Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

10 SEP 2012
17 Jun 2013
155 Brackett st, Portland, ME 04102 USA

This class features guided warm-ups, fundamental exercises and skills, improvisational scores and structures, solo/group/ensemble composition and time for open dancing/jamming. Contact improvisation will be a common element in our palette, but we will also weave many other threads into the fabric of our evenings as well. This is a mixed level class open to drop-ins, appropriate for experienced dancers, but also very beginner friendly, with plenty of grins and giggles!

$15 Drop-in, $12 per class for 4-8 wk multi-class packages, $140 for 14 all weeks *Alternative weekly/monthly payment arrangements may be possible with consent of the teacher.

CONTACT: Carl Rudman, 207.399.3707 , , http://bhaktiinmotion.com/
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15 NOV 2012
16 Mar 2013
Lucerne 6003, Switzerland

We invite filmmakers, choreographers, dance and video artists, producers, distributors and broadcasters to submit programmes produced since January 2008 (Category II) resp. January 2010 (Category I).

Prizes will be awarded in the following Competition Categories:
- Category I: Contemporary DanceArt-Films not longer than 15 minutes (only FIRST productions),
- Category II: Contemporary DanceArt-Films (over 15 minutes – max. 45 minutes), FIRST as well as FOLLOWING productions, but not older than 2008).

Closing date for inscription: 15th November 2012.

More about the festival and all about the competition on

CONTACT: Helena Mettler, http://www.tanzfilmfestival.ch
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28 DEC 2012
2 Jan 2013
Bodysurf Scotland, 201 The Park, Findhorn, Forres, SCOTLAND IV36 3TB, United Kingdom

Bodysurf Scotland is proud to present Brand New 12/13, the 10th of its now legendary new year dance events. This year’s event focuses on the dance form Contact Improvisation and is hosted by CI dancers and teachers Karl Jay-Lewin, Robert Anderson and Jovair Longo. It takes the form of a Jam – an unstructured time for dancing together – and is open to both beginners and experienced dancers. There will be led warm ups and optional movement classes to join outside of the event – not to mention a Hogmany party, hot tub, new year’s day ‘polar bear swim’, walking on the beach and time for relaxing.

The venue for the Jam is the magnificent Universal Hall Arts Centre in the Findhorn EcoVillage Community, NE Scotland. The Hall houses two dance spaces, a café and hot tub.

Accommodation: Self catering B&B chalets from £27 per night. Low cost shared rooms in homes of local dancers may be available, as well as local B&Bs. Enquire for details.

For more details and timetable:

£170 includes daily meal & extras.
Day Passes £35.
Optional arrival day dinner and activities from 28 Dec, 6pm.
Weekly tickets include daily meal and extras.

CONTACT: Bodysurf Scotland, +44(0)1309 691661, , http://www.bodysurfscotland.co.uk/brand-new-1213/
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30 DEC 2012
1 Jan 2013
Bristol , United Kingdom

Bristol’s 3 day Contact Improvisation New Year’s Celebration Jam
~ book now for early bird price – ends 21st Dec ~

Dates: Sunday 30th December 2012 – Tuesday 1st January 2013
Times: 30th Dec: 11am-10pm | 31st Dec: 11-1am | 1st Jan: 11-6pm★
Venue: tbc

A celebratory event of contact improvisation to welcome in the New Year, co-created by the community who come, all welcome.

Event highlights to include:
♥ Lots of lush Jam-time
♥ Live music to titillate the senses
♥ Lead warm-ups to ease us in
♥ Silent spaces
♥ Children under 15 welcome for free★★
♥ New Years eve shared feast
♥ Space for attendees to create-your-own sessions
♥ Surprises…

To book: email ny2012-13@contactdance.co.uk or call Claire on 0777 373 8241

★ exact timings may change
★★ please let us know in advance if you plan to bring children, and/or need accommodation.

Price: £40 early bird (before 21st December) then £45 (concs) £50 (full price) for the full event. Day and session rates available, contact organisers. (Includes basic refreshments but not food and accommodation)

CONTACT: Claire Coveney, +44 777 373 8241, , http://www.contactdance.co.uk
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6 JAN 2013
25 Jan 2013
Earthdance, 252 Prospect St, Plainfield, MA USA

a 3-week OPEN training with

January 7 – 25, 2013 (arr. Jan. 6)

Contact Improvisation
Solo Training • Changing States
Improvisation Scores • The Underscore
Composition • Performance

A 3-week residential workshop focused on contact improvisation and other related work: physical training, improvisation and composition scores, jamming, watching, discussion, feedback, labs, contemplative practice, and performance studies. In solo, duet, trio, and group work; in and out of contact; in silence and with live music, we’ll move toward greater clarity and inspiration in our dancing and watching.

Please come prepared for intensive practice (and a bit of fun!). Intermediate level in CI required. Fill out online application form—outlining your background and skill level in contact improvisation, dance, and improvisation, and your reasons for wanting to attend. All registrations must be approved by Nancy.

The workshop will meet Monday–Friday, 10 am to 5:30/6 pm in studios at Earthdance, in Plainfield, MA, (a beautiful dance retreat center located 35 minutes west of Northampton, MA, in the Berkshire Mountains), and in town at an Aikido dojo. There will be some evening and weekend activities.

Early Registration Deadline: October 15, 2012
For details & application form:

CONTACT: Patrick Crowley, , http://nancystarksmith.com/januaryworkshop2013
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9 JAN 2013
27 Feb 2013
3252A 19th St. at Shotwell, sf, CA USA

8 Week Wednesday Night Improvisational Contact Dance Series:
Jan. 9th through Feb. 27th
Shotwell Studio 7:30-9:30pm 3252A 19th St. at Shotwell, SF Series $150, $20 drop in per Class
This Workshop & Series taught by Stuart Phillips will explore unblocking patterned responses, making way for more authentically relating scenarios through dance improvisation. Our approach is authentically shifting our psychological view to more unfamiliar states, ultimately opening our shared dance experience to more poignant unknown realms which are extremely satisfying & nurturing.
A methodical approach consists of simple psychic group guidance, clean physical, mental or emotional foci unblocking patterns into cleaner expression of focus. Solo time hones true alignment with self. Then we move into being real in relationship with other and self, as duet, trio, quartet, quintet, etc., allowing personal truth to become the only excitement. This method of approach to dance Improvisationally changes participants’ dance styles to more personally aligned states, transforming ourselves into deeper pathways from self into manifested Dance.
Stuart has been involved with teaching & performing in the contact improv community for over 25 yrs, & with the improv dance environs for over 31 yrs.
Send checks to: stuart phillips, 1002 59th, oakland, ca, 94608 stulip6.wix.com/stulips

Series $150, $20 drop in per Class

CONTACT: Stuart Phillips, 541-255-3660, , http://stulip6.wix.com/stulips
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13 JAN 2013
18 Jan 2013
The WOW of CONTACT @ Breitenbush Hot Springs
Detroit, OR USA

6th annual winter Contact Improvisation retreat
w/ Touchmonkey, Carolyn Stuart and Patrick Gracewood
@ Breitenbush Hot Springs, retreat center extraordinaire near Detroit, Oregon

This year the theme will be Contact Games.
We’ll investigate our options in Contact Improvisation by focusing on and defining the ‘games’ we play, inside ourselves and in relationship.
The use of games provides a balance of fun and seriousness, structure and freedom. Games bring focus to the vastness of improvisation by creating bite-size pieces for you to study and integrate.
As usual, the purpose is to expand our understanding of and ability for mutual well-being- the gift of Contact Improvisation!

Treat yourself to beginning the new year with this immersion to deepen your skills of self-care, connection and playfulness.
It is an excellent event for those that prefer a smaller size group. The event is limited to no more than 20.
All levels of experience are welcome. We start from where we are and let curiosity and investigation take us where we need to go.
Let the games begin ;~)

We gather three times each day-

In the Mornings we’ll study our inner games by focusing on our ability to witness what is.
Experience is always occurring. How aware of it are we?
We’ll practice noticing what we notice and become more aware of the choices we are making moment by moment.

In the Afternoons we’ll play with the relational games of Contact Improvisation.
We’ll name, claim and expand the possibilities for mutual well-being through improvising in contact.

In the Evenings we’ll explore group games.
We’ll use the evenings to enjoy group activities to apply what we’ve gleaned from studying our personal and relational dancing.

The whole event, on and off the dance floor, is an exercise in co-creation. Simple structures are meant to support the research and discovery of mutual well-being. What happens along the way is dependent upon the interests and expression of everyone present.
Contact Improvisation offers a sustainable paradigm of thriving for all. Join us in the development this way of being, a new way of living!

Touchmonkey is the name Carolyn Stuart and Patrick Gracewood give their on-going thread of investigation in C.I., now in it’s 25th year!
They are delighted and surprised at how the richness continues to pour forth, to unfold, is unending in it’s life enhancing, enchanting ways.

View the event online ~ http://breitenbush.com/events/jan13-18stu.html

Workshop fee of $120 plus lodging

View lodging rates online ~ http://breitenbush.com/reservations/info.html

Register early to reserve your spot and/or to take advantage of the lowest lodging rates of the year!

CONTACT: Carolyn Stuart, 503-282-2938,
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25 JAN 2013
27 Jan 2013
The Avalon Ballroom, 6185 Arapahoe Rd., Boulder, CO USA

A weekend of dancing with the Boulder community!

$70 before 1/1!

CONTACT: http://www.boulderwinterjam.com/
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10 FEB 2013
6 Mar 2013
Gina Gibney Dance Center, 890 Broadway 5th floor, New York, NY 10003 USA

Like scaling Mt Everest, States of Grace is a pinnacle — elusive, ever-present, dangerous, fantasized, in our minds. And our bodies. “States of Grace” is what can happen when all the balls are in the air at once: solo dancing, contact improvisation, non-CI improvisation, contemplation, composition, listening, performance/art, mystery, and humanity. Many questions. Embodied research. Can we move easily between solo, contact improvisation, group work, somatic sources and impulses, and compositional awareness? What does this make? Only way to discover is to do it and find out. The Underscore on Sunday is the culminating vehicle for our discoveries. Participants should have previous experience with Contact Improvisation. Workshop locations vary: WED-FRI 10am-6pm will take place at Eden’s Expressway. SAT 10:30am-5:30pm and 6-7:45pm, Underscore talk-thru, will take place at Gibney Dance Center. SUN 12-4pm, Underscore practice, will take place at New York City Center.

$307 MARCH 6-10 2013

CONTACT: Brandin Steffensen, 8017928100, , http://www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/archives.php?archive=23&class=workshops#cw836
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10 FEB 2013
9 Mar 2013

The Underscore is a long jamming/contact/improvisation/composition score that Nancy has been developing since the early 1990s as a framework for dance improvisation research. It guides dancers through a series of “changing states” — from solo relaxation and sensitizing to gravity and support, through group circulation and interaction, contact improvisation engagements, opening out to full group improvisation, and back to rest and reflection. Previous experience with Contact Improvisation and attendance at the talk is required for participation in the Underscore practice.

Locations vary:

Gibney Dance Center: March 9 SAT 6-7:45pm, Underscore talk-thru will talk place at Gibney Dance Center.

Underscore practice: March 10 SUN 12-4pm, Underscore practice will take place at New York City Center.


CONTACT: Brandin Steffensen, 8017928100, , http://www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/archives.php?archive=23&class=workshops#cw836
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1 MAR 2013
11 Mar 2013
Koh Chang, Koh Chang , Thailand

Welcome to the second Contact Improvisation and CI-in-Water Festival on Koh Chang island in Thailand!
Welcome to a deep dive into your body experience!

1-11 March 2013
In the program:
Contact Improvisation in water – intensive workshop with Manuela Blanchard Russi (Switzerland)and Sasha Bezrodnova,
Contact Improvisation on the land – intensive with Masha Grudskaya (advanced) and Nastya Saevich (Russia, all levels),
Jams every day,
Authentic movement, art- and performance jams…
And also… swimming in the cleanest sea, kayak trips, elephant rides, traveling to beautiful islands of the area, and much more!

Warm water allows to find full relaxation and flowing quality in the body. We will practice easy, light, fluid, natural movement in our dance. Yielding and letting go gives chance to connect with inner depth, to live, breathe and manifest oneself naturally. This is an invitation to travel inside and outside at the same time, developing contact with oneself and with the world.

Register on the website http://ci-thai.com/en !!!

You can contact us at ci.tailand@gmail.com
or personally:
Masha mariagruds@gmail.com
Sasha sashaffect@gmail.com

Full price with prepayment until 20th January 2013 – 290 Euro
Registration fee 100 Euro
After 20.1.13 – 330 Euro. Price includes accommodation and breakfast.

CONTACT: Manuela Blanchard, +41(0)79.641.91.19, , http://www.ci-thai.com/en
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8 MAR 2013
10 Mar 2013
Wild Cat Studio, 2525 8th Street, Berkeley, CA USA

CONTACT IMPROVISATION is a moving, “meditation in action” form of dance. Movers focus on direct experience of the physical forces we sense and relate to as humans on earth: gravity, momentum, kinesthesia, the stuff of physics.

In this workshop we will review some essential images of Contact, such as the small dance of skeletal balance as introduced by Steve Paxton. We will practice various rolls and puzzles and embody these navigation tools to enhance our solo and partner dancing. We will employ practical safety movements to help our muscle memory kick-in when we need it— during the complex partnering of a freely improvised duet. We will practice freedom. And, we will play with composing group improvisations influenced by Lisa Nelson’s Tuning Scores where perceptual measurements made by each individual guide the communication between players.

Class is open to all levels; dancing with mixed levels will be encouraged.

KAREN NELSON has been dancing Contact Improvisation since 1976 or so. Now, in 2012 and after an 8 year break in her training, dancing is a well-spring of fresh gravity. She has toured, teaching and performing in many places worldwide and has collaborated with many wonderful artists. Her work with Steve Paxton and his system “Material for the Spine” has a tremendous influence in her Contact teaching and dancing. Along with Alito Alessi in the 1980’s, she started the Breitenbush Jam and DanceAbility in Oregon; and with others later in the 90’s, Diverse Dance Research Retreat held on Vashon Island, WA. For the last 2 decades or so, composition within improvisation has been a passion; working with Lisa Nelson and her approach of Tuning Scores is a constant source of inspiration and investigation.

Pay deposit by February 1:sliding scale $170-200
After February 1: $190-230

CONTACT: Katarina Eriksson,
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10 MAR 2013
24 Mar 2013
7th Argentina Contact Improvisarion Gathering in the Nature!
San Esteban, Córdoba , Argentina

Dancing in the nature of the movement.

