Qi Dance

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Concept et origine du Qi Dance

This approach leans first of all on the poetic esthetics of western contemporary dance. Through the consciousness of body, space, time, weight, energy and contact, the expression to enter into an all one state is explored by situations of improvisations and individual or collective games.

From traditional or sacred dances, it responds to the direct relationship to the music and to the musicians, by deepening various modes of communications between movement, rhythm and melody. It is also inspired by choreographies of traditional dances (dance in a circle, in chain or couple) and more still, of joy produced by the communion of the movement accessible and shared by all, from the youngest to the oldest.

Finally, the Chinese and Asian traditional art feeds the specificity of the approach of Qi Dance: the unity of the physical structure in Qi gong (of time, space, energy, weight and contact) is highlighted through the perception of « Qi » or breath. In the practice of Qi Dance, the energy perception deepens in relation between the other dancers and plays a part in the presence of the body, the others and through the space of the dancer.

The specific training of attention on the movement and stillness takes the dancer to find his own rhythm, a « rhythmic breath », in the extension of a physical consciousness based on the balance of Yin-Yang. Registered in the axis Earth – Man – Sky, the dancer is invited to cross his various emotions as the set of 5 movements, so as to find the creative state of median emptiness and creator.

Ke Wen et Marceau sur le Bund

From a technical point of view, the movement takes root in the pelvis where one finds the Dan Tian (the energy plan of the body) and Ming Men « the door of life, the source of the truth », found in the lumbar zone. This gives a particular quality to the unity of the physical movement: in particular the connection between the movements of pelvis, wrists and hands express this inner energy. Spiraling energy, inspired by the energy of the dragon, tortoise and snake, eminates from the center outward, which articulates harmoniously in a continuous variation of motionless,slow, fast or explosive movements.

This last dimension involves a certain training of physical consciousness, respecting its needs and its organic balance. That’s why Qi Dance’s approach combines its artistic purposes with educational values. The sensory opening of the physical being and its ecological adaptation to the environment follows a specific formation. We approach this by Asian arts of movement (Meditation, Qi Gong, Tai Ji Quan and Martial arts.)

In conclusion, the educational and artistic project of Qi Dance is an interdisciplinary exchange and an intercultural meeting of the heritage of Asia and Europe – each one having different perspectives from the physical human being. This approach values one practice accessible to all (with body movements adapted to each), respecting the singular creativity of the individual (freedom of contemporary dance) in harmony with the group (brotherhood of traditional approaches).

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