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Emotion in Motion with Bernadette Pleasant – Intensive

Emotion in Motion with Bernadette Pleasant – Intensive

Emotion in Motion is a multisensory journey inviting you to discover what it means to move beyond limiting beliefs and be fully seen, heard and affirmed in a safe and supportive space through dance, movement, conversation and discovery and exploration of our curiosity...

Zahava Griss – Headline Presenter

Zahava Griss – Headline Presenter

 Dancer & Kink Educator, Zahava Griss AKA. "Z", has been has been facilitating dance and sexual empowerment since 1999. Z is based in the Bay Area and tours internationally as an educator, performer, and author. Last year, Z led Asheville Touch&Play's...

Burlesque

Burlesque

Burlesque is extreme parody, emotional storytelling and extravagant striptease. Together we explore classic and modern genres of burlesque movement and archetypes, working with props, clothing and our own bodies. Utilizing playful and creative prompts, partner work...

Butoh

Butoh

Butoh is an avant-garde art form developed in Japan in the 1950’s. Born at the height of the Japanese Counter Culture Movement, Butoh was influenced by surrealism, neo dadaism, mime techniques, ballet, flamenco, and German Expressionist dance. Tatsumi...

Gender Exploration

Gender Exploration

We invite the opportunity to explore our identities and behaviors related to gender with the intention of creating healing and liberation in our relationship to ourselves and each other. Socialization of gender has profound and hidden impacts on our identity and...

Kink

Kink

Kink: Sexual desires, behaviors and identities that challenge social approval, giving you the opportunity to explore your courage, shame, pleasure and liberation. ~Zahava Griss, Are You Ready for Liberation?Our desire and pleasure can come in many shapes and forms. At...

Arts

Arts

What do we want to create together? As we cultivate a space of belonging inside ourselves and with each other, our creativity has even more space to expand into. This gathering together at Touch&Play is a rich opportunity to engage and explore our natural...

Ropes & Bondage

Ropes & Bondage

Bondage is the practice of consensually tying, binding, or restraining a partner for erotic, aesthetic, or somatosensory stimulation. A partner may be physically restrained in a variety of ways, including the use of rope, cuffs, bondage tape, or self-adhering bandage....

Liquid Love

Liquid Love

The Liquid Love Experience The Liquid Love Experience is a collective journey of the senses. It is an exploration of sensuality in its purest form and can invoke a strong feeling of love for oneself, one’s community and for life itself! Through the use of copious...

Nature Connection

Nature Connection

Nature connection and sustainable living are two of the fundamental values of the Touch&Play movement. We are thrilled to be able to host this Touch&Play Asheville event deep in the woods and mountains of the Earthaven Ecovillage that is a living example of a...

Contact Improvisation

Contact Improvisation

Contact Improvisation is a largely a-formal improvisational dance form practices the world over. Defining a form: Where does Contact Improvisation begin and end? We want to honor that the Touch&Play project has it’s roots in the lineage of Contact Improvisation...

Play!

Play!

We are inviting some deep play at this Touch&Play Asheville event. Come as you are and get ready to delve into the depths of what we can create when we get together like this! We welcome a diverse community of dancers and somatic visionaries. This is a festival...

Communication & Relationship

Communication & Relationship

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...

Voice & Song

Voice & Song

We are inviting some deep play at this Touch&Play Asheville event. Exploring our voices and song is a powerful way to tap into and express our authentic selves and to connect deeply with one another, with nature, with the stories we carry from our ancestors. Come...

May 6-10th, 2020

Dancing Shiva, Earthaven

in the mountains outside Asheville, North Carolina

 

Touch&Play: Emerging Seeds Applications

Work-Trade and Organizing

All Touch&Play events are community organized. Significant time, energy and resources are put into making the event happen, and a small group of core organizers can't do it alone!

Are you interested in helping organize!?

We have a range of compensated work trade/organizing tasks available help to produce this event~ from minimal commitment to full work trade, including promotional tasks (that start now!), event setup/break down, inclusivity work, dance floor construction, and more.

 

Want to teach or facilitate?

 

Do you have a workshop or offering that would fit in at Touch&Play: Emerging Seeds?

Burlesque

Burlesque

Burlesque is extreme parody, emotional storytelling and extravagant striptease. Together we explore classic and modern genres of burlesque movement and archetypes, working with props, clothing and our own bodies. Utilizing playful and creative prompts, partner work...

Butoh

Butoh

Butoh is an avant-garde art form developed in Japan in the 1950’s. Born at the height of the Japanese Counter Culture Movement, Butoh was influenced by surrealism, neo dadaism, mime techniques, ballet, flamenco, and German Expressionist dance. Tatsumi...

Gender Exploration

Gender Exploration

We invite the opportunity to explore our identities and behaviors related to gender with the intention of creating healing and liberation in our relationship to ourselves and each other. Socialization of gender has profound and hidden impacts on our identity and...

Kink

Kink

Kink: Sexual desires, behaviors and identities that challenge social approval, giving you the opportunity to explore your courage, shame, pleasure and liberation. ~Zahava Griss, Are You Ready for Liberation?Our desire and pleasure can come in many shapes and forms. At...