Place: Senderos del Monasterio, San Esteban

(6 Km. From Capilla del Monte)

Córdoba, Argentina.

This is an open space

to manifestate everything that we want

A participated sharing 

with focus on dance

co creating each experience.

and sharing the costs between all of us.

ºº15 days exploring a permanent dance state°°

Circularity – Improvisation – Trusting – Self regulation 

  • * *

You can participate as long as you wish.

The estimated values per person per day are:

*For the stay: 1 day = $40 pesos (15 days = $450 pesos)

*For the food: 1 day = $40 pesos (15days = $450 pesos)

It´s welcomed to contribute with more, in a rapture of

generosity, and also with less

in case you don´t have that amount.

.. What to bring ..

For You:

Plate, knife, fork, spoon, glass/cup, mate/tea, tent, towel, sleeping bag, warm clothes, spices.

To Share:

  • Silk, trapecy, hammock, juggling things,  musical instruments, music…
  • CI books and magazines (for the reading area)
  • Videos and pictures from other meetings for a projection night.
  • Papers, paints and toys for the children´s area.
  • We´ll have a place to show, sell and exchange our creation.

.. Animals stay at home ;) ..


You can camp or rent a room

The value of the rooms comming soon…


.: How to get there :.



If you come from Cordoba´s Capital, take a bus In Cruz del Eje´s direction, and get down in the first stop after san esteban.

If you come from Capilla del Monte take the bus and get down in Senderos del monasterio´s stop, the stop before San Esteban entrance.

From there 4 blocks walk.

Bus Company: Ciudad de Córdoba o Sarmiento.

Any questions, curiosities, proposals, comments

Write to us!

Thanks and good dances!!!

CONTACT: Javier Drucaroff, 0054 911 1534517591,
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21 MAR 2013
30 Mar 2013
1310 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

Of Limb and Language
Sense Object (Miriam Wolodarski)

richien (Rowena Richie & Jennifer Chien)

CounterPULSE Winter 2013 Artists in Residence
MAR 21-30, THU-SAT at 8PM

Miriam Wolodarski’s Of Limb and Language is a game show, a communicational tragicomedy, a brutal love affair between semantics and somatics… Our hearts are at the tips of our tongues.

Inspired by both the scientific and metaphorical implications of twinship, Richien’s Twindependent is a dance theater piece incorporating live music and video projection.

$20 – 30 Sliding Scale

CONTACT: Jaclyn Anku, 4156262060, , http://www.counterpulse.org
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22 MAR 2013
24 Mar 2013
St. Michael's Parish Hall, Bristol , United Kingdom

~ book now for early bird price – ends 28th Feb ~

A space to Dance, Learn, and Jam. All welcome.

Event highlights to include:

  • Lots of lush Jam-time
  • Saturday class with Rick Nodine
  • Sunday class with Lucia Walker
  • Live music
  • Space to relax
  • Friday Night Film jam
  • Children under 15 welcome for free

Click here To book

Teachers / Facilitators: Rick Nodine and Lucia Walker

Location: St. Michael’s Parish Hall
Date(s) & Time(s): 22 Mar 2013 until 24 Mar 2013
Price: £40 – £55

Lucia Walker

has been practicing and teaching Contact Improvisation since 1986. She first encountered the form in workshops with Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark-Smith and Kirstie Simson. In 1987 Lucia qualified as a teacher of Alexander Technique and teaches the technique to individuals, groups and on teacher training programmes in England, Germany, US and Japan.

Lucia worked for many years with Jointwork Dance Group exploring improvised performance and continued this research with Telling Times International Theatre project. She also works on performance collaborations with other artists and dancers Attention, vitality and curiosity are central to her work as a teacher and a performer.

Rick Nodine

After completing a degree in biology, Rick Nodine went on to study contact improvisation with the pioneers of the form. He began a performing career in the early 90s, and In 2001, he became a member of staff at London Contemporary Dance School where he teaches composition and improvisation.

For the past 15 years Rick has collaborated with dancers, actors, musicians and designers to create improvised performances.

As a guest teacher Rick has been invited to teach in 10 countries and more than 30 cities and this year he has been selected as a Key Teacher to represent the UK in the international IDOCDE project, a Contemporary dance education documentation project.

Recent Choreography has been for The National Theatre, Glyndebourne Opera, Shift, Edge, Coventry University, Devon Youth Dance, LCDS and he is a 2013 Place Prize Finalist.

Full Event

£40 early bird (before 28th Febuary)
£55, (£50 concs) (after 28th Febuary)
Day Rate £30

(Includes basic refreshments but not food and accommodation)

CONTACT: Clarie Conveney, , http://contactdance.co.uk/events/bristol-national-jam-2013/
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28 MAR 2013
31 Mar 2013
Polideportivo el Cabanyal , Calle Arciprestre Vicente Gallart 1, , Valencia , Valencia 46011, Spain

We love meeting self and other through the practice of Contact Improvisation. This Festival, brings an opportunity to dive into it with profound rigorousness, while keeping play and joy present through the learning process.
During four days, we will enjoy classes, workshops and forums in a diversity of sites, carefully selected to stimulate your senses … in the historic neighborhood Cabanyal in Valencia, by the Mediterranean seaside.


- 170 € before 5th of March.
- 180 € from the 6th of March to 13th of March.
- 190 € from the 14th of March to the 22nd of March.

- The 23rd of March the register will close.
- It is also possible to attend single days at the festival. The fee for one day is 50€ and 30€ for 1/2 a day. People interested must follow the same procedure indicating the days they will be coming on the register form and making bank transfer with the corresponding amount. There will be no admissions after the register deadline.

- Fisrt 20 people to register can book for cheap semi-free accommodation at La Sala Malva and another 20 people can book for accommodation at Moon Beach B&B by the sea( 12€ per night, breakfast included).

CONTACT: Particia Gracia , 0034637735565, , http://www.contact-teu.com
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12 APR 2013
14 Apr 2013
Bergen , Norway

Workshop for beginners andopen for experienced dancers.

“The simple pleasure of moving and living through one’s body is what I think matters most here. And the pleasure of dancing with someone in a spontaneous, unplanned way, free to create without disturbing one’s partner. It’s an extremely inspiring form of dance.” – Steve Paxton, founder of CI

Contact improvisation (CI) is one of the most welcoming and friendly dance forms. It’s open for people of all body types, ages, backgrounds and athletic ability.

In contact improvisation two moving bodies are following physical point of contact and they roll, fall, fly, support and give weight to each other. They are sharing the dance and playing with the physical laws as gravity, momentum, inertia, etc.

This workshop will help to release excess muscular tension, get in contact with our bodies and liberate the natural movement.

During the workshop we will work on:
- relaxing the body and releasing unnecessary muscular tension;
- physical touch and point of contact,
- listening to the partner, following and leading,
- sharing the weight
- different ways to support/lift,
- soft landing, falling and rolling,
- moving efficiently in different levels,
- inner and shared balance.

There will be technical material and we will also focus on our personal curiosity, exploration and pleasure of dance. We will create a space for finding the trust in ourselves and our partners, spontaneity, support and presence.

No previous experience in CI or other dancing is needed. You don’t need any personal partner as well!

Julija Melnik, BA, MA – Tutor in Dance – is leading regular contact improvisation classes, jams and workshops in Lithuania. She has also taught outside of Lithuania (Ukraine, Latvia, Russia, France, Germany and USA ). Julija is actively participating in International CI festivals, teachers’ conferences and is also organizing CI events in Lithuania: annual CI and Performance Mini-festival since 2007, regional CI teachers’ conference in March ‘08, Vilnius CI and Performance Festival ‘09.
Julija has studied contact improvisation with CI pioneers – Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith, and also with Nina Martin, Andrew Harwood, Angela Donii, Joerg Hassman, Charlie Morrissey, Adrian Russi and many others. She is also exploring other improvisational forms and performance, and has studied with Julyen Hamilton, Daniel Lepkoff, Nita Little, Alexander Girshon, Keith Hennessy, David Zombrano and others.
Julija is also practicing Argentinean tango, Gurdjieff movements, house dance, salsa, contemporary dance. Her movement research is informed as well by practices of meditation, bodywork, dance therapy and other movement techniques such as Feldenkrais, Lou Yong.

April 12 d. (Fri.) 19:00-22.00
April 13 d. (Sat.) 11:00-14:00; 15:00-18:00
April 14 d. (Sun.) 11:00-14:00; 15:00-18:00

Workshop will take place in the central part of Bergen. Details will be
announced later for participants.

Fee: Cost of the whole workshop (3 days) is 1400 NOK.
Early bird price until 1st April 2013 1100 NOK

Just friday 300 NOK
Saturday or sunday (1 day) 600 NOK

CONTACT: +47 911 31610, , http://www.magicsurroundings.no/contact-improvisation.html
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13 APR 2013
14 Apr 2013
Toronto, Ontario , Canada

AIM Alexander Technique Informed Movement

Two Workshops, Two Days, Two Teachers!
• Free Patterns of Tension
• Recover Your Efficient Effortless Movement

Saturday, April 13, 2013 2-6pm – AIM and Injury Prevention for the Dancer
Observe, inhibit, and redirect! Learn how these principles of the Alexander Technique can support your dancing to prevent injuries and enhance your overall performance. We will work with directing our attention to allow for more ongoing awareness of ourselves, and beginning to free patterns of tension to access our underlying support. We will use improvised solo structures to witness each other dancing. Movement exercises will be taught to engage your imagination and will draw upon your body and mind as inspiration to dance, while applying the Alexander Technique principles.

Sunday April 14, 2013 2-6pm – AIM and Contact Improv
Execute momentum based partnering with greater ease and fluidity. We will alternate between exploring underlying themes from the Alexander Technique and then integrating these directly into Contact Improv dance. Contact Improv exercises will draw on the spontaneous interaction between people playing with weight, momentum, gravity, and intuition. We will guide you to access your core-support, spiral, and multi-dimensionality while dancing. The Alexander Technique enables whole body integration in movement and stillness. Letting go of our habitual reactions allows for greater flexibility in the choices we make while dancing.

SUSAN SINCLAIR is Director of Sinclair Studio where she has maintained a private practice teaching Alexander Technique and the Pilates Method for over 20 years, and has directed her Alexander Technique Teacher Training Program since 2003. After injury in dance training Susan was able to retrain herself using Alexander and Pilates and went on to explore contact inprovisation, aerial dance, Tai Chi Aikido, Feldenkrais and Developmental Movement. Susan has taught numerous classes and workshops in Toronto, and taught in Alexander teacher trainings in the USA, Germany and Japan since 2000. She has presented her work at the last two International Congress of the Alexander Technique in Lugano Switzerland, as well as to her colleagues at Alexander Technique International, both in the US and Europe. Currently, Susan is on faculty at The Houston School of the Alexander Technique and will teach at the Alexander Alliance teacher training program this spring in Tokyo, Japan.

SUZANNE LISKA is a dance artist, teacher, Co-Artistic Director of Flightworks, and Co-Founder of the aLOFT Project. As a company dancer for Kathleen Rea’s REAson d’etre Dance Productions, Suzanne danced in the three times Dora Award nominated “Long Live” and for “Vivid 4”. She has also danced for choreographers Karen Kaeja, Pam Johnson, and Sue Lee, and has performed at Dusk Dances, Dance Matters, Art Whispers, DARK, and Harbourfront Centre, as well as many other venues and festivals. Suzanne teaches professional dancers, actors, high school and elementary school students, and community dancers. Specializing in dance improvisation since 1998, she teaches Contact Improv Dance and Spontaneous Composition (Improv Ensemble dance). Suzanne is a faculty teacher at the Randolph Academy for Performing Arts.

$50/workshop cada/act/students before March 30
$60/workshop before March 30
$80/workshop regular
$90 both workshops before March 30
*Pre-registration required

CONTACT: Suzanne Liska, 416 704-8096, , http://www.susansinclair.ca/
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20 APR 2013
21 Apr 2013
via Genè 5, Torino, Italy

Workshop of ContactTango with Javier Cura

Contact and Tango are two dance forms that focus on the relation to the partner and on the flow of energy circulating between them. Using the dynamics of fluids as a visual metaphor for these dances we will bring their elements together to create a richer and more liberating form of physical expression.
There is no need to have any experience in either or both techniques

Infos over Javier Cura at http://javiercura.com/

Full 2-days workshop: 95 eu
One day: 55 eu
reservation required

Saturday 20: h 11.00 – 18.00
Sunday 21: h 10.30 – 17.30

CONTACT: Brigida Orria , 00393935047243, , https://www.facebook.com/events/564615160222948/
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11 MAY 2013
19 May 2013
multi location, Crimea , Ukraine

We are happy to invite you to CRIMEA CONTACT QUEST 2013!

II-nd Festival of Contact Improvisation and Perfomance on the Roads of Crimea, Ukraine!!! Dates: 11-19 MAY 2013

Registration open! www.contactquest.org

Contact Quest is a unique experimental dance project to explore a space of Contact Improvisation & Performance in a motion!


Contact Impro, Aerial Dance, Water Motion, Contemp, Contactango, Ecstatic Dance, Voice & Live Music

This year with us:

Angela Doniy – CI & Meditation. Water Motion
Lior Ophir – CI & Performance
Ezequiel Sanucci – Contact Tango. Dance Improvisation
Vanessa Cook – Human Landscape. Aerial Dance
Shantam – TantraCI
Arun Ji – DJ & Ecstatic Dance
Davide Swarup – Musician / Hang
Mirra – Chéf de Cuisine / Yoga
Johan Planefeldt – Filmmaker

love & inspiration
CCQ Fest Team

Website: www.contactquest.org
Facebook: www.fb.com/ContactQuest
Vkontakte: www.vk.com/contactquest
Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/contactquest
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CQ Contact Improvisation Newsletter
Winter/Spring 2013 vol.38 no.1
Guest Editor: Dey Summer
CQ Newsletter Editor: Nancy Stark Smith



390 euro (deposit to be paid before 1st of March)
420 euro (deposit to be paid after 1st of March)

For couples 10% discount on the total cost of the festival.

For children up to 4 years old – free donation of your choice for food, games and support from the festival, from 5 to 12 years – 25% of the total cost of participation.


The cost of the festival is included amazing 9 days in the Crimea, participation in master-classes and labs, performances, jams, visiting nature reserves Chersonese, cave cities, “heaven” tour at the observatory, accommodation, 3 vegetarian meals a day and travel by bus during the festival! You do not have to worry about anything during the festival.

Registration valid only with a deposit of 100 Euro which is necessary in order to reserve place for you at the festival.

