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Creator and dancer Teresa Lorenzo is performing at 9:00 pm on Thursday, the 4th at Sala de Cámara del Teatro Leal de La Laguna. The show, Claros del bosque, marks the end of the artist’s residency at Laboratorio de Artes Vivas Tenerife LAV of Cabildo de Tenerife, which started on 10 June. Admission is free.

Apart from the staging, the contemporary dance teacher and higher audio-visual technician took part in the Tenerife LAV Encuentros scheme on the outskirts of town in which the guest artist shares work tools, processes and points of views with different groups.

Teresa Lorenzo worked with Metamorfosis, the performing arts group of the Sociedad Insular para la Promoción con Discapacidad (Sinpromi), made up by people who have been diagnosed with serious mental health disorders, which is coordinated by Beatriz Bello.

To work in Claros del bosque Teresa Lorenzo starts from the idea that “the magic gift of the body is stated by the power of its presence”. “This faculty could perhaps be considered to be inborn or learnt from its own nature; if it is learnt, we can conclude, from a magic thinking stance, that it speaks the same language”, the Canarian creator reflects.

The approach for these sessions starts in Orpheus’s singing to address what came first, where everything has its roots, which in this case is sheer shamanism. According to the myth, it is a slow, relaxing chant which apparently, has very little or nothing to do with the usual music played by magicians and shamans of other cultures, where percussion prevails.

His chant has hypnotic powers whose aim is to soothe the spirit, something related to one of the basic principles of magic.  We are referring to imitative or sympathetic magic, which is based on the metaphysical belief that like acts on like, hence Orpheus’s purifying music or the harmonized body of a performer, via the process of imitative magic, would calm down the souls or the moods of those who are listening to his chant or looking at her movement and stillness. 

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Dance is one of the major artforms in the programme of Mercado de las Artes Performativas del Atlántico Sur, MAPAS 2019, to be held from 10 to 14 July. A total of 11 shows will bring to the audience, in an open and participative way, the proposals created in six countries in Africa, Latin America and southern Europe.

This project, which is organised by Cabildo de Tenerife, unahoramenos and Circulart, is now established as an international hotspot for the performing arts created in the South Atlantic which also includes a programme of free shows for the public. 58 creators and groups from 23 countries will have the chance to exhibit their professional work to the public and programmers for five days in a row on the main cultural venues in the city.

The performers include 10 dance groups who will put on 11 shows at different stages in Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín. They are bringing innovative, committed or poetic proposals that exalt the essence of the art of movement.  Spain is the widest represented country in MAPAS with six creators, three of which are Canarian; Cameroon, Togo, Egypt, Mexico and Mali are each represented by one artist or group.

The opening of the third MAPAS is by Lava -Auditorio de Tenerife’s dance company- who at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, 10 July are presenting Abisal at Sala Sinfónica. The piece was created by Lava’s artistic director Daniel Abreu and in it, six dancers bring to life a deep and pure geography of water set in the midst of sediments, air, shadows, calmness, unimaginable fauna –a place that is impossible to inhabit.

The proposals Be Yours Be Mine and Serenity Suite, by Natalia Medina Compañía de Danza and Cía.Matxalen Bilbao, respectively, will fill Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Castillo with expression and emotion on 11 July. We can see contemporary African creativity with Qué importa el abismo, by Ella Poema of Aída Colmenero Díaz’ multidisciplinary project on Friday, the 12th at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Castillo; on the same day and stage Zora Snake, dancer, choreographer and artist from Cameroon is presenting Le depart, plus Alicia Soto-Hojarasca’s contemporary dance and creation company is putting on Estudio 3: Miradas.

On Saturday, 13 July we’ll have the chance to see pieces featuring a wide range of aesthetics, staging and themes. Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Castillo is hosting the performances What about Dante by Mounir Saeed/Cramp Group (Egypt) and Fatou t’as tout fait, by Fatoumata Bagayoko – Cie Jiriladon (Mali); at Sala Sinfónica the Mexican company Nemian Danza Escénica is presenting La caída al vacío; and in Plaza Castillo Lava is putting on the piece by Paloma Hurtado 15º al Oeste.