Arts

Arts

What do we want to create together? As we cultivate a space of belonging inside ourselves and with each other, our creativity has even more space to expand into. This gathering together at Touch&Play is a rich opportunity to engage and explore our natural...

Ropes & Bondage

Ropes & Bondage

Bondage is the practice of consensually tying, binding, or restraining a partner for erotic, aesthetic, or somatosensory stimulation. A partner may be physically restrained in a variety of ways, including the use of rope, cuffs, bondage tape, or self-adhering bandage....

Liquid Love

Liquid Love

The Liquid Love Experience The Liquid Love Experience is a collective journey of the senses. It is an exploration of sensuality in its purest form and can invoke a strong feeling of love for oneself, one’s community and for life itself! Through the use of copious...

Nature Connection

Nature Connection

Nature connection and sustainable living are two of the fundamental values of the Touch&Play movement. We are thrilled to be able to host this Touch&Play Asheville event deep in the woods and mountains of the Earthaven Ecovillage that is a living example of a...

Contact Improvisation

Contact Improvisation

Contact Improvisation is a largely a-formal improvisational dance form practices the world over. Defining a form: Where does Contact Improvisation begin and end? We want to honor that the Touch&Play project has it’s roots in the lineage of Contact Improvisation...

Play!

Play!

We are inviting some deep play at this Touch&Play Asheville event. Come as you are and get ready to delve into the depths of what we can create when we get together like this! We welcome a diverse community of dancers and somatic visionaries. This is a festival...

Communication & Relationship

Communication & Relationship

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...

Voice & Song

Voice & Song

We are inviting some deep play at this Touch&Play Asheville event. Exploring our voices and song is a powerful way to tap into and express our authentic selves and to connect deeply with one another, with nature, with the stories we carry from our ancestors. Come...

Tantra

Tantra

Dancing Shiva, the Asheville Touch&Play: Emerging Seeds venue, is a Tantric Monestary and retreat center. Find out more about Dancing Shiva Tantra   “When the inner becomes outer and the outer inner, the spontaneous dance between shiva and shakti – of...

Emerging Seeds 2020 Core Organizers

Julia Taylor - Curation Team Lead

Founding organizer of Asheville Touch&Play, Julia Taylor is an artist and pleasure activist whose community leadership focuses on creating opportunities for embodied liberation, empowerment and creative expression. Driven by her desire for authentic trans-personal and communal healing, her work combines somatic awareness with devotion to equity work, transformative justice, consent culture and building communication skills. Long time contact improviser and CI teacher, she has been a leader in Asheville dance and movement scene for over 15 years. Since moving with her husband and two young children to Earthaven Ecovillage in the summer of 2015, she has been dedicated to cultivating a vibrant culture of art and dance and ceremony within and without that community. 

www.juliaanntaylor.com

Monel Chang - Inclusivity Team Lead

Monel Chang (she/they) is a queer and non-binary ecosexual performance artist and medical student. Born in Seoul and raised in Los Angeles, Monel currently lives in Portland, OR teaching somatic based contact improvisation and contextualizing social justice in sex-positive spaces. Monel is serving on the Core Team as the Inclusivity Lead and participated in the InclusivityTeam for two previous Asheville Touch&Play events.

Mana Vermeulen-McLeod - Operations Team Lead

Based in Earthaven Ecovillage, is a Tantric Life Coach with a kinky twist, a mother and social activist.

She is especially interested working in fields where activism, kink, erotic intelligence and authentic relating can come together.

Touch&Play is her favorite festival, of course!

Shay Au Lait - Promotions Team Lead

Equal parts playfully innocent and dangerously kinky, Shay Au Lait is a provocative, intoxicating Sorcerer hailing from the Windy City. Do not be fooled by her unassuming, 4’10” petite stature. This “Intellectual Sensual Shaman” is a “power-house of authentic presence.” As a pole dance, cabaret and burlesque performer, she combines her love of eroticism, sensuality, emotion, and drama into signature performances that captivate and mesmerize.

With over 20 years of professional experience in theatre, dance and performance, Shay Au Lait set her sights on New York, New York in 2010. After studying under the tutelage of several dynamic east coast and world renown teachers, she exploded onto the New York pole dance scene as a sensual erotic in the White Hot Winter Showcase produced by Aerial Amy.

Amanzi Umoya - Registrar & Volunteer Coordinator

Wellness has always been a passion for Amanzi. Coming from a sports medicine background, empathy and patience is a major part of his process.  His path into sacred sexuality was emboldened with his certification in somatic sexological bodywork lead by Joseph Kramer in Los Angeles.

He believes that progress and results come from practice and learning together.  Amanzi joined the Touch and Play tribe in 2019 and haven’t been the same since. Inspired by the TP tribe, he desires to help create safer spaces that supports our community’s journey to peace, love, and connection.

CJ O'Reilly - Producer

CJ is a passionate dancer and community organizer aiming to make art of life, and life an art. CJ sees the culture and practices of Touch&Play as a significant pathway to self connection and connection with other, and that as a fundamental antidote to the apathy and injustices endemic in the world today.

CJ yearns for a world where dance and expression are commonplace and taken for granted, rather than a spectacle. CJ organizes a number of communities and projects which approach that goal from various angles.