Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

4 MAR 2011
6 Mar 2011
Burlington City Hall, 149 Church Street, Burlington, VT 05401 USA

Burlinton Vermont, located on beautiful Lake Champlain is 2 hours south of Montreal and about 4 hours from Boston and Western Mass. The Jam brings these contact communities and many others together for a weekend of rich dances, great food and special events.

Join Us — March 4th 5th and 6th… more details to follow…..

$65 for the weekend including meals

see: contactimprovvermont@blogspot.com for details.

CONTACT: Michelle Lefkowitz, 802.864.7306, , http://ContactImprovVermont.blogspot.com
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4 MAR 2011
6 Mar 2011
The Dance Space, The Island, Silver Street, Bristol, BS1 2PY, United Kingdom

A weekend dedicated to Contact Improvisation jamming, with some classes, warm-ups, and performance sharing time

Friday night: 7-10pm* – Film jam – Improvisation inspired by projected films and images
Saturday: 10am-5pm – Class and jam – Live music at times
7-9pm – Performance sharing*
Sunday: 10am-5pm – Class and jam – Live music at times

  • Exact timings to be confirmed. If you would like to get involved in this event (e.g. with performance, music, sharings) please get in contact with your ideas

Venue: The Dance Space, The Island, Silver Street, Bristol BS1 2PY

To book: send a non-refundable deposit of £20, with your booking form, payable to: Lee Bolton, 240 Mina Road, Bristol BS2 9YP

Email: workshops@contactdance.co.uk to get a booking form

Tel: 07966498596

Accommodation: We will do our best to provide you with a space to sleep at the houses of local dancers. The sooner you can let us know you are coming, the more likely it is that we can find you a space to stay.

For updated information check out www.contactdance.co.uk

Cost: Weekend: £50 full/£40 concessions. Day rate: £25

CONTACT: Lee Bolton, +447966498596, , http://www.contactdance.co.uk
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6 MAR 2011
10 Apr 2011
Contact Improv for Actors-Spring Workshop with Michael Doonan
929 East 2nd St #105, Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA

Contact Improv for Actors explores the fundamentals of physical preparation through stretch, strength, and alignment; and the relationship of the actor to the physical environment, to the group, and to a specific ‘other’. The result is an instinctual, unpredictable, and undeniable presence.
Strong physical actors will be in a relaxed state of readiness, kinetically aware of the space they are in, the people they are around, and the imperceptible influences of motion and rhythm that surrounds them. Physical actors use all their senses, intuition, and intellect, to inform their physical being and actions on the stage without self- consciousness or judgement.

Michael Doonan holds an M.F.A. in Acting from UC Irvine, where he now teaches Contact Improvisation with Annie Loui, a heralding force in this work. Michael has studied with international theatre artists at the Grotowski Institute in Poland and also with the Moscow Art Theatre and Harvard/ A.R.T. in Cambridge, MA.

Time: Sundays 2-5 pm. Begins 3/6/11. Ends 4/10/11.
Place: Loft Ensemble/ 929 East 2nd St #105/ 90012
Price: $200 total. Payment plans available.
Contact: m.doonan@gmail.com

CONTACT: Michael Doonan,
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7 MAR 2011
17 Mar 2011
Earthdance, 252 Prospect St, Plainfield, MA 01070 USA

March 7(evening) – March 17(morning), 2011
Contact +/-
a 9-day "OPEN"* training
*open to those with previous experience in contact improvisation

Contact Improvisation, Improvisation Scores, The Underscore, Composition, Contemplation, Changing States, Performance

With: Nancy and guests
At: Earthdance, Plainfield, Massachusetts, USA

NOTE: Earthdance’s Spring Equinox Jam will follow this workshop: Thursday March 17-Sunday, March 20, 2011. A great opportunity to relax, integrate, and jam! www.earthdance.net

More info coming soon at website

CONTACT: Patrick Crowley, 617.320.9792, , http://www.nancystarksmith.com
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7 MAR 2011
11 Mar 2011
Berlin, Germany

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Sabine Sonnenschein & Felix Ruckert
Contact Improvisation based on Tantra

Retreat: Monday to Friday, March 7-11, 2011
all day, 10am 10pm (10am to 1pm / 3pm – 6pm / 8pm -10 pm)

Sabine and Felix will direct this retreat together. Sabine will focus on the Tantric aspects and Felix will provide the Tools for Contact improvisation.

