Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

Events are listed in chronological order. For historical interest, see also the list of past events.

3 NOV 2017
5 Nov 2017
The Dharmalab Community Centre, 1814 Pandora Street, Second Floor, Vancouver, BC , Canada

TANTRA CONTACT FUSION: Creating deep intimacy in our dances
(A Touch&Play Event)

Friday night 6-10pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm Plus a blindfold jam 7-10pm
Sunday 10am – 5pm

WHERE: The Dharmalab Community Centre
1814 Pandora Street, Second Floor, Vancouver

Even though Contact Improv is a dance form that offers more intimacy than any other dance form I know of, there are so many ways that we can continue to deepen in these states. Often this vulnerability and intimacy is avoided out of fears and habits to keep us safe. Finding your own safe edge we’ll explore the balance of control and surrender. In a safe container, incorporating stillnesses, slow-motion, eye-contact, energetic awareness, and more – we’ll explore being more deeply present with our partners.

The event will begin with a consent workshop on Friday Evening required for all participating:
ConSensual: Contact Improv & The Art of Consent

At the core of CI is the constant dance of consent. In this workshop we will be practicing this dance of saying and hearing “No” & “Yes” both verbally and non-verbally. This act of trust brings us into deeper intimacy when we hold ourselves and partners with respect. This listening practice guides our dances toward greater empathy and presence. By incorporating Non-Violent Communication, Tantra-inspired exercises, stillness, eye-contact, and energetic awareness, we’ll explore being more deeply sensual, consensual, and present with each other.

The weekend event will include a BLINDFOLD JAM Saturday 7-10pm only available to those attending the weekend workshop:

INFO: Kayte Gillespie – wcciassociation@gmail.com or 778-919-5283

Moti Zemelman, MFA, began practicing Contact Improvisation 29 years ago. Over the past 22 years he has taught and performed across USA, Canada, Central America, Mexico, Europe and Israel. In 2008-09 he taught as Professor of Dance at the Instituto Naciónal de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Over the last 10 years in his desire to integrate communication and intimacy skills in his life and teaching he has studied Non-Violent Communication, Tantra, Butoh, BDSM and Byron Katie’s “The Work”. Moti has been both a teacher and a board member at Earthdance Retreat Center in Plainfield, MA where he currently co-organizes the Touch&Play Festival – https://2017.touchandplay.org/ . Additionally he is a featured dancer in Sanford Lewis’ recently released documentary film about CI “An Intimate Dance.” (Video Clip from the film http://vimeo.com/38268635 ) He also designs and moderates the international Contact Improv resource website www.contactimprov.com

INFO: Kayte Gillespie – wcciassociation@gmail.com or 778-919-5283

COST (sliding scale):
Early Bird Special – Before September 30, 2017 – $145 – 170
After Sep 30, 2017 – $160 – 200

To register please send a payment via paypal or etransfer (if within Canada) to wcciassociation@gmail.com. Please include your full name and email address.

CONTACT: Moti Zemelman, 778-919-5283, , https://www.facebook.com/events/141199503137854
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4 NOV 2017
5 Nov 2017
Eden studios, Berlin , Germany

you are cordially invited to the workshop:

ANIMAL INSTINCT – Movement Reaserch & Contact Improvisation –

DATE: November 4+5, 2017
NICE VENUE: EDEN Studios – part of Dock11 Berlin –
COST: Earlybird 125€ (money transfer until September 23, 2017), thereafter 155€

YOUR REGISTRATION: For registration details and workshop questions please contact me by e-mail at xs4jan@gmx.de
EVENT WEBSITE: http://contact-improvisation.net/2017/08/01/animal-instinct-matan-levkowich-nov-45-2017/
LIKE THE EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/1354950411287365/

November 4+5, 2017
Saturday: 11:00-14:00 / 15:00-18:00 / 18:30-20:00 (open space/jam)
Sunday: 11:00-14:00 / 15:00-18:00

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP: https://vimeo.com/103231069


ANIMAL INSTINCT is an ongoing movement research. The hardcore of this practice is to gain freedom in motion. By moving away from any ideology, style or form, we can reexamine our physical abilities with fresh eyes. The work refers to information from various movement disciplines (contact improvisation, martial arts, somatic practices & contemporary dance) and offers a wide spectrum of tools to study our body, to understand movement and communicate physically.

- Body preparation (warm-up/cool-down)
- Physical Adaptation
- Flexibility and movement fluidity
- Undulation and spiral patterns
- Muscle tonus
- Hands as feet and feet as hands
- Reflexive awareness
- Structural limitations & manipulation
- Freedom in expression

The work passes through various constellations (solo, duet or group work), studying the never ending possibilities that occur in dynamic improvisations.

The workshop is open for beginners and advanced movers.

