Body Balancing in unusual contexts

1. FolkTrekking: A walk into a dance culture, with Fragole & Tempesta‘s live music

Friday 7th June, from 10:00 to 12:30 – Roberto Calzolari (La Nottola Aps-Asd) +Fragole & Tempesta


Body movement is strongly linked to surronding space and its perception. A territory, in its morphology, is one of the elements on which the culture of a place is modeled. The way we use our body in a specific culture is also linked to the ground morphology on which it develops. The dance, which is an expression of a culture, is therefore also linked to local morphology. This trekking to explore a territory is at the same time a dance workshop to experience the use of our body in an rural context with live music played by Fragole & Tempesta. Useful for any dancer at any level

Useful information
This workshop is free!
Meeting point: at 9.:45 am at Circolo ARCI in the yard in front of Sala 77 entrance, to arrange a car sharing, or directly at 10:10 am in the car parking lot La Palazza (Via Renato Benassi – Ponticella n°77, San Lazzaro di Savena). You can get there in 10 min. by car or 60 min walking time.

2. Experimental neotrad athmospheres…in a cave

Friday 7th June from 12:30 to 16:30 – Roberto Calzolari (La Nottola Aps-Asd)


In the cave there is TOTAL absence of light. It is one of the few places in the universe in which this phenomenon occurs. Not even in the sidereal space you can find such an absolute darkness. And how about dancing in absolute darkness? Not even in the most reckless avant-garde fantasies of a dance-addict “mazurkaro”. And what about the use of the center of gravity in a place where we are forced to use the whole body, standing on all fours or lying down, because it’s impossible to stand up? The peak of pleasure for every “contact impro” or “folkcontact” passionate, or other eccentric mixtures lovers! Well in this workshop we will do all this. Keeping focused on the relationship between territorial morphology, body balancing and center of gravity, we will dive into the hypogean exploration of a complex cave. A dance workshop where no one has ever arrived (hopefully… but we’ll find out only at the end!). In the avant-garde of experimentation, we’ll get dirty with mud in the worst way.

Useful information
A 10€ contribution is required. The trek will be cancelled if the participants are less than 10.
Meeting point: at 12:30 at the car parking lot La Palazza (Via Renato Benassi – Ponticella n°77, San Lazzaro di Savena). You can get there in 10 min. by car or 60 min walking time.

How to get prepared for the cave
Equipment: wear clothes warm enough for a temperature of 10 – 12 ° (including long trousers), which can get dirty with mud, and rubber boots; spare clothes recommended.
Don’t expect catwalks and artificial lighting, the Spipola cave is an ADVENTURE! It is a speleological visit that involves the use of safety helmets with lighting and physical contact with rocks and mud.

Breton dances

Friday 7th June from 17:00 to 19:00 – Ivan Rajalu

This workshop will focus on the Breton dances most commonly danced in Fest Noz, the Breton Folk Ball: Gavottes, Plinn, Ridées, Rond de Loudéac, Rond de Saint Vincent, An Dro, Avant Deux… The purpose of the course is to introduce to dance at the modern Fest Noz, while bringing a historical light. A relaxed and offbeat atmosphere will be highly recommended! Come dressed in black and metal.

Ivan Rajalu, accordionist, violinist and dancer specializes in the repertoire of Haute Bretagne. With a degree in traditional music at the conservatory of Rennes, he has been playing and teaching music and dance for 15 years in Festou Noz and Balfolk events. Former accordionist of Beat Bouet Trio, we can find him today on stage with his solo Ivan Du Rêve. Nonconformist, a fan of ambiance absurde, folk traditions and Walt Disney, Ivan Rajalu is passionate about the environment of the traditional dance, or better: revivalist in all its diversity.

Val Resia’s dances

Friday 7th June from 17:00 to 19:00 – Gruppo folkloristico Val Resia

The dances proposed by the Gruppo folkloristico Val Resia include those typical of this Alpine valley and are characterised by the sound of the violin, the cello and the beat of foots. During the workshops we will learn the most famous: Lipa ma Marica / Oh my beautiful Maria, the hymn of all Resians; Ta püstawa, the carnival dance; Ta Zagatina, the Zagata dance, a mountain pasture location; Čärni potök / Rio nero, Ta Solbaška, the dance of Stolvizza; Potï me döpo Lïpjë / My streets down to Lipje; Kölu, the dance in a circle and Ta Kuškrïtawa, the dance of the conscript.

Branle of Ossau valley

Saturday 8th June from 11:00 to 13:00 – Nhac!

This workshop will bring you to the discovery and the practice of the Branle of Osseau valley. We will approach the Branle in chain accompanied by singing (mostly in response) and some instrumental music (tamburin à cordes and flute or harmonica). Based on our progression, we’ll even dance it a little bit in pairs.