Contact improvisation (ci) was developed in the US in the 1970s. As a dance practice and social event CI has a deeply sensual aspect where bodies find each other and come together. In classical ci classes, this aspect is basically ignored. The idea of setting aside sensuality and with it the erotic element, created a space for CI to develop, which is important, but nevertheless based on fiction.
In this retreat, through tantric approach und techniques, CI becomes a tantric practice and sensual dance experience in which space for love energy is provided within a defined form. Love energy includes sexual energies. That means: We’ll learn techniques that enable us to sense love energy, sexual energy in the body, to direct it consciously and to open an exchange with a partner in a subtle and delicate way. Dances find their form nourished by love energy. We’ll experience how these dances take shape among women, among men, and in a mixed group.

A deep tantric experience requires adequate time, space, and intensity, which is why the workshop will be held as a retreat. Kashmir tantrism says that everything is vibration.This retreat allows dance to become a uniting with the world, a spiritual practice. Dance is an expansion into the space, tantra is expansion; and of course more than just etymologically: tan (Sanskrit) = to expand, tra (Sanskrit) = to free .
Dance meditation opens our bodies, we dance as if though in water, internally fulfilled by the sensation of streaming in your organs. Here, it is possible to experience an internal and external tenderness. Intense emotions take place physically but dissolve again in time, if the body is open.
Dancing we make love with the space or with a partner or several partners as well as the space. We sense the space between you and me, we experience ourselves sustained by the space. You permit the awareness to experience you, the space, and us. CI, as a tantric practice, means experiencing an “us,” which arises from a lack of intention, from improvization, and from the moment.

Based on breathing and physical exercises as well as a ritual of touch we sense ourselves as well as each other and dance together. We fine-tune our perception; we refine all of our senses in order to enter into play with one another.
Belly breathing and its observation will be the initial issue for all meditations, dances, and movements. I find a very deep connection to my dance partner by concentrating on his or her breathing, which leads us into a shared dance experience with and in one another. Is the impulse initiating a movement a common one? There are impulses that lead us deeper into each other and open spaces inwardly, and that that allow us to move outwardly, expanding into the space. We use our love energy in specific ways, and also classical CI techniques to arrive at a spiritual dance practice.The sensual fusion of bodies and sensual dances are sheltered and sustained by the group.

This retreat provides a safe space for personal as well as group experiences. Most work will take place in mixed groups, but there will also be women-only and men-only times. Personal limits will be respected. All of the dances can be stopped at any time, if it does not feel right. Nakedness in dancing may be explored, here, too, personal borders will be respected.
For everbody, who loves to dance and wants to refine his /her love energy und perception. For participation some experience in a wholesome as well as physical training is needed, like for example Tantra, CI, dance, dance improvisation, Yoga, Tai Chi, martial arts etc. None of the heteronormativity of classical Tantra!

Sabine Sonnenschein (1970, AT) studied theatre science, philosophy and history of art and has been a freelance choreographer and performer since 1992. Her work has been shown, among other places, in Vienna (Tanzquartier Wien, ImPuls Tanz, Tanzsprache, imagetanz,…), Munich, London, NYC, Stuttgart, Prague, Pula, Berlin, and St.Petersburg, www.wuk.at/sonnenschein
She has been involved with sensitizing the body since 1990, and Contact Improvisation since 1991. She has training in tantric full body massage (AnandaWave/Cologne) and also lomi lomi nui.
She was introduced to yin yang massage by Andro, has studied pelvic massage by K. Ruby; intensified her tantric experience at AnandaWave and SkyDancing (Munich), and has been introduced to Kashmir tantrism and Kashmir yoga of touch by Daniel Odier. In Vienna she has practiced tantric body work since 2006, primarily individual work, www.tantrischekoerperarbeit.at

She gives workshops focusing on the fusion of Tantra and Contact Improvisation. Teacher at ImpulsTanz in Vienna 2009 and in 2010 several times at Schwelle 7 in Berlin. As initiator of the Lab for Performance and Post Dramatic Acting (2000-2003), she questioned conventions of reception and mechanisms of production. In 2005, as choreographer, she created the philosophical pornographic video heteronom 1. Since 2006 she has been involved with the reception of pornographic films (hardcore porn as well as art film).

