Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

2 JAN 2014
8 Jan 2014
Moskow, Russian Federation

Leading and organizers – the team of the Moscow community contact : Julia Bodrov Oleg Frolov, Dmitry Usov , Tatiana Mikhailova , Maria Grudskaya , Catherine Velichko , alpha Rakhmanov Veleslavov Usov , Alexandra Bezrodnova .

As well as special guests :

Artem Markov ( Ufa)

Raquel Minako (Brazil )

Ron Oren (Israel )

The program of Contact Vacation :

intensity on contact improvisation ,
day classes ,
Authentic processes
laboratory in sound
free time of creation,
special children and child- parent program ,
bath and an ice rink , ski rental , winter forest and the friendly atmosphere of Christmas holidays
comfortable accommodation complex Aleksino – Istra,
delicious vegetarian food
jams every night
snow fun
as well as dance and magical event planning next year.
Before the New Year is nearly here !

We are waiting for you !

  • If you are interested to participate, but you’re new to CI and you have doubts – then feel free to drop them . Intensives on contact improvisation ( daily morning classes for several hours during the festival ) , under the strict supervision of experienced , attentive and incendiary lead – you will quickly learn to communicate and to improvise. And in the evening jams can transform a free-form a new experience in dance.

17,500 rubles. Prepay December 1.

By 1 December to pay the full cost of participation in the case of non-participation payment refunded minus 5000 p. (non-refundable deposit).

After December 1 -18 500 rubles.

If you are traveling with a small child, the other parent gets a discount of 50%.


up to 1 year – free of charge, from 1 to 3 years 1000 r., older than 3 12000 p.

CONTACT: http://www.contactimprovisation.ru/zima_contactfestival/index.html
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2 JAN 2014
5 Jan 2014
Vlierhof, Kleve , Germany

Take a deep breath in

Long breath out


Into something new, into a new beginning…

What better way than starting it with a warm heart and a velvet body?

Join this playful journey of dance, massage, singing and silence. Be part of an intimate group celebrating the start of a new year by connecting to our bodies – and through the body, to the soul. Of ourselves, of each other, of all.

!!!registration before 9 december = 50 euro discount!!!

Lief voor je Lijf is an initiative started in 2010 by massage therapist, acroyogi, improviser, percussionist Roald Penning and dancer, singer, improviser Kristien Sonnevijlle, who simply love sharing the many different delights they gather in walking their path… creating workshops and retreats which are a gift for the body and the creative soul.

The Treats

- Massage (thai yoga, intuitive touch)
- Dance (contact improvisation, butoh, dance improvisation & more)
- Singing (guided choir improvisations, mantra)
- Meditations (in many different ways)
- Breath awakening
- All kinds of surprises (which might include sauna sessions in winter times)

The Possible Side effects

- A deepened sense of connection with yourself and others
- A more open heart
- Deeper inner peace
- Inspiration for a new year
- Transformation through breathing
- A good stretch of your creative and expressive muscles for a greater life enjoyment
- A jump out of habitual patterns into the joy of living in the moment
- Creating an inspiring vision that will nourish you throughout 2014

The Practical

Where: De Vlierhof, www.vlierhof.org
When: 2 january at 2 pm until sunday 5th january at 2 pm
Registration: send an email to liefvoorjelijf@gmail.com
!Note: there are limited places at this retreat!

Looking forward to treat you!

Roald & Kristien

490 euro for dormitory (max. 10 people)
549 for double room
599 for single room
!!!registration before 9 december = 50 euro discount!!!

CONTACT: Kristien Sonnevijlle, +31 (0)6-28775775, , http://www.liefvoorjelijf.com
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5 JAN 2014
24 Jan 2014
Earthdance, 252 Prospect St, PLainfield, MA 01070 USA

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

The January 2014 OPEN training is a residential workshop specifically designed to develop our practice of contact improvisation and other related improvised dance work. The workshop will include physical training, improvisation and composition scores, listening practice, 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 will move toward greater clarity and inspiration in our dancing and watching.

Please come prepared physically and psychologically for intensive practice (and a bit of fun!).

$760–840 (sliding scale*) if application form & $160 deposit are received by October 15, 2013
Add $30 to above fees if application or deposit are received after October 15, 2013
HOUSING/FOOD/FACILITY Earthdance fee: $760
Earthdance fee is a separate payment from Tuition payment. Some Workstudy available. All participants must be residential; no commuting.

CONTACT: Patrick Crowley, 617-320-9792, , http://www.nancystarksmith.com
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6 JAN 2014
10 Jan 2014
Gibney Dance Center, 890 Broadway, 5th Floor (between 19th and 20th streets), New York, NY USA

This is a movement workshop that focuses on the development of our poetic sensibilities in conjunction with our capacities to attune to the nested ecological worlds we live in. My approach is based upon the interweaving of technical training with perceptual training and aesthetic research. I view composition and performance as ecologically rooted acts. Movement, culture, politics, stories, images and gestures are embedded in the relationships that are evolving all around us. Come ready to dance, perceive, perform and imagine.

$120 for 5-day workshop, class is 1:00-3:00 pm Monday-Friday.

CONTACT: Movement Research, (212) 598-0551, , http://www.movementresearch.org
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25 JAN 2014
26 Jan 2014
Dance Exchange , 7117 Maple Avenue , Takoma Park, MD 20912 USA

It is likely that we all have experienced moments dancing and in life when we feel powerful, free and confident—when we can adeptly navigate whatever is put in front of us with grace and joy. What creates this quality of delight and presence that makes us feel 100% ALIVE? In this workshop we will focus on 3 components that support dancing that is easeful, expressive, engaging and deeply satisfying.

12:00 – 6:00 Saturday
12:00 – 4:00 Sunday

$150 prior to January 15, 2014
$165 January 15, 2014 and after (including at the door)

CONTACT: Leslie Zucker, , http://www.lesliezucker.com/#!contact-improv-workshop/cqc7
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7 FEB 2014
9 Feb 2014
Ehrenbergstrasse, Gymnastic hall /Turnhalle Grundschule, Bad Rappenau-Zimmerhof, Baden Wuerttenberg 74906, Germany

a weekend full of expressive dancing, wonderful people, live music, silence, and good food!
Children are wellcome!
We start at fryday afternoon around 5 o’clock and end on sunday around 2 o`clock


CONTACT: Susanne and Georg Muehlbacher-Jung/ Jung, 0049 6261 16412, , http://contact-improvisation.org/Jams/mosbach.html
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14 FEB 2014
16 Feb 2014
92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street, New York, NY 11215 USA

Nancy Stark Smith, with musician Mike Vargas

Explore the practice of contact improvisation (CI) and its relationship with a wider field of improvisation, composition, contemplation and live music.

