playdate

PLAYDATE is about mobility and creativity with movement games / disciplines and moving meditations. It interconnects physical, mental and emotional levels into a holistic experience.

Every tuesday a different teacher!

Every tuesday another movement inspiration!

PLAYDATE

Weekly Workshops.
Alternating Teachers.


Join the FB Group “Playdate Group”

- Tuesdays 19.30 - 21.00
- CHF 25.-
- Drop-in class

Hotel Greulich
Herman's Wohnzimmer
8004 Zürich


Playdate ist ein spielerisches Kennenlernen des Körpers und seines Bewegungsradius durch unkonventielle Ansätze. Dabei stehen spielerische Formen vor dem Leistungsgedanken.  In der Session werden in der Begegnung verschiedene Bewegungsformen untersucht. Grundlage sind die Prinzipien von Gleichgewicht, Schwerkraft und Harmonie, die auch in Tanz oder Kampfkunst vorkommen.

Diese offene "Klasse" ist eher ein Sharing und richtet sich nicht nur an Tanz- , Yoga- und Kampfkunst Interessierte. Der Körper ist das Hauptgefährt für das Abenteuer called Life. Um mehr Funktionen und Möglichkeiten zu entdecken und stärken sind vor allem Spiele geeignet.

Es werden Prinzipien und Bewegungen des Körpers und Geistes re- und dekontextualisiert.
Partnerarbeit provoziert Selbstreflexion, nicht nur auf körperlicher Ebene.
Dieser Kurs befasst sich mit der Thematik von angewandten Kampfprinzipien im Tanz Kontext. Referenzen zu Capoeira, Aikido und Tai-chi, Contact Impro fliessen spielerisch ineinander über.



Past Teachers and Mini Workshops 2018/19

Playdate w/ Lyn Bentschik
Tuesday, June 11, 2019

PUSH

We will move continuously, working on pushing with our bodies against the resistance of the floor and other bodies in a slow and steady manner.
An internal focus of balance between action and reaction will lead us through partnering and group exercises, ending in some sweet relaxation. An open and playful approach encourages intuitive choice making and lots of sweaty fun. Let’s push and lift each other up!!

BIO

Lyn is a contemporary dancer and (long durational) performance artist based in Zurich. She is educated at Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School and the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm and has collaborated with various artists all over Europe. After an intensive period of reperforming Marina Abramović’s work she is now busy creating and researching her own work in Zurich.
Her movement practice is deeply rooted in the fascination for the intelligence of the body and the believe to turn the hierarchy between body and mind upside down.


Playdate w/ Anna Nero
Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Empowering your Voice!

In this class we will discover and embrace our individual voices and learn how to use it for our purpose.

Passionate about opera from an early age, Swiss Mezzo-Soprano Anna Nero has been working on some of her favoured roles such as Sesto (Mozart’s „La clemenza di Tito“), Cenerentola (Rossini’s „La Cenerentola“) and Charlotte (Massenet’s „Werther“). She performed her first major role in 2012, playing Jenny Diver in Britten’s “The Beggar’s Opera” (Kulturkeller UG Luzern). She would go on to perform Eloisa in Bellini’s “Bianca e Fernando” (2017, St. Moritz, CH), Tisbe in Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” (2018, Oper Schloss Hallwyl, CH) and is currently performing as Annina in Verdi’s La Traviata (Luzerner Theater, CH).
During her studies at the Lucerne School of Music, she was awarded several scholarships by prestigious foundations such as the Elvira Lüthi-Wegmann Stiftung or Migros-Kulturprozent, and is a recipient of the 2019 Richard Wagner Gesellschaft Stipendium Bayreuth. She has worked in masterclasses with Ton Koopman, Brigitte Fassbaender and Margreet Honig.
As a founding member of the Zurich-based Colléctif Visionnaire, Anna is regularly trying to bring classical and crossover music to new audiences. The quintet is actively trying to reach young audiences by performing special arrangements in urban settings.

Anna Nero lives in Zurich, Wiedikon.


Playdate w/ Fergus Turner (South Africa)
Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Freedom Style Mixed Movement Arts

Freedom MMA is a mixed martial art synergy, offering a variety of self defence and combat skills for scenarios involving single or multiple attackers, armed or unarmed combat, arrest, removal and non-violent conflict resolution. Freedom MMA can also be practiced as a health exercise and as an exercise in awareness.
Training is presented through four modalities: martial yoga, forms training, contact work, and application work.
Warm up with Martial Yoga as the foundation for flowing freestyle movement. It contains the essential movements, postures and breath concepts of tai chi, capoeira, and muay thai.
Forms Work is the learning of sequenced flows of martial movements. Forms are libraries of information and they are the way knowledge was encoded and passed on in the ancient martial traditions.
Contact Work consists of various contact games, drills and sparring scenarios that allow students to develop their skills intuitively. Through play they become familiar with contact in many different situations using a complete variety of techniques.
Application Work is the practice of specific techniques to deal with specific attacks.

