Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

13 JUN 2010
11 Jul 2010
The Yoga Studio, 65/1 Arak Road, Chiang Mai, Chiang Mai , Thailand

Class and Jam
4 Week Series introducing the fundamentals of Contact Improvisation Dance. Come learn a new way to move with another, then practice your skills in the jam.

The classes will focus on the way to use the body in contact for movement efficiency improvement and embodiment.

No partner or previous dance experience required! Just come with an open mind and a willingness to move your body. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

Sundays 5pm-7pm
class followed by practice jam at 7pm

June 13th
June 20th
July 4th
July 11th

(NO CLASS June 27th)

300THB per class.
100THB for the Jam.

CONTACT: Atali Staffker, 0857213194, , http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/event.php?eid=125498270817192&index=1
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18 JUN 2010
25 Jul 2010
Gutshof 3, Stolzenhagen, Brandenburg 16248, Germany

We will begin this years festival with the annual Ponderosa Contact Jam with special guest Nancy Stark Smith leading the global underscore, followed by 3 different blocks of intensive workshop weeks of various guest teachers such as Keith Hennessy, Jonathon Burrows, K.j. Holmes, Bruno Caverna, Offering the art of improvisation, performance making and embodied multi-media techniques. Our Retreat & Training week is open to all levels and we have another year to research and celebrate the form of contact improvisation with ci38.

CONTACT: Uli Kaiser, 0049-33365-34770, , http://www.ponderosa-dance.de
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27 JUN 2010
3 Jul 2010

Details TBA

CONTACT: Nicole Bindler, , http://www.phffft.org/wmeadows.htm
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28 JUN 2010
2 Jul 2010
LES GENS D’UTERPAN: Workshop X-EVENT CREATION, June 28 – July 2, 2010, Schwelle 7, Berlin/Germany
Berlin, Germany

X-Event Creation
5 day intensive workshop with Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan)

Monday-Friday, June 28 – July 2, 2010
Workshop daily from12 am – 6 pm
Participants Performance: Saturday, July 3th, 8:30 pm

UPDATES: http://www.schwelle7.de/LesGensdUterpan.html
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=117341598304961
WHERE: Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany


The work Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan) develop uses performance as a reference. They use the dancer as a medium to bring he or she towards a broader definition of the performer. Their productions enact excess and provide a critique of scenic and theatrical conventions. Their work is produced and presented in both the fine arts and dance networks. http://www.lesgensduterpan.com

The educational work that the choreographers propose has a direct connection to their X-Event creations but is also open to other experimentation. On this level the work radicalises the person in terms of their presence, their prospective aptitudes as well as their capacity to confront different forms of exhibition. It is approached in the form of successive workshops. The sessions are designed according to the group involved and the physical and contextual levels of experimentation it can attain. The work pays particular attention to the group and to the transgression of space as a vector of innovative confrontation.
Each session plays upon an accepted consciousness of the choreographer. This realisation makes the dancer accept to act according to the orders her or she has been given, which shifts the framework and functioning of his or her responsibility as a performer.

Participation in the workshops requires a great deal of dedication, audacity and capitulation. It relies on the sensitive and concrete experience of one’s body as a physical and social tool. A tool for exploration as well as confrontation. An individual testing of one’s limits.

A session lasts a minimum of three hours
Ideal number of participants : 15

Annie Vigier is born in 1965 and Franck Apertet in 1966. They live and work in
Paris. Under the generic title Les gens d’Uterpan, they have developed creations
focusing on experimentation. The body and the relations between interprets and
public are thought through the exhibition frameworks, the context and the
architectural space. Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet collaborate regularly to
projects which put in situation the image of the body and its physicality (theatre,
cinema, advertising, fashion).
Since September 2008, Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan) are in
residency at the Centre d’Art Contemporain of Brétigny. www.cacbretigny.com

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

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

Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6, backyard, 2. floor
13357 Berlin – Wedding / Germany

Traffic link: U8 Pankstraße, U9 Osloer Straße, U9 Nauener Platz, SB Gesundbrunnen, SB Humboldthain, Bus M27 Brunnenplatz