For people with previous experience in contact improvisation.

Fri, Feb 14, 10 am-3:45 pm, Sat & Sun, Feb 15 & 16, 1:30-5:30 pm

92nd Street Y


CONTACT: Brandin Steffensen, 8017928100, , http://www.92y.org/Class/Zoom-Contact-Improvisation.aspx
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15 FEB 2014
22 Feb 2014
Camp un the sand dunes , Merzouga, Marrakech , Morocco

“An invitation to dance on the rhythms of the desert, to meet it in its unlimitedness. We will engage ourselves in a sensory and playful approach toward our environment. The 5 Rhythms, Flowing, Staccato, Chaos, Lyric and Stillness, supported with acoustic music, will help us to explore our different states of presence with authenticity and creativity.
Well rooted in the ground and in the sensitive qualities of our dances, alone or in dialogue with partners, we will go on an inward journey through our internal impulses, sometimes subtle, sometimes wild, to explore the resonance of our body landscapes in tune with the natural surroundings..
Contact Improvisation is based on a natural exchange of weight, a fluid and
organic common movement and a listening, subtle touch.”

Manuela Blanchard (Switzerland) is a dancer and WATSU®, WaterDance® & Esalen Massage® practicioner. She teaches improvised dance: New Dance and Contact improvisation, in water and in nature. Her presence and subtle listening invites us to a full and confident immersion in the movement.

Guillaume Laplane (France) is a dancer of the Cie Alluna (in co-creation with Anna Halprin). 5 Rhythms® certified teacher by Gabrielle Roth since 2008. He invites us with delicacy in an exploration of the sensory and tribal universes which connect us to the present.

Place: Merzouga desert in Marocco / in the sand dunes in the entrance of Sahara. One day (bus and then 1h30 hike with camels) from Marrakech. Camp in the middle of the sand dunes sleeping on matresses in tents, dry closets, very simple showers, outdoor dances with acoustic music (and with silence!).

390/ 480€
see www.earthandwaterdance.com/desert-eng.html.html for details
co-teaching Manou Blanchard (CI, waterdance) and Guillaume Laplane (5 Rhythms) In the desert of Merzouga / Morocco.
CONTACT: massilia5rythmes@gmail.com (Guillaume) +33.6 65 60 47 18. Blanchard Russi Manuela, +41.79.641.91.19, manou.blanchard@bluewin.ch, http://www.earthandwaterdance.com

CONTACT: Guillaume Laplane, +33(0), , http://www.earthandwaterdance.com
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24 FEB 2014
3 Mar 2014
Surabhi Villa Resort, Pushkar, Rajasthan , India

ImproJunction is a week-long, intensive programme for professional scenic artists to meet, develop and share their skills, led by professional guest teachers from a wide field of different art forms.

The focus of the entire week lays on improvisation practice and research. Participants are asked to commit to a personal quest of artistic development within a constructive yet challenging artistic frame.

Lead Artists (week-long intensive courses)
• Katie Duck & Alfredo Genovesi
(Magpie Stichting, NL)
• Anjelika Doniy
(AngelDance, RU)

Additional Classes
• Abhilash Ningappa • Instant composition, IN
• Ady Elzam • Contact Improvisation, IL
• Alfredo Genovesi • Music, UK / website
• Athos Germano • Contact Improvisation, ES
• Keren Ben Altabet • Site-specific work, IL
• Lina Hoehne • Physical Improvisation, DE
• Rebeca FL • Ensemble work, UK / Bottlefed

We are happy that you are thinking of coming to our festival! Registration fee for early birds is of 260€, after 01 Jan 2014 the registration fee will be of 280€.

Registration includes the full festival for 7 days, accommodation and food for the whole duration of the festival. We’ll sleep in shared space. Mattresses will be provided but bring your sleeping bag. All food is local Indian food and it’s completely vegetarian!

CONTACT: , http://www.improjunction.com/
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28 FEB 2014
2 Mar 2014
8701 West Vernor Highway, Detroit, MI 48209 USA

Save the Dates, Spread the Word!

3 days of vibrant dance exploration with dancers from coast to coast. 2 beautiful, accessible dance spaces, sumptuous cuisine, live improvisational music.

Shel Wagner Rasch will facilitate our explorations.

Accessible dance space, Affordable registration, Housing with local dancers, Work exchange available.


Shel Wagner Rasch, our special guest facilitator, is a Los Angeles-based Contact Improv dancer, teacher and producer. She teaches Contact at UCLA, and over the past decade has been a featured guest artist at workshops in multiple college settings, festivals, and studios, including the West Coast Contact Improv Festival and, in its most recent incarnation, WCCIJam. Her scores and choreographies have been widely commissioned and she is a recipient of the Lester Horton Award for Excellence in Choreography. Shel currently co-hosts the Eastside Lab Jam in Pasadena and has a private practice in Los Angeles as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Alexander Technique teacher and Pilates instructor. She also collaborates with her husband, animator Justin Rasch, making stop motion animated short films.

TBD -registration begins late 2013

CONTACT: Miguel Mc, , http://www.detroitannarborci.org/detroit-jam-2014/
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1 MAR 2014
8 Mar 2014
Tuba Creek, Cahuita, Provincia de Limón 70403, Costa Rica

Contact Improvisation Retreat in Costa Rica
with Moti Zemelman ❀ March 1 – 8, 2014
Goddess Garden Nature Retreat, Cahuita, Costa Rica

Come to the magical rainforests and Caribbean coast of Costa Rica to play, improvise, and enhance your Contact skills. Your host and teacher, Moti Zemelman, brings 25 years of C.I. experience to share. We’ll improvise in the beautiful wood floor studios and do site specific dance explorations with the trees and on the beaches. Nightly jams will include live improvised music. During this week long intensive we will be exploring Contact as a way of connecting with self, nature, spirit, and community.