Freedom Style MMA
http://www.freedommartialart.com/about/instructors.html

Alive Dance Studio
http://www.alivedancestudio.co.za/studio-classes/martialartsfusion/


Playdate w/ Amber Dubinsky
Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Deinem inneren Tänzer begegnen
(English below)

Wir alle tragen einen inneren Tänzer in uns, der jenseits der eigenen Geschichten und Begrenzungen voller Lebenskraft tanzt. Diesen wundervollen wilden, mutigen und zärtlichen Archetypus bringen wir in den Ausdruck unseres eigenen Tanzes. Die vier Elemente, Erde, Feuer, Wasser und Luft stehen uns dabei zur Seite - über den tänzerischen Ausdruck erkennen wir sie auch in uns. Wir fühlen, schwitzen, schweben und landen auf der Erde, bereit für den Tanz des Lebens.
Warmup in Zweiergruppe: Im Tanz erforschen wir uns selbst und nehmen gleichzeitig unser Gegenüber wahr - was wird erzählt über mich und den Anderen?
Innerer Tänzer: Wir tanzen und bezeugen die inneren Tänzer in uns und der anderen. Mutig unseren Impulsen folgend zeigen wir uns.
Tanz der Elemente: Begleitet durch die entsprechende Musik ertanzen wir frei die Elemente. Fragen führen Dich noch tiefer hinein.
Abschluss: Kleines Sharing

Über mich
Mein Tanzlehrer ist das Leben selbst. Seit vielen Jahren ist Tanz Teil meines Leben und ich habe viele Richtungen wie Movement Medicine, Soulmotion oder 5 Rhythmen erfahren. Der Tanz ist immer mehr Kanal geworden, innere Energien zu erfahren und in den Ausdruck zu bringen. Das ganze Spektrum meiner Gefühle nehme ich dadurch wahr und bringe sie in den Ausdruck. Stille, Wildheit, Wut, Trauer, Mut, unbändige Freude und Dankbarkeit. Tanzen hilft mir meinen Ausdruck weit über den Tanz hinaus in alle Lebensbereiche zu tragen. Ich schaffe Räume, um diese Erfahrung weiterzugeben
--- Je leichter uns das Tanzen auf dem “Dancefloor” gelingt, desto geschmeidiger wird der Tanz des Lebens. ----

Encounter your inner dancer

We all carry an inner dancer in us full of life energy who lives beyond our stories and limitations. We bring this wonderful, wild, courageous and tender archetype into expression through our dance. The four elements earth, fire, water and air stand by our side - through the expression of dance we recognize them inside ourselves. We feel, sweat, float and land on earth, ready for dancing life.
Warmup in pairs: Through dance, we explore ourselves and our partner simultaneously - what is being told about me and the other?
Inner dancer: We dance and witness the inner dancer in us and the others. Courageously we follow our impulses and show who we are.
Dance of the elements: Accompanied by music we freely dance to the elements. Questions lead you deeper within.
Closing: short sharing.


About me

My dancing teacher is life itself. Dance has become a part of my life for many years and I have gotten to experience directions like Movement Medicine, Soulmotion or 5 Rhythms. Dance has increasingly become a channel to experience my inner energies and to give them an expression. Thereby I am able to sense the entire spectrum of my feelings and give them a shape. Stillness, wildness, anger, grief, courage, unbounded joy and gratitude. Dance helps me extend my expression far beyond the dance into all fields of life. I create spaces to pass on this experience.


--- The easier we dance on the dancefloor, the smoother our dance of life is. ---


Playdate w/ Martin Šalanda
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

We meet in playfight club, that means to fight, to play, to share.

https://www.facebook.com/PlayFightClub.ch

We meet together to practice, observe discover and share the patterns, schemes, and emotions followed by our actions. We discover our inner warrior through movement and power expression. We train our muscles of setting boundaries and holding our center. We play, we move, we fight and we connect with ourselves and a partner.

About Martin Šalanda
Performer, Lecturer, Possibility manager. Born in 1987. He studied Computer Science at FI MUNI and the Studio of Physical Theater at JAMU. He has been creating performances on large and small Czech and foreign scenes with Jaro Viňarsky, Roman Zotov, Nadar Rosano, Jan Kodet, Maxim Didenko and Spitfire Company. He has led several workshops focused on bodywork and body expression.
He is approaching emotions with curiosity and holding space for conscious feeling and healing. He organizes and holds space for male circles and PlayFight Club meetings.

https://www.facebook.com/martin.salanda.5


Playdate w/ Abhishek Chakraborty
Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Budokon is a well-rounded body and mind training that combines three of the oldest movement disciplines: yoga, martial arts and calisthenics.

Abi will give us a taste of the mixed movement Budokon practice during the Playdate session. We will explore Budokon Yoga, which combines elements of yoga and martial art. It’s a constant flow, where the poses and the transitions between the poses are equally important – it’s fluid, circular, strong and beautiful at the same time. We will also look into mobility, which is free form movement, that takes inspiration from floor-work techniques, light acrobatics & animal locomotion. It's playful and at the same time challenges your brain.

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Bio

Abi is the founder of Flow Village Movement studio in Zurich. Movement has always been important in his life. He practiced Martial Art for 12 years back in India and later he discovered Budokon by an accident. He immediately fell in love with the aesthetics, fluidity, freedom and strength of Budokon. He is a 500h certified Budokon teacher and 200h certified Yoga teacher. Abi takes inspiration from various movements like capoeira, modern dance, break dance, acrobatics, animal locomotion, yoga, etc. to build his flows. In 2018, Abi founded Flow Village in order to teach various Mixed Movement styles. His goal is to make movement accessible to everyone and takes great pleasure in teaching.

