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28 NOV 2011
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2 Dec 2011
Schwelle 7, Uferstrasse, Berlin , Germany

integrating movement technique, improvisation and skills for performance

In this workshop we will explore intensively how to transform our regular CI-practice towards a performative movement art – in order to create instant composition in all its diversity, complexity and freshness.
The following questions will lead us through the week: What are the tools to stay connected with my own dance while being deeply involved in the physicality of a CI-duet? // How to achieve presence and authenticity to feed my dance and how do I keep this sense in front of an audience? // How can I connect the inner and outer space – what in fact does this mean? // What are the inherent compositional aspects of CI? // How to integrate compositional principles with the freedom of improvisation?

Euro 150.-

CONTACT: Adrian Russi, +41796008780, , http://www.adrianrussi.com
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28 NOV 2011
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2 Dec 2011
Berlin, Berlin , Germany

Contact Improvisation in Performance
integrating movement technique, improvisation and skills for performance

5 day intensive workshop – with ADRIAN RUSSI

WHEN: November 28 – December 2, 2011, 12am-6pm
WHERE: Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany
SHARE: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=139374042827148

CONTACT IMPROVISATION IN PERFORMANCE
integrating movement technique, improvisation and skills for performance

In this workshop we will explore intensively how to transform our regular CI-practice towards a performative movement art – in order to create instant composition in all its diversity, complexity and freshness.
The following questions will lead us through the week: What are the tools to stay connected with my own dance while being deeply involved in the physicality of a CI-duet? // How to achieve presence and authenticity to feed my dance and how do I keep this sense in front of an audience? // How can I connect the inner and outer space – what in fact does this mean? // What are the inherent compositional aspects of CI? // How to integrate compositional principles with the freedom of improvisation?

The first class of the day will focus on movement skills in solo, duet and trio. We will look for ways how to deal with gravity in a clever way, how to move upside-down and to integrate flying and falling into our dance. The key ingredients will be a distinguished body awareness in order to move and to communicate with our partner precisely, the playful interaction of technique and improvisation and the conscious (and constant) use of timing and space – which in fact are also fundamentals for performing CI.

In the second class we will go beyond CI-technique and improvisation skills to see what changes fundamentally when one is exposed to an audience. It’s a lot about staying honest with yourself, dealing with the energy of the public and handling surprising moments in a creative way. Trusting your instincts and your intuition will be just as important as learning about compositional aspects and using CI-technique to give a clear base for performance.

For those who feel themselves ready, the workshop will end with a public studio performance to show our work to an audience and of course to bring our practice into reality. It’s good to know: finally performance can be trained only while performing.

Come prepared to both move a lot and dive deep down into a subtle work with your body and to get energized from being on stage!

PERFORMANCES

The workshop will therfore culminate in an evening of Performance/showing on Friday, December 2nd, 2011, at 8:30 pm

ADRIAN RUSSI:

Adrian Russi is a one of the leading CI-teacher in Switzerland and travelling all over Europe to teach and perform Contact and Free Improvisation. He is deeply involved in CI since 1992 and in the meantime he is dedicating the biggest part of his life to this wonderful dance form.
After his studies of New Dance at “bewegungs-art” in Freiburg/Germany he continued his education with many different teachers, among them Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith who have started to develop CI in the early seventies with a group of other movers. Besides this his teaching is also influenced by his studies of different kinds of martial arts and Craniosacral Bodywork.
He offers his work as a free lancer to a wide range of people and also gets regularly invited to teach in schools. In his teaching he focuses on the technical aspects of CI (ease, precision and strength) as well as on matters of perception (body-sensation, connection of inner and outer space, of bottom and top, centre-periphery) and on a creativity coming from a distinct body-awareness. For him the pleasure to play, deep engagement in the dance, and respect for others are the basis for gaining the most possible in dancing CI.
As a performer he works with many different international artists and his performances are primarily based on Free Improvisation incorporating Contact Improvisation, dance, dance-theatre, voice and live music. In 2007 he initiated “Moving Men”, a men’s trio with Charlie Morrissey and Jacky Miredin touring with there performance-work all over Europe.
As an organizer of CI-events he is involved in many festivals, jams and teachers-meetings, among them the “Moscow Contact and Performance Festival” and the “International Berner Jam”.