Cost includes:

❉ 7 Nights accommodation
❉ Morning warm-ups
❉ Daily Contact classes and Jams
❉ 3 healthy nutritious meals per day
❉ Excursion to the Cahuita National Park
❉ Transportation to and from San Jose to Goddess Gardens

Pricing tiers:

✾ 6 person dorm: $975
✾ Triple: $1075
✾ Double: $1175
✾ Private Room: $1575
❤ Limited Work-Study Available – Inquire


$200 deposit check to:
Moti Zemelman
12 Mountain Rd.
Greenfield, MA 01301

or Paypal to Sales@contactimprov.com

CONTACT: Moti Zemelman, 413-475-2651, , http://www.contactimprov.com/costarica.html
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14 MAR 2014
16 Mar 2014
Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe , Germany

with Günter Klingler

(A workshop for experienced dancers. Language is German)

In die­sem Work­shop wol­len wir un­ter­su­chen, was Kon­takt­im­pro­vi­sa­ti­on im Per­for­mance­kon­text in­ter­es­sant macht. Wie kön­nen wir mit größt­mög­li­cher Auf­merk­sam­keit bei un­se­rem Part­ner im Tanz sein und gleich­zei­tig un­se­re Prä­senz nach außen rich­ten? Wel­che Rolle spie­len der be­wuss­te Um­gang mit Raum und Zeit für un­se­ren Kon­takt­tanz? Und wie kön­nen wir un­se­rer In­tui­ti­on ver­trau­en, ohne das in­ne­re Auge für die Ge­samt­si­tua­ti­on zu ver­lie­ren?
Wir ar­bei­ten mit eng ge­fass­ten Scores, um Teil­as­pek­te der Kon­takt­im­pro­vi­sa­ti­on ge­nau­er zu be­leuch­ten und un­se­ren Kör­per für die gren­zen­lo­sen Mög­lich­kei­ten an Ak­ti­on und Re­ak­ti­on zu öff­nen. Durch ver­schie­de­ne Übun­gen sen­si­bi­li­sie­ren wir uns für das Po­ten­ti­al im ers­ten Mo­ment der Kon­takt­auf­nah­me und un­ter­su­chen, wie sich Solo und Duett wech­sel­sei­tig be­ein­flus­sen.

Im akro­ba­ti­schen Part­ne­ring rich­ten wir unser Au­gen­merk auf den En­er­gie­fluß, die Füh­rung des Schwer­punkts und die Leich­tig­keit in un­se­ren Ge­len­ken. Die For­schungs­ar­beit zwi­schen Akro­ba­tik, Kon­takt­im­pro­vi­sa­ti­ons-​Prin­zi­pi­en und zeit­ge­nös­si­schem Phra­sing be­rei­tet uns dar­auf vor, schnell und krea­tiv auf neue, her­aus­for­dern­de Si­tua­tio­nen re­agie­ren zu kön­nen.
Meine Ar­beit cha­rak­te­ri­siert die or­ga­ni­sche Her­an­ge­hens­wei­se von „innen nach außen“ mit einer In­te­gra­ti­on dy­na­misch-​akro­ba­ti­scher Be­we­gun­gen. Zen­tra­le Ele­men­te sind dabei die Nut­zung des Atems und eine kon­stan­te Schär­fung un­se­res Kör­per­be­wußt­s­eins.

Gün­ter Klin­ger ist Tän­zer, Zir­kus­ar­tist und Cho­reo­graph und un­ter­rich­tet Con­tact­im­pro­vi­sa­ti­on seit 17 Jah­ren.

​135€ (120€ on registration before 1 Feb 2014)

CONTACT: Tanz weiter! (Sarah Herr and Andreas Traupe), http://tanzweiter.blogsport.de
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15 MAR 2014
16 Mar 2014
Málaga/Andalucía , Spain

While going up I went down.

Flying… the ancient and everliving dream of a humanbeings
Scoop and dive and float like a feather in the wind.

Lifting stones, heavy and crude
Lifting 84,5 kilos of feathers, still they seem weight.
Not scattered by the wind

I think I could try to write some hot description about flying and falling, but that wouldn’t be me…

Think of me as a mountain, pathways here and there, some are easy to travel, some you never can.
Think of you as traveller, where do you want to go?
This mountain will not take you up unless you want to go there
and remember, it might be just a short visit.
So better to think of the pathways back down, because sometimes they’re not the same as going up.

Yes I know, I’m getting carried away, and you wanted to read something clear to know whether to come this workshop or not.
We are aiming to do some lifting.. But it’s totally wrong because I don’t want anyone to lift anyone.
So let’s rephrase. Let’s see what kind of pathways we can offer to our partner(s) to come up to shoulder, to go back down…
Then it’s up to our partner(s) to take those pathways. Obviously let’s also see how we can take those pathways, up to shoulders. maybe even around the shoulders.

But I warn you, We must start from the earth. Everything springs up from the earth, towards the sky.
It’s all very serious, but I sincerely hope we will have a lot of fun.

80 € before 1st of March / 110 after the 1st of March
12 hours

CONTACT: Virginia Maldonado, 0034 610 622 485, , http://contactimpromalaga.blogspot.com
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7 APR 2014
28 Jul 2014
2822 A Union St., Oakland, CA USA

Improvisational Contact Dance Classes Taught by Stuart Phillips
Mondays 6-8pm, All April, May, June, July, 2014
Ellen Webb Dance Studio
2822 A Union Street
Oakland, CA
Answering Life Quandaries through Facilitated Focused CI Dance



CONTACT: Stuart Phillips, 541-255-3660, , http://www.stulip6.wix.com/stulips
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11 APR 2014
13 Apr 2014
Conway Retreat Centre, Llanfairpwll, Anglesey, Wales LL61 6DJ, United Kingdom

Contact Improvisation Residential Jam with Alito Alessi(USA) and Jacqueline McCormick (UK) Cheshire Dance
April 11th 4pm – April 13th 4pm
Conway Retreat Centre Anglesey, UK

open dancing
led ci sessions
beach trip

All accommodation, food and jamming £120 dorm, £150 single room

CONTACT: Jane Atherton, (44) (0)1606 861770, , http://www.cheshiredance.org
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11 APR 2014
13 Apr 2014
Vilnius, Lithuania

A beautiful Alchemy of the Two – Contact and Tango. A practice of more Subtle and Non-violent dance. Listening, self-observing and deepening the Understanding of Self and Principles of CI & Tango. For a Human Dance.

What happens when connect contact improvisation (CI) meets Argentinean tango?

CI – is listening and absence of roles, spontaneous and free movement, following the unknown, exploration-game. Mostly it’s a trio between 2 dancers and the floor.

Tango – clear roles of leader and follower, giving up to the guidance of the partner or the emotional and expressive music, specific steps and figures which belongs to this dance form. Usually it’s a trio between 2 dancers and the floor.

