RECLAIMING BODY AND TRIBE

Earthspirit, 1-6th August 2021

TOUCH&PLAY UK FESTIVAL 2021

Rooted in Contact Improvisation, somatic practices, consent, nature connection and the exploration of conscious sensuality and sexuality.

Touch&Play is a glorious happening. It is the coming together of three great rivers of work. With the first current comes Contact Improvisation and somatic practice, movement and physical practice, the second centers around consent, particularly the wheel of consent and the third comes from the exploration of different forms of expression including BDSM, sexuality, nature immersion and the art of play (theatre, clowning). Touch&Play has a rich history of exploration through finding out and experiencing.

Complete beginners through too experienced explorers are all welcome, as are folk of differing sexual orientation, age, race and gender. Whats important is a curiosity, an open mind and willingness to explore.

RECLAIMING BODY AND TRIBE

It’s time to reclaim our tribe, reclaim our bodies in connection and contact; to come together and celebrate the richness of expression, dance and sensuality. Touch&Play has always been a ground for exploring the edges of Contact Improvisation, this year we gather together and remember all of who we are after a year of distance and for many isolation.  We are relational beings and in connection we thrive, in 2021 we offer the ground to nourish ourselves in so many ways in the beautiful surroundings at EarthSpirit Retreat Center near Glastonbury.  Let’s play!

INTENSIVE TEACHERS

Kinky Blues Fusion: Exploring consent and power play

Neil Morbey and Laura von Nordheim (UK)

Contact Improvisation: Becoming a liquid matter – Rosalinda Holgate Smith (UK)

Theatre of Desire – Daniel Hernandez & Chloe Wykes (UK/Divine Ridiculous) –

HOSTED BY THE EARTH SPIRIT RETREAT CENTER

This year we will dance, explore and play at a high quality retreat center in a beautiful landscape between two nature reserves; and just two minutes walk from St Andrew’s church, which has within its cemetery a yew tree of 1,800 years old. The seventeenth century farm buildings have been beautifully restored and specially converted for use as a venue. They are set within seven acres of fields and gardens.

The complex is based around a converted 52′ (15.5m) long barn, with oak timbers, reed torching (lining the inside of the roof) and stone walls. The feeling is medieval, but with modern comforts such as under-floor heating and a large woodstove. The high roof and skylights create a light, airy atmosphere. 

REGISTRATIONS ARE OPEN

Registrations will close July 27th at midnight