For more information go to Adrian Russi is a one of the leading CI-teachers in Switzerland and travels all over Europe to teach and perform Contact and Free Improvisation. From 1992 he is deeply involved with CI and has dedicated the biggest part of his life to this wonderful dance form.
After his studies of New Dance at “bewegungs-art” in Freiburg/Germany he continued his education with many different teachers, among them Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith who developed CI in the early seventies with a group of other movers. Besides this his teaching is also influenced by his studies of different kinds of martial arts and Craniosacral Bodywork.
He offers his work as a freelancer to a wide range of people and is also regularly invited to teach in schools. In his teaching he focuses on the technical aspects of CI (ease, precision and strength), matters of perception (body-sensation, connection of inner and outer space, of bottom and top, centre-periphery) and on a creativity coming from a distinct body-awareness. For him the pleasure to play, deep engagement in the dance, and respect for others are the basis for gaining the most possible while dancing CI.
As a performer he works with many different international artists and his performances are primarily based on Free Improvisation incorporating Contact Improvisation, dance, dance-theatre, voice and live music. In 2007 he initiated “Moving Men”, a men’s trio with Charlie Morrissey and Jacky Miredin touring with their performance-work all over Europe.
As an organizer of CI-events he is involved in many festivals, jams and teachers-meetings, among them the “Moscow Contact and Performance Festival” and the “International Berner Jam”.

For more information go to www.adrianrussi.com

FEE: 150 Euro
REGISTER: per email to xs4jan (at) gmx.de
UPDATES: http://www.schwelle7.de/Adrian%20Russi.html

SLEEPING:
We can host up workshop participants in our special sleeping cocoons. The cost is 10 EUR a night per person, 7.- if you bring your own sheets.
More: http://www.schwelle7.de/GAESTE.html


LOCATION -——-

Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6, backyard, left site, 2. floor
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

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

CONTACT: http://www.schwelle7.de/Adrian%20Russi.html
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2 DEC 2011
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4 Dec 2011
Vilnius, Lithuania

We are happy to invite you to the 5-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. Last years it worked out perfectly with 40-60 people from 5-7 neighbor 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, neighbors, 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 Michal Ratajski (Poland), Viktoria Ignatenko (Belarus), Dovydas Letkauskas (Lithuania-Finland) and others. Check workshops descriptions here.

Fee: with an early submission of registration form (see below) and a deposit of 10 EUR paid
by 20th of November – 32 EUR
by 27th of November – 45 EUR
later – 55 EUR
For the participants of previous Minifestivals – 30 EUR.

10% discount for students!

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

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

Food: We will provide water, tea 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: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?hl=en_US&formkey=dDNQclpzd3BXOVBpR0FFcTl3NjRTa1E6MQ#gid=0

CONTACT: Julija Melnik, +4915780269288, +370 613 57997, , http://contactfestival.blogas.lt
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17 DEC 2011
805 Dovercourt Rd, Second Floor, Toronto, Ontario , Canada

PROJECT 5 STAR WORKSHOP
Quality
Skills
Ensemble-scores
Architecture of space
Site-specific

FACILITATORS:
Karen Kaeja
Suzanne Liska
Kathleen Rea

DESCRIPTION:
An all-day DANCE IMPROVISATION PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP. Facilitators will alternate and combine workshops throughout the day. We will investigate quality, skills, ensemble, architecture of space, site-specific adventures and scores unique to the facilitators. The project will culminate in a collaborative performance by the participants that draws on the day’s investigations.

