dark meaningless touch. Telepathy. Closure

Taught by Benjamin Kamino
Monday, January 5 - Friday January 9
10am @ Dancemakers, Studio 313


This is a class from dance for life and living. 

What is it to touch without feeling? Feelings without touch? [Being together in the dark] Where is the meaningless space?

This class positions the body as a primary source for knowledge production. Engaging in a practice of touching without feeling we will become closer then close. [more-then-] Together we will we search for a closure of feeling beyond feeling, a state beyond empathy. This class will attempt to depart from the actual in honour of the speculative - the potential spaces outside of meaning.

All we can ever do is doing. All we can ever make is noise

Things begin when you arrive, there will be some literature to browse at your leisure and convenience, documents that have contributed to the language of this work. Eventually you will be asked to engage with an irresponsible cardio warm up; activating the movement of fluid systems in the body and softening the muscle tissue with a meditation on the senses immediately following this activity of intensity.

You will be gently guided through a touching practice that will seduce the arrival of darkness. Proximity, closure, love and pop music will be offered as experiential devices meant to help/hinder a meaningless space – inherently flawed, this class will never bring into question notions of success or failure. After a longtime of touching in the dark, the light will be invited in as a marker of reality and permission to re-enter a becoming individual – a 'feeling without touch'.

This class resides in many frames. There is no requirements to participate in this work but two particular texts may prove helpful and are worth researching before hand.

A portion on openness taken from the book “Cyclonopedia” by Reza Negerestani.

An essay entitled “Copoiesis” by Bracha Ettinger, published in Ephemera.

Both texts are available in PDF, please contact Benjamin Kamino at bbk219@gmail.com to acquire these texts.

No prior dance training is necessary for participating in these workshops.