If you cancel before 1st of April 2013, we will keep 50% of deposit, after 1st of April 2013 – 100%.

Space is limited – max 40 people.

CONTACT: Antony M, 00380992239600, , http://www.contactquest.org
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12 MAY 2013
700 Main St (6th floor), Buffalo, NY USA

2 Workshop Classes

Scores: Sparking Imagination for Contact Dancing

The class will explore our dance relationships using scores. Scores are shared information that each dancer begins a dance with. The shared information can be a physical task, a quality or a real human relationship. Non-verbal negotiation of the shared information is the dynamic that drives the dance and keep the dancer’s mind engaged as well as the body. It is a wonderful way to connect with dance partners and find new and exciting dance territory.

The Physics of Contact Improvisation

This ALL-LEVELS class will explore the unique way that Contact Improvisation is a dance form that engages with the basic principles of physics to create a movement dynamic. We will explore gravity, momentum, support and vision working with our first partner, the floor, and then with others dancers.

Read more about Pam Johnson:

Pam Johnson is an internationally recognized performer and teacher of Contact Improvisation. Originally from Indiana, Pam has been dancing, choreographing, teaching and directing in Toronto for 32 years. She has danced for many choreographers, choreographs and produces her own work, choreographs and coaches for theatre and most recently has begun directing theatre and music video. Pam’s dance specialty is Contact Improvisation. She is co-coordinator of the Toronto Sunday Contact Jam, now in its 35th year. She is a faculty member in theatre at Humber College and George Brown College as well as the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. She has recently taught at the Montreal Annual Jam and a
mini-GLACIER in Detroit.

sliding scale pay:
1 workshop + jam = $12-$42 sliding scale
2 workshop + jam = $19-$58 sliding scale
register with Nancy Hughes, Gretta Sowyrda or Scott Slocum
call 860-539-0422 or email nfhughes@gmail.com

CONTACT: Nancy Hughes, 8605390422, , https://www.facebook.com/events/309722415823832/?fref=ts
Permalink — Updated: Apr 21 2013
17 MAY 2013
20 May 2013
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

Come for 3nights and 3days, May long-weekend intensive with evening jams with Stacey Murchison and Monica Strehlke.


CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
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18 MAY 2013
27 May 2013
111 East 100 North, Moab, UT USA

Moab Workshop: May 18-23, 2013 — with Jules Beckman
Moab Jam: May 23-27, 2013

Website: www.MoabJam.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/MoabJam

Registration opens at 12pm (noon), MST (Colorado time) on:

  • Sat, March 2 – for Workshop only, or Workshop + Jam
  • Sat, March 9 – for Jam only, and any remaining Workshop spaces

Jules Beckman Workshop description: “Integrating Wildness: Everything Comes Alive (when contradictions accumulate)”
In this workshop we will experiment with connecting primal animal intuition to contemporary human life. Our objective is to abandon domestication and reclaim our basic wildness in which instinct acts as a liberating force. It will be both rejuvenating and activating. We will explore how music supports articulate wildness, bridging organicity and identity.

Jam description: The Moab Jam features rich dancing, creative friends, beautiful surroundings, and opportunities to explore both on and off the dance floor. Being under the wide-open desert sky surrounded by colorful landscape fills one with the spirit to move and create. We invite you to come join us and experience the magic of dancing in the desert. We create a friendly and supportive environment where you can enjoy the Jam that you want — whether it’s dancing non-stop, spending time with new and old friends, or taking lots of time to nourish yourself with the solitude of nature. Jam hosts lend their inspiring presence to the jam, and part of their role is to circulate and “juice-up” the dancing spaces. They lead warm-ups, facilitate mixers, guide afternoon classes or labs, provide feedback/coaching, and offer one-to-one sessions.

Jam Hosts include: Jules Beckman, Brad Stoller, Bradley Teal Ellis, Cathie Caraker, Jeff Bliss, Lani Nehale, René Alvarez, Ronja Ver, and others!

Workshop: $280-320; Jam: $200-$240

CONTACT: Gretchen Spiro, , http://www.MoabJam.com
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24 MAY 2013
26 May 2013
Martin Keogh's "Time of Your Life" 3-day Intensive Workshop
Calgary, Alberta , Canada

W&M Physical Theatre and Margarita Kozhevnikova present:

A 3-day Intensive Workshop in Contact Improvisation dance
with Martin Keogh for all levels (some contact experience is an asset.)

Dates and times:
Friday, May 24th (6:30pm-9:30pm)
Saturday, May 25th (10:30am – 5:30pm)
Sunday, May 26th (10:30am – 5:30pm)

‘Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon? Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?’ Mary Oliver

In this three-day workshop we will use the form of Contact Improvisation dance to investigate our relationship to time. With games, some sweat, and the unique physicality of the contact dance form, we will explore the following themes:

  • How do we relate to having only a finite amount of time?
  • What does it mean to have “enough” time?
  • What happens to our dance when we dilate time by putting our attention in the details?

These questions will arise as we master more of the skills and thrills of the contact dance form. Special emphasis will be placed on finding comfort in our own skin as we surprise ourselves in flight and extended follow-through.
Come away with a deeper sense of presence and connection to dance, to life and maybe even to each other.

We will also explore:

  • Moving from a base of sensation
  • Dancing with a shared central axis
  • Seeking ease in going off balance
  • Finding the spontaneous acrobatics of the form
  • Spending more time in nuance, disorientation, and extended follow-through

Martin Keogh has taught and performed contact improvisation for over three decades. For his contribution to the development of the form he is a Fulbright Senior Specialist and listed in Who’s Who in the World. Martin spent time traveling to monasteries in Japan and Korea and was the director of the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley before discovering the world of dance. He has co-facilitated teacher’s conferences on five continents and is the author of The Art of Waiting and As Much Time as it Takes, and the recently released: Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World.

Martin now rarely tours as he concentrates on his writing. He currently lives in San Miguel, Mexico where he is on the board of directors of El Charco del Ingenio. The Dalai Lama recently designated this conservation area a “Zone of Peace.” http://www.elcharco.org.mx/Ingles/index.html

More info at: www.martinkeogh.com

$145 – Economically deprived students and the unemployed
$195 – Employed but economically challenged
$245 – Economically comfortable: you feel
you can afford it (support the arts!)

CONTACT: Margarita Kozhevnikova,
Permalink — Updated: Apr 11 2013
24 MAY 2013
26 May 2013
Hochtal 29, Ibach, 79837, Germany

In D-79837 Ibach/Südlicher Hochschwarzwald auf 1000m Höhe. Inklusive vegetarische Bio-Vollverpflegung im Öko-Holzhaus, Übernachtung mit Isomatte und Schlafsack im Tanzraum. Angeleitete Warm-Ups, Bodywork und sehr schöner Live-Impromusik. Vorkenntnisse in Contact erwünscht. 10€ Aufzahlung für Water-Flow-Dance-Einführung und Badeeintritt am Sonntag.
Ab 17 Uhr Ankommen (bitte benutzt alle den Parkplatz bei der Ibacher Gemeindehalle (zum Ökohaus + Abendessen ca. 300m die Straße bergauf gehen)
Beginn Uhrzeit: 18 Uhr Abendessen, Hochtal 29, D-79837 Ibach
20 Uhr Eröffnungskreis danach Contact
ab 8 Uhr Frühstück
10 Uhr Contact
13 Uhr Mittagessen
15 Uhr bei schönem Wetter in der Natur
ansonsten angeleitetes Bodywork
18.30 Uhr Abendessen
20 Uhr Contact
Ab 8 Uhr Frühstück
Danach Clean-Up Tanzparty
11 Uhr Abfahrt zum Revitalbad in Menzenschwand
11.30 Uhr Einführung in Water-Flow-Dance, Underwater-Contact-Dance-Jam
14 Uhr Abschlusskreis im Wasser

80 € bei Zahlung bis zum 10.Mai 2013, danach 120 € / 10 € Zuzahlung für Einführung in Underwater-Dance-Jam

CONTACT: Christine Freitag, 0049 (0)7672-9783, , http://www.christinefreitag.de
Permalink — Updated: Apr 30 2013
24 MAY 2013
26 May 2013
Málaga/Andalucía , Spain

A workshop for people with previous experience in contact improvisation (CI) who would like to deepen the foundation and open the range of their dancing. We’ll study basic Contact principles and sensations to simplify and challenge our play with the physical forces, with each other, and to stimulate new clarity and depth in our dancing.
Through a combination of skills, scores, listening practice, and open improvisation, we’ll explore a full range of physical and energetic states in our dancing, with and without live music. We’ll deepen and refine our dancing in CI while expanding our awareness to include focused listening, composition, and conscious, varied relationships between what we hear and how we move.
Nancy’s longtime collaborator, composer/improviser Mike Vargas, will contribute his point of view and his music in the sessions.

150 €

CONTACT: Virginia Maldonado, 0034 610 622 485, , http://contactimpromalaga.blogspot.com
Permalink — Updated: May 14 2013
26 MAY 2013
via Granci 137/a, Ancona, 60131, Italy

L’associazione Hexperimenta ha scelto come uno dei settori da perseguire, quello della danza urbana, nella convinzione sempre più forte che la danza, come del resto tutte le forme artistiche, non possa che arricchirsi entrando in un contatto molto più diretto con le persone, offrendosi essa stessa nei luoghi del sociale, esportandosi e reinventandosi in spazi non esattamente deputati alla sua visione, ma proprio per questo forse più vitali e stimolanti rispetto ad un fare che si cerca nuovo.
In questo progetto i luoghi scelti sono i luoghi commerciali, luoghi della necessità e del superfluo, in qualche modo ricreativi, rassicuranti o tempi del desiderabile non raggiungibile.
Luoghi in cui comunque c’è uno scambio denaro merce a regolare i rapporti; ma, a testimonianza che i valori non potranno essere mai fino in fondo delegati all’unico spessore economico, anche luoghi di facce conosciute, dove ritrovare quella conoscenza e familiarità che la spersonalizzazione della città ci ha negato.
La danza verrà offerta come un dono di umanità che potrà essere colto o ignorato, da cui farsi attraversare o da guardare con occhio distaccato, che quindi esisterà per la dimensione che ogni shopper vorrà dargli.

Negozio IKEA Ancona
Via Aspio Terme, 60021 Camerano
A14 uscita Ancona Sud/Osimo, direzione Pescara

dalle ore 17 alle ore 20

per informazioni
Associazione Hexperimenta
info@hexperimenta.org – www.hexperimenta.org
stefania zepponi mob. 339.4507203
viviana falcioni mob. 339.6656300


CONTACT: viviana falcioni, 3394507203, , http://www.hexperimenta.org
Permalink — Updated: May 20 2013
31 MAY 2013
2 Jun 2013
700 Main St (6th floor), Buffalo, NY USA

Come to the first ever Buffalo Weekend jam presented by the Buffalo Contact Community and BCIJPG.

Experience three great days of contact improvisation with your friendly friends from Buffalo.

The weekend will include Jams, classes, performance, underscore and more.

Three day jam to include all meals and snacks.

If you need a place to stay please send an email to timothy.b.greco@gmail.com

Website, registration and performance information coming soon!!!!

Preliminary List of Activities:

Friday: Get to know you, warm-up, jam, linner, more jamming, performance

Saturday: Breakfast, warm-up, lab, lunch, jam, dinner, underscore

Sunday: Breakfast, warm-up, , jam, linner/ goodbyes, community jam
Hope to see you there!!!

Check out the new website

Meals: This Jam includes all meals and snacks

Full Weekend:
65 Dollars if paid by May 1
70 Dollars if paid by May 10
90 Dollars after that

Single Days:
25 dollars if paid by May 10
35 dollars if paid after that

If paying with paypal please add 2 dollars to the total to help defer paypal costs.

CONTACT: Tim Greco, 7164810857, , http://700 Main St
Permalink — Updated: Apr 21 2013
1 JUN 2013
3 Jun 2013
417 Bridge St., Mazomanie, WI 53560 USA

Join good company on the shores of the Wisconsin River for dancing and discovery. With somatic exercises, games, some sweat, and the unique physicality of the contact body we will savor and rock the boundaries of our dances. In this three-day intensive we will investigate the relationship of our pelvic floor to the unpremeditated dance. Contact Improvisation reveals to us that instability leads to mobility … and great instability leads to exhilarating mobility. We begin by decelerating our sense of time to enter the details of our pelvic bowl. From here we locate our ground to dance while in the act of falling. And dance we will.

Here’s the workshop flier and registration form: http://mazomac.com/martin2013.pdf

$ 165 for Saturday/Monday, $130 for Saturday/Sunday. Meals and local accommodations are available for an additional cost. Register by May 22, 2013, $10 late fee thereafter.

CONTACT: Marcia Miquelon, 608-669-6403, , http://www.mazomac.com
Permalink — Updated: Mar 19 2013
2 JUN 2013
16 Jun 2013

Explore relationship dynamics through contact dance improvisation

Dates and Times:
Three Sundays
June 2, 9 and 16, 2013
2:00-4:00 pm

People in a relationship (romantic or friendship) can register together as a couple.
LGBT friendly.

kathleenrea@rogers.com and brad.johnston.coaching@gmail.com
Please send all emails to both Kathleen and Brad as they are coordinating registration together

What the workshop series will be:
Explore your relationship with your partner through contact dance improvisation. Contact dance improvisation is a social dance involving touch, in which momentum between two or more people is used to create and inspire dance movements. The dance form is practiced with or without music. Techniques include rolling point of contact, balancing over a partner’s centre of gravity, following momentum, and “listening” with one’s skin surface. Contact dance improvisation is accessible to people with no previous dance training and to people with physical disabilities.

Discover and play with how contact dance improvisation practices can act as metaphors for relationship dynamics and patterns. Learn how non-verbal communication through dance can open up a moving and beautiful “world” that couples can create and share.

What it is not
Relationship in Movement Pilot Workshop is not group couples counseling or group couples therapy. Although your personal relationship issues are welcome to arise, facilitators will not be analyzing these issues or offering solution-based counseling in the way a couples counselor/therapist might. Couples in crisis are welcome to attend the pilot only if they are regularly attending couples counseling or therapy. (i.e. the workshop would be an adjunct to couples counseling or therapy they are receiving).

This is not a workshop in which you will explore sensual or sexual touch. The touch in the workshop will involve appropriate touch for public situations.

What you will do:
- learn contact dance improvisation techniques (at a very accessible level to all who attend)
- practice these techniques with your partner
- discuss, with your partner and with the group (as much as you want to share), relationship issues that arise through dancing
- dance with your partner and sometimes together as a group
- learn specific exercises designed to explore relationship themes that tend to arise between couples.
Please note: as facilitators, Brad and Kathleen will sometimes demonstrate contact dance movement with you to help you and your partner understand an exercise.

