Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

11 FEB 2010
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17 Nov 2010
La Casa Mágica, Luís Beltrán, Río Negro , Argentina

The art of sharing weightless weight

In this workshop we will investigate the relation of our body to the “UP” and the “DOWN” in stillness and movement.
We will explore our bone system and its relationship to gravity, as the weight falls through it, into the floor and we project from the ground into the three dimensionality of space, while finding the alignement in each situation.
We will give focus to our breathing, as a tool to invite the release to happen: into the down, into the rising up and into the movement at the same time, supporting each other and the physical communication from the inside of our bodies.

Integrating this principles will support us in our solo, being in the present moment and in the communication with the momentary needs of the body moving, between earth and sky.

Our objective is to support the dance to find more ease, lightness and freedom, inviting the modulation of the weight and the tone of our bodies to open the possible ways to relate to someone else.

700$ ARG, before de 22nd january, after 800$ ARG
+ 100$ ARG for food.

1 U$D= 4$ ARG.

CONTACT: valeria fidel, , http://contactenlacasamagica.blogspot.com
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13 MAR 2010
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6 Nov 2010
18 Huia Road, Titirangi, Auckland, 0604, New Zealand

Skinner Releasing Technique: BE: More flexible, more fluid, more free, more at ease, more energetic, more relaxed, more spacious, more in harmony with yourself.
Come and experience Skinner Releasing Technique. Workshops and classes will introduce you to this meditative movement practice, teaching us how to release old postural habits and experience new ways of moving with efficiency and ease.
Experience creative movement, deep mediation, partner work and body awareness, as part of a fluid day developing a more integrated sense of moving and being.
No dance experience necessary, just a willingness to experience your body in a new way. Introductory series beginning in 2010.

“Nothing I’ve tried has done so much to bring me into physical and spiritual harmony with myself and others.” Student

I felt as free and at ease as I ever have. As if that kind of soft but total awareness, without aggression or fear, is my natural state of being. I felt unabashedly present.” Student


2010 workshop dates:
Ongoing series: 13th-14th March, 17th-18th April, 8th- 9th May, 12th- 13th June, 21st-22nd Aug,18th- 19th Sept, 6th- 7th Nov

$70 per workshop or $450 for the whole year of one series or $850 for both series.

CONTACT: Wilhimeena Monroe, (09) 8173051, , http://www.soulcentre.co.nz
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8 NOV 2010
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14 Nov 2010
France

First Contact Improvisation Festival

in Grenoble, French Alps

8- 14 Novembre 2010

Laisse tomber tes feuilles d’automne…

Come and dance your 1001 colors*


Au programme

Class with French or International teachers

Jams, Labs, Performances, and more rendez-vous



Intensifs with Ester MOMBLANT RIBAS (ES), Chris AIKEN (USA), Isabelle ÜSKI (FR, Grenoble)



Ateliers with Joe STOLLER (Shiatsu/CI, USA), Jacki MEREDIN (FR/NL),

Daniel MANG (DE/FR, Toulouse), Mathilde MONFREUX (FR, Marseille),

Christelle CASSE (FR, Grenoble) et Manuela BLANCHARD (CH, Berne),

Anne EXPERT (BMC/CI, FR, Lyon), Edwine FOURNIER (Tango contact, FR, Paris),

Ilona KENOVA (FI), Michael SCHACHRUR (IS)

More about the program
In a beautiful sports complex 20km from Grenoble

On an 18 hectare site of park land and forest

Accommodation in single or double bedrooms, sauna

Fees include food and accommodation.

More about Practical informations

340€

CONTACT: Fanny Tanous, , http://www.1001festival.fr/
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19 Nov 2010
MARTHA MOORE: Workshop „Making Movies - Sweded Samourai Reloaded“, November 15-20, 2010, Schwelle 7, Berlin
Germany

Sweded Samourai Reloaded
5 day intensive workshop with Martha Moore

WHEN:
Monday-Friday, November 15-19th, 2010
Workshop daily from12 am – 6 pm
Participants Performance: Friday, November 19th, 8:30 pm
Martha’s Performance: Saturday, November 20th, 8:30 pm

UPDATES: http://www.schwelle7.de/Martha%20Moore.html
SOCIAL: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=111404012253009
WHERE: Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany


Making Movies – Sweded Samourai Reloaded

This workshop proposes to expand the process used in the making of
SWEDED SAMOURAI – the western, presented at Schwelle 7 in october 2009.

