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In 2020 I started to facilitate the first workshops towards this practice. Now it has become my main occupation and I am very delighted with how this project is going 

in collaboration with
Ester Braga

Since the beginning of 2022 we started to explore teaching together and to merge our approaches and understanding. 

Source of inspiration

About David

David (31) comes from a background of various circus disciplines, acrobatics, slackline,contact improvisation, alongside martial arts such as Capoeira and Aikido. His wild journey through many different movement practices was driven by a desire to play and discover the state of flow.

However, some years back, David underwent a profound shift in his approach. He made a decision to redirect his exploration, moving away from the pursuit of external accomplishments or the next skill. Instead, his focus transitioned more inward along with the question “what moves me?”

So he began exploring the sensation of not using his body to perform or produce movement but rather allowing his body to move and to play and dance and improvise more from within.

David doesn't see himself mainly as a “mover”, “dancer” or an “artist”. He rather considers playing a major creative act and a precious art to relate to others, the world and the juiciness of feeling alive! and that is what he wants to cultivate and spread.

About our collaboration

Since the beginning of 2022 we started to explore teaching together and to merge our approaches and understanding. The urge and desire came from the richness we experienced in dancing and practicing with each other within the Play-Fight context. The way we would play allowed us to meet more and more in a space of mutual sensitivity combined with great fullness and commitment, arriving to access spaces of unpredictability and surprise.
Since the beginning our synergy was enriching and nourishing for us and for the participants too. The practice and the pedagogy is constantly evolving and developing and a lot of the growth we could really witness happens when we work together. Our way of holding space is a full on flow of co-teaching, we merge our approaches, diversity, qualities, spirits and we commit to the present moment, to respond to the field and to each other knowing that we are into a never-ending learning process, sometimes challenging, yet always uplifting and rewarding.

Currently we facilitate more or less half of the events we do together while each of us keeps also taking care of the individual path. Two rivers flowing parallel that sometimes can meet and merge waters and flows.

About Ester

Her background of experiences and interests mainly interconnects intensive training in contemporary dance and floor-work (Trinity Laban_London), acrobatics, contact improvisation, instant composition, with her later studies into yoga, postural, BMC, somatic practices and Biodynamic Craniosacral studies. She met Bruno Caverna in 2014, first through Liquid Body, later through Play-Fight; a mind-blowing encounter which since then has been at the foundation of her journey, in life and profession. Ester currently collaborates with Formless Arts and works as Play-Fight Facilitator in workshops & events all around Europe. For a few years she is deepening her research in the line between Play-Fight & Contact Improvisation giving birth to the movement research: Falling in the Point of Contact.
Ester since 2022 teaches and collaborates with the italian Association Architetture di Corpi realizing together an innovative formation dance course in Bologna (Italy) called HUMUS which offers 8 months of studies and research of and through Play-Fight, Axis Syllabus & Physical Theatre. Ester since 2021 is studying Biodynamic Craniosacral which offers a nourishing integration of therapeutic tools and knowledge into her current work with people through dance, movement and touch. This extremely fertile ground coming from the organic relationship and evolution of all the different experiences composing Ester’s path is now suggesting a wider exploration, in which to hold the space for meaningful movement journeys that can embrace and interconnect many levels of the human experience held within and through an holistic frame and approach. 

The ground for this practice is based and inspired on the PLAY-FIGHT PRACTICE of Bruno Caverna FormlessArts 

​Since 5 years David has been following the practice and Ester has been working with Bruno for over 7 years.

ATTUNEMENT is a personal research and an approach developed both individually and collaboratively by David & Ester. Without forcing a distinction towards playfight, our practice gains its original taste due to our own interpretation and elaboration, other source of inspirations, our motivation to the process and the way we create and hold the space for it.

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