It is a great opportunity to meet and try Contact improvisation and Argentinean tango!

If you are familiar with contact improvisation, then it is a chance to “frame” your experience in the dance of emotions and polarities, develop your will while studying structure, take responsibility of leading or completely give up and follow.
Tango dancers for sure will find something new and unusual! At least – the embrace will become more enjoyable, the sensitivity and feeling of the partner will increase, the doors to improvisation will open more widely.
If you have no experience – you will enjoy the discoveries!

Workshops will be lead by Julija Melnik (Vilnius-Berlin)
“My movement and dance research is inspired by my first contact improvisation (CI) teachers – A. Donii, J. Hassman, founders of CI – S. Paxton, N. S. Smith and others, and masters of improvisation – D. Lepkoff, J. Hamilton, D. Zambrano, as well as other improvisers from all over the world, different dance styles, dance therapy, other movement techniques – bodywork, Feldenkrais, authentic movement, improvising musicians, meditation and silence, researches in contemporary education, psychology, philosophy, physics and other science.”

Julija Melnik, BA, MA – Tutor in Dance – is leading regular contact improvisation classes, jams and workshops in Lithuania since 2006, as well teaching abroad. Julija is actively participating in International CI festivals, teachers’ conferences and is also organizing CI events in Lithuania: annual (www.blogas.lt/contactfestival) since 2007, regional CI teachers’ conference in March ‘08, Vilnius CI and Performance Festival ‘09, CI exploration week ’13.
Since 2008 Julija also felt in love with Argentinean tango, which she has been learning in the Europe’s capital of Tango – Berlin, dancing at Milongas with international dancers, and local teachers and friends from Argentina.
She is also practicing Gurdjieff movements, Dervish yoga, Lou Yong, house dance, salsa and contemporary dance.
Julija is a student at Free University of Samadeva (France) and her studies include Family Constellations and Systemic Representations, Dervish Yoga (Samadeva Gestural Euphony), Hakim Massage and Training as an Euphonist Energetic Practitioner (Well-being coach).

Friday 18:30-21:00 (level I, II)
Saturday, Sunday – 14:30-17:00 (level I, II), 17:00-18:00 (level II)*
*Sessions of II level open for those who has already participated in “Contact meets Tango”

One session – 12 €, all workshop – 30 € (3 sessions), for participants of Bodywork workshop, all weekend experiences just 45 €!*
*Prices are valid if registered and deposit paid till 7th of April, later will be more expensive.
10 % discount for couples, students, ex-participants.

Register here

+ The same weekend – Bodywork workshop. Why not to enjoy the massage-meditation-exploration before or after the dance?
There is a discount if you participate in both workshops!

Traveling: Check super cheap flights by www.ryanair.com, http://wizzair.com/, to Kaunas, Vilnius or Riga. Also check www.airbaltic.com and other companies.
Cheap busses from Poland, Germany, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic – http://www.simpleexpress.eu/lang/

Accommodation: We can help to find some free/inexpensive place to stay if you need one.

CONTACT: Julija Melnik, +4915780269288, +370 613 57997, , http://www.contactimprovisation.lt
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17 APR 2014
21 Apr 2014
Valencia, Comunidad Valenciana , Spain

We are happy to receive a diverse group of international teachers with high technical knowledge, great sensibility and a deep passion for Contact Improvisation. Each one of them brings unique teaching methodology based on their extensive professional experience. Together we will learn playing, with rigor, awareness and endless sense of humor. We will have life music from experienced improvisational musicians that will accompany us creating an stimulating atmosphere throughout the festival.

Simonetta Alessandri & Rick Nodine: Spheric Orientation
Cristiane Boullosa (Brazil): Relational Spheres; Contact Improvisation and Dance Improvisation
Patricia Gracia: Micro Exuberance

Full Festival (17 -21 April)

- 170 € registering from 17th of February to 10th of March.
- 190 € registering from 10th of March to 1st of April
- 210€ registering from 1st to 12th of April.

​​​​​Register will close once we reach maximum capacity. The deadline for applicationis 12th. of April; after this date, we will no consider further admissions.


CONTACT: Patricia Gracia, +34 637 735 565, , http://www.contact-teu.com/#!vici-fest/cw5c
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20 APR 2014
27 Apr 2014
Rome, Italy

Residential workshop with Andrew Harwood
20 – 24 April 2014
Spring Jam
24 – 27 April 2014

Bracciano, in the countryside just outside Rome

We are happy to announce that we have organized a Special Event near Rome (Borgo Paola – Bracciano) during Easter holiday: a workshop with Andrew Harwood followed by the traditional Spring Jam.

Andrew (from Canada) is a terrific dancer and performer with an extensive experience of teaching and research, much of which is centered on the relationship between Contact Improvisation and Compositional Improvisation.
Getting to know his work here in Italy is a great chance that we invite you to grasp!

After the workshop, we will keep on dancing in the usual Spring Jam, which includes live music, lectures, guided warm ups, body work and great vegan food! Joy and physical disintegration are guaranteed!
We look forward to meet you!

:: WORKSHOP (24 hrs) ::

(Skill, Sensation, Instinct, Imagination)

Some basic experience with contact/compositional improvisation recommended

Contact Improvisation will be the common ground enabling us to continue deepening our skills into a rich kinaesthetic dialogue with others. By awakening our physical and sensory awareness we will bring mind, spirit and body into a state of readiness and receptivity for dancing in a playful and spontaneous way. Making contact with another being implies forging a universe where we may take risks, exchange, communicate and witness. It is a fertile crossroad where skill, instinct and poetic imagination converge. Various skills such as rolling smoothly, falling safely, inverting, supporting and giving weight effortlessly will be explored as we play with the physical forces of gravity, levity, momentum and inertia. In the second part of each class we will work with different strategies and structures for improvisation with a strong focus on developing a playful and subtle presence in our dancing. Dances in which we can expect to be in physical contact at any moment and at the same time keeping an awareness of ones own direction in improvising.

