c.off | “Resting Practice” with Cinzia Sità


“Resting Practice” with Cinzia Sità

March 14, 2017 |

Cinzia Sità is currently a resident in our space, researching and working on the project Willin’.

On March 18 she will take part in one of our study circuits (studiekretz) to share her ongoing research in an informal format of a dance class.

Cinzia writes: I am interested in the empty space, devoid of superfluity and preconceived schemes; the life that is born from this vacuum and the pace at which it evolves. A body that is receptive opens itself up to possibilities of time and space and continually feeds the imagination, maintaining a constant dialogue inside and out, between something that is set and the spontaneous creativity that emerges staying in the present; between activeness
and passiveness.

The “resting practice” is a training aimed at preparing the body – through the breath and contact with the ground – to arrive at a state of “VIGILE PASSIVITA’”, an Italian oxymoron that expresses the coexistence of activeness, passiveness and awareness.

Concept: What is the relationship between two independent physical systems (the human body and the ground)? What kind of information do they share? At this stage of research, contact – in the quality of touch – defines the relationship between the physical system of the human body and the ground.

Action: This is finetuning work, in which the body seeks its way to settle in and adapt to different and precise supports, much like rooting oneself in a state of patient, heightened listening and encouraging energy flow in motion as a continuous and progressive transformation between action and inaction. The observation of organic, unexpected interactions between these physical systems allows for an expansion of perception and the liberty of new possibilities between what I move and what I let be moved.

These explorations arose from my research on quantum physics (seven short lessons of Physics, C. Rovelli; Change the habit of being yourself, J. Dispenza, The Tao of Physics, F. Capra) and particularly from my personal experience with rolfing (Structural Integration), in sessions with rolfer Annapaola Bacalov.

What is the purpose of this research?
There are several reasons I am interested in this research: to deepen my somatic practice as a performer and mover; a personal expansion of knowledge aimed at the evolution of such a practice; my interest in the poetic and creative act of choreographing with the body. For these purposes, a critical aspect of this phase is the sharing of the practice. The possibility of opening this practice to dancers and non- dancers alike allows the process to contribute to the research and enables me to gain personal experience through the giving and receiving of the practice.

This research began one year ago as part of the residential research project Ricerca X, funded by the Piedmont region. The project invited six choreographers to participate: four local artists and two from outside the Piemonte region.

Welcome to c.off/ccap on March 18th at 2.30pm!