Language is english
Translation into german is possible


Matan Levkowich is a dancer, choreographer and graphic designer. Movement Lab represents all his artistic engagements in the field of dance and performance. Matan’s approach to movement is based on the study of the body’s intuition. The study of intuition enables to navigate through instability and develops trust in the body’s capacities. His choreographic work is inspired by social phenomena and human behaviour. From his base in Vienna, Austria, he tours around Europe, presenting his choreographic work, performing and leading workshops.

Breite Strasse 43
13187 Berlin (Pankow)
…scroll down to "STUDIO 190.EG,“ in Haus 2

Tram-Station „Pankow-Kirche“: M1, M50
U & S-Bahn Pankow: U2, M27, S2, S8, RE3, RE5
Bus: 107, 155, 250, 255, X54, N50, N2

CONTACT: http://contact-improvisation.net/2017/08/01/animal-instinct-matan-levkowich-nov-45-2017/
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9 NOV 2017
19 Nov 2017
Festin Argentina - Buenos Aires 2017
Buenos Aires , Argentina

November -
soon more information or write us..

CONTACT: ciete cielos, 0 5411 - (9) - 6569 9715,
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17 MAR 2018
24 Mar 2018
Goddess Garden Eco Retreat, Playa Grande, Cahuita, Limon , Costa Rica

5th Annual Contact Improv Retreat in Costa Rica
❀ with Moti Zemelman ❀ March 17-24, 2018
@ Goddess Garden, Cahuita, Costa Rica
INFO/REGISTER: www.contactimprov.com/costarica

  • Register by Dec 31 for $100 discount

Come to the magical rainforest and Caribbean coast of Costa Rica to play, improvise, and enhance your Contact skills. Your host and teacher, Moti Zemelman, brings 30 years of CI experience to share. We’ll improvise in the beautiful wood-floor palapa studio and do site specific dance explorations with the Goddess Tree, in the pool & on the beach. Nightly jams will include live improvised music. During this week-long intensive we will explore Contact as a way of connecting with self, nature, spirit and community.

Cost includes:
❉ 7 Nights accommodations
❉ Morning warm-ups
❉ Daily Contact classes and Jams
❉ 3 healthy nutritious meals per day
❉ Excursion to the Cahuita National Park
❉ Transportation to and from San Jose to
Goddess Gardens

For details and registration:
or e-mail: moti@contactimprov.com

  • Register by Dec 31 for $100 discount

Pura Vida!


Moti’s intensive was hands down the best contact dance intensive I have ever taken. Moti was able to create a space where community could flourish and where we were able to explore ourselves at so many levels. Contact dance was the vehicle through which we delved deeper into ourselves and what in means to be in community with each other. I cannot recommend his teaching enough.
- Rosemary Macadam (Toronto, Canada)

This Retreat was an absolute highlight in my over 30 years on again off again CI dance life. Moti is a sensei, a true master teacher, who has fed my love for CI on a very deep level and has brought out new curiosities and inner explorations into my being a CI practitioner, who wants to see this form spread to the edges of the earth.
- Cornelia Hoehle, (USA/Germany)

The combination of a paradise jungle/ocean location and Moti’s loving, experienced teaching made this a contact improv dancer’s dream.
- Bobby Dolan, (MA, USA)

Este retiro fue una experiencia hermosa. El lugar y la naturaleza que lo rodea son hermosos… La oportunidad de compatir con gente de otros países que está en la misma frecuencia de uno, gente sensible, abierta, es maravilloso… Y por supuesto la belleza y dulzura de Moti, junto con su enorme experiencia enseñando CI… Todo esto hace de esta experiencia algo digno de vivirse al menos una vez en la vida.
- Emmanuel Ramírez (San Jose, Costa Rica)

Fue una experiencia maravillosa, de gran crecimiento y aprendizaje. Sentir el cuerpo vivo y en movimiento, concentrarse en la pequeña danza, alejados del mundo por unos días para descubrirnos y abrirnos a la maravilla del contacto. Asistir a este retiro fue una experiencia que como artista escénico y ser humano, es invaluable. Gracias.
- Marianna Musso, (Argentina)

Info in Spanish -
Para ver la información de este evento en español haga clic aquí:

Pricing tiers: (in US Dollars)
✾ 6 person dorm: $1095
✾ Triple: $1295
✾ Double: $1495
✾ Private Room: $1895

  • Register by Dec 31 for $100 discount
CONTACT: Moti Zemelman, 4134752651, , http://www.contactimprov.com/costarica
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20 MAR 2018
27 Mar 2018
Srithanu, Koh Phangan , Thailand

A festival for Contact Improvisation and Ecstatic Dance on Koh Phangan in March 2018.

250€ early bird ticket
290€ regular ticket

CONTACT: The Festival Team, , http://thailandcontactfestival.com/
Permalink — Updated: Aug 16 2017