Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

10 JAN 2010
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28 Mar 2010
Victoria BC Canada - Weekly Contact Class
Hillside & Quadra, Victoria, BC , Canada

Sundays 12-1:30

The training develops your body intelligence in all senses:
+ Warm-ups for flexibility and longevity
+ Ways of entering, developing and exiting the dance
+ Lifting, leaping, landing safely and easily, using posture & momentum in balance with muscles & joints
+ Performance-style scores for 1, 2 or more dancers
+ Free play

The instructor, Billy Adam Gottlieb, has trained with contact masters Nancy Stark Smith, Andrew Harwood, Kirstie Simson, Chris Aiken, Lisa Nelson and Ray Chung, as in aikido, butoh, yoga, shiatsu massage therapy and environmental chemistry.

150$ for 12 weeks
16$ drop-in

CONTACT: Billy Adam Gottlieb,
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11 JAN 2010
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15 Mar 2010
Contact Improvisation Support to Build Momentum with Joseph Sengco
14 Markham St, (Close to Bathurst St and Queen St. West), Toronto, Ontario M6J 2E9, Canada

Spark, ignite dance improvisational movement. In this eight class series, we will learn the principle foundation of contact improvisation, which are: breath, center, point of contact, be comfortable, balance and physical touch. Focus and exploration will be on dancing on the floor, physical weight sharing, shifting and partnering with rolling.

$96 for the whole series
$15 drop-in
(No classes scheduled for Feb. 8th and 15th, 2010)

CONTACT: Joseph Sengco, 416-629-7859,
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7 Mar 2010
Bolivar 1128, Buenos Aires, CABA C1066AAX, Argentina

NICOLE BINDLER /// CONTACT IMPROVISATION
4, 5, 6 Y 7 de Marzo de 2010 en BUENOS AIRES
Seminarios Principiantes y Avanzados + Performances

Nicole Bindler se define asi:

"Soy una artista de danza experimental inspirada en Danza Teatro, Contemporánea, CI, Butoh. También soy body worker y utilizo practicas de curación como BMC, Yoga y Feldenkrais como fuente de creatividad inspiración y entrenamiento físico. La danza es una forma de arte social y soy una colaboradora promiscua".
Nicole investiga técnicas avanzadas de danza para ella y para ayudar a otros bailarines. Colabora con músicos electroacústicos (particularmente con Andy Hyleck) artistas plásticos, bailarines y actores en performances en vivo. Ha coreografiado mas de 15 obras de danza en USA, Europa, Japón y también ha visitado Buenos Aires en el 2006, pero ella se define como una ávida improvisadora.
*para mayor info visita www.nicolebindler.com

Principiantes en Contacto Improvisaciòn:

Este taller es para aquellos que son nuevos en CI y para los profesionales con experiencia que quieran volver a examinar los fundamentos. Usaremos Anatomía Experiencial, yoga y nuevas técnicas de danza como el fundamento de nuestra investigación somática y exploraremos danzar desde solo a dúo. A través de ejercicios de movimiento guiado, el toque y la meditación, vamos a investigar las capas de nuestro cuerpo: piel, músculo, hueso, nervios, órganos y fluidos. Descubriremos y desplegaremos nuestras posturas habituales, movimiento y nuevas formas de habitar nuestros cuerpos, todos de un lugar de curiosidad y no juicio. Vamos a practicar los fundamentos de la distribución del peso y profundizar nuestra inteligencia kinestésica, usando el cuerpo del otro como retroalimentación. Usaremos CI como un espejo a través del cual somos testigos de nuestros patrones mentales y físicos, el mantenimiento de un sano sentido del humor y compasión dentro de esta profunda auto-investigación. Vamos a encontrar nuestro artista interior e integraremos CI como la investigación personal, una forma social, y un vehículo para la expresión creativa.
Beginner's Mind Contact Improvisation:

This workshop is for those who are new to Contact Improvisation and for practitioners with experience who want to revisit the fundamentals.We'll use Experiential Anatomy, Yoga and New Dance techniques as the foundation of our somatic research and we'll dance our way from solo body to duet. Through guided movement exercises, palpation and meditation, we'll investigate the layers of our bodies: skin, muscle,bone, nerves, organs and fluids. We'll discover and unfurl our habitual postures and movement, and uncover new ways of inhabiting our bodies;all from a place of curiosity and non-judgement. We'll practice the basics of weight sharing and deepen our kinesthetic intelligence using each other's bodies as feedback. We'll use CI as a mirror through which we witness our mental and physical patterns, maintaining a healthy sense of humor and compassion within this deep self-research. We will find our inner dance-artist and integrate CI as personal investigation, a social form, and a vehicle for creative expression.

