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Inspire Contact Improvisation

Training Course

25-31 October 2017 | L'Alzina, Spain

We aim to introduce Contact Improvisation as an innovative tool to be applied in Youth Work. Exploring physical contact as a key element for inclusion and Improvisation as an embodied source of creativity in our mechanical world.

“Inspire Contact Improvisation” is the connection between two apparently separate worlds: Contact Improvisation and Youth Work. Contact Improvisation is a dance form based on the spontaneous communication between moving bodies that are in physical contact. We intend to explore the applicability of this methodology in youth organisations working with young people with fewer opportunities. Contact Improvisation is a resource that can be used to promote inclusion, to work on the physical contact between people, to develop self-acceptance and to improve the active listening and awareness towards others.

Our objectives are:
- Introduce Contact Improvisation and its philosophy as an innovative methodology with broad potential from the artistic, pedagogical and social point of view, to youth workers and educators, providing tools that can be applied in their projects.
- Explore Contact Improvisation as an inclusive dance, enabling participants to question gender stereotypes, physical or age differences, finding attunement with themselves and others through non-judgemental body expression.
- Educate the holistic awareness of oneself and others, emphasizing the learning process through a balance between body and mind.
- Discover the physical, emotional and psychic benefits of human contact, dissociating it from the sexual perspective.
- Initiate an international network of organizations that are willing to include Contact Improvisation as a powerful resource in their future projects, both in the local and international level.

The target group we aim to offer this experience to are educators and youth workers actively involved in our partner organizations and working with youngsters on a regular basis. On another level, we also want to extend this opportunity to trainers and facilitators who are interested to include Contact Improvisation tools and exercises in their workshops and projects.

“Inspire Contact Improvisation” is a project that contains one activity, a training course. It will take place in tragantCAMP (L'Alzina, Spain) during 7 days, from 25/10/2017 until 31/10/2017 (including travel days). It will gather 25 participants coming from 12 different countries: Spain, Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Greece, Slovakia, UK, Bulgaria, Estonia and Latvia. The hosting organization is Ara En Moviment.

The working methods will be varied and interactive in order to ensure a balance between practice on spot and application in the future in their organisations. Taking into account the diversity of the participants in terms of experience in Contact Improvisation, the methods will provide an effective group experience learning together and from each other, and will allow all participants to fulfill their expectations and needs through a progressive and valuable inter-cultural learning experience supported by reflection tools.

By participating in this project, youth workers will: learn what is Contact Improvisation by practicing it; be more aware of their personal development through connecting with their bodies in a deeper level; learn a set of Contact Improvisation exercises that can be applied in their organisations; and develop new ways how Contact Improvisation can be applied to Youth Work, connecting it with concepts such as inclusion, conflict management, sustainability, leadership, deep communication and creativity, among others. Our intention is that participants have an impact in the organisation level through sharing, spreading and applying Contact
Improvisation in the local and international communities.

In order to bring Contact Improvisation and the outcomes of this project beyond our network of partners, we will create “Start to Inspire Contact Improvisation” short videos containing detailed explanations of exercises developed by the participants. Also we will produce the “Inspire Contact Improvisation manual”, compiling all the Contact Improvisation methods and activities used in this project. From the long-term perspective, through these dissemination materials we will support organisations and educators (trainers, facilitators) to apply Contact Improvisation in their projects and programmes, therefore multiplying the usage and linked benefits of this methodology.

To apply for participation in Inspire Contact Improvisation, fill in the application form provided in https://goo.gl/forms/yZrK6XEzPQDoR3hp2, latest by the 11th September 2017 at 12pm Central European Summer Time.

The selection results will be announced on the 12th of September 2017.

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Applications are closed

The application deadline was 11 September 2017.

Date of selection: 12 September 2017

Training overview

http://trainings.salto-youth.net/6793

This Training Course is

for 25 participants

from Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Slovak Republic, Spain, United Kingdom

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders

Working language(s):

English

Organizer:

Ara En Moviment (NGO/Others)

Ara en Moviment (Now in Motion) is a non-profit association born in 2016 founded by Alba Raventós, Uma Maraval and Marina Fernandez. Our deep intention is to involve, inform, educate and motivate different local and international people from different ages and interests, to find a common place without words and through the art of movement, dance and performance and plastic arts.

We understand art as a pathway and a tool to learn and educate, opening the communication channel where non-verbal information can be as significant as the verbal dialogues of what is really meaningful to people. One of our beliefs is that our work move and transform Culture and Education, changing patterns and including small minorities, opening topics that are sometimes silenced. We understand art as a pathway to be, for self-realisation and communication. We take the human being as a creator, no matter the shape, or the form or the way to express it.

Contact for questions:

Adrià Sonet

E-Mail:

Phone: (+34) 667 251 962

Costs

This training course is financed by the Erasmus+ programme, meaning the costs related to food, accommodation and the program itself will mainly be covered by the hosting organisation.

Travel costs to the training location and back are refundable for participants who attend all the sessions, commit themselves fully to the activities and provide all ORIGINAL tickets, invoices and boarding passes related to their travel. They will be reimbursed up to this amount of euro per participant:
Spain: 20€
Italy, Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Greece, Slovakia, UK, Bulgaria: 275 Euros
Estonia and Latvia: 360 Euros

Participant's contribution is 70€ per person to be paid upon arrival.

This training activity is funded by:

The Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme
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