Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

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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