Contacto Improvisación y Laboratorio de Performance:

Este taller es para bailarines intermedios y avanzados que están interesados en el rendimiento. Vamos a investigar todos los principios descriptos en el taller de principiantes: Nuestra práctica a dúo se abrirá en el trabajo conjunto. Ampliaremos nuestra conciencia a los otros bailarines, el espacio y a nuestros testigos. ¿Cómo podemos atender a nuestro paisaje interior de sensaciones, pensamientos y sentimientos, mientras estamos atentos al mundo exterior? ¿Cómo podemos desplegar nuestra creatividad, la mente coreográfica, mientras se mantiene en contacto con otra persona? ¿Cómo podemos presenciar uno al otro con todo nuestro ser, no sólo con nuestros ojos? El taller culminará con un "work in progress" abierto al público. Nos enfocaremos en la actuación no como un final, sino como una oportunidad para la comunidad a intervenir y llegar a la cima de nuestro proceso tal como se desarrolla.
Contact Improvisation and Performance Lab:
This workshop is for intermediate to advanced Contact Improvisation practitioners who are interested in CI in performance. We we will investigate all of the principles described above in the Beginner's Mind workshop PLUS: Our duet practice will open up into ensemble work. We'll expand our awareness out to the other dancers, the space and our witnesses. How can we attend to our inner landscape of sensations, thoughts and feelings, while simultaneously attending to the outer world? How can we untap our creative, choreographic mind, while maintaining contact with another person? How can we witness one another with our whole selves,not just our eyes? The workshop will culminate in a work-in-progress performance open to the public. We'll approach the performance not as a finale, but as an opportunity for the community to step in and take peek at our process as it unfolds.

4, 5 y 6 de Marzo de 9 a 13 hs: Principiantes
$200 (antes del 01/02/2010) Luego $250.

4, 5 y 6 de Marzo de 18 a 22 hs: Avanzados
$250 (antes del 01/02/2010) Luego $300.

Domingo 7: Perfo + Jam (horario a confirmar)

*PROMO: por ambos seminarios $350 (antes del 01/02/2010) Luego $450.

CONTACT: Emanuel Cabral, (054) (011) 4805-7330, , http://www.nicolebindler.com
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13 MAR 2010
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14 Mar 2010
associaizone "casadelbosco", rocca de giorgi, pavia, Italy

CONTACT IMPROVISATION
roberto lun
Il seminario è accessibile a tutti i livelli
Accessibile a tutti: esperti danzatori che volgiono allargare la propria conoscenza o semplici amatori con voglia di divertirsi e danzare.

La prima parte è un riscaldamento guidato per risvegliare e potenziare le funzioni motorie del corpo e attivare i sensi. Questo permette al partecipante una conoscenza più profonda del corpo e di accedere cosi alla propria memoria fisica, modificandola e arricchendola, scoprendo le grandi potenzialità che il nostro corpo ci mette a disposizione.
Nella seconda fase impariamo le diverse tecniche della C.I. Il contatto fisico, rotolare, cadere, seguire, sostenere, sollevare, le leve, le prese, il pavimento come sostegno. Esplorare le varie altezze alle quali ci si può muovere da soli, con uno o più partner. Usare il proprio peso e quello degli altri per una danza dove l’ascolto è fondamentale. Questo lavoro consente una conoscenza più profonda dell’imprinting genetico che guida i nostri gesti per poter poi modificare il nostro linguaggio corporeo. Verranno utilizzati PHYSIOBALL di varie grandezze se la preparazione tecnica del gruppo lo consente ci si avvicinerà alla tecnica dei salti e delle prese.
La terza fase sarà un lavoro minimale e specifico di ricerca del singolo, con un partner o in gruppo, alternando i modi abituali della percezione nella danza, si vuole esplorare come i sensi siano determinanti per il nostro movimento e per la nostra personale visione estetica. Focalizzando la ricerca visiva e tattile si riesce a sviluppare la capacità d’improvvisazione e coreografica passando attraverso il desiderio di comporre la propria esperienza. Ciascun incontro termina con una danza libera (round roboni) E un warmdown (rilassamento)

Opzione lavoro con i palloni
"Il seminario avrà come punto cruciale il lavoro con i palloni diametro cm 30, 65 e 95 su cui sperimenteremo la meccanica del movimento, l'equilibrio e il rilassamento da soli, in coppia e in piccoli gruppi. Sperimenteremo le tecniche acquisite sui i palloni con i nostri compagni.

