I feel it mostly makes sense to share and teach qualities and approaches which fascinates and inspires me right now. How do I like to move on the moment ?

My interest and enthusiasm seems to lie on physical, movement- and composition orientated base. I love to flow in and out of contact, constantly seeing the dance as a composition, playful dialogue which is breathing towards the space as well, and is in connection with it´s surroundings. Based on physicality and presence, and state of concious flow dance can reach towards other dimensions too, like meditation, death of ego ( lol ), meeting our inner child, acceptance, understanding oneself´s emotional patterns and body functions, and believing that the world is a good place, and we can flow with it in harmony – all these phenomenons can emerge, but they are secondary products. Simple joy of dancing, and sweatting for fun are primary reasons to do this stuff... Sometimes it turns into art as well.

One of the on-going themes for me is organic, fluid and functional movement. How do we transition our way from A to B effortlessly ?
Sequentiality. How everything is connected ? Many of the movement principles and patterns are sourcing from BMC, release technique and floorwork. Easy transitions from floor to up and some fun in between. How are our joints involved in this ?

I do like the idea of sharing the underlying principles in contact improvisation, so that we can dive deeper in details, sensitivity and preciseness in our dance. For me these basics are for example the placement of our center, and connection & use of our limbs around. Natural spirals of the body and especially in our spine. How usage of our head & tail is allowing the whole body to enter into three-dimensional movement patterns upsidedown... Also fascinating and fun is to play around ideas of momentum, suspension, inertia, falling and swinging !
Slowing down and breathing, allowing time for listening, sensing and sinking deeper into moments and felt sensations lets us to be more precise in our choices.

Also lightness is becoming more and more important quality for me. How do we distribute our weight intelligently, and when do we give weight ? Finetuning how much is enough to feel each others? Breathing in and out of contact, bringing space in between. Suspending, reaching out.

I like balance between technique and poetry. Struckture and freedom. Rules and random Robin Hoods. I guess it´s not so serious ?

 

VEGA (Katri Luukkonen)

I am dancer, dance-teacher, performance-artist and bodyworker made in Finland, but currently based in Berlin, India, and nomadic temporary moments in time and space. From the formal side of my life I have studied in Finland - in Theatre Academy of Finland (TEAK) and Metropolia AMK, graduated from TEAK 2008 as dance- and theatre-teacher (MA). Though - I guess my dearest high-school and university in dance and contact-improvisation has been finnish contact community, where I have learned so much, by sharing the dance and rolling point with the other spiralling beautiful finns... 

About 15 years I have been teaching contact and dance all around the world, on many internationally acknowledged festivals and retreats, and especially recent years more focused on organising my own workshops, events and festivals. I am one of the organisers of Goa Contact Festival since 10 years, and that has become big part of my life - to live in India, to create platforms and possibilities for cultural exchange, dance and learning - throughout the whole season in Arambol, as I have spent my last 14 winters in India.

Contact Improvisation has been part of my life more than 20 years, so - many kind of chapters I have gone through. More and more I look for lightness and grace in my dance - in the sense of organic, fluid, effortless and integrated movement. I love to find ease and effortlessness in my dance, like water would do. Breath plays as well big part in my dancing, brings me naturally into moments of momentum, falling, flying, suspension, swinging, accelerating and bouncing. Other precious topic for me is the spine, never ending story with our head & tail, and the whole dialogue between them. Life-energy flowing through our spiralling, reaching, twisting spines.

My dance is drawing inspirations from aikido and capoeira - loving all these spirals up & down, and deep understanding about the role of the center in our movement. Developmental movement patterns and flying low for all the lovely floor rolling-sliding-gliding-fun. Bodywork & massage for softening, surrendering and meeting. Listening our whispering fascias. Spicing up the soup with meditation and authentic movement, to look from inside out - to connect with our emotions, intuition and felt sensations. 

For me dance is always combination of technique and intuition. Form and freedom. Being and doing. I try to find ways to explore and teach technique by understanding the underlying principles of movement, so that we can stay connected to our dance and expression, and learn in the spirit of exploration. Where our curiosity can stay alive, and we can always find new details on the way.