Andrew began his dance career in 1975 with Linda Rubin in Vancouver, Canada. After three years of study in contemporary techniques, he quickly gravitated toward instantaneous composition and contact improvisation which allowed him a greater freedom of expression while incorporating many other disciplines such as gymnastics, athletics, yoga, meditation, martial arts, Alexander Technique and Release Technique. Formerly artistic director of AH HA Productions, Andrew has dedicated himself to the research, education, development and dissemination of improvisation as a performing art for 38 years. His work has evolved through ongoing collaborations and various investigations of performance, composition, design, multi-media and movement techniques. He studied and performed with Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and Nita Little, the founding members of contact improvisation and has been influential in the development of contact improvisation worldwide since 1976.Andrew danced for the companies of Fulcrum, Jo Lechay, Marie Chouinard, and Jean-Pierre Perreault and has performed with the dance improvisation collectives The Improvisational Movement Fund, The Echo Case and Discovery Bal. Andrew has also collaborated in creation and performance with Nancy Stark Smith, Chris Aiken, Lisa Nelson, Kirstie Simson, Benno Voorham, Ray Chung, Benoît Lachambre, Peter Bingham, Marc Boivin and Lin Snelling among many others. He is known and respected internationally in the field of instantaneous choreography and contact/compositional improvisation and has taught and performed throughout North America and Europe as well as South America, Mexico, Australia, Eastern Europe, Israel and Russia. He is the recipient of the Canada Council’s Jacqueline-Lemieux award for the year 2000.
Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood’s current interests lie within the immediate and fullest use of all the senses, the subtle interplay between intuition and instinct, the dilation of the attention to it’s fullest, and the finely tuned use of the perceptions in performance.


The jam will take place at Borgo Paola, a beautiful country estate situated above Acqua Paola’s antique springs, inside a wood which extends for over 2000 hectars where one can take long walks to regenerate body and mind.

We will dance in a beautiful circular room with large glass windows!

Our schedule is made of daily Contact Improvisation classes and jams, live
music accompaniment, good vegan food and time and space for relaxing!


ACCOMMODATION can be in rooms with a bathroom (double or triple) or in mini-flats during the workshop, and during the jam it will be possible to sleep in a common room using your own mattress and sleeping bag.

To enroll, send an email to info@romacontact.com


Borgo Paola is situated near Rome and it is easily reachable by train and car.

By train: from Roma Trastevere and Ostiense there are trains every 30 minutes, the closest station to the town is “Bracciano” from there we will organize lifts.

See the timetables here: www.trenitalia.com

Hope to see you soon!
Glenda, Barbara, Vera

COSTS (all inclusive):

Only workshop:
300 € (before 1 March) :: 330 € (after 1 March)

Only jam with accommodation in the common room:
150 € (before 1 March) :: 170 € (after 1 March)

Only jam with accommodation in a room:
180 € (before 1 March) :: 200 € (after 1 March)
::: 1° MARCH 2014 :::

Workshop + jam with accommodation in the common room during the jam:
420 € (before 1 March) :: 450 € (after 1 March)

Workshop + jam with accommodation in a room during the jam:
450 € (before 1 March) :: 480 € (after 1 March)

CONTACT: Glenda Giacco, , http://www.romacontact.com
Permalink — Updated: Jan 31 2014
24 APR 2014
27 Apr 2014
Vilnius, Lithuania

Workshop with Paolo Cingolani (Italy) and Julija Melnik (Lithuania)

The workshop is directed to all dancers, actors and musicians who want to refine their perception of time, space and relations to be able to dance and move actively inside the instant composition.

One of the most important tools in the improvisation is our use of the time during the dance. How do we perceive the time in our dance? Do we use the time or are we the victims of it? Do we flow with it or do we get stuck?

During the workshop we will experience different types of the time that live in us with the aim to improve our skills in the creation of instant choreography in front of a public: from the time experienced as the past, present and future (the time of “mind”) to the “no-time-zone”, as soon as we penetrate the present moment (the time of the “body”).

We will play with it to create movements, phrases and choreography. Passing from the memory’s time to the precise moment before the action, from dilated time to compressed time, the fragile perception of an instant moment to the solidity of the rational control, we will live the time passing trough us.

“And love looked at time and laughed, because he knew he did not need it. He pretended to die one day, and flourish in the evening, without laws to be respected. He fell asleep in a corner of the heart for a time that did not exist. Fled without leaving, returned without having gone, the time was dying and he was staying.” – Luigi Pirandello

The base for all this work is the movement. We will get to the essence of it by deep study and investigation of our own movement:
What is the movement?
How do I know that I move? Where am I directing myself?
How do I move in the relation with space and others?

Here comes another important aspect – understanding and exploring the principle of interconnectedness and interrelation. Because “all real living is meeting” (Martin Buber), we will take time to observe how do we meet and relate to ourselves and the others. This workshop part will be based on meditative practices (sitting, standing, walking…) and contact improvisation (CI).

“All that is important is this one moment in movement.“ – Martha Graham

About the teachers:

Paolo Cingolani born in Italy in 1977, has practiced martial arts, meditative techniques and the Tai-Ji Qi Gong of the Master Dao-Gong Wu since he was young. After completing a degree in Sociology and Anthropology (Rome, 2004) he became fascinated by dance and the ability to communicate through movement.
His dance formation was intense, disciplined, and passionate. Passing through Contact-Improvisation, Release Technique and Set Choreography he focused his interest to the improvisation and the Instant Composition.
As a freelance dancer, he concentrated his focus on the relation dance and live-music. He worked with other dancers and musicians in the design and creation of different performances. Among his works we can mention “Danzas Invisibles” (Barcelona, 2008), “Bailaouca010” (Rotterdam, 2009), “Re-sons” (Barcelona, 2010), “End::Spiel4” (Zurich, 2010), “Imprevù2” (Strasbourg, 2010), “Fr/acciones” and “Codigo”(Barcelona, 2013).
From 2012 he’s part of the Allen’s Line Company of Julyen Hamilton, with who he’s sharing principles, practices and artistic vision. He danced in the last productions “Goat Ocean” (Berlin, Paris, 2013-2014), “i smooth crimson” (Berlin/Paris/ Brussels/Oslo, 2012-2013) e “Local Talk” (Brussels /Strasbourg, 2012-2013).
In the last years he also become interested in the video making and in the possibility to use the dance work into a different medium. “Mitreo” (2011) and “Landingsoul” (2012) represented the firsts two projects in this direction.
Currently he moved between Barcelona, Brussels and Ancona (Italy) where he works like freelance dancer, teacher of dance improvisation and Tai-Ji Qi Gong.
More info: www.paolocingolani.com, info (at) paolocingolani.com

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.
Julija is a student at Free University of Samadeva (France) and her studies include Family Constellations and Systemic Representations, Dervish Yoga (Samadeva Gestural Euphony), Hakim Massage and Training as an Euphonist Energetic Practitioner (Well-being coach).
More info: http://contactimprov.blogas.lt/, improv_lt (at) yahoo.com

Venue: In the city centre, will be announced later for the registered participants

Thursday, Friday 17:00-21:30
Saturday, Sunday 10:00-14:00; 15:30-18:30

Registration and Fees:
with early submission of registration form (see below) and a deposit of 20 EUR paid (if participation is canceled, we keep 10 EUR for administrative expenses)
by 31st of March – 55 EUR
by 14th of April – 65 EUR
later – 75 EUR
Single session (3-4h) – 15 EUR, one day (2 sessions) – 26 EUR
10% discount for students!