Roberto Lun, Coreografo, regista, danzatore, performer, e videomaker.
Tiene corsi annuali e stages di Contact Improvisation e Danceability nelle più importanti accademie italiane ed estere: Civica Scuola D’arte Drammatica Di Milano sezione teatrodanza, MA&S, Accademia Danza di Susanna Beltrami , teatroprimostudio e emisferodestroteatro, CID Centro Internazionale della Danza di Rovereto, – Gumma University 1995/2000 high & dance school di Maebashi e Tokyo. teatrofisico
Coreografo, della Cerimonia di Apertura delle Paralimpiadi Invernali di Torino 2006, dello spettacolo Rakam, per la serata di gala del Premio Danza & Danza, dello
spettacolo I-Ching rappresentato in Marocco, Stati Uniti e a San Pietroburgo. Regista degli spettacoli Magister Ludi – Blind – Schneeberg Film e Performance – Medea Good Girl – Un’ora prima del consueto – Lettera d’amore.
Si è specializzato nella tecnica della Contact Improvisation, Real Time Composition e
Authentic Movement con Daniel Lepkoff, Lisa Nelson, Howard Sonenklar, Andrew de L.Harwood (USA), Dieter Heitkamp (Tanzfabrik Berlin), Michael Linehan (CAN), Monica Francia (I). Danceability con Alito Alessi
Crea video e coreografie multimediali.

85 euro con pagamento effettuato entro il 24 febbario 20010, 100 euro dopo, il costo è comprensivo dell'alloggio.

CONTACT: giusi tavilla paola scarpa, +39/038599019, , http://www.casadelbosco.org
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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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28 Mar 2010
3-5-6 Morishita, , Koutou-ku, Tokyo, Tokyo 135-0004, Japan

March 14 – 28
@ Tokyo (MORISHITA STUDIO); March 14 – 20 (& April 2 – 4)
@ Kobe (studio dB/ Guggenheim House); March 23-28

Teachers
Ray Chung / USA
Michael Schumacher / Holland
Natanja den Boeft / Holland
Yaniv Mintzer / Israel
Sadira Smith/ USA
Chico Katsube / Tokyo
Shoko Kashima / Tokyo

Program
Pre-Festival in Tokyo: March 14

Week 1 in Tokyo: March 15 – 20

Week 2 in Kobe: March 23-28

(Post-Festival in Tokyo: April 2 – 4)

For further information, please check the site below.
http://www.geocities.jp/sholoverfg/festival/cn3/index.html

Pre-Festival: 2,500yen/per class, 1,000yen/ Jam

Week 1 & 2:
Single Classes 2,500yen/ per class
(2,300yen/ per class, if taking more than 5 classes)
Intensive courses
8,000yen/ 1 course
15,000yen/ 2 courses
3,000yen/ 1 Ray + Natanja course
Jam 1,000yen
Performance
2,500yen/ in advance
3,000yen/ at door

Passports:
Week1: 41,000yen
Week2: 31,000yen
Week2 Bed&Breakfast: 49.000yen
Grand Passport(from March 14th to 28th): 85,000yen

Post-Festival:
3,000yen/ per class
8,000yen/ 1 course
15,000yen/ 2 courses

CONTACT: Shoko Kashima, 090-3910-6716, , http://www.ci-jp.com
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21 Mar 2010
252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA 01070 USA

Celebrate this year’s spring equinox at Earthdance.
Relax, renew, and re-balance by engaging in the play and flow of Contact Improvisation. Reconnect with Mother Nature as the spring growth stirs in the wooded hills of Western Massachusetts. Re-energize with good food, friends, and dancing.

Facilitators: Neige Christenson & Moti Mark Zemelman


Earthdance is an artist run workshop, residency, and retreat center located in the hills of Western Massachusetts. Our facilities include two large and sunny studios with maple floors, meeting space, mediation, and massage rooms, 100 acres of woods, streams, trails, and a wood-fired sauna.

Tuition, Room & Board, all inclusive:$190/$220/$250

CONTACT: Kristen Stake, 413-634-5678, , http://earthdance.net/programs/springjam10.htm
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20 MAR 2010
111a Rideau Street, 3rd floor, Ottawa, Ontario K1N 5X1, Canada

Teachers: Alexis Andrew, Elizabeth MacKinnon and Naomi Sparrow

10:30AM – 5 PM, 1 hour break (5.5 hours).

