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A dance project from the MK Youth Centre in Innsbruck concerning the topic intimacy. The text was written by Max Heine-Geldern SJ, who is responsible for the mk Innsbruck. The photos were taken by Klaus Spielmann.

The project „dance of discernment“ performed during of the „Long night of churches“ 2016 has caused impressive echo. The audience was touched by the performance and especially the performing youth and the team in charge of accompanying the whole project were enthusiastic with the common process and the performance. Encouraged by this experience and the growing confidence a next step was taken. The process of discernment should be made concrete in a special topic: intimacy.

We accessed the broad area of intimacy from three angles, each developed in a separate project. The aim was to accompany young people in the development of a mature, self-confident attitude towards their personal intimacy. Our ambition and desire is to lead them from a very narrow interpretation of intimacy e.g. concerning only the area of sexuality towards the discovery of the depth and dynamic of intimacy in each form of integral relation and encounter.

Encounter which is summarised in its fullness in the commandment of love: “Love your God and love your neighbour as yourself.” Dance helps to avoid a purely rational approach and to work on the topic with body and soul.

First angle “layer by layer”

Where do I put on layers, where do I take them off – e.g. in social media? Who puts a layer on me? Which layers do protect me? Which are restrictive? What do these layers tell about me? These tensions of interacting with oneself and the environment were made visible in a performance of seven young dancers at the Family Celebration of the Youth Centre on December 7th.

Second angle „intimacy and relations“

The performance was very well received, 28 young men and women signed up for the next performance. It was about „dusting“ the tabu “sex”. In dance they expressed the struggle between desire and ascetics towards surrender. It is about wanting to share intimacy and not wanting to reduce this intimacy to sex. Preparing the performance we had a four days’ workshop dealing with questions like: “Which ways of touching another person encourage relations? Which forms overtax a relation? When and how do I set limits? What am I expecting of a relationship? What is helpful for me to grow in mature sexuality?“ A very intensive, intimate process, which made us all grow. There was so much demand for the performance in the Jesuit Church on March 31st that we had to perform 3 times.

Third angle “intimacy with God”

In the third performance 36 young dancers deal with their conceptions of God and Men. Where is a place for God in my life? Is my life dominated by my ego? Am I afraid of not getting enough of what I want? What is helping me to be more open to others? Open to God? How is God trying to act in my life? Is my relationship with Him a superficial one, dominated by keeping moral rules, or is my heart filled with His word?

This performance took place in the “Long night of Churches” on June 9th 2017 in the Jesuit Church.

The complete project is accompanied by choreographer and sex pedagogue Gerhard Egger and gender scientist and yoga instructor Tanja Happacher. Music is composed and performed by Julian Überlacker and Ralf Leitner.

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