Traveling: Check super cheap flights by www.ryanair.com, http://wizzair.com/, to Kaunas, Vilnius or Riga. Also check www.airbaltic.com and other companies.
Cheap busses from Poland, Germany, Russia, Latvia, Estonia, Czech Republic – http://www.simpleexpress.eu/lang/

Accommodation: We can help to find some free/inexpensive place to stay if you need one.

CONTACT: Julija Melnik, +4915780269288, +370 613 57997, , http://www.blogas.lt/contactimprov
Permalink — Updated: Mar 29 2014
26 APR 2014
29 Apr 2014
Nippon Sport Science University(26th)/National Olympics Memorial Youth Center (27th to29th), Tokyo , Japan

C.I.N.N (Contact Improvisation Nihon Network) holds the annual CI festival in Tokyo from 26th April to 28th April+festival showing/performance on 29th April.
This year we invit Edy Alzam(Israel) and Sofía Barriga Monteverde(Ecuador) as our teachers. The festival includes 3 days CI workshop, jam, talk&video as well as Noguchi Taiso workshop, Aikido workshop, music workshop.
Participants are mixed group from beginners to expereinced people. Everyone is welcomed to join in!
Please check the website in details or contact directly to our contact email address.

all the three days workshop fees & 3 days accommodation/
34,500yen (Student)
30,000yen (International participant)

all the three days workshp fees/

3,500yen per class (Adult)
3,000yen per class (Students)
*jam, talk&video
1000yen per class
*beginnner’s morning class
1000yen per class

CONTACT: Hiroko Takahashi, +81(0)90-9208-6236, , http://contactimprov-nn.com/
Permalink — Updated: Mar 11 2014
1 MAY 2014
7 May 2014
Kiev, Ukraine , Ukraine

We are happy to announce that the registration for the 6th International Kiev Festival of Contact Improvisation is open! It will take place on 1-7 of May 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.

This year, as usually, we’ve changed the structure a bit. Our festival headliners this time will be Alicia Grayson, Ray Chung and Andrew Harwood. And the morning intensives will be lead by Arie Bursztyn and tandems of Monica Gallardo Rosell + Katja Mustonen and Ruslan Santah + Mirva Makinen.

Blooming Kiev, dance, hearty meetings, live music, wonderful teachers and our Ukrainian team of organizers are waiting for you!

Price for the festival
– 250 € deposit to be paid before March 1).
– 290 € (after March 1)

CONTACT: Svetlana Pashko, +38 067 7523071, , http://contactfest.in.ua/wp/registration/
Permalink — Updated: Feb 10 2014
2 MAY 2014
5 May 2014
Dance Centre, Jacob's Wells Rd, , Bristol , Bristol BS8 1DX, United Kingdom

Offering 3 days of Contact Improvisation jamming, embracing all levels and inviting inquiring body minds.

We are excited to welcome two guest teachers from Switzerland, Adrian Russi and Manuela Blanchard Russi who will be leading morning classes. There will also be various jam formats, facilitated and not, music scores form talented local musicians and open lab invitations from local teachers.

Manuela will also be offering an optional full day of Contact Improvisation in Water on Monday 5th May in a heated pool situated on the grounds of Bristol’s Leigh Woods.

£60 – £130

£120 early bird (before 31th March) – Including water day
£130 (after 31th March) – Including Water day
£60 early bird (before 31th March) – Jam only
£70 (before 31th March) – Jam only
£80 early bird (before 31th March) – Water day only
£90 (before 31th March) – Water day only
(Includes basic refreshments but not food and accommodation)

CONTACT: Alistair Edmunds, 004407805762998, , http://contactdance.co.uk/events/bristol-national-jam-2014/
Permalink — Updated: Mar 15 2014
5 MAY 2014
24 Jun 2014
Decidedly Jazz Danceworks, 1514 - 4th Street, S.W., Calgary, Alberta T2R 0Y4 , Canada

Weekly Contact Improvisation classes on Tuesdays
8-9:30pm, May 5 – June 24th, 2014 taught by Margarita Kozhevnikova

Some of the topic I am interested in exploring:
- Continuous rolling of point of contact, follow through
- Low/slow/flow dance
- Steve Paxton’s puzzles
- Upside down work
- “Falling” dance
- Your own solo in a duet
- Contact Improv and music: emotional connection
- Contact Improv and boundries
- Human trust
- Dancing bones, muscles and skin

$150 for 8 weeks (8 1.5hr classes)

CONTACT: Margarita Kozhevnikova, 1-403-245-3533 , , http://decidedlyjazz.com/adult-classes-spring/contact-improvisation
Permalink — Updated: Apr 25 2014
9 MAY 2014
11 May 2014
Málaga/Andalucía , Spain

This workshop presents practical tools for a way of dancing that is based in a research into how our body functions, how we interact physically with the environment, and how our perceptions and images act through our body to expresses our understandings and desires.

Preparing the body.

The movement of attention
Breathing: it’s location, coordination, and action.
Center and the flow of energy around the spine
Sensations of force and gravity: moving and being moved
Inside simple patterns: rolling, walking, crawling, running, and jumping
Body waves.
Extending the bodies architecture into space.

How do we prepare for dancing?
How does our attention and mind effect to our imagination in our dancing?
How do we see objects in space?
How do we read space?
What is an image? What is being an image?
What is ordinary movement and how do we relate to physical objects.
Seeing and being seen.
What is dance? What is culture?
The materials and techniques presented in this workshop are drawn from Anatomical Releasing Technique, Contact Improvisation, explorations in Contemporary Dance, as well as the personal movement research of dancers Daniel Lepkoff and Sakura Shimada. This work is the base for Daniel and Sakura’s creative work and performing practice.

135 € before the 1st of May

CONTACT: Virginia Maldonado, 0034 610 622 485, , http://contactimpromalaga.blogspot.com
Permalink — Updated: Apr 17 2014
9 MAY 2014
11 May 2014
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128 USA

4 events at Harkness Dance Center with Nancy Stark Smith and musician Mike Vargas and dancers*.