Meet the facilitators:
Brad Johnston is a Co-Active Life Coach with training from Coaches Training International (CTI). He earned his B.A. in Psychology and Theatre from Brock University and has a Graduate Diploma in Social Innovation from the University of Waterloo.

Brad has trained in organizational and relationship system coaching, embodied leadership and mindfulness. He is also an Innovation Facilitator with training from Procter & Gamble’s Innovation GYM in Cincinnati and facilitates in the area of complex social system change.

Kathleen Rea is a certified Psychotherapist with the OACCPP. She earned a diploma in expressive arts therapy from ISIS-Canada, a certificate in psychology from Ryerson University and a Master’s degree in expressive arts therapy with a minor in psychology from the European Graduate School. A practicing therapist for the past twelve years, she is also a therapeutic performance facilitator, helping people express their life stories through multidisciplinary performance.

Kathleen teaches contact dance at George Brown College and Niagara College. She founded and runs the Wednesday Dance Jam at Dovercourt House in Toronto. Kathleen has choreographed over forty works for her company REAson d’etre dance productions and for other organizations. Her award winning dance film Lapinthrope aired on Bravo Television and screened at numerous international festivals. Her production Long Live was nominated for three Dora Mavor Moore awards, including outstanding choreography. In 2010, Kathleen was co-winner of the K. M. Hunter Dance Award. Her book The Healing Dance was named by the editor of Canadian Living magazine as one of her Favorite Things in the March 2013 issue.

$240 per couple (for all three sessions)
Payable by cash or cheque

CONTACT: Kathleen Rea, , http://www.the-healing-dance.com
Permalink — Updated: Mar 10 2013
5 JUN 2013
16 Jun 2013
Arlequi - can llapart, Barri Sant Maurici, Girona, Camos /Girona E17840, Spain

An introduction to the full spectrum of dance improvisation work that Nancy is currently exploring using contact improvisation as a base. This will encompass CI technique and practice, improvisation scores (including the Underscore), listening practice, compositional awareness, contemplative practice, jamming, and observing.

Through our dancing and watching, we will study physical and energetic changes of state, natural composition, presence, and relationship—in groups, solo, in and out of contact. Please come prepared for intensive practice (6 hours daily) and a little bit of fun!

The course is designed for people with intermediate/advanced level experience in contact improvisation. Please send a brief description of your background with CI and improvisation and your specific interest in this course. Please send directly to Nancy at contactq@aol.com, or fax # 001-413-586-9055. The workshop will be taught in English. Some fluency in English required.

Course Fee: 470.– Euros

CONTACT: Anna Borredà, +34 972 57 52 70 , , http://www.arlequi.de
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7 JUN 2013
9 Jun 2013
Escola Ciutat Jardí. C/ Carmel Fenech, s/n, lleida, catalunya 25002, Spain

Zita Pavlištová.
7-9 JUNE.

INFO: http://lleidacontact.blogspot.com.es

Motion in the gravitational field, are equipped with clever mechanisms that normally do not use in everyday life. Our body is able to send its material into different directions without having to spend too much effort in it, and thus can be light for our family every move, feel free to maintain attuned, responsive and mobile.

No need to rely on something solid. Instead of static support, learn to trust and support dynamic give it to others. This constantly moving and keeps changing, so we must also maintain our dynamic imagination. Perceive the trajectory of the movement and anticipate its course.

The purpose of this course is to refine the skills of perception of the dynamic forces that operate while moving with a partner, which determine our common movement upfront. We learn to recognize them in its first beginnings, even when they are not visible to the naked eye, even when we can not speak of a clear physical perception, when perhaps we have not come into contact with the couple. However, our body receives a clear message about the direction of the dynamic forces and in which direction will lead to the body. And that perception gives us a choice: follow it, change direction or provide the anticipated movement.

Discover how the shape of the trajectory and operate our own way with our body are related. Step by step, learn how to guide the course of our movement. Do not try to solve what we are body position, but where lies the momentum of the movement that is guided, in what direction is dropping weight, using gravity in various parts of our body, how to draw dynamic impulse from the ground or from of our partners.

Our body learns again to use the full potential. We perceive the space as a constantly changing map of trajectories. We compensate for these trajectories and feel in our body the effects of external forces and internal forces that we ourselves create. Awaken and cultivate new instincts. The movement of our body begins to evoke the movement of a tiger or a bird flying.


CONTACT: MOU-LO lleida`s c.i. association, , http://www.lleidacontact.blogspot.com
Permalink — Updated: May 31 2013
12 JUN 2013
Dovercourt House , 805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, Ontario , Canada

The inaugural Contact Dance International Film Festival will bring 14 independent dance films from 7 countries to Toronto, Canada, June 12 & 13, 2013. The festival, produced by REAson d’etre dance productions, will highlight films featuring momentum-based dance, created by some of the top choreographers in the field of Contact Dance Improvisation. A unique opportunity for both film 7 dance lovers to experience the joy, chaos & intimacy of human connection through dance from the concrete balconies of Kyoto to a home studio in Sweden to a beach in India.

DIRECT LINK http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3527234
OR http://www.ticketweb.ca (SEARCH “CONTACT DANCE”)

June 12, 2013 @ 8:45 pm, Dovercourt House , 805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, Canada

Contact Baby (Kathleen Rea, Canada, World Premiere) – Witness a contact dance pregnancy

Souvenir of a Summer Jam (Neige Christenson, USA, 2011) – A joyful and intimate dance shared by two woman at Earthdance.

Negative Space > Positive Space (Rachel Brown, USA, 2012) – Home studio jam in Brooklyn

Sense-8 (Katrina McPherson and Simon Fildes, USA, 2001) – Explore perception in this seminal dance film that merges contact dance techniques with camera & editing techniques.

Between the Lines (Blake Nellis, USA, 2009) – Filmed in Brussels a dance duet travels to various urban location sometimes blending in & sometimes emerging as an agent of change.

Usual (Yasukichi Suzuki, Japan, World Premiere) – Human connection occurs on concrete balconies and studios in the urban setting of Tokyo, Japan.

In Touch (Johan Planefeldt, Germany, 2012) – Filmed in Goa, India, developmental movement patterns & contact improvisation are poetically explored. The effect is like looking into humanity’s eyes.



11:30 am – 1:30 pm Fundamental Contact Dance Skills (Teacher Kathleen Rea)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm All Levels Contact Dance Workshop (Teacher Suzanne Liska)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm All Levels Contact Dance Class (Teachers Karen and Allen Kaeja)

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Contact Improvisation Jam with music by Jennifer Gillmor

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Film Screening $10

10:00 Meet the film-makers wine and cheese

11:00 am – 1:00 pm All Levels Contact Dance Workshop (Teacher Neige Christenson)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm All Levels Contact Dance Workshop (Teacher Jeremy Finch)

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Afternoon Contact Jam (Music Michelangelo Iaffaldano)

Please email kathleenrea@rogers.com listing the workshops, classes and jams you want to attend.

For more information www.reasondetre.com


CONTACT: Kathleen Rea, , http://www.reasondetre.com
Permalink — Updated: Apr 14 2013
13 JUN 2013

The inaugural Contact Dance International Film Festival will bring 14 independent dance films from 7 countries to Toronto, Canada, June 12 & 13, 2013. The festival, produced by REAson d’etre dance productions, will highlight films featuring momentum-based dance, created by some of the top choreographers in the field of Contact Dance Improvisation. A unique opportunity for both film 7 dance lovers to experience the joy, chaos & intimacy of human connection through dance from the concrete balconies of Kyoto to a home studio in Sweden to a beach in India.

The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Avenue
7:00 pm Meet the film-makers Q & A
7:30 pm – 9:15 pm Film Screening
9:15 pm – 9:30 pm Award ceremony and reception party

DIRECT LINK http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=3527244
OR http://www.ticketweb.ca (SEARCH “CONTACT DANCE”)


Five Ways In (Mike Poltorak, UK, 2013) – A glimpse of the Freiberg Contact Improvisation Festival. This is the “rock star” of all jams. It sells out a few minutes after registration goes on line.

Greyscale (Karen Kaeja and Allen Kaeja, Canada, Premiere) – A woman slipping into a collision of grey, of ash and lead, immediate and in between.

Moments of Practice (Irene Sposetti, Sweden, 2011) – Intimate moments of practice in a home studio in Sweden.

Stumble (Allen Kaeja, Canada, Premiere) – A subtle stumble on route sends three individuals into a collision course of the unexpected.

Groundswell (Suzanne Liska, Kathleen Rea, Lee Walder, Canada, Premiere) – Edges of anger and sensuality saturate the dance.

HASTA DONDE (Sharon Freedman, Spain, 2011) – Highly physical contact dance based choreography is a gem of intensity and nuances that will leave you speechless.

Sketchbook (Jeremy Finch, USA, 2011) – A personal look at a man’s decision to pursue his passion for dance in all its joys and frustrations. The film beautifully combines dance, hand-drawn animation and thoughtful narrative.


11:30 am – 1:30 pm Fundamental Contact Dance Skills (Teacher Kathleen Rea)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm All Levels Contact Dance Workshop (Teacher Suzanne Liska)

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm All Levels Contact Dance Class (Teachers Karen and Allen Kaeja)

7:00 pm – 8:30 pm Contact Improvisation Jam with music by Jennifer Gillmor

9:00 pm – 10:00 pm Film Screening $10

10:00 Meet the film-makers wine and cheese

11:00 am – 1:00 pm All Levels Contact Dance Workshop (Teacher Neige Christenson)

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm All Levels Contact Dance Workshop (Teacher Jeremy Finch)

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Afternoon Contact Jam (Music Michelangelo Iaffaldano)

Please email kathleenrea@rogers.com listing the workshops, classes and jams you want to attend.

For more information www.reasondetre.com


CONTACT: Kathleen Rea, , http://www.reasondetre.com
Permalink — Updated: Apr 14 2013
14 JUN 2013
16 Jun 2013
Zegelstraat 13, 2140 Borgerhout, Antwerp , Belgium

How we use CI ?how we tread when we improvise,as team or as solo’s?
Through the basics which is the technique, how we take weight, how we give, support-supported,
lift-lifted, fall, fluid movement, push and pull,
the workshop is going deeper.
what if there is a jam vocabulary?
which are the must and must not?
how a jam starts?
why ?
do i have to be specific in my movent meanings?means quality of movement =technique=story line
how many can be on stage?and what they do ?do they have relation with the other ones?
how we create a team story?how we create a team session?how we create a team?
actions and interactions
eye contact
contact through the levels
contact through the musicality
contact through the opposite
or the common

Fr 14 June 2013
20.00 – 22.00

Sat 15 June 2013
16.00 – 18.00

Sun 16 June 2013
16.00 – 18.00

Location: t’ Werkhuys
Zegelstraat 13, 2140 Borgerhout
Antwerpen, Belgium


  • DEADLINE for subscription until Friday 31 May 2013 to info@laveritadance.com (subject: workshop)
    Participation fee: 50 euro
CONTACT: , http://www.laveritadance.com
Permalink — Updated: May 24 2013
16 JUN 2013
22 Jun 2013
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

Come Sunday, stay till Saturday. 5day Intensive with two classes per day and evening jams.

$395 includes tuition, all meals, camping, evening jams, sauna, transportation on Lasqueti.

$270 if you register for any other event this summer at Leviathan Studio.

CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
Permalink — Updated: Feb 24 2013
23 JUN 2013
Actors Fund Arts Center, 160 Schermerhorn, BROOKLYN, NY 11201 USA

Scheduled for June 23, 9-1 EDT at the Actors Fund Arts Center at 160 Schermerhorn between Hoyt and Smith to coordinate with Nancy Stark Smith and Mike Vargas’s Underscore in Lisbon, Portugal.

Global Underscore is a simultaneous practice of the Underscore around the world. The Underscore NYC group has continued the tradition that dancer Claire Filmon began in 2000 of creating and coordinating a global Underscore at the summer solstice.

The Global Underscore practice is a slightly modified Underscore. A special “small dance” stand happens during the skinesphere phase, in which each site faces the next site on the path of Underscores happening around the world. A closing small dance stand, facing the other direction, concludes the Global Underscore.


CONTACT: Brandin Steffensen, 8017928100, , http://www.facebook.com/pages/Global-Underscore/143945995727101
Permalink — Updated: Feb 15 2013
23 JUN 2013
255 Great Arrow Ave, Buffalo, NY 14207 USA

Buffalo’s third year in practice with Global Underscore.

June 23 2013

The Alt Theatre
255 Great Arrow Ave
Buffalo, NY 14207

a 10-15$ donation is suggested


10-15$ suggested donation

CONTACT: K. Cornelius, 716 341 2181, , https://www.facebook.com/UnderscoreBuffalo
Permalink — Updated: Jun 18 2013
24 JUN 2013
30 Jun 2013
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Come join us for Malaysia’s third international contact improv festival. In this friendly small-scale festival, participants* get to study intensively with experienced teachers from various countries. There will also be jams and a performance event, and participants have the option to live on-site at the venue, which is the beautiful Rimbun Dahan, a residential arts complex situated not far from the city.

Geneviève Cron (France)
David Lim (Malaysia)
Yu Yen-Fang (Taiwan)
Xiaochu Yu (Taiwan)
Vangelis Legakis (UK/Greece)

Also, in conjunction with the 13th annual Global Underscore, Li Yong Wei from Singapore will be facilitating an Underscore practice on June 22 and 23.

*Past festivals were attended by participants from countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Australia, Russia, and the United States.

International participants:
Fee for both Underscore & festival: USD450
Fee for Underscore practice only: USD100
Fee for festival only: USD350

Malaysian participants:
Fee for both Underscore & the festival: RM880
Fee for Underscore practice only: RM200
Fee for festival only: RM680

CONTACT: http://festival.contactimprovkl.com
Permalink — Updated: Jan 24 2017
28 JUN 2013
30 Jun 2013
Málaga/Andalucía , Spain

Mobility: Accessing the potential of the poli-directionality.

110 €

CONTACT: Virginia Maldonado, , http://contactimpromalaga.blogspot.com
Permalink — Updated: May 14 2013
29 JUN 2013
3 Jul 2013
Sawtooth Building, 2525 8th St., Berkeley, CA 94710 USA

The West Coast Contact Improvisation Jam is a five-day JAM the weekend before July 4. That’s June 29 to July 3 at the Sawtooth Building in Berkeley, from 10am to Midnight each day, Saturday Jam until 2am! Join us for the five full days of classes, labs, and jams, or design your own festival schedule.

