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 JUN 2012
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31 Aug 2012
Canada

Submissions requested for The International Contact Dance Film Festival. The International Contact Dance Film Festival is produced by REAson d’etre dance productions. The festival’s mandate is to provide a venue for contact dance films (films highlighting momentum-based dance and/or partnering techniques include rolling point of contact, balancing over centre of gravity, sloughing, following momentum, lifting using momentum rather than muscle power, “listening” with one’s skin surface etc.). The Inaugural International Contact Dance Film Festival will premiere in the Spring of 2013 in Toronto.

FILM SUBMISSIONS
Submission deadline:
Must be post marked by August 31, 2012. Submissions in advance of the deadline are welcome.

SUBMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS: We are looking for dance films that focus on momentum-based dance and/or partnering techniques. Momentum-based dance and/or partnering techniques include rolling point of contact, balancing over centre of gravity, sloughing, following momentum, lifting using momentum rather than muscle power, “listening” with one’s skin surface etc. Momentum-based dance or partnering methods include Contact Improvisation and affiliated methods such as Axis Syllabus, Dance Parkour or the Kaeja Approach. Choreography in the dance film can be set (i.e pre-choreographed) or created in the moment (i.e. improvised choreography). Dance films can be in the genre of narrative, theme oriented, abstract or documentary and must be sixty minutes or less. There are no limitations on productions date. All rights to the films must be held by the person or organisation submitting.

Film submission details:
Download at www.reasondetre.com

Submissions cost $5 to $10 (Canadian currency) depending on the number of films submitted by a person or organisation. If the submission fee is not affordable for you please contact RDDP to make arrangements for a lower fee.

CONTACT: Kathleen Rea, , http://www.reasondetre.com
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3 AUG 2012
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5 Aug 2012
Asheville Weekend Contact Jam
Asheville, NC USA

3 days of Contact Improv in the mountains of western North Carolina! This will be a good ol’ fashioned jam: a weekend of movement, exploration and play. No experience is required. There wont be any formal classes except for some basic warm ups and games. As always there are plenty of us to help with instruction. The weekend may also include fresh mountain streams, nature hikes, and a sauna. Bring a friend. Heck, bring two! The more the merrier. :)

$80 (includes 5 meals) OR $40 for half weekend and two meals.OR $20 a dance block.
Tent and floor space provided in warmly welcoming spaces.

CONTACT: Matthew McClure, 828.280.4328,
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6 AUG 2012
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16 Aug 2012
Vieussan, Haut Languedoc , France

What make us move and sound?
Memory, images, the ever awake senses…
What is our source for creation?
Can we hear music in silence?
Could silence be our dance partner?

Dharma Nature organizes a retreat from 6 – 16 of august 2012 in which dancers and musicians have the possibility to explore the impact which silence and meditation can have on their art. And likewise, to discover how music and dance can benefit their meditation practice.

Experience
No experience is required, but there will not be music classes, so musicians should have their own practice. This isn’t the case for the dancers, as there will be improvisation, contact improvisation, butoh and other movement classes in nature and in the dance hall. People with a curiosity of movement and little dance experience are welcome too. No meditation experience is needed.

Program
Silent mornings, periods of meditation, teachings and group discussions on the theme ‘meditation and creativity’, dance classes drawing from different movement research techniques, guided vocal improvisation sessions and a lot of free time for your own practice, or to jam with others. Being with both musicians and dancers, some magic might happen on the playground!

Teachers
Denis Robberechts (www.dharmanature.org) will teach meditation
Kristien Sonnevijlle (http://sansville.wordpress.com/) will teach dance and vocal improvisation
Teachings will be in English, with French and Dutch translation available if necessary…

Place
Everything will take place at the dojo yourt ‘La source’ (see www.lempreintedutao.org for pictures), a wonderful space lost in the heart of nature in the South of France. We will sleep in tents, and the big and beautiful yurt will be our meditation, meeting and moving place. Meals will be vegetarian, organic and local as much as possible.

Note
We will not have electricity, so you can only come with acoustic instruments.

A warm welcome to join us in this exploration!

Price

330 € to cover the cost of camping, the workspace and delicious food as organic as possible…

Teachings and organization are on donation.

CONTACT: Denis Robberechts, (0033) (0)467 95 46 18, , http://www.dharmanature.org
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12 AUG 2012
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18 Aug 2012
Lasqueti Island, B.C. , British Columbia V0R 2J0, Canada

Come for 6 nights camping and 5 day workshop with evening jams, classes conducted by Stu Phillips, Aug12-18. This is the second annual event with Stu and presumably we will be doing this for years to come.

Workshop tuition, gourmet meals, camping, wood-fired sauna and transportation on Lasqueti, $375 work-study and scholarship available.

”What It Is”, an Exploration of Intense Improvisational Contact Dance, Disintegrating the gap between where one really is and where one wants to be, closing that relationship completely, Tuning Our Minds to our Physical and Emotional Bodies Completely, to where they are in each moment, and physically expressing from there in relationship. This workshop enables dancers to be and learn from where they are, with full acceptance, allowance and manifestation.