Glimpse 2 features 4 events
92nd St Y, Buttenwieser Hall

visit 92y.org/dance

Glimpse 2
a performance installation of the Underscore
Fridays at Noon, Friday, May 9 from 12-2 pm

Unpacking the Underscore
lecture, video, experience
Friday, May 9 at 8pm

Glimpse 2
a performance installation of the Underscore
Saturday, May 10 from 3-5 pm

Community Underscore
with Nancy Stark Smith and musician Mike Vargas
Sunday, May 11 from 1:30 to 5:30
Previous experience with CI required
Brandin Steffensen will give a talk thru for first time Underscore participants at 12 noon in room s252

*Glimpse 2 Dancers

Jun Akiyama
Jennifer Chien
Anne Cooper
Patrick M. Crowley
Chisa Hidaka
Nancy Hughes
Elise Knudson
Jen Polins
Nancy Stark Smith
Brandin Steffensen
Ronja Ver
Yong Wei Li
Sarah Young

$5-25 depending on the event

CONTACT: Brandin Steffensen, 8017928100, , http://92y.org/dance
Permalink — Updated: Apr 26 2014
11 MAY 2014
1395 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10128 USA

Come dance the Underscore with Nancy Stark Smith and musician Mike Vargas at the Harkness Dance Center at the 92nd Street Y.

Sunday, May 11
12:00 pm Talk Through* (free)

Previous experience with contact improvisation is required

*For first time Underscore participants, Brandin will give a talk through at 12 pm noon in room s252. Also for anyone who would like a brush up on the glyphs and concepts.

What is the Underscore?

The Underscore is a long-form dance improvisation structure developed by Nancy Stark Smith and practiced worldwide. The form includes Contact Improvisation and allows for a full spectrum of physical forms and changing states, often including periods of quiet internal activity and other times of higher energy and interactive dancing. The Underscore’s undirected practice affords simultaneously a framework for research, a forum for play, and an opportunity to experience collective improvised composition. Open to all, familiarity with CI and the Underscore suggested. To familiarize new participants, Underscore NYC offers “talk throughs” to introduce the language, glyphs and structures of the Underscore. Stay from start to finish.


CONTACT: Brandin Steffensen, 8017928100, , http://www.92y.org/Event/Community-Underscore.aspx
Permalink — Updated: Apr 26 2014
14 MAY 2014
18 May 2014
Eden's Expressway, 537 Broadway, New York, NY 10012 USA

Workshop A: BODY of SOUND

WED, THURS, FRI May 14-16 2:30-5:30pm

Where sound meets silence, movement meets stillness guided by Ziji Beth Goren. Join a lively and nurturing time focused on voice-movement principles and practices: How do breath, vibration, toning, rhythms, melody, sound/word/story-play, and touch stir us to our deepened cellular resonance? Choice structures and intriguing prompts inspire new life in voice-movement improvisation. From inner explorations to partnering, sound circles and small composing groups, we find a true way to reveal our unique stories of all dimensions. What unfolds? Voice-movement vignettes, gateways to personal balance, and the ground below horizon and performance reach.


SAT, SUN May 17-18, 4:30-8:30pm

Voice-Movement applications with Ziji Beth Goren The Immune System is a nomadic system which includes parts of many systems. How do we reach the core of our immune system through our own voicing and mobilizing? FIND NAME TOUCH EMBRACE SOUND/MOVE How does our fluid-membrane interaction enliven and inform our immune rhythms? What mythic archetypes influence both structural dynamics and emotional immunity? We explore the relationship of optimal health, sustainability, and creative flair within the layers of immune function. Come ready to explore, learn, recognize, and embody this powerful system!

$100 per workshop

CONTACT: Catherine Galasso, (212)598-0551, , http://www.movementresearch.org/classesworkshops/classdescriptions/?class=workshops#cw1003
Permalink — Updated: May 05 2014
23 MAY 2014
25 May 2014
Nîmes, Languedoc-Roussillon , France

Small Dances in May

The “Small Dances in May” Contact Improvisation festival will be made of lots of jams, enriched by surprises, during a gorgeous weekend organised by Contact Improvisation dancers from several towns of the South of France.

It will take place near Nîmes, in the South of France, from Friday 23rd May to Sunday 25th May

In a beautiful space, Le Jardin Intérieur (The Inner Garden)

It will be 2 days of jams around various propositions: a blind jam, an underscore, a trad contact warm-up…
This mini-festival will gather around 80 dancers.
There will be no official English Translator, but surely enough English-and-French-speaking people to translate what’s needed.

Cost for the weekend : 55 euros (includes rental of the space and all meals from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon)

More details and registrations on our website (in French) : http://lespetitesdanses.org/

37 registrations in 3 weeks, don’t delay if you’re interested!
End date for registrations : 9th May

More info also available through:
Email : petitesdanses@gmail.com (in English and French)
Tel: 00 33 6 85 38 80 73 (in French, maybe in English if you speak slowly!)

Looking forward to dancing with you!

The Team
Raphaël, Sonia, Annaël, Chrystophe, Emmanuelle

55 euros

CONTACT: Annaël Messiez, 00 33 6 85 38 80 73, , http://www.lespetitesdanses.org
Permalink — Updated: Apr 04 2014
30 MAY 2014
3 Jun 2014
NOWHERE BOUND 5-day workshop with MARTIN KEOGH
The Centre for Movement Arts, Bay #9 4005 9th Street SE, Calgary, Alberta T3G3X7, Canada

Contact improvisation requires a courageous willingness – but never so much as when we dance in the absence of will – those moments when we drop the reigns and, nowhere bound, allow our animal to carry us.

Join good company in Calgary for dancing and discovery. With games, some sweat, and the unique physicality of the contact body we will savor and rock the boundaries between states of allowing and mindful intention.

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

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

Dates and times:
Friday, May 30 (6:30pm-9:30pm)
Saturday, May 31 (10:30am-5:30pm)
Sunday, June 1 (10:30am-5:30pm)
Monday, June 2 (6:30pm-9:30pm)
Tuesday, June 3 (6:30pm-9:30pm)

Cost for 5 days:
$185 – Economically deprived students and the unemployed
$245 – Employed but economically challenged
$315 – Economically comfortable: you feel
you can afford it (support the arts!)