WCCIJAM is a grassroots contact improvisation festival. It is by us, for us: there will be ample space for participants to investigate, experiment, discuss, present, and above all jam! Whether we are long-time teachers or first-time beginners, the jam is a great opportunity to be immersed in dancing, and gain perspective on the many ways CI is practiced.

The class series will feature a different West Coast CI teacher each day. This years’ incredible teacher line-up includes Keith Hennessy, Scott Wells, Shel Wagner Rasch, Alicia Grayson, Brenton Cheng, and more! There will also be ongoing labs and presentations designed for sharing work and research.

Cost for the full jam is as little as $140 before June 1rst! For more information, additional attendance, pricing, and food options, please visit wccijam.org

Dancer’s looking for a good warm-up to the festival are invited to attend the pre-jam intensives on Thursday and Friday June 27th & 28th from 11 – 6, which will be team taught by a group of the Bay Area’s best contact teachers. All levels welcome.

Price: Sliding scale pricing
$140 – $300 Full Jam Early Registration (before June 1)
$180 – $320 Full Jam (after June 1)
$40 – $95 Single Day
$15 – $45 Single Evening
$110 – $150 Pre-jam Days June 27th & 28th

CONTACT: Miriam Wolodarski, 510-473-7026, , http://wccijam.org
Permalink — Updated: May 07 2013
30 JUN 2013
6 Jul 2013
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

A full week of study and jams with Karen Nelson. Includes all meals, tuition, camping and transportation on Lasqueti.


CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
Permalink — Updated: Dec 21 2012
5 JUL 2013
11 Jul 2013
High School (Stefan Batory), 6 Myśliwiecka str, Warsawa , Poland

You are cordially invited to

IV Poland Contact Improvisation Festival
Warsaw Flow 2013
05-11.7.2013 r. Warszawa
IV Warsaw Flow
4 international teachers
4 polish teachers
4 dance spaces
4 performances

IV Flow Warsaw festival is about new approaches:
New teachers, new directions of development and new partners, we offer new ideas like: an open warm-up and an open space (open to suggestions from all participants), as well as site-specific work and work in natural environments.

Our teachers in 2013:
Scott Wells (USA)
Ray Chung (USA)
Wojciech Mochniej (PL/CA)
Jacek Owczarek (PL)
Jonathan Megaw (UK)
Otto Akkanen (FI)
Paulina Święcańska (PL)
Małgorzata Pianowska (PL)
REGISTRATION is open on: www.polandcontactfestival.com
Movies from Warsaw Flow 2012
Evening Performance:

Organizer: Artistic Foundation Perform
Place: Middle School and High School (Stefan Batory), 6 Myśliwiecka str, Warsaw, Poland

Festival: 140 Euro
Food: 90 Euro
(6 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners)
Rooms for 20 and 8 persons 60 Euro/person
Rooms for 5 and 6 persons 70 Euro/person

CONTACT: Paulina Swiecanska, , http://www.polandcontactfestival.com
Permalink — Updated: May 09 2013
6 JUL 2013
13 Jul 2013
Terra Emota - Terres Émues - site specific dance theatre laboratory
Plateau du Girel & Ferme Équestre Cavalus, Le Ramé, Biert, Arriège 09320 , France

july 6-13 2013
Research, Creation & Performance in the Pyrenees

Trainings in Contact Improvisation, Butoh, Expressive Dance, Shiatsu, Jacques Lecoq Physical Theatre

With Karen Rémy

This laboratory is addressed to all those who want to experiment & confront themselves with their body & the space in dance theatre & performance.

Inspired by the environment we dive into the archaic root of our bodies. It is strong, authentic, meanwhile a paradox & grotesque. It is rooted in the profound – the side that is animalistic, mystique & close to nature – not in the known & civilised one.

In this play of fragility the body lives through multiple metamorphoses.
Listening to the contact, the interior & the exterior.
Tumbling the known, the perception & the space we begin to explore…

We search for the access to the archaic body, in contact with the elements & animals. We train in nature, we sleep under the stars or under canvas on a mountain plateau with horses. We prepare our meals in an open air kitchen & eat together while viewing a great Pyrenean panorama.

Karen Rémy (F/D) theatre & dance – since 2003 I deal with different styles and approaches of theatre & dance. My journey led me amongst others to antagon theaterAKTion, Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Laboratoire des Etudes de Mouvement, Theater Anu, Nomadance, The Nordic School of Butoh, Teatro Nucleo, Mimo Magique, Tokyo Space Dance, Shiatsu Schule Kreuzberg, Cie Maluki Théâtre and Derevo. My performing arts are supported by visual arts (objects, installations, sceneries) that are involved into the play and themselves become performers.

Laboratory 220€ (reduced 200€) + food et lodging 110€

CONTACT: Karen Rémy, +4915739590188,
Permalink — Updated: Jun 10 2013
7 JUL 2013
Mark Messer Workshop
700 Main St., Buffalo , NY USA

CI 2 hour class based on the idea of “dancing with what is”.

Class held from 4-6pm
Jam is afterwards and goes until 8pm

$10-$40 sliding Scale

CONTACT: Nancy Hughes, 860-539-0422,
Permalink — Updated: Jun 27 2013
9 JUL 2013
14 Jul 2013
The Touch&Play Project going Nowhere
monegros Desert in Spain, about 3hours driving from Barcelona, Catalunya , Spain

Dancing in the Desert / Bailando en el Desierto (Espanol abajo)
9-14 July Monegros, Spain

‘Nowhere’ is the European Burning Man and a meeting point for eclectic international community. It is a festival which is created by and for the people organising activities, giving workshops, playing music, creating art and more. It’s core principles are: Radical Self Expression, radical self reliance, No money, and leave no trace.

The festival is held in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Monegros Desert 3-hours outside of Barcelona, surrounded by rugged mountains and beautiful star filled skies.

Is here to fill your Nowhere days and evenings with exciting and new experiences. The T&P project aims to explore the edges of Contact Improvisation. We do this by providing a sex positive and BDSM friendly space for somatic, emotional, spiritual and movement related workshops where connection with the self and the other are key.

We are looking for campers that have experience in these realms and are inspired to share their knowledge during the event. We are also open to a small number of people that are not necessarily experienced but curious and can provide us with extra transport and / or a helping hand (organising, building, cooking). Please email us for a registration form (goingnowhere@touchandplay.org)

for more info on the festival check out the Going Nowhere website: http://www.goingnowhere.org/

‘Nowhere’ es descrito como el “Burning man europeo” y es el punto de encuentro de una comunidad diferente e internacional. Es un festival en el que los participantes se involucran creando actividades ya sea haciendo talleres, compartiendo experiencias, haciendo arte, música… Los principios son de: libre expresión, autosuficiencia radical, no comercio, participación y cero impacto en el medio.

El festival se encuentra en un entorno impresionante. Rodeado de montañas rocosas en el quemado desierto aragonés.

Dentro del festival el Touch&Play Project organiza un barrio (grupo de gente con ciertas afinidades que se organizan conjuntamente para preparar talleres, acciones, carpas, comidas, fiestas…) para promover la exploración de los límites del contact improvisación. Para lo que tendremos un espacio (sex positive y BDSM friendly) donde poder practicar y realizar talleres de movimiento somático, emocional y espiritual en los que la conexión con nosotros mismos y con los demás será la clave.

Estamos buscando participantes con experiencia en estos temas, que quieran compartir sus conocimientos. También estamos abiertos a personas sin experiencia, pero con curiosidad, que puedan colaborar de alguna otra forma con el barrio, ya sea aportando transporte, ayuda en el montaje y desmontaje, en la cocina…

Si el plan te parece interesante no dudes en ponerte en contacto con nosotros escribiendo a goingnowhere@touchandplay.org,

Para más información del festival, puedes mirar su página web en:

you have to get a ticket for Nowhere from their site www.goingnowhere.org . Low income tickets are available.
For Our camp fees we work with a sliding scale according to income and work contributed to the organisation of the camp.

CONTACT: Daniel J. Hayes,
Permalink — Updated: Jun 22 2013
14 JUL 2013
20 Jul 2013
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

A week of living in the forest studying dance with two very accomplished dancers and all your meals provided and camping and transportation…


CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
Permalink — Updated: Dec 21 2012
16 JUL 2013
21 Jul 2013
Osho Leela, Thorngrove House, Common Mead Lane, Gillingham, Dorset SP8 4RE, United Kingdom

Exploring Contact through Questions of Relating

This is an experiment. Its ingredients are: a beautiful old English country-home; the community who run it and who’ve spent decades studying embodied meditation & relational consciousness; ongoing lab-groups, sharing circles; daily Contact jams; a sensual zone with bodywork rooms, tantra temple & BDSM play space; input from experts in communication skills & emotional release; yurts & other small spaces for group and one-to-one work; delicious vegetarian food; a wood-fired sauna; a documentation space; dorms, caravans, chalets & camping space – and of course you, the curious reader: your interests, your creativity, your fears, your commitment to Contact Improvisation, your experience in other embodied forms; your hopes for yourself & for the world; your honest presence.

The BREAD&Jam experiment (Building Relations, Eating, Active Discussion & Jamming) is an invitation to balance the sweet fleetingness of jam encounters with something more substantial and nourishing. We’re interested in exploring the hypothesis that Contact Improvisation can, besides being a beautiful dance form, provide a potent tool for relating to oneself; to nature; in groups, pairs or trios; non-verbally or verbally; sexually; politically; therapeutically, spiritually and above all playfully.

At the heart of the event are small ongoing lab-groups that explore one or more of these facets of connection. These groups will be formed in advance according experimenters’ interests . The following themes have already been suggested:

· CI & Authentic Relating

· CI as an Embodied Meditation

· Living and dancing in community

· Body politics and CI

· Sexuality, Sensuality & Spirituality

· Power & Intense Sensation.

· Connecting to nature through our dance

Small daily sharing circles with people from different morning lab-groups will give people a safe space to share how they’re feeling and what they’re learning. The afternoons are reserved for a number of prescheduled workshops and many ad-hoc lab, jam, discussion and presentation proposals. The evenings will include nightly contact jams and more edgy late night activities for the curious.

We will keep this year’s Experiment fairly small – around 80 people – to allow a rich web of inter-relating. Everyone here is a collaborator so if you would like to help us create something amazing by sharing your curiosity, teaching, facilitation, music, bodywork, or documentation skills please visit our website and download the collaboration form (www.2013.touchandplay.org).

Earlybird ends 30th April!

Looking forward to Touch&Play with you,

Daniel, Jocasta & Sonja – The Touch&Play 2013 core organising team

starting from £150 for Touch&Play family members and earlybirds.

CONTACT: DJ Hayes, , http://2013.touchandplay.org
Permalink — Updated: Apr 14 2013
21 JUL 2013
27 Jul 2013
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

A week long study. Christine will lead us through her creation called Plant Body Moving. Go to the website to read more.

$395 includes tuition, all meals, camping, sauna, evening jams, visit to Saturday farmers market, transportation on Lasqueti.

$270 if you do the previous Intensive with Yves and Delia, July14-20.

CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
Permalink — Updated: Feb 24 2013
31 JUL 2013
4 Aug 2013
Gartenraum, Schanzeneckstrasse 25, Bern, Bern 3011, Switzerland

To dance CI with lots of savor, creativity and with no unpredictable risks there is no other way than to listen deeply to our senses and to emphasize perception. This seems to be obvious for subtle and slow encounters and often gets lost when the dances are speeding up or get more powerful. But in fact acrobatic and spectacular dances require a high degree of listening and sensitivity in order to maintain a continuous communication with my partner and to deal with gravity and two bodies in motion at any moment.
This insight got more and more important for me in the past few years and finally gave me the inspiration to offer this summer a workshop focusing on our senses and on perception. On the one hand we will explore the different senses individually to find their specific meaning and potential for CI. Then again another essential step will be to experience the fullness of all the various sensations as an integrated and highly differentiated entirety that will Show us new and unexpected sources for our dance.
To me improvisation means basically to lead my attention and to differentiate between sensory input and perception. And from there dances will emerge full of tenderness and sensuality or flow and playfulness with the potential to go wild and cheeky or even grasping.
Open to participants with experience in CI

320/290.- Euros

CONTACT: Adrian Russi, +41796008780, , http://www.adrianrussi.com
Permalink — Updated: May 30 2013
2 AUG 2013
4 Aug 2013
Holbergskolen, Frederiksborgvej 216, 2400 Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

Fly like a bird, land and dance like a cat, a workshop with Tom Goldhand (Israel / Holland)

One of the best compliments a contact dancer can receive is – “you are as light as a feather”, another good indication to one technique is how we land on the floor, both these partners (the human one and the floor beneath our feet) teaches us how to refine our movement and dance.

In this workshop we will learn to be as light as a feather and to land quietly on the floor like a cat, we will learn to use our entire body – muscles, bones and joints in order to achieve this not so easy task.

By understanding different pathway in space and inside the body one can learn to refine his/her movement capabilities. Seeing spirals pathways as a way up to the air and down to the ground, realizing that one can influence the “heaviness” quality of his/her body and change it in order to be grounded or to be lifted.

We will also work on connecting both body half’s (upper and lower) into a coordinated one unit enabling us to land more softly and to jump higher and glide longer.

This workshop is intended for all levels practitioners of Contact Improvisation from beginners to very experienced practitioners of this wonderful form of dance.

Times and price:
Friday class 18-20 (80kr)
Saturday 12-16:30
Sunday 12-16:30 (Sat-Sun price is 600kr / 500kr with discount)

CONTACT: Tom Goldhand, , http://www.tomgoldhand.com
Permalink — Updated: Jun 13 2013
2 AUG 2013
8 Nov 2013
Mole Vanvitelliana, Ancona, marche 60131, Italy





4performer lavoreranno negli spazi della Mole, individuando i luoghi del loro fare che prenderanno via via nei giorni di residenza una sostanza creata dall’incontro dell’architettura dello spazio con la danza che lo animerà.
La danza si nutrirà inoltre dell’interattività delle persone che il progetto incontrerà nelle sue aperture.
Verrà prodotto del materiale video che raccoglierà quanto accaduto fissando l’effimero proprio della danza e dando testimonianza del luogo che l’ha ospitata.