It is not a question of filming, but rather of becoming a film, transforming the virtual into the physical.

Each day will begin with a short warm-up interlacing the vertical preparation of Ba Gua Zhang, the use of voice and somatic approaches to movement, and group improvisations.

Then, taking inspiration from classic movie scenes by the directors Takeshi Kitano, Patrice Leconte, Kenji Misumi, et Sam Peckinpah, we will transform the film elements into movement resources, constructing and deconstructing the scenes and characters daily, re-inventing a non verbal and definitely non-linear plot.

A showing of SWEDED SAMOURAI RELOADED is planned on Friday, November 19th, 8:30 pm.


Martha Moore and Felix Perrotin will also perform „John&Jane Installations“
on Saturday, November, 20 at 8:30 pm

John & Jane Installations – une série de performances sauvages conçues par la chorégraphe Martha Moore et le plasticien Félix Perrotin

série 1 à 4: cette hache n’est pas une hache…this ax is not an ax…
série 5 à 8: ce lit n’est pas un lit…this bed is not a bed…


MARTHA MOORE

Formed in California and New England, Martha Moore danced and created work
in New York from 1976 to 1982, before moving permanently to Paris in 1983.
She was artist in residency at Die Werkstatt in Dusseldorf in 1984 and formed her
company Toss in 1985. She has performed for several artists on stage and in film,
notably Mark Tompkins, Lila Greene, Stephanie Aubin, Charles Cré-Ange, and
Jacques Patarozzi.

In 1993 she created with Patricia Lopez the film Killing was Easy (Réalis. Sylvia Callé) selected for the “Festival des Assassins” at the Cinémathèque de Paris.

In 1995, she co-founded the collective company Les Penelopes and collaborated with the Quatuor Albrecht Knust for the re-creation of « Continuous Project Altered Daily » by Yvonne Rainer and Steve Paxton’s « Satisf’n Lover », and later with Dominique Brun, Valeska Gert’s « La Mort » and « La Sorciere » of Mary Wigman.
From 1992 to 2000, she was regularly invited for teaching residencies at the European Center for New Dance Development in Arnhem, as well as a commissioned work for the twin school in Dusseldorf. At the same time, she began creating a series of duets and performance installations in collaboration with various dance artists : Anne Koren, Sally Silvers , Isabelle Marteau, Christine Corday…
and continues this process now with the New York choreographer Ara Fitzgerald and the Paris based Sophie Lessard, with whom she created « Updated Country », a series of improvised films and performances on country music .
She has contributed work to the feminist performance collective, femmeuses (directed by Cecile Proust), performed in « Fuck Yeah ! » for the Nature Theater of Oklahoma in May 2009, and currently collaborates with the sculptor Félix Perrotin in the ongoing performance series, « john & jane installations », and for her latest work « that was easy ».

She has taught professional classes and workshops for several national choreographic centers and companies in Europe, as well as for the Centre National de la Danse, and the Ménagerie de Verre in Paris.


FEE: 150 Euro
REGISTER: per email to xs4jan@gmx.de

SLEEPING:
We can host up workshop participants basic opportunities to stay overnight. The cost is 10 EUR a night per person. More options: http://www.schwelle7.de/GAESTE.html

VENUE:
Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6, backyard, 2. floor
13357 Berlin – Wedding / Germany
http://www.schwelle7.de
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=286059761953

Traffic link: U8 Pankstraße, U9 Osloer Straße, U9 Nauener Platz, SB Gesundbrunnen, SB Humboldthain, Bus M27 Brunnenplatz
http://maps.google.de/maps?daddr=13357+Berlin,+Uferstr+6

CONTACT:
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19 NOV 2010
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21 Nov 2010
Vilnius, Lithuania

We are happy to invite you to the 4-th Contact Improvisation and Performance Minifestival in Vilnius, Lithuania!

From the beginning this festival had an idea: to gather, make a connection and communicate with contact dancers and teachers from neighbour countries, especially the ones we’ve never met or heard about. Previous years it worked out perfectly (40-60 people from 7 neighbour countries), check out some photos!
We are looking for a new meeting again this year!

We invite contact teachers from region countries to meet and share their interests and experience in contact improvisation and performance with festival participants. We invite you to participate! Come to meet, share and support, inspire and enjoy (contact, improvisation, performance, neighbours,new people, unknown, ideas).

We will have a nice week-end full of improvisation, contact dance, performance, jams, spontaneity and happiness.

We want you to meet us and we want to meet you!

