Broadening communication skills and capacity with the purpose of enriching and enlivening our relationships is a foundational value and goal of the Touch&Play movement.
The Touch&Play Project started in 2010 as a platform to challenge the practice of Contact Improvisation (CI) as it existed at that time. Whereas the norms of the CI form had previously been explicitly about exploring the “physics-only” aspects of the dance, the first Touch&Play explorations invited practitioners of CI and a range of other body-based practices to explore the ‘Chemistry in Contact’ by inviting in participants’ emotions, sexuality, aggression, politics and everything else often kept out of our dances.
At Touch&Play we revel in the tribe and our relationships, and communicating and maintaining relationships is part of that. Many folks come with a range of relational modalities and skill sets from a range of backgrounds with strong communication and relationship elements built in… Conflict Transformation,The Work (Byron Katie), Circling, Compassionate Communication (NVC), Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, Somatic mindfulness, BDSM, Roleplaying,Ritual, Tantra, Kink…
The strong focus on building personal and interpersonal integrity within the community is palpable and permeates all aspects of what Touch&Play offers.