Dancing in the Mountains

22.7. – 29.7. 2021, High Tatras, Slovakia

Dancing Qigong

Summer dance meetings in beautifull nature of High Tatras devoted to focused and intensive work with the body and the energy QI, away from hasty, busy cities and daily stress.

Workshop is designed for half-experienced and experienced dancers, actors, movers who want to deepen their knowledge about the body and enrich their experience in motion, dance techniques and improvisation.

After many years of our own study and rich practice, the information and stimuli we pass on are today even more influenced by natural laws. Old Chinese texts and knowledge of Taoist philosophy, which includes Chinese medicine, Qigong, I Ching, Chinese medicine and the like, have been and are an inspiration and stimulus for the development of our own methods of work.

During these 6 intensive days we will discover how to use movement principles for the natural way of working with the body. We will get acquainted with the principles that are also applicable in everyday life. The environment itself has a beneficial effect not only on the body but also on the human soul. The power of nature in such work is a catalyst for deeper and more focused work, which in turn will help to preserve new information in the bodies and minds of the participants much more permanently.

Contents of the workshop:
– activating the vital energy of Qi in the body and practicing its conscious direction to different levels of the body
– healing Qigong focused on the transformations of yin-yang, getting acquainted with the yin and yang surfaces of the body, opening the joints and thus creating fluidity of movement
– drawing energy (Qi) from the Earth and the Heaven and using their support for the body in movement
– discovery of new movement possibilities with the use of skeletal structure support
– discovery of the body’s physiodynamics, effective use of force in movement and action, and readiness to respond quickly and clearly to external stimuli
– conscious work with the main physical and energy centers
– using work with yin-yang in finding a new movement vocabulary and in creativity

Mlynica, Space of forestry pedagogy, High Tatras Mountains, Slovakia

136,- € Early Bird untill 16.6. 2021
168,- € Regular
118,- € Students (first 5 students)
Accomodation and food will be payed after coming.

The participants will be accomodated in Slnecnica guesthouse (The Sunflower), in the closest village, in 2 bed rooms. One night costs only 12,50,- € / total price for accomodation is  87,50,- €.
Vegan catering will be supplied twice a day at the price of 4,90 € for lunch and 4,50 € for dinner.

22.7. – arrival untill 8pm – introduction and presentation of the aim of the workshop
next six four days of research / one day off / four days of research
29.7. – departure day

Contact and applications
In regard to the research form of the workshop, it is open for experienced dancers and movers and limited to 16 participants only. Please send your application with CV and motivation letter to artyci@artyci.com and apply via form (see below).
We accept only participant who can participate on the whole reseach time, 22.7. – 29.7. 2021.

On the idea and history of the project DANCING IN THE MOUNTAINS

The idea of ​​learning and meeting in nature, outside the hustle and bustle of cities, was created more than 20 years ago under the title ´Dancing in the Mountains´. For the first time it took place in 2001. The driving force behind this initiative was the need to develop our approach to movement education outside cities with a smaller group of participants who can get to know each other better and differently during the workshop. At the same time, there was also a feeling that the concept and principles of our work can enhance the depth of the learning process in the natural environment. The environment itself has a beneficial effect not only on the body but also on the human soul. For this work, the power of nature is a catalyst for a deeper and more concentrated work, which subsequently can keep new information in the bodies and minds of the participants more permanently. At first, we found our natural asylum in the small village of Pecin, in the Eagle Mountains in the Czech Republic. During a few years, ´Dancing in the Mountains´ has become a tradition and gradually sought-after international summer dance school, attended by more than 650 students over the years. Besides students from Slovakia and Czech, students from almost all European countries, as well as from Israel, India, Japan, USA, Canada and China, took part in it.

Disconnecting from the internet, morning exercises in the meadow, intense dancing in the hall, as well as directly in the natural environment (river, forest, meadow, trees, etc.); somatic work linked with dance techniques, improvisation or composition, but also with ecological thinking about the environment; sharing a healthy vegetarian diet, that is what attracted and is attracting us and  our participants. After many years of our own study and rich practice, the information and input we are delivering today is even more influenced by laws of nature. Inspiration and encouragement for the development of our own methods of work were and are old Chinese texts and knowledge of Taoist philosophy, including Chinese medicine, Qigong, Yi Jing, and so on.

Dancing in the Mountains mostly takes place under our pedagogical leadership (Zuna and Milan), but occasionally we also collaborated with Ziarislav Svicky (2002) or Brazilian dancer and teacher Bruno Caverna (2011). Several years, Qigong was taught by master Piotr Ziemba (2002-2004) from Poland, who also took part in dancing.

Implemented Dancing in the Mountains workshops:
2001-2012 / Pěčín, Eagle Mountains (CZ) – see pictures
2013-2017 / Pangea Meetingpoint centre, Eagle Mountains (CZ) – see pictures
2018-2020 / Mlynica, High Tatras (SK) – see pictures

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