Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

25 JUL 2009
1 Aug 2009
Lasqueti Island, British Columbia V0R 2J0, Canada

About Lasqueti Island…

July 25-26 Workshop: CONTACT CONFIDENT (all levels of experience)

Everything you need to know for safe and satisfying dancing.
The principles are simple, the practice infinite.
Beginners welcome. Participation is divine.
Come as you are, begin from there. Bring your curiosity.

July 26 – August 1: CONTACT INQUIRY & JAM

State of Inquiry: How does inquiry inform our dancing?
What is? What are we doing? What else is possible?
What unfolds as we embody our curiosity, physically and verbally?
We gather to inquire, of ourselves and each other.

Camping, food and childcare provided.
Tasty vegetarian meals with wheat-free, vegan and non veg. options.

Non-refundable deposit of $100 is required, with the total due July 1.
Workshop is limited to 25, the Inquiry & Jam to 50.
Last year we filled fast, so send a deposit to save your space.

To register send cheques to-
Mark Young
123 Sesame Street
Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0

or contact Mark at markyoung@lasqueti.ca

Carolyn Stuart-
Explorer of C.I. since 1984, calling her thread of inquiry the Touchmonkey path. She realized hundreds of performance projects with Patrick Gracewood in the 90's, spent years teaching and performing world-wide and is now based in Portland, OR. Her events emphasize inquiry and exploration as the origin and life blood of the form. All are invited to research and contribute to the paradigm of contact improvising, on and off the dance floor!

Event Information…

Workshop only: $150 (CDN)
Inquiry & Jam Only: $280 (CDN)
Full 8 Days: $380 (CDN)

Camping, wholesome meals, and childcare are included in the event cost.

CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://contactimprov.ca/bc/lasqueti/
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28 JUL 2009
3 Aug 2009
Moscow, Russian Federation

Contact improvisation requires a courageous willingness — but never so much as when we dance in the absence of will – those moments when we drop the reigns and, nowhere bound, allow our animal to carry us.

Join good company for dancing and discovery. With games, some sweat, and the unique physicality of the contact body we will savor and rock the boundaries between states of allowing and mindful intention.

We will explore:
• Moving from a base of sensation
• Dancing with a shared central axis
• Seeking ease in going off balance
• Finding the spontaneous acrobatics of the form
• Spending more time in nuance, disorientation, and extended follow-through

This is an advanced level training for those with a grasp of Contact fundamentals.

150 euro for Russian CI festival participants;
250 euro for those who comes only for the workshop.

CONTACT: Alexey Karyagin, +7 985 2265938, , http://www.contactfestival.ru
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1 AUG 2009
9 Aug 2009
Vilnius, Lithuania

9 special days in Vilnius, European Capital of Culture 2009!

One of the main ideas of the festival is having enough time. Enough time to dance and to reflect, to explore and to rest, to receive and to share, to laugh and to be silent, and simply to be.

Festival teachers:
Isabelle Üski (France),
Nina Martin (USA),
Mans Erlandson (Sweden),
Maria Grudskaya (Russia),
Vitali Kononov (USA/Russia),
Paolo Cingolani (Italy/Spain)
and others…

Open your mind-body-heart and find yourself dancing in Vilnius!
for registration

The festival price is 160-190 € sliding scale. This includes: one intensive and all other classes and events, food, and accommodation in the classrooms.

There are some places for work exchange.

Festival price when deposit paid before:
1st of July – 160 €
later – 190 €

CONTACT: Julija Melnik, +370 613 57997, +370 614 37287, , http://www.contactimprovisation.lt
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1 AUG 2009
9 Aug 2009
Cluj Napoca, Romania

TRANS-CONTACT – 4th International Contact Improvisation Festival (Cluj-Napoca) brings together professional movers (dancers, actors, choreographers) as well as non-professional movers to explore Contact Improvisation in an intensive week of workshops, research, discussions and jams led by internationally acclaimed coaches. It is a unique form to continue exploring Contact Improvisation introduced at previous editions to the Romanian dance and theatre community. It aims to develop in the participants an awareness of the importance of this movement technique in the creative process of performing arts.