Dal 2 all’11 agosto i performer seguiranno un percorso di creazione affiancati da un architetto; il percorso sarà aperto alla visione delle persone che per volontà o per scelta saranno presenti, e che potranno intervenire con suggerimenti, offerta di oggetti o di gesti che arricchiranno o faranno deviare il percorso creativo intrapreso. Il pubblico avrà così opportunità di entrare nel pensiero che sottende alla metodologia di approccio alla creazione e che riguarda l’interpretazione dello spazio, le problematiche relative alla visione, la qualità del movimento corporeo.
Un comodo salotto accoglierà i visitatori per il tempo che vorranno fermarsi.
L’11 è prevista l’esposizione finale del progetto con l’articolazione delle performance all’interno dei luoghi della Mole.
Il progetto vuole essere il nostro contributo, per il linguaggio che ci appartiene, al riappropriamento partecipato degli spazi della collettività.

hexperimenta per AMO LA MOLE 2013
in collaborazione con

Comune di Ancona
Amo la Mole

mob. 339.4507203


CONTACT: viviana falcioni, 3394507203, , http://www.hexperimenta.org
Permalink — Updated: Jul 30 2013
4 AUG 2013
10 Aug 2013
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Colombia , Canada

The mission of the ELSEWHERE Canadian International Dance Improvisation Festival is to create a web of relationships between Canadian and international artists, aiming to foster the research in dance improvisation, Contact Improvisation and performance through cultural exchange. Taking place in a rural setting in Western Canada and co-facilitated by all female teachers, the ELSEWHERE CIDI Festival is an innovative laboratory of research that promotes sustainable living and the study, practice and appreciation of improvisational dance in Canada.

Intensive dance improvisation workshops with
Isabelle Kirouac (Quebec, Canada)
Trinidad Martinez (Spain/Germany)
Aharona Israel (Israel)

Daily CI classes with
Jen Mcleish-Lewis & Nayana Filkow (BC, Canada)

jams, performances, live music, sauna, ocean swims, camping, organic and local food

425$ early bird price (before June 15)
475$ regular price (after June 15)

*includes full participation to the event (workshops, classes & jams), accomodations, local & organic food, sauna.

CONTACT: Isabelle Kirouac, , http://elsewherecidifestival.com/
Permalink — Updated: Jan 20 2013
8 AUG 2013
18 Aug 2013
Lomträsk 108 , Arvidsjaur , Arvidsjaur 933 99 , Sweden

Contact.teu is happy to announce this first Impro Camp in Lomträsk (North Sweden), as a result of an extensive collaboration with friends, dance and art organizations, world wide … Come and join us in this unique opportunity combining;

- Innovative practice of CI, Dance Improvisation and
related body techniques,

- An intercultural social meeting to share our values
practicing a better world,

- A sensational holiday in an excepcional natural and
cultural envirnonment,

Impro Camp is an excursión of the senses towards freedom … We will explore the art of dance improvisation combining a diversity of mindful practices and scopes, facilitating an organic learning of the technical aspects in CI, composition, performance and jamming.

During ten days, a stimulating diversity of classes and activities will take place diving in and out of nature… in an fascinating natural environment offering total emancipation from tension.

An International team of expert teachers, together with the landscape, will facilitate the opening of our awareness and movement vocabulary … be ready to dance your nature!

Teachers; Cristiane Boullosa (BR) / Erik Jimenez (CR) / Shanti Vera (MX) / Patricia Gracia (ES) / Miguel Ángel Punzano (ES) / Patrick Häggström (SE)

Full Festival (8 -18th August)

- 490 € registering before 15th of June.

- 520 € registering from 16th of June to the 15th of July.
- 550 € registering from 16th of July to 5th of August.

Half Festival (8 -12 August or 14 -18 August)

- 290 € registering before 15th of June.

- 320 € registering from 16th of June to the 15th of July.

- 350 € registering from 16th of July to 5th of August.

Fees include accommodation, in a beautiful wooden swedish house, and meals for the entire event.

CONTACT: Patricia Gracia , 0034637735565, , http://www.contact-teu.com
Permalink — Updated: May 22 2013
11 AUG 2013
17 Aug 2013
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

Come for a week of study and play with 2 classes per day and evening jams.

$395 includes tuition, all meals local and organic, camping, sauna, evening jams, visit to Saturday farmers market, transportation on Lasqueti.
$270 if you are doing Elsewhere CIDI festival too.

CONTACT: , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
Permalink — Updated: Feb 24 2013
12 AUG 2013
23 Aug 2013
Somatische Akademie Berlin, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 30, Berlin, 10999, Germany

2-weeks summer intensive with Joerg Hassmann
August 12-23 in Berlin
‘advanced basics’

As in the previous year I want to dive into the complexity of the technical basics of Contact Improvisation. One part of it will focus on movement priciples, which inform also the solo dance, giving a taste that the dance is bigger than just CI and that CI gains more freedom and choice if we move happily alone.

As a red thread we will revisit the back space in a non dramatic way. A constant practice of moving, leaning and falling backwards into and on top of the support of a partner will pretty sure grow the neccessary trust to integrate these movement optiones into our dancing. Being in touch with the moments of the beginning fear will bring some light into our strategies of learning and avoiding.

We have the luxury of a semi-residential workshop. We can cook and hang out in the spaces of ‘somatische Akdemie Berlin’. Staying overnight is possible. Living and working have moments of overlapping. In my experience those phases have a fantastic potential for learning. The last 60-90 minutes of the ‘teaching-day’ will happen without teaching instructions to support this state of an individual easeful journey through dancing, labbing, discussing, writing and hanging out with an alive body and mind.

And wow, Two weeks! What a luxury for relaxing into things and going through challenges, time for repetition, individual needs and ideas, change of directions…

level: good intermediate and advanced contact dancers

August 12-23
Mondays-Fridays 10-17 (75 min break)

Somatische Akademie Berlin
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 30, 10999 Berlin

375€ -550 € by registering until April 30th
450 €-550€ by regsitering after April 30th
In special cases lower prices are negotiable

10 € per single night
60 € for entire time

CONTACT: Joerg Hassmann, , http://www.dancecontact.de/en/
Permalink — Updated: Apr 16 2013
12 AUG 2013
23 Aug 2013
Somatische Akademie Berlin, Paul-Lincke-Ufer 30, Berlin, 10999, Germany

2-weeks summer intensive with Joerg Hassmann
August 12-23 in Berlin
‘advanced basics’

As in the previous year I want to dive into the complexity of the technical basics of Contact Improvisation. One part of it will focus on movement priciples, which inform also the solo dance, giving a taste that the dance is bigger than just CI and that CI gains more freedom and choice if we move happily alone.

As a red thread we will revisit the back space in a non dramatic way. A constant practice of moving, leaning and falling backwards into and on top of the support of a partner will pretty sure grow the neccessary trust to integrate these movement optiones into our dancing. Being in touch with the moments of the beginning fear will bring some light into our strategies of learning and avoiding.

We have the luxury of a semi-residential workshop. We can cook and hang out in the spaces of ‘somatische Akdemie Berlin’. Staying overnight is possible. Living and working have moments of overlapping. In my experience those phases have a fantastic potential for learning. The last 60-90 minutes of the ‘teaching-day’ will happen without teaching instructions to support this state of an individual easeful journey through dancing, labbing, discussing, writing and hanging out with an alive body and mind.

And wow, Two weeks! What a luxury for relaxing into things and going through challenges, time for repetition, individual needs and ideas, change of directions…

level: good intermediate and advanced contact dancers

August 12-23
Mondays-Fridays 10-17 (75 min break)

Somatische Akademie Berlin
Paul-Lincke-Ufer 30, 10999 Berlin

375€ -550 € by registering until April 30th
450 €-550€ by regsitering after April 30th
In special cases lower prices are negotiable

10 € per single night
60 € for entire time

CONTACT: Joerg Hassmann, , http://www.dancecontact.de/en/
Permalink — Updated: Apr 16 2013
17 AUG 2013
21 Aug 2013
Druna, Prague , Czech Republic

Recordings from under the skin that I saw in a video last summer intrigued me completely. I felt
compelled to learn more about fascia and to renew my understanding based on my studies of
Craniosacral Bodywork from some years ago. Scientists are exploring this area since a while
intensively and they provide incredible pictures and a knowledge that body-workers all over the
world sensed already earlier before, e.g. that in fact fascia seems to be much more a semi-liquid
system than a solid fabric, as the word connective tissue might make one think.
Moving from your fascia brings up an amazing lightness and permeability, both physically and
emotionally. It changes your relation to the inner and outer space and let you experience time in a
new way. Furthermore it allows you to use well known CI-principals as poring weight, reaching or
feeding the point of contact in a much more differentiated way.
Fascia is not only the one thing that connects and wraps our whole body in all directions, but it
also supports our movement by its elasticity and the ability to transmit force and to change its
consistensy. It plays a main role in proprioception and is deeply related to the vegetative nervous
system. And these are just a few aspects…

Euro 180/165.-

CONTACT: Adrian Russi, +41796008780, , http://www.adrianrussi.com
Permalink — Updated: May 30 2013
20 AUG 2013
26 Aug 2013
Centre Createrre, La Pinalie, (close to) Thiviers, Dordogne , France

In a mysterious landscape of forest, fields, fresh water and many treasures to discover, a week to deepen our contact with nature, with all of life.

Daily classes and sessions of
- butoh dance,
- exploring the hidden voices in our bodies,
- contact improvisation
and loads of bodywork to calm down and soften our magical instrument.

We will dance in a beautiful studio with wooden floor as well as in water, golden fields and dark forests…

is a japanese dance which invites everything into the dance. Not just human, not just our personal history, not just the healthy and happy. We will dance the weakened body, our ancestors, ants, clouds, mountains growing and collapsing……

About the teacher
Kristien has years of experience as a dancer of instant composition, improvised performances. She loves performing site specific work and dance with different groups of people. Vocal improvisation, traveling different parts of the spirit, is inseparable from dancing. Her aim is to increase the listening, so life’s creation can happen through us.

rates are for food and accommodation, teaching is on donation…
Camping in your own tent: 240 euro
Renting a simple tent / Dormitory with 6 beds: 275 euro
Sharing a double / Renting a De Waard tent: 300 euro
Single room: 350 euro

CONTACT: Kristien Sonnevijlle, +31 (0)6-28775775, , http://sansville.wordpress.com
Permalink — Updated: Jul 15 2013
24 AUG 2013
31 Aug 2013
Krzyżowa 7, Grodziszcze 58-112 , Poland

We are very happy to invite you to ECITE 2013.
It is a great pleasure for our young CI Community to have an opportunity to host you in our Country!

ECITE will take place on 23-31 August 2013 in Poland in Krzyzowa at the International Conference Centre, a venue with an unforgettable atmosphere!

We are preparing ECITE 2013 to be a wonderfully inspiring, productive, pleasant and creative experience for all of us!

It will be a Space in the day for Theoretical Discussions, Practical Research, Performances & Videos. There will also be a time for having a rest and/or lots more dancing in the evenings!
Teaching methods and the form of CI are the topics of greatest interest for us, and we intend
to explore them from different angles.

We are able to host up to 70 people only, so do not hesitate to apply and feel welcomed to:


Our intention is to create an open platform for discussion about the past, present and future of
CI, including questions about:
• The Roots of CI, it’s directions and development.
• What is CI about today?
• What are recent influences?
• What could, can or will be the vehicle for CI’s further development?
• What could or should be the future directions for ECITE?
We would also like to explore the relationship of CI Practice and Teaching with:
We want to find out what inspires, intrigues, and draws you in to CI! Come and enjoy a time to share experiences!

We are looking forward to gathering participants of all generations who:
• Teach CI, are interested, inquisitive and committed in regard to researching and evolving CI!
• Who actively contribute to the form of contact improvisation,
• Who are interested in exchange and sharing,
• Who are from Europe and other continents.

Deadline for submitting the application is on 31th of March 2013
To find more information about ECITE 2013 and the aplication form please visit our webside: www.ecite.org

Best wishes from the ECITE 2013 organizers team!

Costs: 190-350 EURO

CONTACT: , http://www.ecite.org
Permalink — Updated: Jan 10 2013
27 AUG 2013
PreJam Session with Ralf Jaroschinski
100 Grand Street, New York, NY 10013 USA

Experience a dose of prejam CI with Ralf Jaroschinski of Lima Peru’s Renzo Zaveleta.

Refresh your approach in this two-hour pre-jam session which will include conceptual technique integrated with open improvisational.

5-7 pm
at 100 Grand

Ralf’s BIO

Born in Southern Germany and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Ralf graduated as a classical and modern dancer from the University of Music and Theater in Hannover, Germany, and then studied several contemporary dance and composition techniques in New York City on a stipend from the German Academic Exchange Service. He discovered contact improvisation for himself in 1994. From 1998 until 2002, he directed the dance company of the City Theater of Hildesheim, Germany, and included contact improvisation as part of the dancers’ training and the creation of his works. He got commissioned to create choreographies for several German national ballet companies – so far, he has created some 100 dance pieces which have been seen in Europe, Asia and the Americas.

Facilitating contact improvisation classes and workshops more regularly since 2004, Ralf has taught at numerous festivals, universities, dance schools and studios in Europe, Asia and the Americas. He performed contact improvisation together with Nita Little, Ray Chung, Scott Wells, Benno Voorham, Felix Ruckert, Tim O’Donnell, and Andrew Wass among many others. He has designed, produced and staged several contact improvisation scores and concerts, and he has trained the dancers of companies such as the Brazilian Curitiba Guaíra Ballet, the Swedish “GöteborgsOperans Danskompani”, and the “Cullberg Baletten” in Stockholm in contact improvisation.

CONTACT: Brandin Steffensen, 8017928100,
Permalink — Updated: Aug 21 2013
28 AUG 2013
2 Sep 2013
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

Come to a forest retreat on a remote island in the north Pacific and commit to serious study of dance and play with 2 classes per day and evening jams. All meals, fabulous meals are included from Wednesday to Monday night. Play seriously and seriously play. The more we listen, the more we hear. The more we hear, the more we understand. The more we understand, the deeper the experience.


CONTACT: , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
Permalink — Updated: Dec 21 2012
13 SEP 2013
15 Sep 2013
Málaga/Andalucía , Spain

This workshop offers a special focus on the force or gravity and interactions through touch. 

Using physical sensation together with anatomical information we explore the details of how gravity flows through the muscular, skeletal, organ, and nervous system structures inside of our body. We extend this work into the environment and experiment with a range of tone from subtle to forceful.

The visible boundaries of our body are transparent to the force of gravity. The forces that we feel within our body, (compression or stretch) do not know the difference between what is us and what is our environment. We move ourselves by extending our architecture into the environment. The environment answers. We move it and it moves us. Exercises are designed to help us embody this duality in our own solo dancing, in interactions with a partner, and in work with objects.

Daniel’s work presents a practical foundation for a way of dancing that is a research into how our body functions, how we physically relate to our environment, and how our imagination acts through our body to expresses our understanding and desire.

