Lara Martelli

As a dancer she has worked with J. Fabre, F.Ruckert, S. Linke, and U. Dietrich, among others.
Since 2002 she has been working as a dance and yoga teacher for numerous schools and ensembles and has developped her own choreographies.
In her work as a performer and choreographer, she has changed genre several times and has thereby gathered experience in the field between classical dance theater, contemporary choreography and improvisation.
Her curiosity to explore different body states, energetic transformations and metamorphoses leads her to ever new experiments.

Her Workshops
In this workshop we will investigate pain and our attitude towards it.
What do I feel and perceive when I inflict or receive pain? How can I inflict or accept pain and to allow a more intense exchange of power and energy?
Which quality of pain touches me most? Under what circumstances can I experience pain as pleasure? How can I let myself go into a deeper pain?
How can pain open up the border between the Self and the Other, the Outer and the Inner?
What are the circumstances that allow an energetic transformation to arise from pain?

This workshop is designed for people who have never voluntarily experienced pain as well as for those interested in sharing their experiences and discovering new facets of pain. Through small, playful rituals and exercises alone and in groups we give ourselves the chance to see pain in a new light.

Pain is more than a merely physical sensation. Pain afflicts our body and soul. But it can also be titillating, establish power, unleash our strength. The line between pain and pleasure is blurry. When the body is in a state of pain, it releases endorphins and adrenaline, just like when we feel joy. Extreme pain just as extreme pleasure (e.g. an orgasm) leaves the body shivering and vibrating with small, wavelike movements.
If we accept the pain and invite it in, our awareness of time and space can be intensified and substantially changed.
If we go deep into the pain, it is as if we were on a journey deep into our selves.

These days, nobody likes to talk about pain. We tend to keep to ourselves the things that hurt us.
Pain has always been a fact of life, but it was treated differently at different times in different cultures.
It has been assigned a role different from the one it usually plays in our society, not only by individuals, but by whole nations. Suppression of pain, e.g., is a concept alien to Chinese medicine. Instead pain is taken seriously and treated as a source of information. The quality of pain alone is an important indicator. Is it a sudden, stabbing pain? Does it feel dull and paralyzing or brutally piercing?

In primeval rituals people reached a sometimes ecstatic state of trance that was intended to take away the pain. Only those who could identify with these rituals had a chance to be cured. Some of these ideas and rituals have survived in African, Asian and South American tribal culture.

I developed small hands-on rituals inspired by sacrificial rituals and rites of passage for this workshop.