INTENSIVES with Katarina Eriksson (Sweden, Charlie Morrissey (UK), Eszter Gál (Hungary), Ulla Mäkinen (Finland)

CLASSES with Fernando Neder (Brazil), Katja Mustonen (Finland), Niclas Valenti (Sweden), Dorka Farkas (Hungary/Romania), Mirva Mäkinen (Finland), Enikő Szilágyi (Hungary), Asher Levin (UK/Germany)

First Contact Project – dedicated to CI teachers with little teaching experience. Special conditions apply. Deadline July 5, 2009.

Other events: warm ups, jams, Nature Day, Performance, discussion, One 2 One session

Full fee includes an intensive workshop at choice, afternoon workshops during the week, jams, warm ups, nature day (with transport, accommodation and dinner) and performance participation. If paid in advance, it also includes accommodation in hostel type shared rooms. The fee should be paid by bank transfer before July 15, 2009.

International participants
Full fee by bank transfer: 250 EURO
Full fee at arrival: 270 EURO

Romanian participants*
Full fee by bank transfer: 500 RON
Full fee at arrival: 550 RON
Afternoon courses and jams: 350 RON
Hungarian participants*
Full fee by bank transfer: 120 EURO
Full fee at arrival: 150 EURO

* Obs. Hungarian and Romanian participants have lower fee thanks to the generosity of our funding partners, the National Cultural Fund of Hungary and The National Centre of Dance – Bucharest.

CONTACT: Kinga Kelemen, +40-748-144322, , http://www.groundfloor.ro
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2 AUG 2009
8 Aug 2009
Zaragoza, Zaragoza 50006, Spain

A small and intimate gathering in the Village Cardedeu, close to Barcelona.
3 days of long classes (5 hours), open classes with the village habitants, performances and jams in the tranquil and Mediterranean atmosphere of the village.

The total cost of the festival is 350 € / 300 € if paid before May 31.
This price include all classes, 3 meals a day and accommodation in the hall or in your tent.

CONTACT: http://www.contactfestival.es/
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5 AUG 2009
15 Aug 2009
Munich, Germany

Der Sommer naht und mit ihm auch die 19. TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA, die in diesem Jahr vom 5.-15. August stattfindet. Wir freuen uns, Ihnen hiermit das Gesamtprogramm ankündigen zu können. Die Anmeldung ist ab sofort möglich, die Anmeldeformulare stehen auf www.jointadventures.net zum Download bereit.


Amanda Miller wird bei der diesjährigen TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA den Kurs Contemporary Dance – Composition unterrichten.

Iñaki Azpillaga (B/ES): Dynamic Changes in Contemporary Dance (Intermediate & Advanced)
Patricia Bardi (USA/B): Physical Voice in the Moving Body (Pedagogues & Dancers, 5.8.-9.8.)
Stefan Dreher (D): Yoga (all levels)
Jeremy Nelson (USA): Contemporary Dance Technique (Advanced & Professionals)
Amanda Miller (D/USA): Contemporary Dance (Beginners & Advanced / Professionals)
Dr. Liane Simmel (D): “Inside out” – The Body in Motion (Pedagogues & Dancers)
Katja Wachter (D): Contemporary Dance – Composition (Beginners & Advanced / Professionals)
Niako (F): Hip-Hop Freestyle (Beginners, Advanced & Professionals)
Goran Bogdanovski (SI): Fico Balet – Technique and Improvisation Tools (Intermediate & Professionals)
Kenneth Flak (S/N): Contemporary Dance Technique (Intermediate & Advanced)
Kenneth Flak (S/N): Moving in Character (Professionals)
Boris Charmatz (F): 50 years of dance (Professionals, 10.8.-14.8., Performance included)

Kinderkurse (fünftägig):
Andrea Marton (D): Contemporary Dance for Kids (age 7 – 11; 5.8.-9.8.)
Annerose Schmidt (D): Contemporary Dance for Boys (age 8 – 11; 5.8.-9.8.)
Aiga Keller (D): Hip-Hop for Kids (age 8 – 12; 10.8.-14.8.)
Aiga Keller (D): Contemporary Dance for Young People (age 12 – 16; 10.8.-14.8.)

Weitere Infos zu den einzelnen Kursen finden Sie auf www.jointadventures.net
Natürlich geben wir unter 089/ 1 89 31 37-0 gerne auch telefonisch Auskunft!

