Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

1 MAY 2011
10 May 2011
Grenoble, 38000, France

Improvisation training, Ruth Zapora work

Intensive workshop in ST Andeol, in a beautiful studio located in the montains 45 km from Grenoble.

ACTION THEATER™ is a starting point for body-oriented theater improvisation, a training method and artistic practice rolled into one. It integrates body and spirit, furthers spontaneous and conscious expression. In Action Theater™, the improviser follows the ever-changing interior of her/his imagination and responds to it with movement, sound and/or language.

ACTION THEATER™ is not a technique, but rather a map, a guide towards increasing one’s awareness and meeting the incredible variety of personal phenomena. Working solo and in groups, participants are lead through improvisation exercises. The exercises are simple, playful and challenging. These exercises develop your capacity to stay in the present moment and fine-tune your perception. They awaken feelings, thoughts, and memories; draw out your imagination, intuition and encourage creative expression. The exercises renew your ability to play and gain new personal insights.

IN THE WORLD OF AWARENESS little difference exists between theater and the street. Who we are, how we think we are and how we work with our perceptions and reactions is the same everywhere. In Action Theater™, we improvise inside of forms that have movement and theatrical frameworks, yet what we learn affects our daily lives.

THIS WORKSHOP in body-based improvisation is for anyone who wishes to access imagination, develop vocal, verbal and physical performance skills. During the training, students will work alone and with other classmates in physical & vocal exercises. Exercises isolate and invite exploration of the formal elements: time, space, shape and dynamics. These explorations quiet the conceptual mind and hone awareness. Other exercises strengthen and expand skills of performance: movement, voice, composition, listening and relationship. Students increase their ability to hold and express emotion, enliven imagination, and recover lost personal material. Every exercise enlightens the relationship between intention, awareness and action as well as engaging the heart and mind. This workshop is open to all, those with theater and movement training and those without.

May 2th to the 6th
Arrival on the 1st at night
Departure on Saturday morning
Time: Morning 10 am- 1pm -
Afternoon 2.30-4.30 pm

Beautifull environment in the mountains, 45 km away from Grenoble

Housing in shared rooms (2-4 p) within the same house or 2kms away. Keeping the place cosy and clean, will be taken in charge by the whole group, with turnovers.

Food is not included in the price. Diners might also be prepared together if the groups agree so before hand. An email will be sent.

Getting there
Train: Grenoble ou Monestier de Clermont
Aéroports: Grenoble, Lyon, Genève, Chambéry
+ Shared rides facilitated from Grenoble or taxi

Deadline April 11th
Deposit: 50€
more info please
see registration page

Sten Rudstrom (De)

STEN RUDSTRØM has worked for over 18 years with Ruth Zaporah, developer of the improvisational performance training process Action Theater™.

A widely respected teacher and performer, he works throughout the United States and Europe.

His workshops are high-energy, articulate and promote the development of stronger performance skills.

Visit the websites: www.stenrudstrom.com, www.actiontheater.com

Scale Fee 260€, TR 230€ T+ 290€
After deadline* : + 20€

+ year membership : 10€ to 40€

CONTACT: , http://www.chorescence.org
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14 MAY 2011
15 May 2011
Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Málaga, C/ Cerrojo 5, Málaga, Andalucía 29510, Spain

Contact Improvisation is a dialogue in movement. A dialogue with gravity, a dialogue with one partner or more.
In this workshop we will explore this form of dance inspiring ourselves by the questions which our body raises while experiencing qualities and possibilities of this dialogue,
approaching these questions from the technical and poetic aspects.
What is going on as I move? What gives me support to improvise and to dance?
What decisions am I taking? What contributes me my partner?

Guy Aloni – dancer and teacher of Contact Improvisation. Organiser of the International Contact Improvisation Festival Barcelona (www.contactfestival.es)
Trained as an Instructor of Expressive Movement,
Currently training in Gestalt Therapy.

65€ before the 1st of May / 80€ after that

CONTACT: Virginia Maldonado, 0034-610 622 485, , http://Contactimpromalaga.blogspot.com /contact improvisation malaga(facebook)
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16 MAY 2011
20 May 2011
Berlin, Germany

5 day Intensive with Malcolm Manning
morning classes 11am – 1:30pm: Awareness Perception Presence class
afternoon workshop 3 – 6 pm: Contact Improvisation workshop
WHEN: Monday – Friday, May 16-20, 2011
WHERE: Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany

Morning Class series – open for all levels – (11:00am – 1:30pm)
(You can attend only the morning classes, without the workshop!!!)

Malcolm has spent the last five-years developing a body of work called Awareness Perception Presence in which he combines the Feldenkrais Method, Experiential Anatomy and other specially-devised material to enter into a physical dialogue with ourselves and our environment. In this particular series, we’ll explore the Fish Body (axial skeleton) taking some of Steve Paxton’s Material For The Spine as our reference.

Each class begins with a guided exploration/lecture/dialogue in which the specific theme of the class is introduced through movement and associated anatomical details. Next a Feldenkrais (ATM) class which aims to clarify some aspects of the theme. The final part of the class is spent in self-directed exploration taking the references movements as a starting point.
SInce we work alone in these classes, it is possible to open these to anyone who wishes to attend. The set material is simply standing and walking so makes no special demands physically.

Contact Improvisation Workshop – advanced only – (3:00pm – 6:00pm)
(Includes participation in the morning classes!!!)

When are we truly improvising CI and when are we just running through familiar patterns and pathways? As we become more experienced and skilled in the form, how can we keep our dancing fresh and improvisational?

One way is to study how to be present to ourselves and to extend our perception of ourselves. The Awareness Perception Presence morning class series aims to address to these issues. In the context of this workshop, you could think of them as an extended warm-up or preparation to dance CI.