Exercise are drawn from his life time of experience with Contact Improvisation, Release Technique, and his own research in collaboration with others including: Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Simone Forti, Paul Langland, Sakaura Shimada and many others.


Daniel Lepkoff’s work looks at all of our movement as a finely tuned physical dialogue with the environment and explores the form and composition of these interactions as a language for making dances. He played a central role in the development of Release Technique with Mary Fulkerson and Contact Improvisation with Steve Paxton since the early ’70’s. As a performer and teacher he is known for composing dances that arises from the process of living movement, a vision of living in the body in a physical dialogue with the environment. He is one of the founders of Movement Research in NYC.

135 € before the 1st of September / 145 after the 1st of September

CONTACT: Virginia Maldonado, 0034 610 622 485, , http://contactimpromalaga.blogspot.com
Permalink — Updated: Jul 28 2013
14 SEP 2013
1 Dec 2013
5976 Cambie Street, Vancouver , BC V5Z 3A9, Canada

Unity project aims at bringing people together through the art of contact dance. I will be in residence September 14 to 30, 2013 at Hurst Castle UK. Ozu Cultural centre, Italy October 22 to 30, 2013. Akropoditi dance centre in Greece November 4 to 18, 2013. Arterra in Portugal November 24 to December 1, 2013.
Join me at anytime as i will be creating, teaching and performing in each residence.

By donation.

CONTACT: Espirito Santo Mauricio, 778 855 7337, , http://www.espiritosantodance.com
Permalink — Updated: Aug 30 2013
28 SEP 2013
9 Oct 2013
Heraklion, Crete , Greece

We invite you to our 3rd Contact Improvisation Festival in Crete, Greece that will take place in Heraklion from 28 of September to 4 of October. We are looking forward to welcoming you in our beautiful island and sharing with you our love and passion for dance, movement, art and Crete!

The teachers of our festival:

Aaron Brandes (contact improvisation)
Enikő Szilágyi (contact improvisation/contact for Every Body)
Anne Sorenson (contact improvisation)
Christina Klisiouni (contact improvisation)
Georgia Petrali (contact improvisation/parent & kid contact)
Konstantinos Michos (contact improvisation)
Ane Grimseth (shiatsu)

This year, the touring Crete – CI Crete Festival 2013 will follow, from 6 to 9 of October 2013. A tour with trecking, nature contact, relaxing, stretching, swimming, sauna and enjoying nature in beautiful Crete!


Full festival plus accomodation plus 3 meals per day for 350 euros!
Touring Crete plus accomodation plus 3 meals per day for 250 euros!

CONTACT: Georgia Petrali, +302810224321, , http://www.contactimprocrete.com
Permalink — Updated: May 20 2013
4 OCT 2013
6 Oct 2013
Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe , Germany

with Robin Berkelmans (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

In this workshop we will work towards embodiment and better biomechanical understanding of the human body in order to deepen, enrich and inspire our dancing. The body is our instrument for dancing and when we understand the instrument better, we will move with more clarity, grace and ability. For this we will work with the biomechanical principle of tensegrity. This means for our bodies that the skeleton is being suspended and carried by a web of fascia. We will clarify and tune our bodies by focusing on the bones, joints and the (myo-) fascial meridians. The aim would be to incorporate this into our movement and to feel inspiration more easily take us into dance. We will work with improvisations, contact-improvisations and floorwork sequences as a means to discover these subjects in order to imprint our bodies and minds with their qualities.

Robin Berkelmans is a dancer, physical performer, and teacher and maker of dance and theatre. More information: www.robinberkelmans.nl

Robin teaches in English. Translation to German is possible. A workshop for experienced dancers.

125 € (110€ on registration before 31 Aug 2013)

CONTACT: Tanz weiter! (Sarah Herr and Andreas Traupe), http://tanzweiter.blogsport.de
Permalink — Updated: Jul 15 2013
7 OCT 2013
8 Dec 2013
688 Okuchikogihara, Isa-city, Kagoshima 895-2631, Japan

We are having the Contact Improvisation Festival in October in Kagoshima, and December in Tokyo, Japan. Registration is open! Please join us.

i-Dance Japan 2013 International Contact Improvisation Festival

Main Festival
October 7(Mon) – October 14(Mon./National holiday), 2013
Asian Contact Improvisation Festival
Venue: Venue : Jisso Youth Travelers’ Village,  Isa city Cultual Hall

Associated events
October 25th(Fri.)-27th (Sun),2013
Improvisation performance and workshop with Michael Schumacher
venue:Kagoshima Prefectural Kirishima Outdoor Recreation Center, Kirishima International Concert Hall(Miyama Conseru)

Intensive Workshop & Underscore with Nancy Stark Smith
December 5th (Wed.)-December 8th (Sun.),2013
venue:Morishita Studio http://www.saison.or.jp/studio/english/index.html

Isa program
- Isa PASS
 (from October 7th to 14th, all activities + food + accommodation) : ¥40,000
- Research PASS
 (from October 7th to 9th, all activities + food + accommodation):¥22,000
- Workshop PASS
 (from October 10th to 14th, all activities + food + accommodation):¥28,000

1 Workshop:¥2,000
1 Research:¥1,500
1 Jam:¥1,000
Performance ticket:¥2,000
 Food and accommodation are not included.

Kirishima program
- Kirishima PASS
 (from October 25th to 27th, all activities + food + accommodation):¥20,000  
- Student PASS
(from October 25th to 27th, all activities + food + accommodation):¥10,000 

1 Micheal’s workshop: ¥2,500
1C.I.co.’s workshop:¥2,000
Performance ticket : ¥3,000 
Food and accommodation are not included.

Tokyo program
- PASS:¥30,000
(from December 5th to 8th, all activities)
- Only 5th and 6th
   5th / ¥8,000  5th and 6th / ¥15,000

CONTACT: Chico Katsube, +81-90-3910-6716, , http://i-dancejapan.net
Permalink — Updated: Aug 07 2013
7 OCT 2013
10 Oct 2013
Chisinau, Moldova, Republic of

«Focus on the dance»: Contact Improvisation and Tango
Moldova, 7-13 October 2013

This year, the structure of the festival is built around CONTACT IMPROVISATION and TANGO:

Both of these forms of dance are exploring the possibilities of physics of the body and the interaction among people. They are based on the improvisation, which brings with it opening of mind and creativity.

The experiences of these two kinds of dance not only complement each other, but also provide the possibility of combining the incompatible: restraint and freedom, listening and determination, clarity and unpredictability.

“… When I dance, I feel the beauty – strength, flexibility, creativity, boldness, sensitivity, humanity. And it makes me feel that I achieve something holistic. " Martin Keogh

We will have 7 days to try to go all the way from training classes to a final integral creation. We maintain our format “Focusing on Dance”: during the festival, we will think through and create video works, performances, which will be presented to the audience on the final day, as well as during the following events in Moldova and abroad.

“Argentine tango is a social dance; charming, friendly, it is more familiar to a mass audience. It has great potential for becoming more open, to reveal your creativity.

Contact improvisation is the interaction per se; it is a dance, giving the freedom to be you, the opportunity to go beyond the usual schemes and ways of understanding the world. This is a dance which certainly gives you awareness and revelation of infinity of your internal resources.

We see these two forms as self-sufficient; at the same time, they have a lot of intersections and opportunities for fruitful interaction, interchange and development together." Alexandra Soshnikova

“Improvisation” also means that every event is unique and is created by energy of the people who participate in it. Therefore, every festival is unique, and, moreover, we want to capture this uniqueness and originality in performances and video works, created in this very place, at this very time and by very you.

Moldova invites you to the creativity and dance space!

Price of participation is 360 euro with advance payment before 10.09.2013 and 400 euro after these dates.

Price includes: full participation in all events of the festival, accommodation and vegetarian meal (3 time per day).

CONTACT: , http://www.dancefestmd.info/en/
Permalink — Updated: Oct 07 2013
22 OCT 2013
26 Oct 2013
Cathy Weis Studio, 537 Broadway, New York, NY USA

TUNING SCORES Laboratory – Composition, communication, and the sense of imagination

October 22 – October 26
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
10:00 am-2:00 pm

A multi-sensorial approach to the questions: what do we ‘see’ when we look at dance? what do we ‘see’ from within the dance?’ The scores offer inner and outer communication tools and practices that make apparent the ways each of us sense and make sense of movement. A playful and rigorous dialogue-in-action about space, time, movement, and the innate desire to compose our experience. Creators/Performers in any discipline (dance, music, visual art, theater, science, engineering, farming) are welcome.

Lisa Nelson is a dance-maker, improvisational performer, and collaborative artist who has been exploring the role of the senses in the performance and observation of movement since the 70s. She performs, teaches and creates dances in diverse spaces on many continents, and maintains long-term collaborations with other artists, including Steve Paxton, Daniel Lepkoff, Scott Smith, and Tuning Band-Brussels. She co-edits Contact Quarterly since 77 and was encouraged by a “Bessie” in 1987 and an Alpert Award in 2002. In mid-October, she’ll present a collaborative work with Paxton at DIA: Chelsea. She lives in Vermont.


CONTACT: Tara Willis, 212.598.0551, , http://www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops
Permalink — Updated: Oct 03 2013
23 OCT 2013
27 Oct 2013
Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation

Dear friends ! 23-27 October 2013 in St. Petersburg again , we open the doors of the festival meetings and experiments
- Welcome to the DanceConnect 2013 !

Once again, we invite you to search for points of contact between two directions in the dance : Contact Improvisation and Contemporary Dance (Contemporary).

At the very beginning of our journey , a few years ago we had the idea to make the St. Petersburg Contact Improvisation Festival , attracting and supporting Russian teachers Contact. In this vein, we have made two good and filled with live festival.

Then, this idea has become wider. In conjunction with the art space BYE BYE BALLET we decided to combine contact improvisation and contemporary dance (Contemporary dance), making the festival meeting point of two interconnected modern dance forms and practices. This format allowed us a great enrich each other’s experiences and broaden their vision and understanding of the dance. We realized that in this area there will be more numerous questions and discoveries , so we take the next step and invite you to the next festival of Contact Improvisation and Contemporary Dance DANCE CONNECT!

We invite you to space issues , interests, ideas and meetings.

We offer you the FESTIVAL of the study can be at different angles to consider two such similar and dissimilar at the same time dance trends as contact improvisation and contemporary dance, as well as search for them crossing each other and benefit one another .

Our faculty is intense:

Albert Albert Alexander + Konnikova, "Po.VSTanze» (Contemporary)
Maria Grudskaya (Contact Improvisation)

Alexander Konnikova + Albert Albert, “Po.VSTanze”

Berezkina-Marina Orlova
Dolgov Julia
Belenkova Xenia

The cost of the main program of the festival (October 24 evening. – Oct 27.)
5500 rubles by making the registration fee before October 1,
6200 rubles. when making the registration fee after October 1,

The cost of the festival with the design part

(day-23okt. 27okt.)
6800 rubles by making the registration fee before October 1,
7300 rubles. when making the registration fee after October 1,

Prepayment is 2000 rubles., In the case of non-participation is not refundable.

CONTACT: +7-921-572-0375, , http://www.dance-connect.ru/
Permalink — Updated: Oct 07 2013
25 OCT 2013
27 Oct 2013
Málaga/Andalucía , Spain

Intensive Workshop with Martin Keogh

135 before the 1st of September / 145 after the 1st of september

CONTACT: Virginia Maldonado, 0034 610 622 485, , http://contactimpromalaga.blogspot.com
Permalink — Updated: Jul 28 2013
2 NOV 2013
3 Nov 2013
Waldorfschule Nienstedten, Hamburg, Hamburg , Germany

CI-Workshops, live music, childcare, food and a lot of space to dance

65,-€ bis zum 11. Oktober 2013, danach 80,-€

CONTACT: Angela-Mara Florant, 0157-83056985, , http://www.contact-hamburg.jimdo.com
Permalink — Updated: Sep 19 2013
2 NOV 2013
24 Nov 2013
Europe , Germany

Contact Improvisational Dance European Teaching Tour w/ Stuart Phillips
November ’13 Class Teaching Schedule:

Sat, Nov 2, Tanzfabrik, Berlin
Sun, Nov 3, 1-4pm, K77 Studio, Berlin
Wed, Nov 6, Brussels, 11a-5p, 40euros, Contact Tom Russo, runtobefun@gmail.com
Sat, Nov 9, 3-7pm Studio Keller, Paris
Fri, Sat, Sun Nov 15,16,17,22,23,24 Lisbon, contact Ci Lxjam fb

Group Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/301015196702873/


Varying amounts depending upon each event/offering

CONTACT: Stuart Phillips, 541-255-3660, , stulip6.wix.com/stulips or https://www.facebook.com/groups/301015196702873/
Permalink — Updated: Oct 14 2013
3 NOV 2013
Studio 77 e.V. (K77 Studio) , Berlin, Kastanienallee 77, H.H, 3. O.G. 10435 , Germany

What Am I Doing? Where Am I Going? What Is Happening Now?
What Happens Next? Who Am I Really?

1) Guidance into where we source from.
2) How we influence our choices in the moment, what is our long range focus?
3)How does viewing perspective of the moment inform outcome?
4) How do we choose this particular arrangement? What can we get rid of to stay completely real all the time?
5) How dance informs & defines our experience, our self identity, our self empowerment.
Open to All

Stuart Phillips is & has been Devotionally Performing & Teaching Improvisational Contact Dance for over 26 years throughout the US, Canada & New 
Zealand, with a European tour late fall 2013 , & been Practicing, Performing & Teaching Improvisational Dance for over 32 years.

€24-€36, to reserve your place, please pay the course fee to K77 Studio and state clearly what you are paying for :
Berliner Volksbank
“Studio 77 e.V.”
Kontonr.: 2321244001
BLZ: 1009 0000

CONTACT: Stuart Phillips, 541-255-3660, , http://www.stulip6.wix.com/stulips
Permalink — Updated: Apr 29 2013
3 NOV 2013
K77 studio, Kastanienallee 77, Berlin, Europe , Germany

Contact Improvisational Dance European Teaching Tour w/ Stuart Phillips
November ’13 Class Teaching Schedule:

Sun, Nov 3, 1-4pm, K77 Studio, Berlin

Group Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/301015196702873/



CONTACT: Stuart Phillips, 541-255-3660, , stulip6.wix.com/stulips or https://www.facebook.com/groups/301015196702873/
Permalink — Updated: Oct 14 2013
6 NOV 2013
Camping Town Asbl rue de la comete 14 1210, Brussels, Europe , Belgium

Contact Improvisational Dance European Teaching Tour w/ Stuart Phillips
November ’13 Class Teaching Schedule:

Wed, Nov 6, Brussels, 11a-5p, 40euros, Contact Tom Russo, runtobefun@gmail.com

Group Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/301015196702873/



CONTACT: Stuart Phillips, 541-255-3660, , stulip6.wix.com/stulips or https://www.facebook.com/groups/301015196702873/
Permalink — Updated: Oct 14 2013
9 NOV 2013
13 Nov 2013
The Kingswood Foundation, The Kingswood Estate, 20 Old School House, Britannia Road, Bristol, Bristol BS15 8DP, United Kingdom

Hi all, we’re excited to be inviting Martin Keogh to Bristol for a 5-day intensive from the 9th-13th November.