CONTACT: Jana Brambach, , http://www.jointadventures.net
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10 AUG 2009
14 Aug 2009
Studio "Le Space", 4532 ave Laval (Mt-Royal subway station), Montreal, Qc , Canada

Pie festival is for professional and non professional artists who wish to deepen their research and their personal practice in movement.

Classes in Contact Improvisation & Scores, Skinner Releasing & Alexander Techniques
Including a unique performance by PIE titled “Roots and Crown”, on Friday August 14th.

It will take place in Montreal the week of August 10 – 14, in the heart of Montreal’s Plateau.

With Catherine Lessard, Eryn Dace Trudell, David Flewelling, Robert H. Schweitzer, Stephanie Gaudreau

Sign up early as this year promises to be very rich and fun!

Sliding scale: 250$ / 275$ / 300$
Send 75$ deposit to Robert H. Schweitzer, 2405 Ryde st, Montreal, Qc, H3K 1R5, Canada
Deadline for registration is July 27.

CONTACT: Robert H. Schweitzer, 514-934-5972, , http://pie-dance.com
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13 AUG 2009
16 Aug 2009
Latvian Academy of Culture, Ludzas 24, Riga, Latvia

13 August – 16 August \ 2009

a course in Contact Improvisation for all levels
with Marija Grudskaja (Russia)

• 13.08 (Thursday): 19:00 – 21:30
• 14.08 (Friday): 19:00 – 21:30
• 15.08 (Saturday): 12:00 – 18:00 (one hour break in between)
• 21:00-…: Closing Event in SPACE GARAGE (Audēju iela 12, 6th floor)
• 16.08 (Sunday) – JAM (13:00-18:00), premises in Latvian Academy of Culture or on the beach.

Contact improvisation is a movement form, exploration of two (or more) bodies moving in contact. The dancers follow physical forces, such as gravity and momentum, as well as point of contact which can roll and slide across their bodies.
In the workshop we will use the floor and its energy to move and support ourselves and each other. We will travel through levels, find easy and safe ways fall down and to get up. Our hands can be strong as legs and our legs can be light and sensitive as hands.
We will dance in the dialogue, when both partners are mobile and ready to follow each other.
In the dance we share weight with the partner, offer support, and let spontaneous liftings to happen. We will search ways to support the partner with minimal effort, sensing moments to get support or a lift and being light there.
We will follow momentum and let it drive our dance, giving up control and at the same time being ready to redirect the momentum.
This workshop is open for participants with any level of experience. Together we can get into an unexpected and inspiring exploration.

Masha is a dancer, teacher and organizer from Moscow, Russia. She teaches CI in Moscow, in other cities of Russia and abroad. She performs regularly with a contemporary dance theatre and with a group of improvisers. Since 2007 she has been experimenting with teaching CI to children.
“When I dance and teach, it feels like I am constantly opening new doors, finding new details and meanings. I love to see myself and other people enjoying the taste of movement. I am happy to have a group of friends with whom we dance, perform, teach and learn together and make the big contact festival every year!”

e-mail: auzina@gmail.com
tel +2 9262198, Inese Auziņa

WORKSHOP FEE: 36 Euros (10 hours + JAM)

CONTACT: Inese Auzina, +371 29262198, , http://kontaktpunkts.blogspot.com
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29 AUG 2009
30 Aug 2009
Bellamystraat 49, Amsterdam, Netherlands

w/ Yvette van der Slik, Noam Carmeli, Miles Kessler and Rob Vincken

This will be a movement workshop of aikido and dance exploring the relationship between the two arts. This workshop will be taught by four gifted teachers from the U.S., Holland and Israel who will guide you through practices from both aikido and dance, and beyond.

Yvette van der Slik – Teacher of Contemporary Dance
Noam Carmeli – Teacher of Contact Improvisation
Miles Kessler – Teacher of Integral Aikido and Meditation
Rob Vincken – Teacher of Aikido and Mindfulness
The workshop is open to both aikidoists, dancers, movers and shakers of all levels. We hope that you'll join us for this inspirational weekend where aikido and dance come together.

Workshop cost: 100 Euro. Registration mandatory.

CONTACT: Yvette van der Slik, +31627164059, , http://www.aikido-dance.com
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