MAPAS artistic shows will once again give us to chance to learn about the work done at Danza en Comunidad, Auditorio de Tenerife’s social project, which on Sunday morning is putting on the piece Adosados in Plaza Castillo.

The performances and showcases are available on the website and on the free app that can be downloaded for IOS and Android mobiles. You can see all the information on MAPAS shows and talks and get all the news relevant to the audience and the Market participants.

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From Wednesday, 5 June to Sunday, 9 June, the Festival de las Artes del Movimiento de Tenerife (FAM) is offering some twenty free entry dance shows at different venues in La Laguna and Santa Cruz: Auditorio de Tenerife, Teatro Guimerá, Teatro Leal, ULL Paraninfo and some streets in La Laguna. Tenerife dancer Paula Quintana is opening the festival with her work Las Alegrías which she is premiering at 7:30 pm at Teatro Leal. The 9th FAM will also welcome about thirty local, national and international programmers. 

Quintana’s new proposal is a piece about joy as a generating, transforming and revolutionary power. It is a dialogue danced by two bodies: the living, latent body of Paula Quintana and a magical, heavenly body that concentrates all the powerful energy and drive of life. Las Alegrías is an accompanied solo number, or a choreographed installation about joy as a life and political stance.

For this stage journey across a body, concentrating all the creative and mysterious power of joy, Paula Quintana has counted on a large working team. To the dancer’s creation and interpretation, we must add the dramaturgy by Javier Cuevas, the sonorous space of Óscar Villegas, the light and stage by Cube.bz., Tahiche Díaz’s installation, the styling by Amuhaici Luis, image design by Pepe Valladares, Grace Morales as technical director and texts by Roy Galán.

Las Alegrías is a production of Paula Quintana with the support of Cabildo Insular de Tenerife through the Instituto de Artes Escénicas de Tenerife, Centro de Danza Canal, Teatre Principal de Palma, Festival Tercera Setmana, Eima Centre de Creació, Teatro El Sauzal, Tenerife LAV and Teatro Leal de La Laguna.

The programme goes on at 5:30 pm on Thursday, the 6th at Teatro Leal with iU an Mi, by Compañía Lali Ayguadé. This is followed by three performances of the national circuit Acieloabierto: Habrá que ponerse cachas, by Proyecto Colectivo de Maylis Arrabit, Xabier Madina and Ebi Soria at 6:30 pm outside Leal; Anónimas Raíces by Premoh’s Cru at 7:00 pm in Calle Viana; and Canvas of bodies. Opus nº1 by Taiat Dansa at 7:30 pm in the square of Parroquia de Santo Domingo. The last Thursday show is taking place at ULL Paraninfo at 8:30 pm with bailaor and choreographer Manuel Liñán and his Baile de autor.

On Friday, 7 June Set of Sets by Guy Nader and Maria Campos will be the first to go on stage at Teatro Guimerá at 12:30 pm. This performance will be attended by the general public and schoolchildren. At 7:00 pm Paloma Hurtado is bringing her Ephimera outside Teatro Guimerá to then go on with the Daniel Morales’s premiere as a company with La muerte de Venus at 8:00 pm.

On Saturday, another Canarian premiere starts the day with dancer and choreographer Carlota Mantecón, and her Esto no es una prueba de sonido. The show is taking place at 11:30 am in Auditorio’s Sala Castillo. At 12:30 pm Sala Sinfónica will host Presente, by Antonio Ruz. The Danza en Comunidad scheme (the social area of Auditorio de Tenerife’s Tenerife Danza coordinated by Laura Marrero), is presenting three pieces at 4:30 pm at Sala Castillo: Piedras, made by the Proyecto de Mujeres de Añaza Emprendedoras-Fundación el Buen Samaritano; Viento, by Asociación de Padres Orobal; and Adosados, created at the workshops Martes Danzando en Comunidad.

The programme continues with Ehiza, by Héctor Plaza and Agnes Sales, at 5:30 pm in the foyer. At 6:30 pm Janet Novás will put on her Mercedes y yo at Sala de Cámara. Saturday closes at 8:00 pm in Sala Sinfónica with Lava, Auditorio de Tenerife’s dance company, directed by National Dance Award winner Daniel Abreu, with Bending the walls, a piece by Fernando Hernando Magadan.

