Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

30 MAR 2012
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1 Apr 2012
Burlington City Hall, Church St. - Contois Auditorium, Burlington, VT 05401 USA

Weekend Contact Jam in Burlington Vermont

Friday: 7 – 11 pm
Saturday: 9:30 am – Midnight
Sunday: 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Housing by local dancers.

Food and Snacks Included.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

$65 for the Weekend – See website for details. ContactimprovVermont.blogspot.com

CONTACT: Michelle Lefkowitz, 802.864.7306, , http://ContactImprovVermont.blogspot.com
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30 MAR 2012
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2 Apr 2012
Avenida General Ricardos 177, Madrid, Spain

with Joerg Hassman /Shahar Dor/Noam Carmeli
We will work together to weave a mix of technical classes, jams, discussions, improvisational scores and investigative practice to create a four day playful festival exploring contact improvisation from 3 different angles.Also advanced contacters will find deeper insights into the supposedly known. There will be different frames to dance with the whole group, including jams, practice and group scores. Live music.If you need some help to find accomodation during the Festival,please contact anacrob@hotmail.com.

REGISTRATION FEE: EURO 185
Bank transfer to:
IBAN ES60 2100 3450 2721 0010 8959

CONTACT: 00 34 91 532 27 01, , http://www.estudio3.org
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1 APR 2012
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5 Apr 2012
MovingEast, Wordsworth Road, Stoke Newington,, London, London N16 8DD, United Kingdom

Improvising Contact Improvisation
intensive workshop with Benno Voorham

1st – 5th April, 10.30 – 16.30

at MovingEast Centre for Dance, Martial Arts and Complementary Medicine
St Matthias Church Hall, Wordsworth Road, Stoke Newington,
London, N16 8DD

Contact Improvisation will be the common ground to continue and deepen our skills to come into a physical and kinaesthetic dialogue with others. By awakening our physical and sensory awareness we will bring mind and body into a state of readiness and receptiveness for dancing in a playful and spontaneous way. We will spend time in the mornings to work on various skills and explore the underlying principles of Contact Improvisation, playing with physical forces such as gravity, levity, momentum and inertia. In the afternoon we will work with different scores and structures for improvisation with a strong focus on developing a playful and subtle presence in our dancing.

“Being in the moment” will be our motto during this intensive workshop. We will play and create dances in which we use our imagination and creative potential. We will spend time to tune our bodies in movement, to develop a sense for ‘being in the moment’ from where we will dive into the realm of contact and improvisation.

booking and further info: robert@contactimprovisation.co.uk
+44 7814 790 757

In my work as a dance maker and improviser I am interested to explore the crossroads between dance, contact improvisation and theatre. Using the potential of the human body and contact improvisation to tell stories through movement in a non-literal way.
videolink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MA0xj_ug4No

Benno Voorham is a performer, choreographer and teacher from Holland, living in Stockholm since 1995. Since his graduation in 1986 from the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam he has worked internationally as an independent dance-artist, directing his own work as well as collaborating with others in both set and improvised pieces. He was a member of the Greek dance-theatre company ‘Wrong Movement’ (1993-2007) and has worked as a dancer/actor at the City Theatre of Stockholm (2005–2007). He was a founding member of the international improvisation group ‘Alternating Currents’. In recent years he has choreographed several works for children and youth. In both his teaching and performance work, he is interested in exploring the creative, narrative potentials of the human body through movement. He has won a distinctive reputation for his original brand of teaching and performing.

Fully waged / Subsidised: £160
Part-time waged / Independent artist: £150
Unemployed / Full-time Student: £120

CONTACT: Robert Anderson, 00447814790757, , http://www.contactimprovisation.co.uk/
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5 APR 2012
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8 Apr 2012
Paraje cucuch c-8 03660 Novelda, Spain, Novelda (Alicante), Alicante 03660, Spain

With Patricia Gracia, Charlie Fouchier and Miguel Ángel Punzano Medall.
Novelda Contact International emerges from the will to create and share a space for creativity and the development of the senses, from the essence of contact and improvisation.

“This festival cherishes great hopes and a strong creative energy. To participate in the first Novelda Contact International involves being closely present in the first steps of a small big project”.

Come play with us!

VISIT US!!!!

FACEBOOK: NOVELDA CONTACT INTERNACIONAL
WEBSITE: http://www.wix.com/noveldacontact/internacional/Novelda%20Contact%20Spanish

Applications filled in and sent until the 15th March (this date included): 140 €
Applications filled in and sent between the 15th March and the 1st April (this date included): 160 €
Applications filled in and sent between the 1st April and the beginning of the Event: 180 €

CONTACT: Joan Sol Madrid Riola, 0034680354877, , http://www.wix.com/noveldacontact/internacional/novelda-contact-english
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13 APR 2012
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15 Apr 2012
The Universal Hall , Findhorn , Scotland IV36 OTZ, United Kingdom

Contact Improvisation Workshop
Benno Voorham
Friday 13th – Sunday 15th April
The Universal Hall, Findhorn, Moray, Scotland
This workshop is suitable for all levels of experience!

Benno is a highly distinctive and original teacher and performer with over 25 years of experience. A major force in the European Contact Improvisation scene, he has organised two major teaching conferences (ECITE) and introduced CI to several Eastern European countries. This is his first, long awaited visit to Findhorn.

