the string of the body

by Agnieszka Rybak & Jakub Gontarski
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Struna Ciała ® / The String of the Body ®

Training and practice in themselves define and redefine what has been acquired and what is being acquired.

The perspective of the human – practitioner, the performative aspects of martial arts, sport, challenge, sources of performativity stage, contributing to dialogue and training tools.

The programme is the outcome of more than 20 years of practice within an extended platform of body work including gymnastics, sport, martial arts, dance, theatre and body therapy. In our work, we constantly develop our experiences and deepen the creative process by conducting intensive research in communication, adaptation, presence, relation, expression, potential and creativity. How that which is being acquired becomes embedded and a vital part of ourselves? In the process of training and adapting new data, we translate its meaning into the needs of the Human – the Warrior – the Performer. We train, explore and practise. How the body becomes an embodied story of what is already known and of what is not yet discovered and understood in us? How to awaken in us our foundations and the internal rules and principles?

We root and embed in us what is essential, we eliminate the inessential.

Rituals, martial arts and dance have been a part of human life and history since the dawn of time. The process of observation of, adaptation to and communication with nature and multiple phenomena in our surroundings have always determined our anatomy, psycho-physical functions and our unconsciousness and consciousness. Gradually, unpredictable natural processes and human interrelationships started to determine specific behaviours and interactions in the processes of symbiosis and correlation.

The String of the Body means:

● sessions aimed at deepening the practice of the essence of form and technique
● mobility and statics
● balance, imbalance, maintaining one’s balance
● strength and gentleness
● confidence and lack of confidence
● boundaries and boundary-crossing
● energy potential
● expressive potential
● expressive potential
● releasing the voice
● fatigue and relaxation

Practice topics:
– Visual-auditory-motor co-ordination
– Falls, flips, shock-absorption exercises, reversed positions
– Giving back weight, common centre, centrifugal force, grips, –
catching, intercepting, clinch, counterweight, following, points of resistance and support
– Discomfort and comfort zones
– Interactive games: strategy, tactics, cunning, agility

Expression and integration:
– Seeking authentic impulses and reactions
– Reading intentions and directing them
– Discovering bodily rhythm, tempo, dynamics
– Releasing creative dance expression; creativity − composition
– Conscious work to maintain tension in a relation
– Discovering bodily symbolism
– Training to release and strengthen the voice; traditional Afro-
Brazilian songs
– Body-emotion-mind integration
– Psychosomatic ways of reducing body tension, relax

Confrontation, reaction, decision making, risk, game, strategy, responsibility, presence, security, expression, inspiration and creativity.

About the Leaders:

Jakub Gontarski
Jakub collaborates with the Grotowski Institute as part of the BodyConstitution research program. He Initiated a program String of the Body Initiated the program of action of the String of the Body in which the directions of work are expression, presence, dramaturgy, creativity at the martial arts in the path of the Human – The Warrior-The Performer. Travels to Brazil taking a living inspiration by documenting and taking an active part in the rituals of Candomble and Egungun. Temporarily works on “Deus Ex machina” project with one of actor of Institute – Jacek Zawadzki. Co-creator of the productions Animan – I Am That and Madhouse and many others. He performs movement improvisations on stage to live music. Jakub is a graduate of the 13 Film Stunt School in Wrocław. He is a co-organizer of the CYRKULACJE Festival in Wrocław and Planet Kids Program. President of the Momentum Association of Creative Initiatives. Project. He practiced the Japanese martial art of judo and the Brazilian martial art of capoeira (in Brazil and in many European countries). He studied with eminented teachers movement in Poland and all over the world. Jakub inspires in brazilian jiu-jitsu, boxing, sport, movement body mechanics. He worked for the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe leading numerous workshops, choreography and performances with international youth. He leads workshops with socially excluded youth in Wrocław, including as part of the project Thought in Motion, undertaken by the Institute of Music and Dance. He taught movement classes at Ente private kindergarten (European Cooperation Centre). He plays Afro-Brazilian instruments. The author of the collection of poems “death and rebirth”.

Agnieszka Rybak
Agnieszka teaches, moves and performs. She is a collaborator of the BodyConstitution program in Institute. Co – organizer of The String of the Body program. She has experience in the martial art of Capoeira, which she practised, among other places, in Brazil in 2008. She holds a scholarship of the Alternative Dance Academy in Poznań. She graduated from the Academy of New Dance and Improvisation and completed a number of instructor courses in the fields of therapy, dance and movement. She practises and improves her skills both in Poland and abroad.
She is a practitioner and teacher of the Hawaiian bodywork method Kino Mana and a practitioner of Thai Yoga Massage Sacred Dance of the Sunshine House School in Chiang Mai and of the Life Impression Bodywork method. She is a member of ECITE (European Contact Improvisation Teachers Exchange) as well as a co-creator of Wrocław’s contact improvisation milieu and of the Cyrkulacje festival (www.cyrkulacje.wroclaw.pl) and Planet Kids.

The String of the Body

Training and practice in themselves define and redefine what has been acquired and what is being acquired.
The perspective of the human – practitioner, the performative aspects of martial arts, sport, challenge, sources of performativity stage, contributing to dialogue and training tools.

The programme is the outcome of more than 15 years of practice within an extended platform of body work including gymnastics, sport, martial arts, dance, theatre and body therapy. In our work, we constantly develop our experiences and deepen the creative process by conducting intensive research in communication, adaptation, presence, relation, expression, potential and creativity.

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