More info:
https://flowvillage.ch
www.budokon.com


Playdate w/ Anna Hofmann
Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Encounters triggered by moving bodies.

It’s fun to play with encounters through movement cause in everyday life there’s just not enough room for devoted and meaningful interactions with eachother. This is why in this workshop I want to share games/ exercises/ rituals with you focusing on the shared experience of presence. We’ll deal with the freed energy (your feelings, your visions) by accepting it and letting it be.

Please bring trainers and something warm to put on.

My name’s Anna and I am a performing arts artist from Hamburg (GER) with a background in dance. I am mainly based In Zuerich for the past 5 years and finishing up my masters degree in theatre at the ZHdK at the moment (University of the Arts, Zuerich). I’m intrested in the social, sociopolitical, aswell as the healing and empowering aspects of movement.


Playdate w/ Sylvie Chen
Tuesday, April 23, 2019

To experience our animal spirit & humain physical by moving both in natural reactions. Exploration of different fingers connected with inside & outside space followed by using other bodies as fingers. To celebrate dogs breathing in soft fighting performance and apply it as a tool in a yoga dance.

- Introduction of passive waves inspired from ancient QiKung
- spinal warm up with breathing techniques
- Creative dialogue between fingers & toes
- Dogs & Cats fusion steps
- Playful fighting games in Duo

Welcome to bring your partner (if you have one… if you don’t, you will get a surprising Partner as gift)

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“Karada ha Karada. The body is empty. The Tao is open”

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Bio

Sylvie Xing Chen is a sino-swiss berlin-based performer and choreographer in dance theater, specialized in japanese Butoh, chinese opera & Taichi-Dance. Her solo & groupe choreography have been shown in various festivals in Switzerland, Vianna, Berlin, Tokyo, Macau, Guangzhou & Shanghai China. Her last engagement as dancer was collaborating with ZHDK project choreography Emanuel Gat. Since 2014 she teaches Butoh dance & guided improvisation Workshop for professional dancers & comediens in Fengmian Art Center in China, Rui Cunha Foundation in Macau, Tanzfabrik Berlin & in Zurich Tanzhaus Wildcard. Since 2010 with her company ButoInSwitzerland, promoted by swiss embassy, they are touring their dance theater piece with art installation and film production each Dec. in China & in Japan.
Her childhood spent in Shaolin temple & later studied in Zen temple in japan bring her on the practice of emptiness. This enriches her research in different artistic expressions such as dancing, painting, calligraphy. Always switching between Asien & Europe , she takes inspirations from her daily life cultural fusions & conflits then translate them into creative prozess.

www.sylviexingchen.com


Playdate w/ Rebecca Schmid
Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Beyond Yoga
In this class we will move our warriors away from the mat.
There is no wrong, there is no right. There is no alignement, no stillness, no limitation, but here is movement. As little as it starts, as unlimited it becomes.
This playful class is focused on movements based on yoga postures, but never still and never in the same spot. Let go what you learned about alignment in previous yoga classes and interact with people around you. Get back to your experiences as a child. Move, play and trust with an open mind. No prior yoga knowledge demanded. Come as you are. Be ready to sweat.


Playdate w/ Dr. Luv
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Your favourite Bboy Class!

Tauche ein in die Welt des bboying. Lerne wie man mit simplen Schritten die Musik interpretieren und rocken kann. Let the music move you ...

Erste Break Erfahrung habe ich mit 13.

Seitdem Österreichischer Vize und Schweizermeister. Ausserdem seit 10 Jahren Battlehost, Organisator von vielen Battles in der Schweiz & Moderator der ersten Tanzradioshow (Your favourite Bboxshow) auf der Welt. Geboren und aufgewachsen in Wien. Mit 18 bin ich in die Schweiz gezogen.


Playdate w/ Lisa Ramstein
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

STAGE FIGHT ELEMENTS

FRAGE: ANTWORT
AKTION: REAKTION

Du erlernst die Technik der Spielelemente für die Darstellung von inszenierten Kampfszenen: Kicks, Schläge, Rollen, Fliegen, Fallen, sowie die physische und die emotionale Reaktion darauf. In einem weiteren Schritt lernst du Improvisationsverfahren. In Kampfchoreografien wendest du die erlernten Spielelemente praktisch an.

Beim inszenierten Kampf ist das Gespür für den Partner, die Distanz und die Kontrolle über sich und den Augenblick, sowie die Einschätzung der eigenen Kraft und deren Wirkung von grosser Bedeutung. Dies übst du anhand von Partnerübungen, welche das Sensorium und die Aufmerksamkeit schulen.

