What did people who have participated in these sessions say about it?
Ursula K - Poland
"I found the greatest connections when I was dancing by following my intuition and feelings, instead of wondering what is going on around me. With closed eyes I could jump into space and find completeness in the movement with another person, travel together. How often in our daily life we do not look deeply and cut opportunity for something that could be an amazing and important factor of our existence – connection?"
Rosa Lopes - Portugal
“For me, it works as a white open place, where there is freedom of movement, expression and sharing. We (almost) don’t have any rules or constrains, besides the common sense and the comfort of each person. I see each session as a journey.
It is a place for inspiration, that I then apply to all the other areas where I move my body. It is an opportunity to try different possibilities and to explore with freedom and curiosity."
Taylan Özgür - Turkey
(Read Taylan's full article HERE).
"This is an experience that can break your body free; in which you can come into contact with the presence of other different energies by expressing your own energy. It’s a dance that increases your awareness about the sensations you were unaware of and at the same time increases your self-confidence by putting your shyness aside.
And it’s perfectly suited for someone untalented to dance, like me!"
Eduardo Lourenço - Portugal
"Knowledge; Energetic wave; Improvisation; Trusting; Love; Me & you"
Diana Veloso - Portugal
"These sessions of Contact Improvisation are not only dance classes, but a way to reconnect with ourselves and others.
With your eyes closed, while you’re dancing you just make part of a place where we all are one, like a place where only love exists. As in life, a place where we make choices, and we also accepted other people's movement proposals.
A place full of joy, acceptance and tenderness. Gratitude would be my word."
Teresa Dyrdymal - Poland
"Sessions where leading me into the deepest corridors of my interior, showing me how much still is there to be discovered. I went through all range of emotional states, from excitement and pure happiness to tireness and disconnection. Unexpectedly, I found it as a kind of therapy and the way to cross over some of my barriers, especially those about physical contact with another person."
Sara Silva - Portugal
"These sessions of Contact improvisation mean freedom! Freedom of expression through movement. It’s moving as you like without aesthetic concerns. It is exploring, playing, listening, touching, moving, sensing, trying… It is beautiful. It feels good. It is a wonderful experience, guided by the enthusiastic energy of Edite Amorim, who, since the first day, makes us feel at home and builds the foundations for this great cohesion among the group."
Liliana Carvalho - Portugal
"When I arrived to the first session, I was touched by the sweet breeze of Edite. I trusted the touch of other people, who, even being strangers, became so familiar, so close. We danced without paying attention to perfection or precision. We danced listening to each other, just paying attention to the language of love, respect, authenticity and sincerity.
What a beautiful and great opportunity!"
Kristin Hansen - Estonia
"These sessions meant 'letting go'! Every session I used to run there with the head full of the usual things that occupy our minds (small problems, concerns,..) But during the time we were dancing I was freeing my mind of all this nonsense and that always gave me an absolute freedom afterwards. I felt really soft and light after each session.
This space meant trusting my whole body to something bigger."
Maria Lemos - Portugal
"These sessions mean being really inside the body, knowing it is alive. Practicing tenderness. We can stop and breathe synchronously with the present moment. We can feel the beauty of the safe place where people from so many different origins converge. We practice listening of what is alive inside of us in every moment, we practice the action that comes from there, and we contemplate what emerges then."
Sibel - Turkey
"For me these sessions of Contact Improvisation were like a dance of the leaves and trees with natural flow. They are bending like we are and shining with sun, welcoming all the living creatures with high respect.
These sessions of CI were one of the biggest influences in my life's process in a personal level and in the relation with the outside world.
I feel thankful for this special process."
Hugo Deppton - Spain
"These sessions are really good and the energy is much more open than in regular classes. Until now, I had not worked so purely with myself and I had not experienced so much sharing."