Touch, Contact, Flow

A Hands-on Workshop with Pedro de Alcantara

Please email me for more information or to register.

Come and explore your hands' intelligence, sensitivity, and creativity. The workshop is open to everyone; no previous experience necessary. Many of the exercises involve the exchange of hands-on touch with your workshop colleagues, in a friendly, playful, and safe environment.

When? Saturday & Sunday, April 29 & 30, 2017. From 2 to 7 PM. You can choose to come on either day or both days.

Where? Studio Bleu, 7/9 rue des Petites Ecuries, 75010 Paris. Métros Château d'eau (line 4) or Strasbourg-Saint Denis (lines 4, 8 and 9). The Studio Bleu is on the first floor of the building sandwiched between the Franprix supermarket and the New Morning jazz club.

For Whom: Anyone interested in skills of observation, creativity, mindfulness, and adaptability. Limited to 10 participants. Past participants have included artists, musicians, writers, health professionals, and public speakers.

How Much: Each day costs €120. Take both days and receive a discount: €200 instead of €240. Please email me for more information or to register.


Saturday, April 29

1. Why Touch?

We’ll start by playing a series of informal games to become aware of the importance of touch in our lives.

2. Pressure, Resistance, Connection, Release

We’ll explore a multidimensional process involving the play of opposing forces, which will help us understand the true meaning of tension and relaxation.

3. Handshakes from Abroad                                 

We’ll practice simple but clever exercises to develop our hands’ intelligence and creativity, as well as their power to communicate meaningfully symbolic messages.

4. Matter & Energy                                                

We’ll explore our hands’ dual nature: materially made of flesh and bones, they have the capacity of behaving as channels of immaterial energy.

Sunday, April 30

1. The Princess, the Mattresses, and the Pea

We’ll train ourselves to appreciate our hands’ innate sensitivity, and in so doing so we’ll make our whole selves more sensitive.

2. Gather, Rotate, Shape                                        

We’ll explore our hands’ capacity to “inform and in-form” our partners when we touch them—that is, to pass on useful information and to delineate shapes and forms.

3. Elbows & Wrists

We’ll increase our awareness of the roles elbows and wrists play in good coordination and the healthy use of the hands.

4. Touch, Guide, Flow                                            

We’ll integrate our multiple hands-on skills with one last game.