KLEIDUNG

Leichte Turnschuhe, langärmliges Shirt und lange Trainingshose.

www.meintempel.ch


Playdate w/ Tanja Boppart
GAGA - deep sensory body awakening

connecting to our bodies and movement through sensation initiates and supports change in the way we experience ourselves and the world. becoming aware of sensations, being present in the awareness of the scope of our sensations becomes synonymous with opening space. the opening is a listening into the sequence of sensation, feeling and action. in this space we have the possibility of making choices on how and where we direct attention and intention, how we guide and alchemise energy in movement, in the body and into the world.

in this session i invite you for a movement research from and into the sensory body.

pleasure and playfulness are our guides while exploring a range of different qualities and textures in our movement.we use imagery and touch to explore the body’s many layers and dive into multi layered tasks, challenging our habitual patterns and awaken numb areas in the body. employing forms and patterns serves us as a creative restraint, feeding into our movement vocabulary as well as mirroring to us how we make use of our knowledge.

i am sourcing my research from the study and teaching of Gaga, contemporary dance and yoga asana. the passion that fuels me is about being in the experience of flow and the many subtle ways in which we can gain knowledge through the body in motion. further, i am invested in the skill of being fluid,becoming comfortable in a large variety of energetic states.

Tanja is a dancer, Gaga teacher and Yoga practitioner.

Born and raised in Switzerland, she graduated from SEAD training program in 2007. She is a recipient of the conveyor scholarship from the Tanzquartier in Vienna, where she started her career as a freelance dancer and teacher. She collaborates with choreographers and artists of other disciplines on projects as well as creating her own work in Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Israel and New York City.

In 2008 she began to immerse herself into the practice and study of yoga with her teacher Sri Louise, under whose guidance she completed 400 hours of teacher training in Vienna and Rishikesh, India. She was invited to assist Sri Louise in workshops and a 50 hour yoga teacher training for dancers at Impulstanz Festival in 2011, 2013 and 2018.

After taking her first Gaga classes in 2011 in New York, she moved to Tel aviv one year later where Gaga became part of her daily practice. In 2018 she got certified to teach Gaga after completing the teachers course under the artistic direction of Bosmat Nossan.


Playdate w/ Naomi & Joëlle

Break The Floor!

It's about getting to that point where you leave a piece of soul in what you're doing. We will develop a basic floor technique, break free and overcome boundaries. The goal is to find a connection with the floor, to cross one's own comfort zone and to develop movements by interacting alone and in connection with a partner. This partnerwork is extremly important for us because we are twins and always explored together. So let’s share this!

Joëlle Karfich
23 years old, lives in Strasbourg, France.
She is a breakdance and contemporary dancer, studying "performing arts" at the University of Strasbourg.

Naomi Karfich
23 years old, lives in Freiburg, Germany.
She is also a breakdance and contemporary dancer, studying « health sciences » at the University of education of Freiburg.

Both started dancing at a young age with jazz and modern dance. In their youth they discovered urban dance styles. Since then, they have been fascinated by them and the fusion of both styles.
Nowadays both travel around the world to participate at dance festivals and battles. Last year they and their crew won the Breakleague in Germany.


Playdate w/ Mauro Bringolf - Part 2

Exploring basic acrobatic ideas of Tricking


Playdate w/ Mauro Bringolf - Part 1
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Exploring basic acrobatic ideas of Tricking

In diesem Workshop werden wir grundlegende Bewegungsmuster im Tricking anschauen und in einfache, ungefährliche Elemente herunterbrechen. Das Spielen mit diesen Bewegungen soll neue Inspiration für das eigene interdisziplinäre Movement-Repertoire liefern.

Bio:
Seit knapp zehn Jahren bringe ich mir selbst Tricking bei und habe an Battles in ganz Europa teilgenommen. Neben Power und Competition haben mich aber auch die kreative Seite und Individualität in dieser Akrobatikform von Anfang fasziniert.


“Tricking is a training discipline that combines kicks with flips and twists from gymnastics as well as many dance moves and styles from breakdancing. It aims to achieve an aesthetic display of different combinations of "tricks". Tricking practitioners are commonly referred to as trickers or tricksters - Wikipedia”


Playdate w/ David Nyffenegger
Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Coorditioning

Im kommenden Playdate befassen wir uns mit einem Thema, das ich mit dem Begriff Coorditioning zusammenfasse und drei Bewegungskonzepte miteinander vereint, die sich oft überlappen und in fast allen Bewegungsdisziplinen vorkommen (wenn auch in verschiedenen Gewichtungen):
- Koordination
- Kondition
- Kollaboration
Da es sich um übergeordnete und auch abstrakte Konzepte handelt, lassen sie sich nicht an und für sich behandeln. Stattdessen sind wir auf die Ausübung von verschiedenen Bewegungsszenarios angewiesen um diese Konzepte zu konkretisieren.
Diese Bewegungsszenarios strukturieren die Session und dienen als Impulse um die eigene Bewegungspraxis im Tanz-, Kampf-, Akrobatik- und Alltagsbereich zu erweitern und vertiefen.
Für alle Levels und Bewegungsbereiche geeignet.

David Nyffenegger studiert Kunst & Medien an der Zürcher Hochschule der Künste und verfolgt seit mehreren Jahre eine disziplinsübergreifende Bewegungspraxis, die grösstenteils von der Ido Portal Methode inspiriert ist.