This is an advanced level training for those with a strong grasp of Contact fundamentals

Join good company on the shores of Bristol for dancing and discovery. With somatic exercises, games, some sweat, and the unique physicality of the contact body we will savor and rock the boundaries of our dances.

In this five-day intensive we will investigate the relationship of our pelvic floor to the unpremeditated dance. Contact Improvisation reveals to us that instability leads to mobility … and great instability leads to exhilarating mobility.

We begin by decelerating our sense of time to enter the details of our pelvic bowl. From here we locate our ground to dance while in the act of falling. Surprising ourselves in flight and extended follow-through. And dance we will.

This is an advanced level training for those with a strong grasp of Contact fundamentals


  • Saturday 11am – 6m (with a 1-hour lunch break)
  • Sunday 10am – 5pm (with a 1-hour lunch break) * Please note that Bristol’s normal class & jam will happen from 5.30pm – 8.30pm, a group of us will probably travel from Kinsgwood Estate to Hamilton House for this
  • Monday 10am – 1pm HALF DAY
  • Tuesday 10am – 5pm (with a 1-hour lunch break)
  • Wednesday 10am – 5pm (with a 1-hour lunch break)

*timings may vary slightly

To book email: saskia@contactdance.co.uk, giving a brief outline of your CI experience, and stating if you need or can offer lifts and/or accommodation.

Martin Keogh
Martin Keogh has taught and performed contact improvisation for over thirty-one years. For his contribution to the development of the form he is a Fulbright Senior Specialist and listed in Who’s Who in the World. Martin spent time traveling to monasteries in Japan and Korea and was the director of the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley before discovering the world of dance. He has co-facilitated Teacher’s Conferences on four continents and is the author of The Art of Waiting and As Much Time as it Takes, and the currently released: Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World. More info at: www.martinkeogh.com

The cost of this 5-day intensive is £170 waged, £160 part-time/freelance, £150 unwaged. A deposit of £50 (or the full amount) is needed to confirm your place.

Price does not include food or lodging – for those participants traveling from afar, we hope to host you with local dancers. You can also try airbnb.co.uk.

Cancellations and Refunds: The price includes a non-refundable registration fee of £10. Full payment to be made 2 weeks prior to the start of the event. Cancellations made with at least 2 weeks notice will receive full refund less registration fee. Cancellations made with at least 1 weeks notice will receive full refund less deposit amount. If you cancel with less than a weeks notice we will keep the full amount.

CONTACT: Saskia Chaplin, +447904121646, , http://www.contactdance.co.uk
Permalink — Updated: Oct 04 2013
9 NOV 2013
10 Nov 2013
Downtown - fully wheelchair accessible space, Toronto, Ontario , Canada

An integrated Contact Improvisation workshop focusing on momentum and sensation to ask the question: How do we get out of our own way when we move and follow the dance?

with Tara Brandel (Ireland)

Toronto – Sat. Nov. 9 & Sun. Nov. 10, 2013 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

(Optional Contact Jam/Barefoot Boogie – Sat. Nov. 9 evening)

In each moment, the dance is found by listening through:
· habit breaking and new pathways
· sensation with eyes closed
· high flying and momentum
so we can go to new places and expand our dance.

The workshop includes:
· Velcro Contact – using the commitment to skin contact to initiate more effortless, handfree lifts,
· the Collective Mind – being conscious of the whole group as you dance contact to build a sense of togetherness,
· Listening to the Pause for cultivating presence.

This workshop is for:
· People with contact improvisation experience
· People with physical disabilities regardless of experience (If you use a wheelchair, it is useful if you can work on the floor out of your chair for some of the exercises though this is not a requirement. Please contact
Tara tarabrandel@gmail.com if you’ve questions about this.)

If you are unsure about your skill level or would like the opportunity to upgrade your skill in advance please contact Henry Wai.

Info and Registration: Henry Wai (226) 500-1983 henryhwai@gmail.com

Please register early as space is limited.
Preference will be given to those who register for the full weekend. (We can help find accommodation for those from out-of-town)

Bio: Tara Brandel
- Artistic Director Croi Glan Integrated Dance Ltd, Ireland www.croiglan.com

TARA BRANDEL is a Contact Improviser and contemporary dancer who has been performing, and dancing and teaching Contact for almost 30 years. She studied Contact Improvisation with Steve Paxton, Julyen Hamilton and Kirstie Simpson. Tara studied Integrated Dance with Axis Dance Company and Alito Alessi, and in 2005 had a year’s residency at Beaumont College, a college for people with disabilities. Tara has taught Contact workshops in Ireland, the UK, Germany, the United States (including SFADI, WCCIF, and GLACIER) and Australia.

Early Bird – Sat and Sun – $100, (Sat only – $60) (payment received by Fri. Oct. 18)

Regular – Sat and Sun – $130, (Sat only – $75)

There are a limited number of partial scholarships available. Contact Henry for details.

CONTACT: Henry Wai, 226-500-1983, , http://wwww.EveryBodyDanceYes.wordpress.com
Permalink — Updated: Sep 09 2013
9 NOV 2013
Keller Studio, 1 rue Keller, Paris, Europe , France

Contact Improvisational Dance European Teaching Tour w/ Stuart Phillips
November ’13 Class Teaching Schedule:

Sat, Nov 9, 3-7pm Studio Keller, Paris

Group Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/301015196702873/



CONTACT: Stuart Phillips, 541-255-3660, , stulip6.wix.com/stulips or https://www.facebook.com/groups/301015196702873/
Permalink — Updated: Oct 14 2013
15 NOV 2013
17 Nov 2013
Bhakti in Motion , 155 Brackett St, Portland, ME 04102 USA

A two day Contact Improvisation Workshop: Nov 16-17
with Moti Zemelman
@ Bhakti in Motion 155 Brackett St, Portland, ME

Friday 15th 7-10pm – Contact Jam With Music by Moti

Sat. 16th 10-5p Day One – COVERING GROUND

Falling can be fun! What goes up must come down, you have to go down to go back up again. Learn how to root, roll, dig into the cliffs, plateaus, and boulders of our bodies to find negotiation with gravity that we call flying. Find new pathways to the ground. Learn about your soft landing gear. Find ways to be light even as you anchor yourself to the Earth’s gravitational pull. Come fall down and cover some new ground.

Sunday 17th 12-4:30p Day Two – GROWING WINGS

A study in the art of flying, we’ll explore lifts, weight-sharing and the dynamics of flight. Learn to develop more comfort with heights, being upside down, and using momentum through the air. We will practice listening to the subtle invitations that our partners offer us to go UP and find new pathways towards the sky!

To register contact Nev at 207-232-9014
or email
Sign up early as we have limited space!!!

Moti Zemelman, MFA, began practicing Contact Improv 25 years ago. Over the past 18 years he has taught and performed across USA, Canada, Guatemala, Mexico, Europe and Israel. In 2008-09 he taught as Dance Professor at the Instituto Naciónal de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Moti has been both a teacher and a board member at Earthdance Retreat Center in Plainfield, MA. He was an original member of Wire Monkey Dance Co., (Holyoke, MA, USA). As a musician Moti plays vocal-electronic music for Contact Jams and in 2007 released his debut CD, Doorwaves. He also designs and moderates the international Contact Improv resource website www.contactimprov.com. In addition Moti is a professional photographer. His latest project “The Dancer’s Tarot” is a photographic tarot deck, using dancers as models to embody the traditional Tarot archetypes

Sliding scale:
$95-130 till Nov 1st
$115-150 after Nov 1st

CONTACT: Nev Levin, 207-232-9014, , https://www.facebook.com/events/592867554103179/
Permalink — Updated: Sep 27 2013
23 NOV 2013
24 Nov 2013
Boulder, CO USA

Clarity in the Unknown – Advanced Weekend Workshop
With Tim O’Donnell & Alicia Grayson

From a place of deep physical listening we will focus on cultivating our responsiveness rather than our re-activeness, recognizing and then altering our known pathways, and composing through dialogue to create new layers and textures that deepen our dancing. We are interested in how we dialogue with each other, the space, our viewers and ourselves. How do we dance in a way that allows us not just to be seen, but understood? How do we listen in a way that helps us take greater risks physically and compositionally? With a strong grounding in contact improvisation we will experiment with these ideas to expand our dancing from the gentle and subtle, to the acrobatic and fluidly athletic.

Tim O’Donnell is a New York based dance artist who teaches, and performs in both the United States and Europe. His exploration in dance, movement and improvisation is strongly rooted in deep physical listening while maintaining a sense of adventure. He has taught and performed for numerous organizations, universities and festivals most recently including the American Dance Festival, Arizona State University, Dance Ireland, Dance New Amsterdam and Movement Research. He holds an MFA in Dance, has maintained a private practice in therapeutic bodywork and somatic movement since 1995 and has been on faculty at Movement Research since 2005. He is currently teaching at ASU as a guest faculty member.

Alicia Grayson has been passionately involved with dancing, teaching and performing CI for the past 24 years. She has taught contact improvisation as an adjunct faculty at George Washington University, University of Denver, Naropa University and Shenandoah University. She teaches CI, yoga and pilates classes in Boulder and regularly travels to Europe and around the U.S. to teach. Her long time practices of authentic movement, yoga and meditation are important influences on her dancing and teaching. She is also a graduate of the Hakomi Method of Experiential Psychotherapy and Bodymind Somanautics, and advanced training in somatic attachment, group process and anatomy re-patterning. As a registered psychotherapist she works with clients in somatic psychotherapy and movement education. She continues to delight in exploring and discovering new depths in contact improvisation and related disciplines and is particularly interested in the intersection of physics and expression and the mind/body relationship. www.tumblebones.com

$135 by November 16
$150 after November 16

CONTACT: Alicia Grayson, 303 653 3969, , http://www.tumblebones.com
Permalink — Updated: Nov 01 2013
25 NOV 2013
1 Dec 2013
Montreal, QC , Canada


– 5 evening C-I master classes, Monday to Friday 25-29 November, with Karen Nelson, UQAM Dance building, 840 rue Cherrier

31st Edition of the Montreal International Jam, 30 November-1 December 2013, Centre Chorégraphique Circuit-Est, Studio Jeanne-Renaud, 2022 rue Sherbrooke Est‬

Early registration prices, until Nov. 9:
Weekend jam: $60 (CAD) or $35/day
Evening classes: $30 (CAD) per evening, $125 for all 5

See web site for details. Please register in advance on-line – registration now open

CONTACT: ACI Montreal, , http://contactimpro.org/en-article773.html
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29 NOV 2013
1 Dec 2013
Vilnius, Lithuania

It’s an international cozy event with 40-60 participants with the main idea – to create the space for gathering and connecting contact dancers and teachers from neighborhood around Lithuania and Baltics.

We will have a nice long week-end full of improvisations, contact dances, performances, jams, live music, spontaneity and happiness.

This year we will continue the theme of exploration and collaboration together. So be ready for rich classes, study labs and Jams! We are sure that our young CI communities are ready to discover and explore new ways in learning together. For this festival we invite some experienced CI and performance teachers and dancers who will share their experience in classes and help us to facilitate the study labs.

We are going to start from the present moment and follow our recent interests, inquires and questions in CI/performance. Come to meet, share and support, inspire and enjoy (contact, improvisation, performance, neighbours, new people, unknown, ideas).

Join us in creating this wonderful experience together!
Welcome to our beautiful capital Vilnius!

Fee for participation: with an early submission of registration form (see below) and a deposit of 10 EUR paid:
by 11th of November – 40 EUR
by 25th of November – 50 EUR
later – 60 EUR (or anytime if you want o be a supporter of our festival!)

10% discount for students and participants of previous Minifestivals!
Group discount is possible as well, please contact us.

Lodging: We will help 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.

Travel tips: You can get a cheap flight (Air Baltic, Ryanair, Wizzair…) to Vilnius or Kaunas (2,5 h by bus from Vilnius) or many cheap bus tickets (SimpleExpress, Luxexpress, Ecolines) directly to Vilnius, if you buy in advance. You can also take a boat to Klaipeda (from Germany, Sweden, Poland), or take a flight or boat to Riga (Latvia) and then take a bus to Vilnius (approx. 5-6 hours). There are also train options from some countries.

Register here:

CONTACT: Julija Melnik, +4915780269288, +370 613 57997 , , http://contactfestival.blogas.lt/
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3 DEC 2013
8 Dec 2013
700 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14202 USA

A five day workshop led by Brandin Steffensen.

Now Practices: improvisation and contact as performance research

Now Practices combines various tried and true practices toward developing ensemble improvisation: Barbara Dilley’s Contemplative Dance Practice, Nancy Stark’s Smith’s Underscore, Guy Debord’s Derive, and Brandin Steffensen’s Pentamode, among others. The workshop frames the practitioners’ individual physicality, the possibilities inside duet forms both contact improvisation and dance, and the compositional aspects of ensemble in the room as a whole. Techniques which encourage specificity while moving through space, allow for ease in moving into and out of the floor, and develop ease alternating from moving alone to sharing weight, always find compositional awareness as a background.

The days will be spent in part guided class and in part inhabiting improvisational forms. Observation and reflection, written and aural discourse will be an important part of developing the ensemble. The workshop will culminate in a performance built from activities within it.

early bird fee $200 by November 1, 2013
regular fee $300

limited workstudy positions are avaialable

CONTACT: Nancy Hughes, 860-539-0422, , http://buffaloci.weebly.com/mission-improvable-now-practices.html
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13 DEC 2013
15 Dec 2013
studio Cie Thor, rue St Josse 49, Brussels, 1210, Belgium

Claire Filmon (FR) and Eva Maes (BE) will teach together during a long week-end and allow us to explore what practices such as contact improv and BMC® can do to each other…

More info: lefebvre.pau@gmail.com

120/135 EUR

CONTACT: Pauline Lefebvre, 32497368527, , http://www.contactimpro.be/?p=104
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