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Dance Improvisation: Tactile Gaze

4 weeks on Thursday from 18:45-20:45

Docent
Emilie Gallier

Tactile Gaze 
dance and improvisation practice by Emilie Gallier

‘Do not touch with your hands. But you can touch with your eyes.’ My mum used to tell me these words when I was a child, as we would wander together at the street markets. How can I touch with my eyes? How can I possibly sense volumes, textures, and weight by just looking? How can I taste with my eyes? Tactile Gaze is a dance and improvisation practice that trains the eye to touch and cultivates an access to our imaginations while dancing. The practice starts from the movement of breathing as a continuous action, which connects dancers with rhythm, presence, and sensations. 'What if my eyes would be my feet and my feet would be my eyes?' A haptic environment encourages the participants' attention to the tactility of their eyes, eyes pressing against the eyes of others, strolling through spaces, or closing. 'I close my eyes and so I fly'. the practice develops dancers' access to the images that live in them, in their viscera. We close our eyes and see images: daydreams pour into our dance. 

Teacher: Emilie Gallier

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