Mind the Touch

Contact improvisation it is not just about body movement, it is also a lot about the movement of our attention while our body is in motion or in stillness.

During the class we will use different ways and approaches of looking at what touch can be, we will play with different qualities of it and we’ll try to trace our attention in the moment (or it will trace us, who knows :)

Sveta Pashko

Professional dancer, performer, dance teacher, modern dance choreographer degree, teacher and organizer various events of contact improvisation. Certified massage therapist, modeling designer (polymer clay crafting), gladly unfulfilled Master degree in finance :) Over 20 years of regular practice in different dance techniques. Working with several dance groups and show ballets in Kiev (Ukraine) including P.Virsky Ukrainian National Folk Dance Ensemble. 12 years of regular practicing, teaching and performing of contact improvisation in different countries (Ukraine, Russia,Spain, Germany, Finland, Poland, Moldova, Brazil, China, Malaysia and others.) Exploring and practicing different approaches to movement such as authentic movement technique, axis syllabus system, release technique, body-mind centering, yoga, acro-yoga, Laban movement analysis and others. Organizer of Kyiv International Festival of Contact Improvisation in Ukraine (2009-2014). Teacher and activist of Kiev (since 2008), Moscow (since 2012) and Bucharest (since 2016) CI communities.

Daniel Dragoescu

Attracted to dance from an early age (at 8 he was part of a Romanian folkloric ensemble) Daniel Dragoescu started his real journey into movement research, martial arts and various practices in 2000 and over the years these incorporated dance, Aikido, QiGong (including TaiJiQuan) NeiDan , Systema, Contact Improvisation.

He went to China to study QiGong at the Wudang Daoist Traditional Kungfu Academy of master Master Yuan Xiu Gang. The studying continued with Razvan Damian and Mircea Terec. In 2009 he became a Qigong and TaijiQuan instructor and gave weekly classes for several years.

Later he studied Systema (a “flowy”, “formless” Slavic martial art in which he often finds similarities to CI) with Mircea Daneliuc and whenever he has the chance he visits the Systema schools in Ukraine and Russia.

Out of this personal exploration, Holistic Motion was born. An ever developing course in which he merges together various complementarypractices from qigong to contact improvisation to meditation and active contemplation and what he calls “embodiment flow”, integrating in his approach sound/voice and breathing work. He is always exploring new territories of conscious movement and expression including Gaga and butoh.

Daniel Dragoescu (aka sampradana) is a performer, a freestyle, butoh and contact impro dancer, a Dj/music producer, a filmmaker focusing on dance and movement. He is also a writer at WhatWorx – a non-profit human development and research lab focusing on health, awareness and improving ways of functioning, a certified Thai massage therapist and an Alpha Gravity practitioner. He is a member of Scoala de Arme Basarabiunder master Bogdan Scarlatescu (Basarabi School Of Weapons - where there is also research and creative work done to revive the traditional Romanin folkloric martial art of Calusarii).

The meeting with contact improvisation was the catalyst that brought all the different areas together, something that changed his life in the most powerful way and which since became one of the main directions of his current drive and activity. He is grateful to what he’s learned so far to several amazing teachers among whom: Svitlana Pashko (Sveta Bird), Virginia Negru, Alexandra Soshnikova, Serghey Golovnea, Anya Cloud, Ruslan Baranov, Benoît Lachambre, Otto Akkanen, Asaf Bachrach, Andrew Wass, Ann Cooper Albright, Mans Erlandson.

Currently, he gives classes and workshops either individually or together with his partner in movement and life, Svitlana Pashko in Europe and Asia and has been invited to work with student actors and more recently young people who undergo an addiction-free program.

“I see dance and movement as a perpetual investigation of self, a form of remembering, contemplation and healing, inseparable to any ‘spiritual’practice.”