Workshops with Inese Upeniece (Latvia), Janika Koppel (Estonia), Ulla Mäkinen (Finland), Sebastian Flegiel (Poland).

Fee: with an early submission of registration form (see below) and a deposit of 10 EUR paid
by 8th of November – 32 EUR
by 15th of November – 45 EUR
later – 55 EUR
10% discount for students!

Venue: Space in Vilnius city centre, will be announced later.

Lodging: We will try to organize sleeping in the studio or in our homes, so bring your own sleeping bags!

Food: We will provide only water and some snacks. There will be longer breaks for “hunting” in the supermarket, making a picnic in the studio or going to eat in a cafe.

Please, help us to spread the word and support our small, but sincere steps into contact world!

We hope to dance with you soon!

Register here!

CONTACT: Julija Melnik, +4915780269288, +370 613 57997, , http://contactfestival.blogas.lt
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26 Nov 2010
Workshop DANIEL LEPKOFF: Foundations of Improvisation, November 22-26, 2010, Schwelle7, Berlin/Germany
Berlin, Germany

Foundations of Improvisation
5 day intensive Improvisation Workshop with Daniel Lepkoff
WHEN: Monday – Friday, November, 22-26, 2010, 12 am – 6 pm
WHERE: Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany

FOUNDATIONS OF IMPROVISATION
Researching Movement, Mind & Flow of Information

This work examines the basic functioning of the body and how the mind and body work together to compose our movement. Whatever is happening, at any moment, is appreciated as an intelligent response to our present moment and as material that can be placed in a dance frame. The workshop provides tools for researching your own movement choices, and developing ones powers of observation.

Developmental movement patterns such as: walking, rolling, crawling, running, pushing, and pulling form a base vocabulary used to re-simulate and re-examine our body’s deep understanding of how to move.

“The movement of our attention." is our primary tool for our research. Structured explorations offer ways to re-focus on particular details of our sensory experience, perceptions, and actions. We open to all aspects of our experience: gravity, touch, vision, sound, time, & the imagination.
In these ways we re-form our images and understandings of what is going on when we move. Our physical research is a base for spontaneous composition.

Material developed in the workshop will be presented to the public in an Informal showing at the end of the week, Friday, 27 at 8:30 pm, Our focus will be live performance as a venue and vehicle for sharing information We will use this opportunity to think about the nature of improvising in performance and to consider what is happening physically in the minds and bodies the performers and audience members in the theater.

Material developed in this workshop will be presented to the public in an informal showing at the end of the week: Friday, Nov. 26 at 8:30 pm

UPDATES: http://www.schwelle7.de/Daniel%20Lepkoff.html
REGISTRATION: xs4jan (at) gmx.de
PRICE: 150 EUR

SLEEPING:
We can host up workshop participants in our special sleeping cocoons. The cost is 10 EUR a night per person.

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Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6, HH, Aufgang links, 1. OG
13357 Berlin – Wedding (Nähe Uferstudios)
http://www.schwelle7.de
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=286059761953

Schwelle 7 – Cie. Felix Ruckert Berlin e.V.
Artistic & Managing Director: Felix Ruckert
info@felixruckert.de
49 (0) 173 611 84 04

TRAFFIC LINK: U8 Pankstraße, U9 Osloer Straße, U9 Nauener Platz, SB Gesundbrunnen, SB Humboldthain, Bus M27 Brunnenplatz
http://maps.google.de/maps?daddr=13357
Berlin,+Uferstr+6

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THOUGHTS ABOUT THE WORK & PERFORMANCE
by Daniel Lepkoff

„As a maker of dances, a designer of theater and an improvising performer,

I am not specifically interested in presenting “dance” movement on the stage. What is happening at any moment, I see as possible material that can be placed in a dance frame. Each of us exists in an on-going physical dialogue with our environment, tuning to the details and nuance of our own and each others’ movement behavior and to the conditions of our present moment. We observe, we feel, and we act.
We create our own images and construct our own understandings. Ordinarily this activity is unconscious. In the theater I want to stimulate audience and performer alike to consciously and actively create their own images, and so my work is designed not to tell the audience what it is they are looking at. Inside of a moment of disorientation, of not knowing, lies an opportunity for a person in the theater to create their own story. In these times, we are surrounded by media images designed by others to manipulate our attention and to control what we know and do not know. As an artist, the performance event offers me an opportunity to create, Empty Space.“

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Bio

DANIEL LEPKOFF’s work looks at “all” of our movement as a finely tuned physical dialogue with the environment and explores the form and composition of this interaction.

