Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

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
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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
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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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