without stiff concentration.


Zita Pavlištová (Czech republic)

Zita is teacher of contact improvisation in Czech Republic. In her work, she connected the special technique of body movement with contact improvisation. She shares the art of the movement based on listening to our body. In her work, she seeks for limits and loves extremes. She inquires into the body in movement and its connection with mind. She uses long, still and conscious watching to the inner movement, as well as pace, lose of control and risk – situations where body needs to be given an implicit trust.

„Through the body, it’s possible to understand a lot. Just listen to the ways how it speaks to us. My body is wise, it teaches me much more than all of my teachers. And at the same time it is willing to be taught. It’s not a good idea to force it in any way, it’s better to trust it boundlessly. Then it manages things that we have never even dreamed about.“

Zita operates in Prague. She founded Druna - the space for CI, dance and movement. ( 7years she is director of this centre, she leads her classes here, she holds evening and weekend jams, also she invites teachers from the world. Every year she is organising the month of international summer workshops in Eagle mountains. Today, she teaches in Prague and in the whole Czech Republic, and also in Spain, Germany and Poland.


Sa 10-18,
So 10-15

TENZAschmiede, Pfotenhauer Str.59, Dresden

45 EUR early bird til january 17, 2014,
55 EUR regular

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siehe CI-Studientage in Dresden