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29 JUN 2010
4 Jul 2010

Kontakt Budapest is an annual International Improvisation Festival that has been organized since 2002 and it is open for people with all abilities. This year we have a special addition of our festival where we invite Hungarian artists, teachers from all over the world and of course those who live and work in Hungary. The teacher staff includes Vicky Shick from New York, Tal Avni from Israel, Szilágyi Ilka from San Francisco, Farkas Dorka from Romania, Kéri Judit from Vienna, amongst many others. Our special guest is Peter Pleyer. Although Peter has no Hungarian roots, he has been involved in the festivals from its begings and has been a great support for the over all directions of the festival. The festival, similar to last years, organizes classes and workshops, it offers space to research and explore movements, to work deeply with different aspects of improvisation and it gives possibility to perform.

The festival welcomes beginners and professional dancers, performers, actors, musicians, composers, and those working with improvisation for long.

Registration fee (non refundable): 50 € (plus VAT)
Full festival fee when application sent in before JUNE 11th
(including registration fee and participation in all programs): 250 € (plus VAT)
Full festival fee when application sent in after JUNE 11th and the fee is paid at arrival:
(including registration fee and participation in all programs): 300 € (plus VAT)
Project card – (including registration fee, participation in one of the projects – 4 times 3 hours – and the opening /closing day activities and evening programs): 190 € (plus VAT)
Afternoon card (including the registration fee and the afternoon classes on the 29th, 30th and 1st, and on the 3rd of July from 14:15 to 18:30 and the opening /closing day activities and the evening programs): 220 € (plus VAT)

CONTACT: Eszter Gál, +36 70 3389932, , http://www.kontaktbudapest.hu
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1 JUL 2010
18 Jul 2010

2nd > 17th of July 2010 in Cappadocia, Turkey


Contact-Improvisation and Improvised Music & Dance
in the beautiful Cappadocia region, twice listed as world heritage by UNESCO.

‘States of Grace’
Nancy Stark Smith & Mike Vargas
2 > 9 July 2010 in Cappadocia
Fee 450 €
includes: full board and 1 way bus ride Istanbul – Cappadoccia on the 30/07.

‘Active Listening’ – Improvised Music & Dance
Kirstie Simson & Lê Quan Ninh
12th > 17th of July 2010 in Cappadocia
Fee 350 €
includes:full board and 1 way bus ride Cappadocia – Istanbul on the 18/08

Fee for both workshops 750€
includes:full board, full access to all performances and jams from 1/08 to 17/08 and 2 ways bus ride Istanbul – Cappadocia


Deadline for registration 30th May 2010

CONTACT: Yanaël Plumet, , http://www.transit-istanbul.org
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5 JUL 2010
10 Jul 2010
Yoga, Teatro Fisico Comico & Contact Improvisation
ass. ventiditerra, Gricigliana, Prato, Tuscany , Italy

Held by Anthony Trahair This intensivo seminar starts the day working with the body and the breath through Yoga exercises moving towards meditation.
The part dedicated to Physical Theatre will be focusing on the comic and playful aspects taking us to dance in the joy of discovery just like children.

Anthony was born in the UK and currently lives in Rome. He practices and studies a Classical Yoga constantly and with passion for the last 12 years, dance Contact Improvisation for 10 years, and between 2003-2006 studied intensely and full time at the Dimtri Theatre School http://www.teatrodimitri.ch/scuola/?lang=en – Academy of Physical Theatre.

Maximum number of participants 14.

Lodgings in a common sleeping space or bring your own tent!The beautiful work room,a refurbished old barn is surrounded by splendid woods in the Toscan Apennines and offers spectacular and uncontaminated views.

Price € 155,00.