Liov, by Diego Sinniger, opens Sunday at 11:30 am outside Auditorio de Tenerife. The Lamb, by Kor’sia is on at 12:30 pm at Sala Sinfónica. La gramática de los mamíferos, by María del Mar Suárez can be enjoyed at Sala de Cámara at 6:30 pm. Lava is on again with the premiere of 15º al Oeste, by Paloma Hurtado, to be performed outside Auditorio at 7:45 pm.

The company of Lava artistic director, Cía. Daniel Abreu, closes the 9th FAM at 8:30 pm at Sala Sinfónica with La desnudez, which Abreu is interpreting with Dácil González and musician Hugo Portas. The piece received three Max Awards in 2018 for Best Dance Show, Best Male Dancer and Best Choreography.

Apart for the programme, which can be seen on www.famtenerife.com, different activities for professionals, like presentations and meetings, are being held during the first three days of FAM.

FAM is a Cabildo de Tenerife project under the Tenerife 2030 strategy. It has the collaboration of Red Nacional de Teatros [Theatre National Network], through the Danza a Escena scheme and the support of Ministry of Culture’s INAEM, the Acieloabierto network and the city councils of Santa Cruz and La Laguna. With the passing of years, the Festival de las Artes del Movimiento has renewed its EFFE stamp (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe), a quality distinction that is granted to festivals that have an artistic mission, are committed to the local community and have a strategic vision at European level.

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In its ninth year, the Festival de las Artes del Movimiento (FAM) becomes a platform for dance offering activities for professionals and some twenty shows from 5 to 9 June, all of which are free. The details of the new FAM concept were revealed at a press conference on Wednesday, 22 May, by the Island Director for Culture, José Luis Rivero; the president of the Asociación Artistas del Movimiento PiedeBase, Roberto Torres; and Tenerife dancer Paula Quintana, who is premiering a show at FAM.

José Luis Rivero explained that “the concept changes because it is more intense now and we generate a meeting space for companies, audience and international programmers who are coming from the US, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Germany or Colombia”. In Rivero’s opinion, the original spirit of FAM is kept, that is, “bringing contemporary dance close to audiences”.

Auditorio de Tenerife, Teatro Guimerá, Teatro Leal, Paraninfo of La Laguna University and the streets of La Laguna are the venues for this renewed FAM, which includes the attendance of some thirty local, national and international programmers. “All the performances are free of charge; we do this in order to bring dance close to people without the price being a barrier”, Rivero stated.

FAM takes place in just five days: on Wednesday, 5th and Thursday, 6th June the different shows will be on at Teatro Leal, pedestrian streets and ULL’s Paraninfo, while on Friday the venue is Teatro Guimerá in Santa Cruz. These three first days will also concentrate the activities for professionals: work meetings, talks, debates and meetings between programmers and creators.

In contrast, on Saturday and Sunday Auditorio de Tenerife will be host to eleven shows which take place in a row in five different zones of the building: Sala Sinfónica, Sala de Cámara, Sala Castillo, hall and exterior. Technically, this production involves the largest lighting set up in the 15 years of activity of Auditorio de Tenerife.

The FAM programme “showcases the dance taking place in our country”, the island director said. Several shows will be premiering at FAM, especially those related to projects which have benefited from the Cabildo’s aid to performing arts productions with, Rivero pointed out, “the dance proposals getting the first places”.

Roberto Torres said the Cabildo de Tenerife “encouraged the setting up of the association; and we’ve actually noticed a change since: we, the artists and the island institution are working together now”. The choreographer also said that “the aid for production have dignified the whole professional chain that takes part in a dance show, not only the dancer”.

Canarian companies

One of the premieres is Las alegrías by Paula Quintana, who will open FAM on Wednesday, 5 June at 7:30 pm in Teatro Leal. This will be the only event on the first day. “To me it’s very important to feel we’re backed, Canarian artists can now compete under the same conditions as companies from Spain or from abroad. This makes us feel more hopeful and gives us strength to go on working”, the Tenerife dancer said. She counts on a considerable number of artists from different disciplines, as for example writer Roy Galán.