Felix Ruckert is a dancer, choreographer, and conceptor. His experimental dance pieces and installations, his participatory work, but also his choreographies for ballet companies earned him an international reputation as an innovative contemporary choreographers. Since 30 years he is interested in all sort of body techniques. He studied ballet, modern and contemporary dance, Improvisation, Feldenkrais, Yoga, Chi Kung Tantra, Kyudo and much more. He worked as a dancer with several renowned european companies, before concentrating on choreography and conceptual work. Since ten years he is also involved in a practical and theoretical investigation of BDSM and explores connections between BDSM techniques and artistic practices, developing an art and philosophy of sensual communication. He directs the performance space schwelle7 in Berlin and curates and organizes – in collaboration with Caprice Dilba – the annual festival xplore. More at: www.felixruckert.de

UPDATES: http://www.schwelle7.de/SabineSonnenschein.html
REGISTRATION: 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: http://www.schwelle7.de/GAESTE.html

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Sabine Sonnenschein & Felix Ruckert
Contact Improvisation als Tantrische Praxis – Intensiv Woche
Montag bis Freitag, 7. bis 11. März 2011
ganztägig, 10 22 Uhr (10-13 / 15-18 / 20-22 Uhr)

Sabine und Felix leiten diesen Retreat gemeinsam, wobei Sabine das Tantrische lebt und trägt, während sich Felix vor allem um das Vermitteln von Contact Improvisation Technik kümmert.

Contact Improvisation (CI) wurde in den 70er Jahren in den USA entwickelt. Als Tanzform und soziales Event hat CI eine zutiefst sinnliche Seite, bei der tanzende Körper zu
und ineinander finden. Dieser Seite wird im klassischen CI-Unterricht im Grunde nie Aufmerksamkeit geschenkt. Die Idee, diese Dimension und mit ihr die Erotik aus dem Spiel zu lassen, hat der Contact Improvisation einen Entwicklungsfreiraum geschaffen, der wichtig ist, aber zugleich auf einer Fiktion basiert.

In diesem Retreat wird Contact Improvisation durch tantrische Haltung und Techniken zur tantrischen Praxis und zum sinnlichen Tanzerlebnis, bei denen innerhalb einer bestimmten Form Raum für Liebesenergie gegeben ist. Liebesenergie umfasst auch sexuelle Energie. Konkret heißt das: Techniken werden erlernt, um Liebesenergie/sexuelle Energie im Körper wahrzunehmen, bewusst zu lenken und zwischen uns zu spüren sowie Austausch mit einem/r PartnerIn auf sehr subtiler Ebene stattfinden zu lassen. Tänze entstehen, die von Liebesenergie genährt sind.
Wir werden erfahren, wie sich diese Tänze von Frauen unter Frauen sowie Männern unter Männern gestalten und wie sie in der geschlechtlich gemischten Gruppe aussehen.

Der Workshop ist als Retreat angelegt, weil eine tatsächliche Auseinandersetzung mit spirituellen Praxen des Tantra Zeit, Raum und Intensität benötigt.
Alles ist von Vibration erfüllt, heißt es in der Spanda-Schule des kaschmirischen Tantrismus. Dieser Retreat lässt Tanz zur Einswerdung mit der Welt in Vibration werden, lässt Tanz zur spirituellen Praxis werden. Tanz ist Ausdehnung in den Raum, Tantra ist Ausdehnung; und das freilich nicht nur etymologisch; tan (Sanskrit) = ausdehnen, tra (Sanskrit) = befreien.
Tanzmeditation öffnet unseren Körper, wir tanzen wie im Wasser, innerlich erfüllt vom Strömungsempfinden der Organe. Eine innere und äußere Zärtlichkeit kann hier erfahren werden. Emotionale Intensitäten kommen, haben im Körper statt, aber verschwinden nach einer Zeit wieder, so dein Körper offen ist. Im Tanz machen wir Liebe mit dem Raum oder mit einem oder mehreren PartnerInnen und dem Raum. Wir spüren den Raum zwischen dir und mir, wir erfahren das Uns getragen durch den Raum. Du erlaubst dem Bewusstsein dich, den Raum und das Wir erfahren zu lassen. CI based on tantra bedeutet ein Wir zu erfahren, das entsteht aus Intentionslosigkeit heraus, aus der Improvisation, dem Moment heraus.