Playdate w/ Reut Nahum feat. Steve Buchanan (Live Musician)
Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Radial Rhythm X PLAYDATE

At this playdate Reut will share her practice together with Steve Buchanan. Steve is
a brilliant musician and part of his practice is with DIY instrument 2nd Line
Reut is a performer based in Zurich. Her practice root is a complex of various dance techniques.
Steve is multi-instrumentalist and dancer.Based in Zurich he tours often nationally and internationally. reference can be found here: www.stevebuchanan.net

Steve and I have started to work together in order to deepen sound X movement connections aiming to establish certain tools and create our new landscapes.
**My instrument is my body. It`s friction creates sound. It’s structure absorbs and reflects. Therefore we can hear and speak with our body as any other medium can do**
We would like to explore and share some of our innovative practice with the group. No movement or musical experience required.
The basic inquiry of this workshop will be to help sharpen and clarify our perception, definition, utilization of rhythm. Though our practice will center on music and dance, our goal will be a much broader interpretation of what rhythm is and can be.


Playdate w/ Tiffany
Tuesday, February 12, 2019


Just in time for some mid-February LOVE ACTION, we’re going to activate and energize your PELVIC PULS.
This Play date is for everybody, wear comfy clothes and if you have something red in your closet, you betta wear it. Everybody’s free to feel good and bring your partner or friends along for the fun.
18 years of Yoga practice and over 20 yrs of dance have solidified my inner knowledge and taught me the importance of building fundamental health from the ROOT.
As a naturopathic practitioner I specialize in Psychosomatic causality and have learned how often woman and men not only are structurally blocked in this region but also energetically. The symptoms which are caused by pelvic stagnation or blockage in this region are endless, some of the leading are low libido, low self-confidence and feelings of insecurity or feeling stuck or disconnected within.
In my Pelvic Puls movement class we’re going to activate through pelvic play, movement and breathing technique.
I’ll be sure to mix in some anatomical knowledge, energetic wisdom, some ancient practice and lots of fun, rooted and sensual movement.
Get ready to awaken your pelvic power just in time for Valentine’s Day with feeling the vibe and the base and BASS. 😉
Let’s get that Root Chakra and Pelvic Puls energized!
OneLove,
Tiffany
www.TransformaHealth.com


Playdate w/ Matyas Bokor
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Awareness in motion.

Körper und Geist als getrennt zu betrachten, ist dem fernöstlichen Denken fremd.
Mit der gemeinsamen Erfahrung von Achtsamkeit, Konzentration und Fokus
beschäftigen wir uns in diesem Workshop mit „remaining mind“:
Das ist die Bewusstwerdung von äusserer wie innerer Haltung vor, während und nach einem Bewegungsablauf.

Mit Ansätzen aus Shodo, Yoga und Karatedo erarbeiten wir uns einen möglichen Weg zur Verbesserung und Bewusstwerdung des individuellen Bewegungsgefühls.

Level: Beginner und Fortgeschrittene

Matyas Bokors Weg begann in seiner frühen Kindheit mit ersten Privatlektionen in Tanz und Jeet Kune Do. Im Alter von 10 Jahren wechselte er zum Karate. Total begeistert von Kumite besuchte er als junger Karateka zahlreiche Turniere.
Nach einem Gasshuku (jap 合宿, Trainingslager) im Frühjahr 2003 beschloss er, sich dem Studium von Katas zu widmen.
Parallel besucht Matyas immer wieder Lehrgänge in Thai Chi, Yoga und Krav Maga. Das Üben von Katas ist noch immer der wichtigste Bestandteil seines Weges.


Playdate w/ Diane Gemsch
Tuesday, January 29, 2019

In dieser einmaligen Session werden wir auf die Suche gehen nach dem Puls in uns. Was ist unser uns inneliegender Beat, groove, unser Herzschlag. Wie beeinflusst dieser unser Verständnis von Bewegung. Wie kann in anhand von meinem mir inneliegenden groove mehr Freude und Gelassenheit generieren. Und wie hilft dieser Puls mich zu mehr Energie zu kommen.

Ich freue mich, an diesem Dienstag Abend gemeinsam zu erforschen und sowohl in Stille, als auch mit Musik auf der Welle unseres Herschlags zu surfen!

Diane Gemsch is a professional dancer with more than 13 years of experience in teaching and performing. Her performing career has brought her all over the world, from South Africa to Central and South America, and all over Europe. She has been teaching in different institutions to professionals and amateurs. She graduated with a BA in Modern Dance and physical theater in the Netherlands at Hoogschool voor de Kunsten Tilburg and in Belgium at the Royal Conservatory of Antwerp. She is continuously studying with various teachers in different dance styles and movement-related practices. Next to her dance training, she is a yoga practitioner and gives Thai massages.

Her own investigation in dance and life is represented in her classes, which invite you to improve your coordination and strengthen your inherent musicality, learn how to be more efficient, where to put effort, and where to let go and teach your system to work with its spirals. Diane aims that her students feel encouraged to more freedom in movement and to broaden their capacities, go beyond their limits, always through the help of imagery. You will be invited to follow her into her perception of movement, dance and life.


Playdate w/ Matteo Tangi
Tuesday, January 22, 2019

We invite you to connect with your body, your strength, your emotions and with other human being in a mindful, playful and safe way. We invite you to PLAYFIGHT!

--- What is Playfight? ---
It's a powerful practice to rediscover yourself and regain consciousness about your movements, your playfulness and conscious strength. This unique lineage of bodywork developed by Matteo Tangi, aims to develop your physical and emotional intelligence and connect with others in an authentic, primal and wonderfully human way!
More info about Playfight at www.playfight.org

--- Who is the Facilitator? ---
Matteo Tangi is a trainer and therapist, he works with different approaches that involve emotion, movement, and playful fight to empower individuals to have a more meaningful and conscious way of living. More info: www.matteotangi.com

--- Do I need special requirements?---
The wish of getting to know yourself and others more. That's all. You don't need any physical preparation, or capacities. If you have injuries or any weak ligaments just mention it at the beginning of the session.