2 Daily classes consist of methods of being, particularly with self, and extending those out when “interacting” with others, by deconstructing, undermining and bypassing easily our usual or known mental and physical patterns, and allowing our true/real raw emotional energy to transform our dance movement, as well as ourselves, through behaviorally articulating who we are in aligning with how we are, perfectly.

Stu Phillips is a Professional Contact Improvisational Dance Performer and Teacher of 25 years, teaching and performing throughout the U.S., Canada and New Zealand, also teaching and performing Improvisational Dance and Theater for 30 years throughout US. The focus is full expression, tuning to emotional and energetic reality constantly in personal flows, portraying that onto students with gentle psychic sensitivity.

$375 includes Gourmet meals, workshop, camping, sauna and transportation on Lasqueti

CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
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12 AUG 2012
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18 Aug 2012
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

“What It Is”, an Exploration of Intense Improvisational Contact Dance, Disintegrating the gap between where one really is and where one wants to be, closing that relationship completely, Tuning Our Minds to our Physical and Emotional Bodies Completely, to where they are in each moment, and physically expressing from there in relationship. This workshop enables dancers to be and learn from where they are, with full acceptance, allowance and manifestation.

2 Daily Workshop Classes consist of methods of being, particularly with self, and extending those out when “interacting” with others, by deconstructing, undermining and bypassing easily our usual or known mental and physical patterns, and allowing our true/real raw emotional energy to transform our dance movement, as well as ourselves, through behaviorally articulating who we are in aligning with how we are, perfectly.

Stu Phillips is a Professional Contact Improvisational Dance Performer and Teacher of 25 years, teaching and performing throughout the U.S., Canada and New Zealand, also teaching and performing Improvisational Dance and Theater for 30 years throughout US. The focus is full expression, tuning to emotional and energetic reality constantly in personal flows, portraying that onto students with gentle psychic sensitivity.

8/12/12 – 8/18/12, Sunday – Saturday, arrive by dinner Sunday, ends following Saturday after breakfast.
Includes all meals, sauna, swimming, tent sites, Workshop Classes 11am – 1pm, 4pm – 6pm daily, M – F.
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, B.C., Canada, $375
Contact markyoung@lasqueti.ca to register or goto http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
Flyer attached

$375

CONTACT: mark young, skype-markonlasqueti, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
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20 AUG 2012
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26 Aug 2012
La Pinalie (near Thiviers), Dordogne , France

CONTACT IMPROVISATION, ACROBATIC YOGA, THAI MASSAGE, SHIATSU, BUTOH, VOCAL IMPROVISATION AND MORE!!!

Let’s celebrate summer together with delicious workshops & jams and simply enjoying life in nature, with a forest, a spring and many beautiful sites surrounding us! And of course, full of surprises, just because we ♥ to improvise…

The days will be filled with several workshops, jams, morning & sometimes evening programs. Time to discover, learn and play with what you have discovered. Zomerzin will take place in beautiful natural surroundings, and there will be enough time to explore them. With space to find your own way of taking care of your body, to be ‘Lief for your Lijf’.

Teachers/facilitators
Roald Penning: acrobat/bodyworker/tantra man/acro yogi/dance lover
www.freeflowhealing.nl
Kristien Sonnevijlle: dancer/vocalist/bodyworker
http://sansville.wordpress.com/
Nick Wilsdon: shiatsu therapist/musician/philosopher

Place
In the lively landscape of the Dordogne we are very happy to stay at the small village ‘La pinalie’ where dance teacher Maite Volpato has created a beautiful dance studio with a smooth wooden floor. The space will be ours for the whole event, we camp or sleep inside of the building, there will be a campfire, very nice organic (as much as possible in this region) and vegetarian food and a lot of ♥!
www.createrre.nl

Beware: Lief voor je Lijf is playful & intense!

Cost
We work by the Asian tradition of donation for the teaching and organizing, enabling people to join us for our summer festival, regardless of their financial situation. Apart from the teaching & organization on donation, there is a fixed price for the accommodation & food that needs to be payed in advance.

290 for camping
315 for sleeping in a sleeping hall
335 for sleeping in a De Waard tent
340 for sleeping in a double room
360 for sleeping in a single room

!!!price includes all meals, coffee tea, teachers travel costs & material for 6 days of Zomerzin. Teaching & organizing NOT included!!!