Ausgehend von öffnenden, energetisierenden Atem-/Körperübungen und der Erfahrung unterschiedlicher Berührungsqualitäten spüren wir uns selbst und einander. Wir verfeinern unsere Wahrnehmung, wir sensibilisieren alle unsere Sinne für ein Spiel miteinander. Die Bauchatmung und ihre Beobachtung werden zentral sein; Meditation, Tanz und Bewegung setzen bei ihr an. Zu meinem/r TanzpartnerIn entsteht eine tiefe Verbindung, wenn ich mich auf meinen sowie seinen/ihren Atem konzentriere und davon ausgehend ein Ineinander, ein gemeinsamer Tanz gefunden wird. Ist der Impuls, der dann eine Bewegung initiiert, ein gemeinsamer? Ist er deiner, meiner oder unserer? Es gibt Impulse, die uns tiefer ineinander führen und Räume nach innen eröffnen und solche, die uns raumgreifend nach außen gehen lassen. Wir nutzen unsere Liebesenergie und die klassische CI-Technik für eine spirituelle Tanzpraxis. Das sinnliche Ineinander von Körpern, die sinnlichen Tänze werden von der Gruppe getragen und durch sie geschützt.
Der Retreat versteht sich als geschützter Raum für persönliche Erfahrung und Gruppenerlebnis. Es wird die meiste Zeit in der geschlechtlich gemischten Gruppe gearbeitet, wird aber auch Frauen- und Männerzeiten geben. Persönliche Grenzen werden gewahrt. Ein Tanz kann jederzeit beendet werden. Nacktheit kann ein Thema werden, auch für sie gelten persönliche Grenzen.

Für alle, die tanzen, ihre Liebesenergie verfeinern und ihre Wahrnehmung sensibilisieren wollen. Voraussetzung für die Teilnahme ist Erfahrung mit einer Form von ganzheitlichem, körperlichem Training, wie Tantra, Contact Improvisation, Tanz(improvisation), Yoga, Tai Chi, Martial Arts etc. Frei von Heteronormativität des klassischen Tantra!

Sabine Sonnenschein
(1970, AT) hat Theaterwissenschaft, Philosophie und Kunstgeschichte studiert und ist seit 1992 freischaffende Choreografin und Performerin. Ihre – bisher 36 – Arbeiten wurden u.a. in Wien (Tanzquartier Wien, ImPuls Tanz, Tanzsprache, imagetanz,…), München, London, NYC, Stuttgart, Prag, Pula, Berlin und St.Petersburg gezeigt; http://sonnenschein.wuk.at

Sie beschäftigt sich seit 1990 mit körperlicher Sensibilisierung und seit 18 Jahren mit Contact Improvisation. Sie ist in tantrischer Ganzkörpermassage (AnandaWave/Köln) sowie Lomi Lomi Nui ausgebildet. Auseinandersetzung mit der Yin Yang-Massage von Andro und mit der Beckenbodenmassage bei K.Ruby; Vertiefung tantrischer Erfahrung bei AnandaWave und SkyDancing (München), Einführung in kaschmirischen Tantrismus und kaschmirisches Yoga der Berührung bei Daniel Odier. In Wien gibt sie seit 2006 tantrische Körperarbeit, vornehmlich Einzelarbeit, www.tantrischekoerperarbeit.at

Sie gibt Seminare, die sich mit der Verbindung von Tantra und Contact Improvisation beschäftigen, z.B. im Februar und Oktober 2010 in der Schwelle 7 und hat 2009 auch bei ImpulsTanz in Wien unterrichtet.