Playdate w/ Zoe Ingellis
Tuesday, January 15, 2019

"Listen to Dance"

«Become a radical listener of your body
Let go more and more
Dive into the infinite layers of your physical body
Deeper and deeper
Break your perception down to a molecular level
Meet your Spirit beyond your borders and
Find your devoted authentic expression
through voice and movement.»

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In my over 20 years of experience in the field of movement- and vocal performance, today, more than ever, I feel an essential urgency to reconnect people with their bodies and voices. „Listen to Dance“ is a call to increase your sensitivity and become more aware of your physical existence and to joyfully expand the potential of movement availability. It does not matter if you are a professional dancer or whether you are pursuing a different calling: your body and voice are the purest ways of expressing yourself.

My work is a gathering of my experiences in classical ballet, contemporary dance and especially my deep interest in gaga movement language, connected to many years of work in classical singing, overtone techniques, and voice therapy, I make use of the profound techniques of visualization, devotion, and pleasure in movement. I see my work as a holistic way and as a commitment to living life in full self-responsibility, presence, and art.

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Zoe Ingellis
Dancer* Performer* Choreographer* Voice Artist* / Therapist*

Kundalini Yoga Teacher* Organic Farmer* Älpler*In


Playdate w/ Julia Kathriner
Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Für Bewegungsinteressierte mit und ohne Vorkenntnisse.

Inspiriert und informiert durch die Body Mind Centering Methode (BMC) wird uns das Knochensystem als Atlas dabei helfen verschiedene Wege von Kontakt zu erforschen.
Wir beginnen bei unseren Füssen und arbeiten mit Bewegungsausdruck von Stimme und Berührung.
"Body-Mind Centering erforscht systematisch alle Körpersysteme: Knochen, Bänder und Faszien, Muskeln, Organe, endokrine Drüsen, Atmung und die Stimme sowie die Körperflüssigkeiten, die Sinnesorgane und das Nervensystem. Jedes dieser Körpersysteme repräsentiert eine spezifische Seinsqualität. Wenn wir uns dem Skelett und den Knochen zuwenden, erfahren wir Stabilität, klare Strukturen, systematisch-logisches Ineinandergreifen der Systemanteile z.B. in den Gelenken.

In den Körperflüssigkeiten wie beispielsweise im Blut findet man den Ausgleich zwischen Rhythmen von Aufgeregtheit und Ruhe. Arterielles Blut bewegt sich schnell, venöses Blut langsamer. In den Organen sitzen tiefe Gefühle und zeigen sich in unterschiedlichen Qualitäten (ein nervöser oder träger oder gut arbeitender Darm, ein offenes, weites, trauriges, liebendes Herz etc.) Body-Mind Centering eröffnet auch den Zugang zu Körpersystemen, die wir bisher wenig beachtet haben oder uns unbekannt waren. Ist die Tür zu einem Körpersystem erst einmal geöffnet worden, kann es wieder aktiviert werden: neue Bewegungen werden erforscht, eingefahrene Denk- und Verhaltensspuren können sich erweitern oder verlassen werden und neue bilden sich heraus.

Dadurch können wir uns aus körperlichen Beeinträchtigungen herausbewegen oder durch neugewonnene anatomische Kenntnisse auch gedankliche Perspektiven wechseln, ändern oder erweitern. Das Studium der Körpersysteme geschieht auch durch Berühren- und Berührt-Werden (auch Bewegt-Werden). Dabei wird Wert auf Achtsamkeit und genaue Entwicklung von Berührungsqualitäten gelegt."


Playdate w/ Aaron Cantor (US)
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Separateness vs. Togetherness (Part 2)

"Everything I do is ever good enough for the little tyrant inside me."
Let's listen.
Constant criticism is how it keeps control. When you and I join forces we can come up with ways to overthrow to unjust inner ruler.
Let's do it.
Let's look.
Our bodies and our minds will benefit from this inquiry.
Let's move.
Dissolve the boundaries between life, work and play by cultivating physical intelligence.
Learn to use ground and gravity with an intuitive and playful approach.

Aaron shares his "primal practice" which shakes hands and gives a middle finger to (list is not yet complete):

Kashmir Shaivism, mediation (Taoist, Yogic, and Buddhist), alchemy (eastern and western), Zen, shamanism (Siberian, African, and South American), contemplative prayer (from Judeo-Christian mystical traditions) cybernetics, neuro-linguistic programing, psychoanalysis, Bohemian dialogue.