LEVEL:
Intermediate to advanced level dance improvisation or physical theatre skills required

DATE:
Saturday December 17, 2011

TIME:
Workshop
9:00 am to 6:00 pm

LOCATION:
Dovercourt House Ballroom
2nd floor

PUBLIC PERFORMANCE:
5:00 pm
$10 or pay what you can

WEBSITES:
www.kaeja.org
www.reasondetre.com
www.everybodydanceyes.word​press.com

PRICE:
$90 CADA or student
$120 regular
$100 before November 1, 2011
Some scholarships available

REGISTRATION REQUIRED:
suzliska@yahoo.com

CONTACT: Suzanne Liska, , http://www.reasondetre.com
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17 DEC 2011
Boulder, CO USA

Please come celebrate the holidays with the Boulder Improvisation community with the 2011 Holiday CI Jam and Potluck Dinner!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

  • 12-5pm: Contact Improvisation Jam at Kelly’s Barn (1360 Sumac Rd)
  • 6-10pm: Potluck Dinner at Nomad Community House (1460 Quince Ave)

- Web page: http://www.sharingweight.com/jams/holiday-2011
- Map: http://g.co/maps/kawz7

Everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, is welcome attend. And, if you can’t make the jam, please join us in community for the potluck.

The jam will be co-hosted by Jennifer Peck and the potluck will be co-hosted by Scott Rodwin & Marsha Austin.

The cost for the jam will be $10-20 donation (for five hours of dancing!). The potluck is free.

CONTACT: J. Akiyama, , http://www.sharingweight.com/jams/holiday-2011
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26 DEC 2011
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2 Jan 2012
134 Liverpool Road, London, N1 1LA, United Kingdom

Pre-Workshop: 26 – 30 December 2011
“Clear Intentions”

  • intensives with Jörg Hassmann, Vanessa Cook and Rachel Dean
  • short workshops with various UK & international teachers
  • labs and jams
  • delicious vegan & omnivorous catering
    £ 130 regular / £ 100 concession

New Year Jam: 30 December 2011 – 2 January 2012
“Joyful Resolutions”

  • jamming in three beautiful studios
  • mini-workshops and warmups with various UK teachers
  • live music by Barnaby Tree and David Leahy
  • delicious vegan & omnivorous catering
    £ 100 regular / £ 80 concession

Package price £ 200 regular / £ 160 concession
Book before 1 November for a 10% discount

Venue:
movingartsbase, 134 Liverpool Road, London N1 1LA
Multiple studios with underfloor heating and good natural light
Limited sleeping spaces available

Schedule:
Pre-Workshop: 26 Dec 6:30pm (dinner) – 30 Dec lunchtime
New Year Jam: 30 Dec 6:30pm (dinner) – 2 Jan lunchtime

Registration and enquiries:
Daniel Mang
danielmang@gmail.com
+44 7411427331 (British mobile)

Supported by movingartsbase
www.movingartsbase.eu

Package price £ 200 regular / £ 160 concession
Book before 1 November for a 10% discount

CONTACT: Daniel Mang, +46 765973209, , http://www.movingartsbase.eu
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27 DEC 2011
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30 Dec 2011
Berne , Switzerland

How does a dance feel like when I follow my inner music? // How can I integrate Contact Improvisation and musicality? // What is the impact of external music on my dancing ? // To what extent am I able to deal with it in a conscious and creative way?
In this workshop we will spend plenty of time tracking down our own musicality and nourishing our dance with this inner source. The goal is to develop more sensitivity and creativity in Conctact Improvisation – a dance form which is often too much determined by the use of physical principals as weight exchange or momentum.
Music is as omnipresent in our life as movement. We all inherit both of them. Therefore you don’t need a special musical gift to follow this approach in CI. Tracing our own inner music will also help us to handle with external music in a new way – in order to not just let us dominate by music but to find a dialogue between music and movement, to find a supplementary melody through our dance.
We will work on movement principles, contact skills and – very important – on deepening our ability to perceive our body, the space and the partners movement. Improvisation scores and bodywork will round off our work in movement. There will be space for free dancing, verbal exchange and for silence to get a deeper understanding of this dance form and to integrate the new principals into our own dancing.
Open to participants with experience in CI, for both music enthusiasts and ignorants…

400.- Dollar

CONTACT: Adrian Russi, +41796008780, , http://www.adrianrussi.com
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