CONTACT: Kristien Sonnevijlle, , http://www.liefvoorjelijf.com
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24 AUG 2012
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31 Aug 2012
Anatolia , Turkey

Shifting states of being and embracing the mystery of change,
an international improvisational dance & performance excursion:
Capadoccia Turkey
- With Lauren Tietz and assisted by Turkish organizer Mevlut ERK

Join us for a week of dance practice and performance in Middle Anatolia/Turkey. Sourcing the unique landscape of Capadoccia we will work inside and outdoors. Open spaces, underground cities, rivers, caves, a volcanic lake, Ihlara valley, Erciyes mountain and ancient mystical sites will be our inspiration for dance explorations and performance.
The Workshop: Shape Shifting
Tuning into our unique intelligence and thirst for movement we will practice sensing deeply into dance in order to tap personal choices that feel sustainable, authentic, peaceful, exciting, surprising. Drawing on principles arising from Contact Improvisation, martial arts, meditation, authentic movement practice, body work and compositional studies – we will practice and perform in different daily locations.
We will use CI, Qi Gong, partner body work, authentic movement and other modalities that lead us into dancing in our morning practice. Following a mid-day break we will come together again to delve more deeply into explorations of land-inspired dance, contact duets, group scores and witnessing. Our work will culminate in the form of performance at the end of the week.
With our eyes on shape shifting we will tune into the notion of adaptability – a keystone in improvisation and a state on which resiliency, transition and transcendence all hinge. When do shifts happen instantaneously? Glacially? Sequentially? Shifts are physical, physiological, neurochemical, emotional. To be in transit, to transition from one state to another – of course, we are never really in a static place of having arrived. No sooner than we think we have ‘arrived,’ we are again changing, adapting. Are we perhaps always in a state of arriving, of becoming? How can we embrace this state of becoming with safety, curiosity, excitement?
Seeing and being seen, we will practice engaging our playfulness within the dance, with rigor, open heartedness and love so that the act of performing may feel like a generous act, revealing the essential vulnerability and beauty of who we are.

COST & REGISTRATION
Before June 1st:
Workshop Cost: $500
$100 Deposit until June 1st (Pay remainder of cost upon arrival)
After June 1st:
Workshop cost: $575
$115 Deposit (Pay remainder upon arrival)

SEND DEPOSIT CHECK TO:
Lauren Tietz
2112 Willow St.
Austin, TX 78702
OR contact Mevlut (mevluterk@gmail.com)
For bank info to wire your deposit

LODGING
Lodging will be in a hostel which has cave rooms, good meals and perfect panaromic views. Meals are particular to the participant.
Double room 1 night – cost per person (including breakfast) : $40
Single room 1 night cost (including breakfast) : $60
Meals will cost around $15

CONTACT: Lauren Tietz, US 512-699-1086, , http://laurentietz.com (IN PROGRESS)
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25 AUG 2012
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1 Sep 2012
ARLEQUI, Banyoles, Catalunya , Spain

We invite you to develop and nourish your dance in a week long Intensive Workshop of Contact + Improvisation in the wonderful location of ARLEQUI, SP. A large farmhouse built in the 17 century situated between fields and forest.

ENTRSPACIOS
INTENSIVE WORKSHOP
CONTACT + IMPROVISATION

Eckhard Mueller (Germany/France) + Daniela Schwartz (Argentina/France)

This workshop of CONTACT + IMPROVISATION proposes a time of investigation and dance in the intimacy of a studio, as well as the exploration of the environment, outdoors. A proposal to deepen your experience of CI as you are confronted to the visual, sound, architectural and sensory impressions, to observe your ability to remain open for the richness of internal and external drives. The integration of both experiences will support you accessing a fully embodied dance.

All levels WS, address to: dancers, actors, artists, musicians, or any person with interest in the movement arts with some previous experience in dance, movement, martial arts, yoga, etc.

400€ before 25.07.12. after: 450€
(includes food and sleeping in the hayloft)

CONTACT: daniela schwartz, , http://www.arlequi.de
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29 AUG 2012
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3 Sep 2012
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

Come for 5days and nights of 2 classes per day and jams in the evening at Leviathan Studio on Lasqueti Island.

All meals, camping and transportation on Lasqueti included.

Go to the website for more details.

$395

CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
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29 AUG 2012
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2 Sep 2012
Deventher, Netherlands , Netherlands

5 days festival full of workshops and jams with various teachers from the Dutch contact community and guests teachers. This festival is suitable for all levels, our intention is to bring advanced and beginners dancers from all over the Netherlands to share ideas and dance with each other and other contact dancers from abroad.

If you want to come and join?
Mail your name, address, phone number and the days you want to come to contactfestivalnl@gmail.com

After sending a request we will send you the registration form.

The entire festival – 250 / 220* euro
Friday to Sunday: 225 / 200* euro
Weekend: 180 / 160* euro
Early birds will get a discount from 10 euro (weekend) to 20 euro (the entire festival)

  • The Second price is for people with low income and people that comes from over 250 km.
  • Helpers can get discount – please contact the organisation.
  • When you cancel the festival up till a week before the festival we charge you 50 euro and transfer back the rest to you. After that date we don’t pay back at all.
CONTACT: +31 6 12917171 - (Hans van der vlis), , http://contactimprovisatie.nl/
Permalink — Updated: Mar 28 2012