In the afternoon sessions, we’ll follow a process that unfolds by exploring a series of simple CI scores designed to interrupt the familiar. We’ll also create our own scores, explore some less-common contact technique, watch each other dancing, and dialogue on the improvisational nature of CI.

During the workshop, the exploration of scores will be directed mainly toward the question of improvisation in CI. My experience is that they are interesting to watch and also open up strategies for performing CI. The workshop will therefore culminate in a showing where we will dance some of the scores that we have worked on for an audience.

Participation in the workshop showing is not absolutely necessary but strongly encouraged. It will take place on Friday, January 29, 2010 at 8:30 PM

For the afternoon workshop there is a limited number of places, available for participants with at least three years experience of dancing and studying contact improvisation. If you are interested then please write a brief outline of your experience and interest in attending (no more than one side A4).

MALCOLM MANNING: I am a somatic movement researcher, educator and performing artist. Movement is life and just about any situation can be analysed in terms of what moves, how, where, when and with what quality – I am fascinated by how people move and by how I move, both alone and in relation to others.

I have been based in Finland for the last eight years where I am currently a part-time senior lecturer in the dance department of the Theatre Academy of Finland (Finland’s highest level dance education) and have helped to develop and teach around two months a year on the one-year Dance And Somatics education in Joensuu. I also tour Europe teaching, at various venues including TanzQuartier Wien and ImpulsTanz.

For more info visit about Malcolm Manning: http://www.movetolearn.com

UPDATES: http://www.schwelle7.de/Malcolm.html
REGISTRATION: xs4jan (at) gmx.de
Workshop including morning classes: 5 days / 200 EUR
Morning classes only: 5 days / 120 EUR

We can host up workshop participants basic opportunities to stay overnight. The cost is 10 EUR a night per person, 7 EUR if you bring your own sheets. More: http://www.schwelle7.de/GAESTE.html


Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6, backyard, left site, 2. floor
13357 Berlin – Wedding (near Uferstudios)

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/Malcolm.html
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21 MAY 2011
30 May 2011
Moab Arts & Rec Center (MARC), 111 East 100 North, Moab, UT 84532 USA

See www.MoabJam.com for full details!

Saturday May 21 to Wednesday May 25, 2011 

“The Poetics of Contact Improvisation” (for Advanced-level CI dancers)

REGISTRATION for Workshop + Jam (or Workshop only) opens on Sunday, February 13, at 1pm MST.

Thursday May 26 to Monday May 30, 2011 

CI Jam celebrating dance, nature and community, for CI dancers of all experience levels 
Supported by Jam Hosts: 
Alicia Grayson (CO), Angie Hauser (PA), Brad Stoller (VA), Brando Brandes (MA), Chris Aiken (PA), Kristen Greco (CA), Mirva Makinen (Finland), Ronja Verkasalo (Finland & NY), and Tim O’Donnell (nomad).

REGISTRATION for Jam (plus any available Workshop spaces) opens on Saturday, February 19th, at 1pm MST.

The Moab Jam is followed by an optional self-guided campout with fellow dancers. Work exchange (WEX) positions are available.

Visit the website for all info: www.MoabJam.com

The Moab Workshop and Jam are organized by Todd Paulsmeyer (Salt Lake City, UT) and Gretchen Spiro (Boulder, CO)

CONTACT: Gretchen Sprio & Todd Paulsmeyer, , http://www.MoabJam.com
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28 MAY 2011
31 May 2011
St Michael's Parish Hall, Park Lane, Bristol, BS2 8BE, United Kingdom

When I teach I offer only those things which I know how to dance and
love to dance. Observing my dance I discover my endless curiosity for
spirals in movement, and my aspiration to be light, to fly and to feel
my legs and arms like wings.I have recovered my childhood habits of
creating relations with other people, such as trust, sincerity,
openness and healthy selfishness. I am very interested in keeping my
dance vivid and alive and, of course, to keep human touch in it.

We will use parent child patterns to look for the natural instinctual
reactions, embedded in the body, to support somebody and to be lifted.
I love the reality of dance; the floor, my body and partner’s body,
gravity and weight. I love to move this reality between the sky and
the earth.

For me CI is a dance which can bring joy and pleasure and discipline
which develops the body.

I want to separate practical and emotional sides of CI. And due to
this separation – to learn to use both sides at the same time and


  • Movement that brings understanding of how the body is organized and
  • how it can move
  • Elements of contemporary dance technique to explore pathways of
  • Clear, efficient movement with minimal effort
  • Elements which came to CI from Aikido. This makes the dance three-
  • dimensional and helps to use more sophisticated pathways
  • We will take time to work with weight. From small dance to liftings.


  • Techniques which help to release, let go the tension, tune into the
  • dance, such as bodywork, authentic movement.
  • Images and metaphors which influence on inspiration in the dance
  • Practice of being attentive to the atmosphere in space and weather
  • that we create dancing with partner
  • Composition and improvisation – ways to widen the range of
  • communication in the dance using eyes, ideas, playfulness.


CONTACT: Jamus Wood, +447908582791, , http://www.contactdance.co.uk
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28 MAY 2011
29 May 2011
Workshops of Contact Improviation with BMC elements with Iwona Olszowska
Wierzbowa 15, Wroclaw, Poland

We want to invite you for the second workshop from the series of CI+BMC workshops and CI jam on Saturday.

This time we will foucus on the joints! You are welcome to join us with your joints and whole body mind!

Teacher: Iwona Olszowska

Sat: 11.00-14.00 workshop /16.00-19.00 workshop/
19.30 – CI jam
Sun: 11.00-14.00 workshop /16.00-19.00 workshop/

50 euro

CONTACT: Olga Gawlik, +48691967697,
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