Meet the Oracle, a reciprocity of your own physical presence, a moment in the company of a stranger, anyone and everyone.
Through vibration and energy, the Oracle connects with your life at present. A song, a dance, all there ever was, all there ever will be. Your session with the Oracle is only for you, and lasts perhaps 5 minutes. Small gift for the Oracle is welcome.
In the waiting room you can drink tea, meditate, relax.
‘Strangers Oracle’ is an investigation into our ability and
willingness to spontaneously connect with others. Not knowing what to
expect, can be a game changer in making an energetic and physical
The Oracle may be your dance partner, your therapist, your lover,
your singer, someone to laugh with, or simply someone with whom to spend
a moment in time. Whether meeting the Oracle leads you to towards
healing, self discovery, a metaphysical
experience, or something completely different, is an open question.
The artist (the Oracle) wishes to test her ability to meet anyone who steps through the door, with an open mind, a spontaneous and tender response. Applying dance, meditative touch and music. As the experience is secret, no one, except you and the Oracle, will know what may reveal it self in the encounter.
Hallager Andersen is a freelance dance artist with an MA Creative Practice from
Trinity Laban in London. Through her diverse work with movement, especially in
the context of somatic practices, she has developed a broad interest in the body.
Her work spans performing dance improvisation, filmmaking and collaboration
with other artists and with academics.
Høybye is an interdisciplinary researcher with a dual background in
anthropology and health sciences. She is associate professor at IMC, Department
of Clinical Medicin, Aarhus University and Silkeborg Regional Hospital. She has
a keen interest in the role of the body and movement in knowledge making and
explores how to engage the potential of sensory and body knowledge in research
and practice in health settings.
Itay Yatuv is the Artistic Director of the Hakvutza Dance School,
and has been practising and teaching contact improvisation (CI)
worldwide for the last 17 years. Itay trained as a contemporary dancer
in New York, U.S; Italy, and Israel; then went on to independently
choreographing and leading several international projects of
improvisational performances. Itay has been training in Aikido for the
past ten years, a practice he integrates into his CI research.
Contakids has been developed in the last ten years.
The Meeting of Bodies: Basic forms of Shared Experiences
Human beings show this fascinating ability to meet each other’s minds, sharing their
emotions, intentions, desires and perceptual experiences. This talk examines what counts as
the most basic forms of shared experiences. For example, Zahavi & Rochat (2015) recently
draw on phenomenological insights and developmental studies in order to support the idea
that empathy (with its preservation of self-other differentiation) must be considered a central
precondition for experiential sharing
While previous approaches defined experiential sharing by using vision as a paradigmatic
example of ‘togetherness’ (e.g. face-to-face encounters), here I argue that we need to consider
the case of intersubjective touch in early infancy (skin-to-skin encounters) and shared
embodiment as a more basic model of experiential sharing in general.
Specifically, I focus on a relatively overlooked aspect, namely the fact that we all start our journey into our experiential life within the experiencing body of another person. The aim is to show that shared experiences are phenomena emerging first and foremost from a ‘meeting of bodies’ rather than of minds as such they precede rather than presuppose empathetic abilities. I conclude by discussing discuss potential implications of this bottom-up, dynamic and developmental perspective on therapeutic interventions for self-disturbances in dissociative conditions such as depersonalisation.
BIO: I am a Researche Associate at the Institute of Philosophy, Porto, and the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, UK where I lead as Principal Investigator the interdisciplinary project “Estranged from Oneself, Estranged from Others- Investigating the effect of Depersonalisation on Self-Other Mirroring”. Before that I was Research Associate at the Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology, UCL, the UK. My research focuses on the relationship between (a)typical forms of bodily self-consciousness and social interactions. My work combines interdisciplinary resources from philosophy, experimental psychology and cognitive neuroscience in order to gain a better understanding of the bodily foundations of subjective experiences and phenomenal selfhood, both in health and disease. I am also the main coordinator of the interdisciplinary Network for Embodied Consciousness and the Arts (NECTArts) connecting artists, researchers, clinicians, performers and people with lived experiences working at the interface between arts and science, with focus on the link between altered sense of self and social isolation.