Detached dances (balli staccati)

Saturday 8th June from 11:00 to 13:00 – Elisa and Carolina (Suonatori della Valle del Savena)

The workshops aims at the introduction to the ancient dances of the Bolognese Apennines: manfrine, manfroni, contradances, tarantelle, and still giga, ruggeri, tresche and the ancient liscio that can still be danced during the festivals in the valley of Savena.

Elisa and Carolina are members of Suonatori della Valle del Savena, a group that brings together, since 1975, some protagonists of the festive evenings in the mountains representing the dance formations of the Bolognese Apennines. The presence of this group in theatres, exhibitions and recordings of those years inspired the research, study and resumption of the ancient dances’s arias of the Bolognese Apennines. With the addition of new generations, the players have personally transmitted the culture of the ancient detached dances (balli staccati) and the liscio from the mountains.

Greek dances – Thrace

Saturday 8th June from 14:00 to 17:00 – Evritiki Zygia

Thracian dances are the great lecagy that passed through generations until nowadays as they never stopped being performed during the centuries. We could classify them in two big categories: the feast dances and the ritual dances. The first ones are a way of people having fun from noon till late at night in the villages square. The second ones aim at serving some people’s needs to perform a custom or an event (weddings etc). Thracian dances are known for their intense movements both in hands and legs: they are performed in a quite fast rythm emitting dynamic vibes in total. During this workshop we’ll learn dances from all over Thracia: from the West, such as Ksesirtos or Gikna, from the East, for example Sigoyros or Xasapia, and the Nord, as Sis Treis or Miliso.

Béarn’s jumps

Saturday 8th June from 14:00 to 16:00 – Nhac!

During the workshop we will discover and dance the jumps of Béarn (Los Cautères, La Piga, Lo Peiroton, Mariana…) through a careful progression of technical difficulties. In a playful atmosphere we will learn the steps and musical reference points necessary to share these individual collective dances. : )

Dances from Romagna

Saturday 8th June from 16:00 to 18:00 – Giuseppe Scandiffio

This workshop includes the whole Romagna’s dance repertoire from the seaside to the mountains: from traditional saltarelli (jumping steps), in two facing lines of three couples, to the cheerful circle dances called manfrina, from couple dances to an interesting and fun version of quadriglia.

Giuseppe Scandiffio began practising folk dances in the early 90’s attending workshops, courses and festivals held by the best teachers of that time. In 1996 he joined the culture association L’Uva Grisa in Bellaria (Rimini) with which he started a lifelong research on folk culture of Romagna. There he soon became a dance teacher.
He’s now chairman of culture cssociation Fermento Etnico (Ethnical yeast): its main purpose is enhancing folk traditions of several areas creating, promoting and setting up events and initiatives in this field.


Sunday 9th June from 11:00 to 13:00 – Aurora Cavazzin

We are not talking about Newton, numbers and formulas… we’ll work on body, movement and (surely) have fun while at it! Because only when you know the dynamic of movement can you recognize it in the dance, then repeat and vary it in order to enrich your array of expressions.
Inspired by Rudolph Von Laban’s theories (early 20th century dance theorist), we will take a closer look at this so-called “dynamic of movement”, experience its weight and rhythms to understand how to use them, while learning dances. We’ll then apply it to the basics of balfolk dances to stimulate improvisation: waltz, polkas, scottishes, mazurkas and bourrées won’t ever be the same again!

Amateur dancer from the age of 6 years, Aurora Cavazzin has attended courses of classical dance, contemporary (according to different techniques) and jazz. Ten years ago she began to work alongside teachers and gradually found herself to be a teacher. From 2015 to June 2018 che attended a training as a dancer for the community in which she deepened the techniques of conducting workshops and paths of discovery of dance aimed at a wider audience: adults, children, teenagers and the elderly who have never come close to dance. Also in June 2018 he completed the 2 years of professional training of the Michel Hallet Eghayan company in Lyon.
For what concerns the folk dances, she has always attended with great admiration the folkloristic shows of the group Baldanza (historical association of Turin) and in 2010 she finally approached it. She began by learning about “international” dances (Balkan, Israeli, Russian…) and later approached the famous French couple dances. After a period of several bals, she began to attend all the workshops and festivals that her finances and her physical forces allowed her to participate. From March 2016, with some friends, she founded the Bal.Un group with the aim of bringing Turin’s university students closer to balfolk. Through this experience she began to wonder what elements in her training as a dancer were useful for dancing folk. Starting from these and other reflections within the course as dancer for the community, from November 2017 to April 2018 she conducted a laboratory of experimentation for the folk dancers of Turin aimed at giving them some instruments on the basis of the body movement in general and on the knowledge of the body. The course ended with the creation of a performance performed in Turin’s square and entitled Comunichiamo al mondo (Communicate to the world).