Playdate w/ André Duarte (BRA) - Part 2
Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Play-fight - Part 2

Let's explore play-fight as a method to reconnect to our body’s knowledge (embodiment) and to others. During a play-fight session we can witness a myriad of emotions arising, during pair work, and because we deal with them from a different perspective (non-verbal approach), participants frequently report having insights, during the practice that helps them with real life situations.
In this second meeting we will start looking into some principles that permeate our body and mind, that are extremely helpful when applied to our human interactions, be it in play-fight or our daily lives.

relaxation / no tension
breathe awareness
flow state
acceptance / non-resistance
empathy


Playdate w/ Lyn Wahu
Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Slow and steady

Let's explore the principles of being slow and steady.
Within a hyper(re)active society, can slowness become a tool of resistance and strength?
How can we create space to let our busy brains relax and learn from the eternal wisdom of our bodies?
An internal focus of balance between action and reaction will lead us through movement, partnering exercises and relaxation. An open and playful approach encourages intuitive choice making and hopefully lots of sweaty fun.

BIO
Lyn is a contemporary dancer and (long durational) performance artist based in Zurich. She is educated at Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School and the University of Dance and Circus in Stockholm.
Her movement practice is deeply rooted in the fascination for the intelligence of the body and the believe to turn the hierarchy between body and mind upside down.
After an intensive period of reperforming Marina Abramović’s work she is now busy creating and researching her own work in Zurich.


Playdate with André Duarte (BRA) - Part 1
Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Play-fight Part 1

In this playdate we are going to explore play-fight as a method to reconnect to our body’s knowledge (embodiment) and to others. During a play-fight session we can witness a myriad of emotions arising, during pair work, and because we deal with them from a different perspective (non-verbal approach), participants frequently report having insights, during the practice that helps them with real life situations.

The practice is physical, yet it is crafted to accommodate every one, regardless of their background.
Wear comfortable clothes and bring knee pads if possible.

André Duarte is an international embodiment teacher and certified Pilates instructor. He has almost 30 years of experience, practicing and researching various African-Brazilian embodiment traditions as well as martial arts. He is the founder of The Art of Playing, through which he creates opportunities for modern people to remember and celebrate their potential for peace, empathy and creativity.


Playdate w/ Reut Nahum (ISR)
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

LET'S EXPLORE

Intense physical x meditative state
How to facilitate ourselves in a common space while using different tasks based on a vocabulary of physical methods: contemporary dance, improvisation, flow and breath.
Sweat, breath, relax.


Playdate w/ Aaron Cantor (US) pt. 2
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

A satisfying menu:

Playfight games
BJJ games
Movement games

Storytelling - entertaining and educational.

Light, sweaty and fun.


Playdate w/ Sylvie Chen (CN)
Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Opening 7 Senses

Join Sylvie for a unique experience.

- joyful spiral movements
- ancient meditations and performance techniques
- travel from the past to future with mind and body
- playfighting games in duo
- "i love myself " massage with surprising spirals


Playdate w/ David Nyffenegger
Tuesday, October 16, 2018

"The more expensive the toy, the cheaper the mover!“
Ido Portal

Konzept und den Gebrauch von „low tech tools“ in der eigenen Bewegungspraxis - Grundsätzlich handelt es sich dabei um Objekte ohne spezifischen Anwendungsanspruch, die in der Regel leicht zu beschaffen und eben auch günstig sind.
Wir eignen uns in Solo- und Partnerübungen einen spielvollen Umgang mit Tennisbällen und Holzstäben an, zur Gestaltung einer diversen und nachhaltigen Bewegungspraxis.
Gefördert werden dabei die Beweglichkeit, Koordination, Motorik, Mindset und Kraft, ohne dass diese Sphären getrennt voneinander beansprucht werden.
Bitte, falls vorhanden, bringt eure eigenen Tennis- (oder ähnliche) Bälle und Holzstäbe (min. 1m) mit, da mein Bestand je nach Teilnehmeranzahl nicht ausreicht.

https://www.movementpractice.ch/


Playdate w/ James Bailey
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Revisit your inner child

What to expect:

Through the expression of our physicality we can develop our awareness and deepen our understanding of ourselves. This is for people who are interested in movement practices that cross disciplines. We will explore moving together in familiar and unfamiliar ways, to look at the way we do things differently and feel good in our bodies.

"I’ve been fascinated by physicality since I can remember. Through spending many years training in different modalities, strength training, dance, Olympic weightlifting, sprinting, some martial arts, I learnt much about how the body works and how to change things in the body. Through various injuries I delved deeper into rehab, physical therapy and this lead me to massage and bodywork practice. I trained in the UK in sports and clinical massage, also training in traditional Thai massage in Thailand and being exposed to many other modalities of bodywork. I use many tools to achieve whatever result I’m looking for. Including shamanic rituals and practice within the context of therapy. I specialise in dealing with chronic pain, trauma, rehab, and generally making the body work better and feeling better in it."

James Bailey is a clinical and sports massage therapist, movement specialist, shamanic bodyworker, and performance artist.

www.thisjamesbailey.com


Playdate w/ Kevin Eichenberger
Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Gentle Warrior Movement Class

Two-time Swiss kickboxing champion Kevin Eichenberger introduces his playful approach to humble and effective fighting!

What to expect:
- interactive movement exercises
- philosophy of fighting through movement
- teach and learn at the same time
- sweat and fun


Playdate w/ Aaron Cantor (US)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Aaron Cantor is an embodiment teacher, a movement catalyst and physical intelligence instigator. Over many years, he created Primal Practice, an innovative way to support wellness through playfully developing mindfulness and movement skills. He lives in Western Massachusetts, USA with his boys Bodhi and Jasper and teaches workshops around the world.

