Moving through the forces of physics



Der von Danilo Cardoso und der Künstlerin Ching-Mei Huang entwickelte Workshop vermittelt ein grundlegendes Verständnis der physikalischen Kräfte des Tanzes.

Die Teilnehmer entwickeln ein Bewusstsein dafür, wie Reibungskraft, Gravitationskraft und Zugkraft zueinander stehen. Ziel ist es, die Grundlagen des Floorwork/Contact/Improvisation-Verständnisses zu vermitteln und den Schülern die Möglichkeit zu geben, dies am eigenen Körper zu erproben.


The workshop developed by Danilo Cardoso and the artist Ching-Mei Huang, convey a basic understanding of the physical forces involved in dancing. The participants develop an awareness of how frictional force, gravitational force and pulling force are related to each other. The aim is to convey the basics of floorwork / contact / improvisation and to give students the opportunity to improve this on their own body.


The workshop is a research which aims the didactics of the body awareness within space-time towards dance. It is inspired by the Movement Analysis from Rudolf Laban, combining the principles of “space, time and energy” to structure a language in improvisation and contact with the idea of using it parallel to the floorwork to wider the possibilities of understanding and dealing with physical forces.


The Workshop:

It starts with building up the body awareness by breathing through a sequence of postures, which will mainly be focus on relaxation and expansion. Afterwards, we will explore the spacial awareness by practicing the motion through the lower, middle and high level, experiencing their 3 dimensional planes, and the spiral transition between them.


In the second part we will present a methodology of “contact” through denominations and the principles of physics. After achieving a common language between us, we are going to practice exercises of improvisation, weight sharing and lifting.


Once we experiment the “contact improvisation”, where the body and motion communicates clearly between partners, it will be time to cool down and to explain through the principles of “space, time and energy”, our understanding of dynamics and movement quality.


In the final part of the workshop, we are going to apply what we have practiced in a conscious improvisation, with the idea of creating common understandings between each individual and the group.  

Details of exercises:

Didactics of the Workshop:

1. Warm up:

It deals with the awareness of habits that are somehow harmful to health or

the functionality of the body mechanism. This theme consists of three


  • Breathing:

Early in the workshop, we discuss about the upper chest breathing, which requires

high amount of energy and low expansion of the lungs, then it is suggested

two types of breathing called anatomically correct:

- Breathing in low abdomen:

This type is convenient to be practiced daily during normal activities and

physical activities. Ribs and shoulder blades should be as much relaxed as possible,

the internal sensation must be felt in the pelvic floor.

- Lateral Breathing “in the ribs”:

For anti-gravitational movements and for

positions or movements of balance and suspensions. Some muscles involving ribs and shoulder blades, must bear the natural work of the diaphragm, expanding the ribs and lungs sideways and making room down.

  • Posture:

This topic is related to the alignment of bones towards less muscular effort, it is divided into

two parts:

- Passive Posture:

Assigned to movements of little physical exertion, but repeated daily as;

walk, run, sit, lie down, stand, etc.. Basics about the conscientization of

bone alignment, practice of their levers and its synchronization with


- Active Posture:

Assigned to physical activities or functional urgency, as in accidents at

high or low risk situation, responsiveness, stability and readiness.

2. Floorwork: (Relaxation)

lower level + 3 axis

middle level+ 3 axis

high level + 3 axis


water Splash

shock absorber

3. Contact (Honesty, carefulness and attention)

contact point

friction point

center point




sharing weight

glass of water

4. Lifts (Trust, carefulness and attention)


weight lift



5. Improvisation (Sharing and listening)

Basics of improvisation

3 principles (Time, Space, Energy)

8 dynamics

Experiencing qualities and its transitions

full improvisation

6. Workshop result performance:

Besides the workshop the students are invited to present a piece on the

last day, in order to present the results of the workshop and also to give the public the opportunity to know their achievements and the Samadhyana’s work.

*We suggest that the piece should not last longer than 15 minutes.

7. Requirements

max. 30

dance floor with shock absorber and linoleum

Room size: 10m x 10m <

8. Proposed schedules

A / 1-3 days / 3 - 6 hours/day

B / 5 days / 3 - 6 hours/day

C / 10 days / 3 - 4 hours/day

9. Levels

Professional - high level

Student - middle level

Beginner - low level

10. Proposed prices

150 euros / hour

*Transportation and accommodation expenses are not included.