On Friday, 7 June Paloma Hurtado is bringing her Ephimera outside Teatro Guimerá at 7:00 pm. She will be followed by the debut of Daniel Morales as a company with La muerte de Venus at 8:00 pm. Carlota Mantecón, dancer and choreographer is also performing for the first time her Esto no es una prueba de sonido at 11:30 am on Saturday, 8 June at Auditorio’s Sala Castillo.

The project Danza en Comunidad, the outreach area of Auditorio’s Tenerife Danza, (coordinated by Laura Marrero), is presenting three pieces which have been made with three different communities. Two of them will be performed for the first time: Piedras and Viento, made with the Proyecto de Mujeres de Añaza Emprendedoras-Fundación el Buen Samaritano and Asociación de Padres Orobal, respectively. While Adosados, created from the Martes Danzando en Comunidad workshops, was premiered at Mueca 2019. All three can be seen on Saturday, 8 June at 4:30 pm at Sala Castillo in Auditorio de Tenerife.

Also, Auditorio de Tenerife dance company, Lava, directed by the winner of the Premio Nacional de Danza Daniel Abreu, is also presenting two of their repertoire pieces at FAM, one of which is a premiere. The first one, Bending the walls, by Fernando Hernando Magadan, is on at 8:00 pm on Saturday, 8 June at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife; Paloma Hurtado’s 15º al oeste, will be performed on 9 June outside the Auditorio at 7:45 pm.

The company of Lava artistic director, Daniel Abreu, is also in the FAM programme: La desnudez will be the closing performance on Sunday 9 June 8:30 pm. The piece, which is interpreted by the Tenerife dancer with Dácil González and musician Hugo Portas, received three Max awards for Best Dance Show, Best Male Dancer and Best Choreography in 2018.

National Programme

In addition to Canarian artists, FAM also features three performances from the national circuit A Cielo Abierto: iU an Mi by Lali Ayguadé company on Thursday, 6 June at  6:30 pm in Teatro Leal; Habrá que ponerse cachas, by Proyecto Colectivo of Maylis Arrabit, Xabier Madina and Ebi Soria at 6:30 pm outside Leal; Anónimas Raíces by Premoh’s Cru at 7:00 pm in Calle Viana; Canvas of bodies. Opus nº1 by Taiat Dansa at 7:30 pm in the square outside Parroquia de Santo Domingo Guzmán. It ends at 8:30 pm on Thursday at Paraninfo of La Laguna University with dancer and choreographer Manuel Liñán’s Baile de autor.

Friday, 7 June start with professional activities to then go on with Set of Sets, by Guy Nader and Maria Campos, at Teatro Guimerá at 12:30 pm. Apart from the general public, school children from the island have also been invited. In the afternoon, we can see the two Canarian pieces in the festival: Ephimera and La muerte de Venus.

After Mantecón’s premiere, on Saturday 8 June, Antonio Ruz’s Presente will be on at 12:30 pm in Sala Sinfónica. Once Danza en Comunidad is finished, Ehiza by Héctor Plaza and Agnes Sales will be performed at 5:30 pm in the hall. At 6:30 pm Janet Novás is putting on her Mercedes y yo at Sala de Cámara. The last performance on Saturday is by Lava and takes place at 8:00 pm in Sala Sinfónica.

Diego Sinniger’s Liov is the first show on Sunday, 9 June, starting at 11:30 am outside Auditorio de Tenerife. At 12:30 pm it is time for The Lamb, by Kor’sia in Sala Sinfónica. La gramática de los mamíferos, by María del Mar Suárez, is taking over Sala de Cámara at 6:30 pm. Lava and Compañía Daniel Abreu will provide the special ending of this 9th festival.

FAM is a Cabildo de Tenerife project under the Tenerife 2030 strategy. It has the collaboration of Red Nacional de Teatros [Theatre National Netwrok], through the Danza a Escena scheme and the support of Ministry of Culture’s INAEM, the Acieloabierto network and the city councils of Santa Cruz and La Laguna. With the passing of years, the Festival de las Artes del Movimiento has renewed its EFFE stamp (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe), a quality distinction that is granted to festivals that have an artistic mission, are committed to the local community and have a strategic vision at European level.