Felix Ruckert
ist einer der ungewöhnlichsten europäischen Choreografen. Bevor er mit stark konzeptuell geprägten Stücken wie HAUTNAH, RING, DELUXE JOY PILOT und SECRET SERVICE international bekannt wurde tanzte er u.a. mit Wanda Golonka/ VA Wölfl, Mathilde Monnier und Pina Bausch. Oft gibt Ruckert dem Zuschauer eine aktive Rolle in der Aufführung und konfrontiert ihn mit intensiven Emotionen. Für diese interaktiven Choreografien erfindet er spezielle Techniken zur physischen Kommunikation und Wahrnehmung und entwickelt diese zu einer Kunst der Berührung. Ein weiterer Schwerpunkt seiner Arbeit ist die Entwicklung von Improvisationsstrukturen und Kompositionstechniken. In den letzten Jahren arbeitete er auch vermehrt als Gastchoreograph für klassische Ensembles (Ballet du Rhin, Mulhouse; National Ballet Vietnam; Tokyo Star Dancers; Ballet Castro Alvez, Salvador da Bahia). Er beschäftigt sich seit mehreren Jahren mit BDSM und integriert auch diese Erfahrungen in seine Arbeit. Seit März 2007 leitet er die schwelle7 in Berlin-Wedding. He In Zusammenarbeit mit Caprice Dilba kuratiert and organisiert er das alljährliche Festival xplore. Mehr unter www.felixruckert.de

UPDATES: http://www.schwelle7.de/SabineSonnenschein.html
REGISTRATION: 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 http://www.schwelle7.de/GAESTE.html

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

Schwelle 7 – Cie. Felix Ruckert Berlin e.V.
Artistic & Managing Director: Felix Ruckert

TRAFFIC LINK: U8 Pankstraße, U9 Osloer Straße, U9 Nauener Platz, SB Gesundbrunnen, SB Humboldthain, Bus M27 Brunnenplatz


CONTACT: http://www.schwelle7.de/SabineSonnenschein.html
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12 MAR 2011
15 Mar 2011
Grenoble, 38000, France

Experiencial Anatomy and Contact Improvisation

During this workshop, we will explore a fundamental movement pattern in which the body is coordinated
around the pelvis in a radiating, spherical manner.
The pelvis, as one of the body’s major vital centres, is the crossroad of several physiological and structural systems,
including the psoas muscle, the termination of the spinal cord, and the abdominal organs.
Experiencing the sensitivity and power of the pelvis as movement center, invites us to explore how our 6 limbs
(head, coccyx, hands and feet) relate to our torso and to each other.

To revisit the star-body principle allows to discover a whole new way to navigate though space
and to free up both, connectedness and freedom while dancing.
Through expriencial anatomy, touch et movement exploration, we will explore these potentials and apply them
to Contact Improvisation. Open to all. Previous experience with Contact Improvisation is not required, but might be helpful.

Saturday 14h30-18h30
Sunday 10h-13h/14h-17h/
to be confirmed

MJC des Allobroges
1, rue Hauquelin 38000 Grenoble

Deadline march 7
Deposit: 30€
Comming there/ housing
see registration page

Nien-Mari Chatz

Nien Mari CHATZ, born in Germany, has completed her dance studies at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam, during which time she studied Contact Improvisation with the pionneers of these forms: Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Kirstie Simpson and many others.
From 1986 – 96 NMCH has been faculty of the SNDO, since 1997 she lives in France.
Her work as choreographer and teacher is strongly inspired by experimental Bodywork : Release Technique, Body Mind Centering®, Alexander Technique.

In performance, NMCH danced with Tanzfabrik Berlin, Yoshiko Chuma, New York , Pauline De Groot, Amsterdam and other choreographers, musicians and visual artists internationnally.