This workshop will blend the somatic approach of Body-Mind Centering® with
improvised dancing. BMC® is a form of movement therapy that cultivates an
intrinsic knowing of your own body and movement sources. By developing an
anatomical and poetic understanding of our embodiment, we can learn to
move with more ease, awareness, depth and confidence. Moving from the
bones, muscles, organs and fluids as systems, we can work to our strengths
and learn how to give more support to areas that need it. Finding support
gives us the freedom to dance and express ourselves
physically.Participants will develop experience and awareness of their own
dancing as well as their capacity to meet other movers with attention and
aliveness.
Open to all levels of experience.

$90 CDN ($80 student/low income)

CONTACT: Alexis Andrew, 819-771-7835, , http://movementartsottawa.blogspot.com
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28 Mar 2010
STUDIO DE LA RAMPE , 15 avenue du 8 mai 1945, ECHIROLLES, (close to Grenoble) , France

Am I falling up or down?
Am I standing still or flying?
How and when can I change the direction, shape, tone, duration and speed of a fall?
How can I fall with my partner and continue moving together into a fall and from it?
Can I let myself fall into unknown?

In this workshop we will come to complex things from the simple place. We will observe the complexity of simplicity and other way around. Starting with our own movement, connecting with the floor, we will move on meeting others in the dance. We will work with some tools, and the “invisible” technique, that will bring more precision, consciousness and presence in our movement and dance.

We will discover:
- different ways of safe, but exciting fall;
- moments, when body becomes light when giving weight;
- ongoing movement flow;
- ways to maintain continuous physical contact with partner;
- possibility to let ourselves into not knowing what is going to happen next;
- weird, unknown, unusual body positions;
- something, what is not mentioned in this description…

Our main keys will be: witnessing, listening and following. We will be finding and loosing the balance, leaning and falling into each other, following the gravity and momentum. There will be technical material, as well as space for our personal curiosity, exploration, watching, and pleasure of dance.

We will balance, roll, fall and fly, melt, listen, share and enjoy!

Material developed in the workshop will be presented to the public in an informal showing on the 30th of March.


Julija Melnik

“I love to create a space for awareness, openness, spontaneity, love and joy to happen.
I am happy to share my curiosity and engagement with dance and life and I am glad to encourage people on their way to meet and discover themselves and people around them. When I teach I try to create a safe container for individual exploration of this dance form (CI) and allow the freedom of searching, questioning and enjoying.”


Julija Melnik is leading regular contact improvisation classes, jams and workshops in Lithuania (Vilnius, Kaunas). She has also taught outside of Lithuania (Ukraine, Latvia, Russia, France and USA). Julija is actively participating in International CI festivals, teachers’ conferences and is also organizing CI events in Lithuania: annual CI and Performance Mini-festival since 2007, regional CI teachers’ conference in March ’08, Vilnius CI and Performance Festival ‘09. At the moment Julija is working together with Latvian CI community on the Baltic CI and Performance festival 2010.

Julija has studied contact improvisation with CI pioneers -Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith, and also with Nina Martin, Andrew Harwood, Angela Donii, Joerg Hassman, Charlie Morrissey, Adrian Russi and many others. She is also exploring other improvisational forms and performance, and has studied with Julyen Hamilton, Daniel Lepkoff, Alexander Girshon, Keith Hennessy and others.
Julija often performs in improvisational dance structures or performances at international CI festivals and conferences. The recent dance projects she took part in: Bodies in Urban Spaces with W. Dorner, Stokholm ‘08, Barcelona International Dance Exchange ‘09.

Besides CI, Julija has been teaching street dance for five years. She is also practicing Argentinean tango, house dance, salsa, contemporary dance. At the moment Julija continues her studies in a master’s programme in Dance education at Vilnius pedagogical university.

Dates:
24-26th of March – from 19:00 till 22:00
27-28th of March – from 10:00 till 17:30

Venue:
STUDIO DE LA RAMPEECHIROLLES
(city close to Grenoble)
15 avenue du 8 mai 1945

Fee:
from 50 to 150 € depending on your capability

CONTACT: Emmanuel Boudière, 06 21 36 41 53, , http://www.tributerredesreves.com
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28 Mar 2010
Badajoz, Badajoz , Spain

La asociación Experiencia Danza Badajoz organiza el taller intensivo de Contact Improvisación con Carolina Becker (Argentina)el fin de Semana 27 y 28 de MARZO 2010.

50 € (inscripción antes del 8 de marzo)
55 € (inscripción después del 8 de marzo)

CONTACT: Elena López de Haro, 697370143, , http://www.carolinabecker.blogspot.com
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