CONTACT: Anthony Trahair, +39 347 8878662,
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10 JUL 2010
3549 Devon Drive, Falls Church, VA 22042 USA

Facilitated by Edie Weinstein, Certified Cuddle Party Facilitator

Immerse yourself in a heart opening, fun frolicking, relationship enhancing, friendship creating, community building, soul satisfying, skin hunger feeding workshop that will have a positive impact on your life. Cuddle Party is a 3 1/2 experience that has (no pun intended:) touched many thousands of people worldwide. Be one of ’em To register, go to www.cuddleparty.com


CONTACT: Edie Weinstien, 1-215-738-8668, , http://www.cuddleparty.com/CuddleReg/default.cfm
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12 JUL 2010
16 Jul 2010
BARBARA MAHLER: Workshop "RE-EDUCATION OF THE BODY – Klein Technique as taught by Barbara Mahler", July 12-16, 2010, Schwelle 7, Berlin/Germany
Berlin, Germany

RE-EDUCATION OF THE BODY – Klein Technique as taught by Barbara Mahler
5 day intensive workshop with Barbara Mahler

Monday-Friday, July 12-16, 2010
Workshop daily from 11:30 am – 6 pm
morning class 11:30am-2:00pm (break 2:00-3:30pm) afternoon class 3:30-6:00pm
Participants Performance: Friday, July 16th, 8:30 pm

UPDATES: http://www.schwelle7.de/Barbara%20Mahler.html
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=118023768236744
WHERE: Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany

RE-EDUCATION OF THE BODY – Klein Technique as taught by Barbara Mahler

In the morning portion of this workshop we will focus on a movement technique that works with the premise that the requirements of movement in daily life and dance are essentially the same, and will provide the underpinnings to support all styles of movement/technique and improvisation. The purpose of the “stretch and placement” class is to re-educate one’s body with an interweaving of theory and practice on a physical, intellectual, and organic level. The result is a clarity and sureness of movement, and a new level of understanding the innate intelligence of the body. It has its roots in 30 plus years of investigating and teaching the essentials for efficient body use. We work at the level of the bone, not the traditional level of the muscles. In order to move most efficiently it is necessary to let go of the muscles that hold us back from moving and fix the body into a set and locked configuration. When the bones are aligned we become connected, powerful and strong. The body becomes efficient and alive.

In the afternoon class we will focus on the practice of the principles explored in the morning, working with improvisation and movement exploration, leading us towards the formulation of an informal performance/showing. The movement will be created by the participants of the workshop. One of the ideas we will work with are various initiations in the body to better facilitate movement sequencing, becoming both grounded and free. As the work also focuses on helping each individual student work with their own body structure we will enjoy both a consistency and surprise in the our movement.

The workshop will culminate in a showing/performance on Friday, July 16th at 8:30 pm with a solo dance „Dance on scatterings“ – performed by Barbara Mahler and a group piece with the students.


Barbara Mahler has taught daily classes for 27 years plus, educating and teaching (with, and inspired by, Susan Klein) a generation of dancers. She has traveled extensively around the globe, teaching/performing/choreographing, widely respected and. active in the development contemporary dance technique. Essentially self-taught, she brings to her classes the perspective, understanding and experience of working on her own movement re-education. Barbara was a Movement Research artist in residence for the 2000-01 and 2006-08 season, is a movement consultant at Hunter College, NYC, and is on the artist advisory board of BAX. She is a recent graduate from the MFA program at the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She also maintains a private practice in Zero Balancing and other healing modalities.

“Mahler, a noted teacher, views dance training as a voyage of self-discovery. Barbara Mahler roots her choreography in distillation, as if she aims to extract the essence of her ideas, making them calmer and purer. The image is that of a seesaw in perfect, unwavering equilibrium, a woman at ease in control.”(Village Voice 2007)

MORE: http://www.barbaramahler.net

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

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

Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6, backyard, 2. floor
13357 Berlin – Wedding / Germany

Traffic link: U8 Pankstraße, U9 Osloer Straße, U9 Nauener Platz, SB Gesundbrunnen, SB Humboldthain, Bus M27 Brunnenplatz

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12 JUL 2010
16 Jul 2010
movingeast , St. Matthias Church Hall , Wordsworth Road , London, N16 8DD, United Kingdom

An intermediate level workshop
in Compositional and Contact Improvisation

This workshop is intended to immerse participants in the practice of dance improvisation in a stimulating and supportive environment. Two complementary approaches to improvisation and composition will be explored in this workshop with Paula Zacharias and Andrew Harwood. The sensorial field of perception, which awakens and “tunes” the imagination while improvising will be combined with the physically interactive and spontaneous duet form “contact”, based on instinct and touch. Bodywork will complement the proceedings. Paula and Andrew have been touring internationally teaching and performing together over the past 18 months in Canada, the U.S.A., Australia, South America, Mexico and six countries in Europe.