As a dancer and teacher I am interested in creating experimental situations in which the body is allowed to feel good and confident. I trust in learning by experimentation and play as a deeply crative process, that silence and patience are powerful states of beeing alive. I see that effortlessness and a clear fokus allow for both, non-violent communication and animalistic power in dancing, and that such practice can free up new, more subtle, authentic and diversified possibilies for creative interaction.

I am interested in the integration of dancing and living, and in healing through creating.

Scale Fee 71€, TR 62€ T+ 77€
After deadline* : 76€, TR 67€

+ year membership : 10€ to 40€

CONTACT: , http://www.chorescence.org
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14 MAR 2011
18 Mar 2011
WORKSHOP: hancock & kelly live: „My body tries to cry...”, March 14-18, 2011, Schwelle7, Berlin/Germany
Berlin, Germany

My body tries to cry…
– an evolving workshop-laboratory project from hancock & kelly live

Monday, March 14th – Friday, March 18th, 2011
Venue: Schwelle7, Berlin/Germany (adress below)

Updates: http://www.schwelle7.de/Hancock%26Kelly.html

REGISTRATION: xs4jan (at) gmx.de

My body tries to cry… is an evolving workshop-laboratory project from hancock & kelly live.

The workshop explores a series of durational images focusing on physical, emotional, and energetic exchanges between bodies. Each encounter is present as a testimony to a shared moment, a living inheritance, and a temporary memorial to the cellular body, and its (in)glorious contamination at the brink of collapse.

My body tries to cry… continues hancock & kelly’s workshop trajectory through both self and other, revisiting and expanding ideas of material as inheritance, exchange, and testimony.

The five-day workshop culminates in a live durational performance configured around the workshop participants. The performance consists of an evolving series of bodily exchanges between performers, each of which, at breaking point, become memorialized in gold.

Richard Hancock and Traci Kelly’s workshop-laboratories offer a space for practice- based/body-based thinking, built around a set of questions pertinent to the duo’s current investigations. This ‘thinking’ is made public by means of a pre-determined choreographic structure that is further developed throughout the workshop and presented at the end.

In addition to the specific questions of the workshop, sessions include a series of physically and emotionally demanding exercises (drawn from the artists’ own practices, other seminal performance practitioners, and wider areas of body-based research) that situate the body and these questions in the context of Hancock and Kelly’s wider socio-artistic concerns.

Participants from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to consider themselves as both ‘makers’ and ‘performers’, working within a framework designed to support and provide the space to question, risk, and expose.

Participants should be aware that the some of the workshop processes and the performance require nudity.


The workshop will run from Monday, March 7th to Friday March 11th, 2011, with a public presentation on the final day.

Mon March 14 13:00 – 18:00
Tue March 15 13:00 – 18:00
Wed March 16 13:00 – 18:00
Thur March 17 13:00 – 18:00
Fri March 18 16:00 – 23:00 (including public presentation, time to be confirmed)

Please note that the structure of the workshop and final presentation are shaped around the participants, and it is important that participants are able to commit to attend all sessions.


hancock & kelly live is the collaborative project of artists Richard Hancock (b. 1977, UK) and Traci Kelly (b. 1961, UK).

Since 2001, they have collaborated on a body of work, questioning and provoking the gaps between subjects, between lives, between one another, between ‘you’ and ‘I’.

Through an Internationally acclaimed body of work spanning performance, dance, video, photography, installation, and text, they have continually asked questions of where the limits of the body may be drawn, and separated from the knowledge and questions with which they are enmeshed. Further, their provocations ask where and how we can begin to define what is ‘you’ and where am ‘I’.

The resulting works have been a series of intimate and queer events, both moving and spectacular. hancock & kelly live has performed and exhibited at venues and events including the National Review of Live Art, UK (2005, 2007, 2009), Performance Space, Australia (2007), Interregnum, Denmark (2008), the Museu de Évora, Portugal (2009), and Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Germany (2010).

Richard Hancock is an artist/choreographer currently based in Berlin. His research interests include questions of racial ‘whiteness’, masculinity, and non-reproductive sexualities.

Richard Hancock holds a first-class honours degree in Fine Art from the Nottingham Trent University, and a Masters degree with distinction in Critical Theory: The Body & Representation from the University of Reading.