During this workshop will spend time working on various skills and exploring the underlying principles of Contact Improvisation, playing with physical forces such as gravity, levity, momentum and inertia. We will work with different scores and structures for improvisation with a strong focus on developing a playful and subtle presence in our dancing.
Articulation and playfulness are two keywords for this workshop in which we will dance for and with each other. Dances in which we can expect to be in physical contact at any moment and at the same time keeping an awareness of ones own directions in improvising.
In my work as a dance maker and improviser I am interested to explore the crossroads between dance, contact improvisation and theatre. Using the potential of the human body and contact improvisation to tell stories through movement in a non-literal way.

http://www.bodysurfscotland.co.uk/benno-voorham-improvising-contact-improvisation/

Price £120/ £95
See website for Special Offers!

CONTACT: Liz Egan , , http://www.bodysurfscotland.co.uk/benno-voorham-improvising-contact-improvisation/
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14 APR 2012
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15 Apr 2012
Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Málaga, C / Cerrojo nº 5, Málaga, Andalucía , Spain

Light falls
As easily as the Light falls into your eyes,
Weight falls through you.
Weight is not a thing, it’s a force with the direction. 
We can guide that direction. 
We move inside of network of forces and direction. 
We are a force, direction to be determined. 
To follow or to lead? What do you follow? Where do you lead?
What if I just let things happen? 
To let is not to be mindless.
To let is not to be passive.
How can I let this moment happen as it is?

Contact improvisation.
If I would say that this is not a basic course, I would lie.
Everything is always basic. It’s the depth of sensation that takes you further.
If I would say this is a basic course, I would lie as well.
We are going to do some really simple contact improvisation.
Moving alone and together, concentrating how do I sense the the forces around me. And I’m talking about physics.

Ask for information about the price, discounts if you come from abroad or do more than one intensive, possibilities of staying at the place of one of the participants from Málaga….

CONTACT: Virginia Maldonado, 610 622 485 (0034), , http://contactimpromalaga.blogspot.com
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21 APR 2012
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14 Jul 2012
Moscow , Russian Federation

Dear CI-Dancers all over the world

we are very happy to announce the 7. edition of the

INTERNATIONAL CONTACT IMPROVISATION AND PERFORMANCE FESTIVAL IN MOSCOW

FROM 14.-21. JULY 2012

This festival is evolving every year, and this year the new thing will be 2 ongoing facilitated labs in the afternoons. And as every year we will have intensives in the mornings and great focused jams and performances in the evenings.

There are pre- and post-events – all in all you can dance in and near Moscow from 7.-29. July!

Hope to see you there – it’s so fabulous to dance in Russia!

for the team: Adrian Russi

CONTACT: Adrian Russi, +41796008780, , http://www.contactfestival.ru/main.aspx?lang=eng
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22 APR 2012
Bristol , United Kingdom

The number of participants is limited. If you wish to participate you need to register in advance by sending an E-mail to this address – saskia@contactdance.co.uk

This workshop will address the subject of breaking our own patterns and limits within the practice of Contact Improvisation. We will deal with one of the side effect of many beginners and advanced practitioners – staying confined within our mutual kineshpheric bubble.

Contact is the physical technique, Improvisation is the life behind this dance. Much of our emphasis in the jams, classes and workshops goes to improve our physical technique yet not much work explores the dance that can grow from our bubble and beyond it.

One glass ceiling that an advanced Contact Improviser may encounter is seeing the dance as only 2 people in a very confined space – the bubble. The side effect of this is that the world disappears and there is only the sensation and movement that is inside our mutual bubble, this nice and comfortable feeling holds us back from going into the next step – keeping the same feeling of our point of contact, using our strong technique, whilst improvising with everything else that is there in the moment.

In this workshop we will try to break our bubble – not to lose that feeling but rather to grow from it into a wider bigger world. To Improvise not only with our physical partner and input but also with space, composition, and other potential partners that are not yet in physical contact.

This workshop is meant for people who have experience in one of these fields – Contact Improvisation, Dance Improvisation and dance performers who wish to enlarge their vocabulary in dance and on stage.

The number of participants is limited. If you wish to participate you need to register in advance by sending an E-mail to this address – saskia@contactdance.co.uk

Tom Goldhand – I am a performance artist in the field of Dance & Contact Improvisation. I studied Dance and theater Improvisation in Israel at “Hakvuza beyafo” and “play school for Improvisation”. After finishing my studies I moved to Amsterdam where I had the privilege to work, learn and be inspired by great teachers of dance and contact Improvisation – Paulien de Groot, David Zambrano and Karl Frost amongst others.

In the last years I perform and give workshops on the technique of Improvisation in Dance and Contact. 2 years ago I chose Amsterdam as my base and co founded with 5 other performance artists the group – Mono Collective that performs free and anchored Improvisation pieces as well as choreographed pieces.

For me, Improvisation is a way of life and I try to take it out of the studio into everyday life. I believe that the core of man spirit comes from new experiences, and that it is much more important to be open and present, than to make plans and try to stick to them.

“You cannot teach an old dog new tricks, but you don’t have to be an old dog”

Price – £40 fully waged, £30 low waged/unwaged/independent artists

Sunday 22.4 – 10:30 -17:00
Place – The Wild Goose Space, 228 Mina Road, Bristol BS2 9YP

CONTACT: , http://contactdance.co.uk/
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