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Gabriela Tarcha (born 1981) began her dance and theatre studies in Brazil before she moved to Europe in 2002, where she is active as choreographer and performer.
In 2010 Gabriela earned her Master's degree in Choreography (Dance Unlimited Arnhem); she is based in Berlin and Cologne and currently pursues further studies on dance science at the Zentrum für Zeitgenössischen Tanz in Cologne.
Besides, since 2008 she has been practicing various kinds of massage techniques such as Tao, Tantra and Lomi Lomi Nui and more recently she started the osteopathic Bowen Technique education.
Having been busy with how people move together by dancing contact-improvisation for about 15 years, Gabriela slowly dived into other explorations within these dynamic body encounters – one of them being play fighting. She also uses play fighting elements in her performances.
Fighting is energetic, dynamic, honest, and freeing. Play fighting keeps all that but without the destructive aspects of fighting. And adds fun and joy. You get an idea what play fighting is about, if you think of puppies fighting playfully. So it’s not about winning or loosing, fighting against each other, it’s about frolicking around, having fun with each other. It means laughing a lot and can be wonderfully wild. Play fighting is a consensual bodily confrontation that allows us to feel our power and our partner’s power, to feel how physical we are in a unique, intensive way. Play fights open up a protected space for us to playfully experience issues, situations and feelings that we might otherwise not take a look at.
We’ll in this workshop experiment with different forms and aspects of playful fighting. These friendly confrontations don’t always have to look like wrestling matches (don’t worry: we won’t have a lack of wrestling). They can originate in an everyday situation with rules that we invent as we play around – and these rules may change at any time. But do you get them? And if you don’t? There can be everything between very intense body contact and no contact at all. Play fights may, like pillow fights, include objects. And they can, as we’ll experience, be very sensuous and quite sexy.
No prior martial arts experience is necessary to take part in the workshop, nor do you need to be particularly fit.
(The concept of the playfight workshop has been developed by Frank Taherkhani pictured above.)
An orgy can be one of the most beautiful things in the world. It can also be not so beautiful, if the people involved in it are inattentive, insensitive and unaware. I can't say that it is not about sex. Of course, it's about sex. But it is not sex as it most commonly practiced in our culture. In The Ethical Slut, Janet Hardy and Dossie Easton describe orgies and group sex as radical political acts, because they deprivatize sex and because so much oppression in our culture is based on shame about sex.
Whether or not the orgy per se is a radical political act is open to debate. But certainly it is possible to learn a great deal about yourself, your desire patterns, your fears, your deeper attractions, and a great many unexpected things will happen. Each orgy is singular and unique. It can change your mental state. One can discover how fluid desire is, how at certain moments it is possible not to know the gender of the person with whom you are in contact, or that body size may not be that important, or that even sex may not be that important.
We will approach the orgy with a beginners' mind. Beginners' mind is a term derived from zen Buddhism. It designates an open mind that is listening and attentive, similar to the attitude of a child who experiences something or someone for the first time. Expect to be nervous, because everyone is, even the most 'experienced'. The orgy is not about achieving anything.
It will not be a requisite that you take off your clothes. It is, however, strongly encouraged that you do one of the contact improv classes and/or naked yoga classes before attending this workshop.
Xplore Sydney is indebted to Miss Dee from Uber for suggesting the title of this workshop.