Primal Practice is an intuitive, playful practice that draws from multiple yoga, martial, meditation and movement disciplines for inspiration and insight. Dissolve the boundaries between life, work and play. Be robust and resilient. Learn to use ground, gravity and your own one-of-a-kind design to become a fully capable, comfortable, creative and confident human animal. This practice focuses on cultivating your innate physical intelligence so you can adapt and thrive in any situation.

Aaron has spent over 15 years collecting, creating, contemplating and refining the material he presents in his workshops. He is grateful to his many friends and mentors who have shared so much with him.


Playdate w/ David Suivez
Tuesday, August 28, 2018

↓ WHAT ↓

Movements appearing like dance, yoga or martial arts
- Partnergames
- Basic movement
- Open Jam

↓ WHY ↓

Research into the invisible/visible for ourselves and by washing our internal/external eyes to see things fresh again, less decorated by the experiences we carry.

↓ HOW MUCH ↓

Free of charge (this time)
Bring your friends, frenemies and family.



Playdate w/ Julia Kannewischer
Tuesday, June 5, 2018

ORGANIC MOVEMENT
Movement for your organs: LIVEr / LEBEr
‘YES’ - I was screaming from the top of my... liver!
How to access to the energetic anatomy of the liver?
In this 90min we’re going to explore the characteristics and energetic potential of this specific organ.
I will be guiding you through movement techniques, dancing, repetitive patterns, sequences through space and improvisational tasks – a natural result of practicing for/with/through your liver.

About Julia:
Trained as a contemporary dancer and yoga teacher, Julia researches the inner organs with intense dedication. Inspired by the teachings of TCM she translates the accumulated knowledge into a physical practice.


Playdate w/ Theresa Strack
Tuesday, May 29, 2018

"We are not learning HOW to do it - we just do it!"

- Contact Impro
- Playfight
- Impro Theater
- Active Meditation
- Fun.

Theresa's approach an Kreativität erfindet sich durch alle möglichen und unmöglichen Bereiche von Ausdruck: über TV, Theater, Impro, Holzhauerei - Präsenz steht im Mittelpunkt.

- Integraler Coach CIS
- Head of Content bei Mediafisch AG (SRF, SAT1, 3+ etc)
- seit 20 Jahren als Schauspielerin/Regisseurin/Produzentin in der TV/Theater und Filmbranche

www.expressyourselfretreat.ch


Playdate w/ Tiffany Kappeler
Tuesday, May 22, 2018

This 90min class is where you connect to your own style of movement, guided by Tiffany. Think yoga with music, except you are creating your own poses and they flow as you listen to what your body needs. We will tune into and work with different layers of the body. We keep our eyes open, curious and sensitive to our internal world, while staying connected to the outer world.

We tune into the water of our bodies, the weight of our parts, the space between flesh and bones.
We become aware of where we hold unnecessary tension.
We look at our own personal movement language.
We discover our passion to move.
We become delicate.
We recognise our force.
We listen to the flow of energy and information throughout our body.
We experience freedom and pleasure in our own way, with comfortable clothes, music.
Each person with himself and within the group.


Playdate w/ Sylvie Chen (CN)
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Partnering Games / Play Fighting Workshop

DRESSCODE: BLACK OR WHITE


Playdate w/ Alicia Alvarado Aguilera
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Contact Improvisation: Floorwork

In this class we are going to explore the space that holds us day and night throughout our lives: the floor! We are going to use contact improvisation techniques to explore pathways to softly spiral down towards the floor, we will roll and flow on the floor, and on other moving bodies. The class will consist with a short arriving, centering and loosening up warm up, followed by floorwork exercises and will end with a short CI jam to put in practice what we’ve learned!

About Alicia:

Alicia is an interdisciplinary social anthropologist who focuses on dance and embodiment and the social dynamics that happen in a non-linear and non-verbal context. Dancing contact improvisation and organising interdisciplinary, body, dance & movement related events has been one of her life passions and she now combines her interest in dance, embodiment and anthropology whilst facilitating playful, meditative workshops.


Playdate w/ Hansueli Lerch
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hansueli ist 54 und befasst sich seit 1973 mit Schwingen. Er ist Chemieingenieur, forscht und doziert an der ZHAW.
Sein Interesse gilt der Bewegung in Tanz und Kampf, Wirkung von Kraft und Impuls - im Fokus: Spass und Lust an Movement.
Wir befassen und dabei mit Bewegungsabläufen die vom Schwingen inspiriert sind. Wir suchen am Boden nach geeigneten Rotationsachsen, spielen mit dem Schwerpunkt, lassen uns von der Erdgravitation helfen, um einen Körper mit minimalem Impuls in eine dynamische Bewegung zu versetzen.


Playdate w/ Julia Kathriner
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Fall in Desire!

Von A nach B kommen.
Einen Elephant sehen, schwarze Haare.
In ein Loch.


Playdate w/ Aaron Cantor (US)
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

In this open class/workshop we will research different subjects:
*Modulate tone in your body
*Harness momentum
*Skillfully run the forces of ground and gravity through your system
*Amplify awareness of your “inner body”
*GAMES THAT MAKE US SMARTER AND STRONGER


Playdate w/ Elia Fonti
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Interplay of Aikido, Tango and Rhythm elements to explore body connection, body communication and comfort in the flow in a playful atmosphere.