He played a central role in the development of Release Technique with Mary Fulkerson and Contact Improvisation with Steve Paxton since the early 70’s. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s he traveled extensively; actively teaching, performing, and exposing this new work and new ideas to audiences worldwide.

As a performer and teacher he is known for his commitment to a way of composing dances that arises from the process of living movement, a vision of living in the body in a physical dialogue with the environment

He is one of the founders of Movement Research in NYC.

In the 80’s Daniel was a member of the New York based improvisational performance ensemble “Channel Z” from 1982 to 1987. Channel-Z’s members included: Robin Feld, Paul Langland, Daniel Lepkoff, Diane Madden, Nina Martin, Stephen Petronio, & Randy Warshaw.

Over the years he has collaborated with many other artists and performers including: Lisa Nelson, Steve Paxton; Paul Langland, Saira Blanche Theater in Moscow (Oleg Soulimenko and Andrej Andrianov), Lux Flux in Vienna (Inge Kandlsdorfer, Annette Pffeferkorn and Jack Hauser) and Japanese dancer, Sakura Shimada, among others.

His own work has been seen in NY at PS122, The Kitchen, Movement Research, DTW & Danspace. He has received grants for The Robison Foundation & The Suitcase Fund. In 2002 he was the artistic director and co-produced (together with Mira Kovarova) of “Physical Dialogues” a dance festival in Bratislava focusing on alternative systems for researching movement.

He has published numerous articles articulating concepts that are central to his own work, these writing appear in CQ, The MR Performance Journal and Contredanse Publications in Bruxelles.

CONTACT:
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DANIEL LEPKOFF: Improvisation Workshop, November 22-26, 2010, Schwelle7, Berlin/Germany
Berlin, Germany

Foundations of Improvisation
5 day intensive Improvisation Workshop with Daniel Lepkoff
WHEN: Monday – Friday, November, 22-26, 2010, 12 am – 6 pm
WHERE: Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany
LINK: http://www.schwelle7.de/Daniel%20Lepkoff.html

FOUNDATIONS OF IMPROVISATION
Researching Movement, Mind & Flow of Information

“I view dancing as the imagination acting through the body. My work examines how the mind and body act together to compose our movement. Whatever is happening, at any moment, is appreciated as an intelligent response to one’s present moment and as material that can be placed in a dance frame. The workshop provides tools and situations for researching your own movement choices and developing your powers of observation. I am an improvising performer and my own reference point in creating and practicing this work is to develop a performance practice. However these techniques can be easily applied by anyone interested in making dances or dancing, as well as people with a curiosity about the creative process and an appetite for being physical.”

“The material is drawn directly from my own movement research which has it’s roots in seminal the work I began in the ’70’s with the early developments of both Anatomical Release Technique and Contact Improvisation, as well as the work of Steve Paxton, and the work of Lisa Nelson.”

We will divide our 6 hours of studio time into two work sessions with a break in between:

I. The Movement of our Attention – Ordinarily we are unconscious of the movement of our attention and so do not notice how we constantly scan our environment, with all of our senses, for information. This facility is often under utilized. Through practice we can cultivate and strengthen our innate ability to observation and access new perceptions and physical understanding of where we are and where we can go. For a dancer it is a key to movement invention and research.

We work with an combination of stillness and movement to research and delve into the details of how the mind composes physical images, movement desires, and ultimately organizes our body to move. Aspects of stillness can be found within movement and inside of a stillness one finds a moving state. We work specifically with the constructive rest position in connection with deeply reflex ordinary movements such as: breathing, crawling, walking and running. Gradually we building a clear and visceral link between high energy action and deep seamless observation.

II. Moving the Environment – The visible boundaries of our body are transparent to the force of gravity. The forces that we feel within our body, (compression or stretch) do not know the difference between what is us and what is our environment. We move ourselves by extending our energy into the environment. The environment answers. We move it and it moves us. This duality offers an extended dimension to our awareness and understanding of what is happening in our dancing as we navigate through time and space.

We will work with objects (both large and small) and each other to explore extending our architecture and expressing force and intention into the environment.
Our work forms a base for a shared physical language and and supports creating spontaneous compositions in solo, duet, or group. For more detailed information on Daniel’s work go to: www.daniellepkoff.com

Material developed in the workshop will be presented to the public in an Informal showing at the end of the week, Friday, 26 at 8:30 pm, Our focus will be live performance as a venue and vehicle for sharing information We will use this opportunity to think about the nature of improvising in performance and to consider what is happening physically in the minds and bodies the performers and audience members in the theater.