He is currently Associate at New Work Network, London, where he is developing models for artist-led learning programmes. His ongoing collaboration, RESIDENT ALIENS (with the artist Liz Rosenfeld), is an exploration of queer family, lineage, and portraiture.

Traci Kelly’s practice slips and knots between performance, visual and textual languages. Her poetic and visual imagery opens up a space for doubt and questions the status of the body. Frequently her work implicates the audience in gestures of intimacy and solicited expressions of sincerity.

Together with Richard Hancock, Kelly approaches collaboration as a plastic material that may take multiple forms. Currently she is exploring collaboration as a solo and viral process, resulting in encounters that are queer and inviting.


hancock & kelly live website: http://www.hancockandkellylive.com
hancock & kelly live on facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/hancock-kelly-live/215498439659
Footage from the 2009 workshop presentation: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eX8Cylg3lus

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, backyard, left site, 2. floor
13357 Berlin – Wedding (Nähe Uferstudios)

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

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19 MAR 2011
20 Mar 2011
Conservatorio de Málaga, C/ Cerrojo 5, Málaga, Andalucía , Spain

Para mi bailar Contact Improvisación es un diálogo a tres voces; dos voces internas de los respectivos bailarines y la que surge de la conversación entre ambos.
Este curso es una invitación a despertar los sentidos del cuerpo como fuente para el diálogo de ‘Contact’. Escuchar que es lo que comunica el propio cuerpo y dejar que esto encamine y construya la danza y, a la vez, escuchar lo que me comunica mi compañero y como las dos informaciones confluyen en una sola.
Utilizaremos como punto de partida métodos de conciencia corporal (Técnica Alexander, Feldenkrais, y conceptos anatómicos) llevándolos a la exploración del propio movimiento para llegar a la danza/comunicación con el compañero. Ampliaremos la danza al grupo y al espacio, para desarrollar un clima de jam.

65 € / 75 € after the 4th of March

CONTACT: Virginia Maldonado, 610 622 485 (Virginia), , http://Contactimpromalaga.blogspot.com
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25 MAR 2011
27 Mar 2011
Clearspring Yoga Studio, 605 Copeland St., Austin, TX 78704 USA

Friday: 7-9pm (Facilitated Jam w/ Live Music!)
Saturday: 10am-5:30pm (Lunch Break 1-3)
Sunday: 2-5:00pm

“Today we are faced with the preeminent fact that, if civilization is to survive, we must cultivate the science of human relationships,” said Franklin D. Roosevelt. If his statement was true back then, it is even more true now. Using the multifaceted language of Contact Improvisation, along with help from the ritual of Authentic Movement, we will research the science and healing potential of authentic, and improvisational, human interaction.

Is it possible to stay true to oneself while relating to/dancing with others? How does it feel to stay in deep contact with one’s internal truth while interacting with the outside world? How do we find the moving Tao, where what we choose is exactly what the world needs from us? In the spirit of mindfulness, curiosity, and play, we’ll explore Contact Improvisation and Authentic Movement as body-centered movement practices that welcome, and make explicit, our living truth. This awareness improves our dancing, nourishes our depths, and is socially revolutionary! Heck, maybe Contact Improv and Authentic Movement can even save the world.

Lindsay Sworski brings together her in-depth study of Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, psychotherapy, bodywork, creative process, and spiritual development in her workshops and classes. She teaches a hybrid blend of these disciplines internationally and is honored to have the chance to invite people to connect deeply with themselves, their bodies, each other, and the present moment. Lindsay danced and studied for many years with the Lower Left Performance Collective, is a Core organizing member of the thriving Boulder Contact Lab, is almost finished with her certification in the Hakomi Method for Experiential Psychotherapy, and is a member of the Ridhwan School of Inner Work. She is grateful to the lineage of depth-divers before her who have paved the way for her offerings. Learn more at www.MovingPresence.com.

$100-140 before March 5th;
$130-170 after March 5th;
$20-30 for Friday Only (sliding scale)

CONTACT: Brandon Gonzalez, , http://www.MovingPresence.com
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