Please join the face book Facebook group;
TUNING INTO CONTACT London Workshop. July 12th-16th

Fully waged / Subsidised; £150
Part-time waged / Independent artist; £140
Unemployed / Full-time Student; £130
Proof of status required.
Please note; To be fair to all participants while period of attendance may be negotiable, fees are to be non-negotiable.

CONTACT: Jonathan Megaw, +447985442854, , http://www.facebook.com/?sk=messages&ref=mb#!/group.php?gid=122290594469061
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17 JUL 2010
25 Jul 2010
Moscow, Russian Federation

Festival structure:
July 17 – Teachers performance in Theatre of THE MEYERHOLD CENTRE. Participants are invited free of charge!
July 18 – participants arrival and registration, festival opening. Jam
July 20-21-22 – first three days of intensives, classes and performance research labs.
July 23 – day off, discussions with teachers and evening OPEN JAM.
July 24-25 – intensives and classes resume, closing circle on 25th night.
July 26 – good-bye jam and departure of participants.

Special guest and Intensive teacher – Nancy Stark Smith (USA)!!!;

If you would like to get a discount for participation – you should register before 10th of June 2010. We will find you where to stay on 17th night after teachers performance, please come on 17th!

400 euro for early registered

CONTACT: Alexey Karyagin, , http://www.contactfestival.ru
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17 JUL 2010
30 Jul 2010
Warsaw, Poland

Intensive Workshops with RAY CHANG and MARTIN KEOGH

17 to 30 July 2010

With 30 years experience in teaching Contact Improvisation, this is a exciting opputuntity to learn from some the best teachers of CI in the world.

Martin Keogh and Ray Chung bring distinct and complementary approaches to the Contact form.
Working 6 hours a day in three 4-day subject-specific sets. This three week training allows the group to establish working relationships, and provides the opportunity for everyone to create significant changes in their dancing.

370 EUR- includes the Intensive Workshops + accommodation

BOOK NOW for intensive workshops

For more information please vist:

With love,

The Poland Contact Impro Team.

370 EUR includes workshops and accommodation

CONTACT: Paulina Swiecanska, , http://www.polandcontactfestival.com
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24 JUL 2010
30 Jul 2010
Bildterapi, Skolhusvagen 14, 715 95 Brevens Bruk, Sodermanland , Sweden

A week-long workshop of movement meditation and contact improvisation, including daily optional sessions of laughter yoga, meditation, morning pages and relaxed evening entertainment. Heated outdoor pool, art studio with paper and paints provided, in a beautiful natural forest. Walk down to the village, swim in the lake, look out for wild deer, explore, experiment and drink in exactly what you need.

“You will find a shared centre, giving and receiving weight, support and trust. You will dance in and out of contact freely, moving curiously through moments between the known and the unknown. We will work indoors and outside, on land and in water, in the Scandinavian summer sunlight.”

£575 per adult or teenager taking part in the workshop.
£375 for children or teenagers not doing the workshop. Young people have their own activities to give adults the opportunity to engage, learn, develop and relax. Young people’s activities include painting, creativity, cookery and all that the local area has to offer: swimming, forests, wildlife.

CONTACT: Charlotte Eaton Lifebulb, 0044 (0) 7828 413 484, , http://www.lifebulb.org
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31 JUL 2010
8 Aug 2010
Fabrica de Pensule, str. Henri Barbusse nr. 59-61, Cluj Napoca, 400616, Romania

TRANS-CONTACT – 5th 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.

More about the festival, intensives, classes soon on our website.

In 2010 we continue our First Contact Project – dedicated to CI teachers with little teaching experience. Special conditions apply. Deadline for application April 15, 2010.

Other events of the festival: 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 01, 2009.

In 2009 for international participants (lower for locals)
Full fee by bank transfer was 250 EURO
Full fee at arrival was 270 EURO.

In 2010 we will do our best to keep it that way.

CONTACT: Kinga Kelemen, +40-748-144322, , http://www.groundfloor.ro
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