WORKSHOP: http://www.schwelle7.de/Daniel%20Lepkoff.html
REGISTRATION: xs4jan (at) gmx.de
PRICE: 150 EUR

SLEEPING:
We can host up workshop participants in our special sleeping cocoons. The cost is 10 EUR a night per person.

-———— LOCATION -——-

Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6, HH, Aufgang links, 1. OG
13357 Berlin – Wedding (Nähe Uferstudios)
http://www.schwelle7.de
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=286059761953

Schwelle 7 – Cie. Felix Ruckert Berlin e.V.
Artistic & Managing Director: Felix Ruckert
info@felixruckert.de

Trafic Link: U8 Pankstraße, U9 Osloer Straße, U9 Nauener Platz, SB Gesundbrunnen, SB Humboldthain, Bus M27 Brunnenplatz
http://maps.google.de/maps?daddr=13357+Berlin,+Uferstr+6


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THOUGHTS ABOUT THE WORK & PERFORMANCE
by Daniel Lepkoff

„As a maker of dances, a designer of theater and an improvising performer,

I am not specifically interested in presenting “dance” movement on the stage.
What is happening
at any moment,
I see as possible material that can be placed in a dance frame.
Each of us exists in an on-going physical dialogue with our environment,
tuning to the details and nuance of our own and
each others’ movement behavior and to the conditions of our present moment.
We observe, we feel, and we act.
We create our own images and
construct our own understandings.
Ordinarily this activity is unconscious.
In the theater I want to stimulate audience and performer alike to consciously and actively create their own images,
and so my work is designed not to tell the audience what it is they are looking at.
Inside of a moment of disorientation, of not knowing, lies an opportunity for a person in the theater
to create their own story.
In these times, we are surrounded by media images designed by others
to manipulate our attention and to control what we know and do not know.
As an artist, the performance event offers me an opportunity to create,
Empty Space.“

-—————————————-

CV

DANIEL LEPKOFF’s work looks at “all” of our movement as a finely tuned physical dialogue with the environment and explores the form and composition of this interaction.

He played a central role in the development of Release Technique with Mary Fulkerson and Contact Improvisation with Steve Paxton since the early 70’s. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s he traveled extensively; actively teaching, performing, and exposing this new work and new ideas to audiences worldwide.

As a performer and teacher he is known for his commitment to a way of composing dances that arises from the process of living movement, a vision of living in the body in a physical dialogue with the environment

He is one of the founders of Movement Research in NYC.

In the 80’s Daniel was a member of the New York based improvisational performance ensemble “Channel Z” from 1982 to 1987. Channel-Z’s members included: Robin Feld, Paul Langland, Daniel Lepkoff, Diane Madden, Nina Martin, Stephen Petronio, & Randy Warshaw.

Over the years he has collaborated with many other artists and performers including: Lisa Nelson, Steve Paxton; Paul Langland, Saira Blanche Theater in Moscow (Oleg Soulimenko and Andrej Andrianov), Lux Flux in Vienna (Inge Kandlsdorfer, Annette Pffeferkorn and Jack Hauser) and Japanese dancer, Sakura Shimada, among others.

His own work has been seen in NY at PS122, The Kitchen, Movement Research, DTW & Danspace. He has received grants for The Robison Foundation & The Suitcase Fund. In 2002 he was the artistic director and co-produced (together with Mira Kovarova) of “Physical Dialogues” a dance festival in Bratislava focusing on alternative systems for researching movement.

He has published numerous articles articulating concepts that are central to his own work, these writing appear in CQ, The MR Performance Journal and Contredanse Publications in Bruxelles.

CONTACT:
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30 NOV 2010
Contact Improvisation Dance Workshop: All the Stuff That's Important
Gustafson Dance Studio, Las Positas Shopping Ctr., 2285 Las Positas Road, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 USA

Contact Improvisation Dance Workshop:
All The Stuff That’s Important

with Crisman Cooley and Andrea Rush


How to Enjoy Solo, Partnered and Group Improvisational Dance
with an Open Heart, Clear Boundaries, and the Skills that Matter


An all-levels class
No partner necessary
Tuesday November 30, 2010
Arrival time 7:15 pm
Workshop time 7:30pm – 9:30pm

$15.00

CONTACT: Andrea Rush, 413-341-1390,
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