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The Cabildo de Tenerife is celebrating International Dance Day this weekend with different activities as it continues with its commitment to this discipline -which it has supported from the start- by organising a performance in La Laguna, several workshops and a great exhibition of different local schools that are welcomed on Sunday, the 28th at the foyer of Auditorio de Tenerife.

The details of this celebration were disclosed today, Friday, the 26th at a press conference by the Head of Artistic Projects of Auditorio de Tenerife, Enrique Camacho; the coordinator of the Laboratorio de Artes Vivas Tenerife LAV, Javier Cuevas; and the dance teacher of Teatro Victoria, Patricia Monroy.

Enrique Camacho explained that “the Cabildo has been applying policies to support dance for many years, always with the sector’s collaboration, in an attempt to put it in the position it deserves”. “Although this is a very important celebration for us, at Auditorio de Tenerife we celebrate dance 365 days a year”, he added.

In the same line, Javier Cuevas stated that “this International Day is important, but more so is the steady support received from Cabildo de Tenerife, to groups of Canarian dance, who have solid circuits and high-level Canarian creators, who have won different national dance awards”.

In Patricia Monroy’s opinion “all the island’s schools celebrating together International Dance Day at Auditorio de Tenerife are being part of a great event, a day when we share moments with all our colleagues”. The dance teacher encourages the public “to dance, whether you’re a dancer or not, it’s really therapeutic”.

The first activity is taking place tonight [Friday, 26] at 9:00 pm at Sala Principal of Teatro Leal in La Laguna with the show Should they may be, by Centro Coreográfico de La Gomera. The driving force behind this piece, created and performed by Gregory Auger and Martín Padrón, is the complexity of human beings and their need to express, tell, convey, and the noise in their busy, restless minds, which are difficult to tame.

The show deals with concepts like human strengths and weaknesses, their vital need to move, feel and go down a path as well as the fall into the abyss of thoughts, lack of faith, freezing fear, and the need to free themselves from their traumas. Tickets can be purchased at Teatro Leal box office from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

From 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday, the 27th, an activity is taking place at Sala de Cámara of Teatro Leal under the title “Experiencia de sentimiento a través del cuerpo físico y mental para vivenciar y magnificar nuestra presencia: aplicación de los Elementos Fundadores Básicos del Movimiento en contextos artísticos, socioeducativos y sanitarios” [Experience feeling through the physical and mental body to magnify our presence: applying the Basic Founding Elements of Movement in artistic, socio-educational and health contexts]. 

This free event is aimed at primary and secondary school teachers, dance and movement arts teachers, psychologists, choreographers, artists related to dance, to the movement and body arts, and to everyone who has an interest in treating their bodies in psychosomatic, socio-political and health aspects. Both activities are part of the Tenerife LAV programme, of the Cabildo’s Distrito de las Artes.

On Sunday the 28th, Auditorio de Tenerife welcomes a great dance festival with the participation of 34 schools and academies of the island, which will exhibit such different styles as flamenco, classical, hip-hop or contemporary. Admission is free.

Performances start at 4:00 pm and include the screening of a video with the Message for International Dance Day, which in 2019 is by Karima Mansour, Egyptian dancer, choreographer and educator.

This established yearly event of Auditorio de Tenerife is part of its Educational and Social Area with the collaboration of Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social “la Caixa”.

The schools taking part are: Centro Internacional de Danza Tenerife, Colegio Hispano Inglés, Escuela Municipal de Danza de El Sauzal, Escuela Flamenca Ana Lamadrid, Academia LatinSalsa, Escuela de Danza Pointe, Escuela de Danza de La Laguna Lenita Lindell, Centro de Formación Teatro Victoria, Colegio Nuryana, ADL Dance, Club Deportivo Tinerdanza, Escuela de Música y Danza de Adeje (EMMA), Grupo Coreográfico Colegio Virgen del Mar, Escuela Municipal de Danza Candelaria, Escuela de Ballet La Salle S.I., Ballet Chic & Chic, Colegio Alemán, Claqué Tenerife, Estudio de Danza Onelia Hernández, Prodance Tenerife, Colegio Carmen Alvarez de la Rosa, Barranco Hondo, Pura Salsa y Sabor, Escuela de Baile, Curso de danza, EMOD Ayuntamiento de Guía de Isora, Academia Ana Manrique, Corazón Flamenco, Escuela Danza María Mora, Urban Dance de Güimar, Danza Clásica Pureza de María (Santa Cruz y La Cuesta), ele.Be.Studio, Evolución Ballet, Proyecto2022, BH Dance Barranco Hondo, Studio54 Dance y Orbital Mambo.

Apart from the exhibition, Auditorio de Tenerife rounds the day off with some training sessions to take place from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The bachata workshop, given by teachers Cesar Méndez Jorge and Bibiana Muñoz García of Academia LatinSalsa, will be held at Sala Multiusos and is targeted at youths and adults wishing to learn the basic steps of this dance. Bachata is a social dance from the Dominican Republic which is now danced worldwide.

There is also another workshop in sevillanas and rumbas, at Sala Puerto in Auditorio de Tenerife given by Ana Manrique de Lara Gonzalez and Aida Herrera Ramírez of Academia Ana Manrique. This session is addressed to children aged 3 to 14 and is an initiation in sevillanas and rumba. At 6:00 pm they will have the chance to show what they have learnt in each workshop at Plaza Castillo, outside Auditorio. Please register for free on www.auditoriodetenerife.com

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Danza en Comunidad, the social department of Tenerife Danza, starts a new course with 20 groups enrolled. The team welcomed the agents involved in the projects at a function that took place at Auditorio de Tenerife. The event was attended by the heads and participants of the groups or communities, open call applicants, local programmers, artistic collaborators and a representative of the project “Amiguitos y amiguitas” [Little friends] of Cabildo de Tenerife and La Laguna University.

The aim of these meetings is to agree initiatives regarding the work to be done during the project. “Danza en Comunidad also acts as mediator between different cultural agents, groups and individuals who want dance, body and movement to be used as a tool of personal and social transformation”, project coordinator Laura Marrero explained.

Professionals Cristina Hernández, Raquel Jara and Carmen Macías complete the Danza en Comunidad team, who for seven years has shared the experience of a professional of the art of movement through sessions structured in a dancer’s routine: warm up, working on stage presence and the construction of a dance show.

In this last stage, the atmosphere is filled with creativity, participation, collective creation and expression of the inner worlds of every participant. “Everyone contributes to the idea, the movements, the theme and even the costume for the stage design that will finally get made”, Marrero says.

The project currently has six programmes to offer the groups: Tarjeta de visita [Business Card], Juntos [Together], Cita a ciegas [Blind Date], Isla flotante [Floating Island], Transmisión [Transmission] and Paso a Paso [Step by Step]. There is also a continuation activity every Tuesday at Auditorio de Tenerife for people who have taken part in the project as a member of a group and wish to go on individually.

Also, Creadores en Comunidad is carried out once a year. It consists of a guest choreographer who makes a dance show for different participants. This year, Daniel Morales will be taking part in the project to work with teenagers. Danza en Comunidad also welcomes ideas of artists wishing to collaborate in the project.

There is an open call every year for people wishing to be part of the work done with the groups, they can register at Auditorio de Tenerife website.

Two new programmes were carried out last year and we started having two get-togethers a year with the participants to evaluate, create and build together. A total of over 700 people have experienced the art of movement thanks to Danza en Comunidad, which is part of Auditorio de Tenerife’s Educational and Social Area, with the collaboration of Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social “la Caixa”.

In the six years the Project has been on, the Danza en Comunidad team has put on as many shows as groups they have worked with using the values chosen by the groups: respect, beauty, friendship, justice, courage, sensitivity and love. Working with so many people has revealed two main concepts the project currently focuses on: identity and coexistence.

In Danza en Comunidad they respect the time every individual needs to take in the dance tools, trying to find maximum mobility for each body with the aim of maximising the physical pleasure of moving. The relationship with the group, agreements, taking part, movement and ideas are key to build an atmosphere where everyone can exercise their right to move, create and express their sensitivity. 

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