Cost for 3 days:
$145 – Economically deprived students and the unemployed
$195 – Employed but economically challenged
$245 – Economically comfortable: you feel
you can afford it (support the arts!)

Plus $10 Calgary Contemporary Dance Collective annual membership fee if you are not already a member.

CONTACT: Margarita Kozhevnikova,
Permalink — Updated: Mar 01 2014
30 MAY 2014
3 Jun 2014
NOWHERE BOUND 5-day workshop with MARTIN KEOGH
The Centre for Movement Arts, Bay #9 4005 9th Street SE, Calgary, Alberta T3G3X7, Canada

Contact improvisation requires a courageous willingness – but never so much as when we dance in the absence of will – those moments when we drop the reigns and, nowhere bound, allow our animal to carry us.

Join good company in Calgary for dancing and discovery. With games, some sweat, and the unique physicality of the contact body we will savor and rock the boundaries between states of allowing and mindful intention.

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

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

Cost for 5 days:
$185 – Economically deprived students and the unemployed
$245 – Employed but economically challenged
$315 – Economically comfortable: you feel
you can afford it (support the arts!)

Cost for 3 days:
$145 – Economically deprived students and the unemployed
$195 – Employed but economically challenged
$245 – Economically comfortable: you feel
you can afford it (support the arts!)

Plus $10 CCDC annual membership fee if you are not already a member.

CONTACT: Margarita Kozhevnikova,
Permalink — Updated: Mar 01 2014
31 MAY 2014
Plaza Studio, 524 W Broadway Rd, Tempe, AZ 85282 USA

This workshop is open to beginning and experienced dancers, with exercises based on weight-sharing, touch, attention, flow, falling, flying, and momentum.

We will explore naval radiation, perching, table-top movement, sloughing, lifting, surfing, and a number of interactive games to stimulate creative development.

Instructor Adam Dipert, formerly of Mesa’s Circus Farm, studied modern dance and Alexander Technique at Ohio State University. Currently he is co-teaching six-week classes in Raleigh and Carrboro,NC, at Cirque de Vol Studios and the Flowjo, with his partner Toni. Adam is a professional circus artist and has been studying movement extensively since 2002. He is currently a graduate student at Arizona State and working at Duke University toward his PhD in Particle Physics.

Full Day: $60 / One Session Only: $35
Register before May 11 for $5 off. Purchase tickets at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spirals-and-earth-movement-and-grounding-tickets-11379048039

CONTACT: Adam Dipert or Sandra Yee, 602.309.1559, http://contactphoenix.wordpress.com/
Permalink — Updated: Apr 30 2014
6 JUN 2014
9 Jun 2014
PROGR, Bern , Switzerland

Dancing, meeting, sharing – and dancing again.
We are happy to welcome you to the 21. etition of our wonderful jam in the heart of the old city of Berne. We put the emphasy on focused jamming, relaxed pauses and good food!

Euro 140.-

CONTACT: Adrian Russi, +41796008780, http://www.contactimprovisation.ch
Permalink — Updated: Feb 11 2014
11 JUN 2014
15 Jun 2014
The rammed Earth Dojo, British Columbia v8k1c8, Canada

facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/255972287897724/?fref=ts

JUNE 11th to JUNE 15th 2014 on beautiful Salt Spring Island near Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
The studio we will be dancing into has a prime floating hardwood floor, tall ceiling and a very inspiring decor.

Immerse yourself in a focused group of dancers to deepen your connections with yourself and others while expanding your physical, mental and emotional vocabulary in relation to the form of Contact Improvisation Dance.

Registration and Info: Matsyamm@gmail.com


  • Nowhere Bound *
    Intensive Workshop in
    Contact Improvisation
    with Martin Keogh

Contact improvisation requires a courageous willingness — but never so much as when we dance in the absence of will – those moments when we drop the reigns and, nowhere bound, allow our animal to carry us.

Join good company for dancing and discovery. With games, some sweat, and the unique physicality of the contact body we will savour and rock the boundaries between states of allowing and mindful intention.

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

~~~~~~~~MARTIN’S BIOGRAPHY~~~~~~~~~~

Martin Keogh has taught and performed contact improvisation for over thirty-three 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. After attending the Interlochen Arts Academy and Stanford University, 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 is one of the original members of the Motivity Dance Company, which specializes in aerial dancing on low level trapezes. Martin is co-founder of Spring/Fall Dance Studio and The Dancing Ground, an organization that produces conferences on gender and mythology in Northern California. He’s worked with Touchdown Dance USA, an organization that teaches C.I. to the blind. Keogh is the author of The Art of Waiting, As Much Time as it Takes, and the currently released: Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World. More info at: http://www.martinkeogh.com/httpmartinkeogh.comindex.html


Registration and Info at :

Morning Birds – $210 paid before march 1st
Afternoon Birds – $240 paid before May 11th
Evening Birds- $260 after May 11th
$100 deposit(non refundable) is required to reserve your spot on the dance floor. This will likely be a full workshop so don’t wait to register.
By signing up to this workshop you are eligible to a 125$ discount to a summer intensive at Leviathan Studio on Lasqueti Island. Inquire for more Info.

Wed 11th: 6-9pm Registrations, Opening Circle,
Thursday 12th: 10-5pm
Friday 13th: 10-5pm 7-9 jam
Saturday 14th: 12-7pm – later time to allow going to the Market
Sunday: 10-5pm

  • Please note that you need to have attended at least 1 beginners workshop prior to attending this workshop.

Morning Birds – $210 paid before march 1st
Afternoon Birds – $240 paid before May 11th
Evening Birds- $260 after May 11th

CONTACT: Manuel Rochette, 250-537-8585, , facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/255972287897724/?fref=ts
Permalink — Updated: Feb 18 2014
17 JUN 2014
24 Jun 2014
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The friendly small-scale international festival is once again host to contact improvisers from around the region and beyond*. From June 17-24, 2014, participants will get a chance to study intensively daily with experienced teachers from various countries. There will also be jams and the Global Underscore, and participants get to live on-site at the venue, which is the beautiful Rimbun Dahan, a residential arts complex situated not far from the city.

Yasukichi (Japan)
Hiroshi Katayose (Japan)
Kees Lemmens (Netherlands)
Defne Erdur (Turkey)
Yeong Wen Lee (Singapore)

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

International participants:
Full fee: USD350

Malaysian participants:
Full fee: RM750

CONTACT: http://festival.contactimprovkl.com
Permalink — Updated: Jan 24 2017
20 JUN 2014
22 Jun 2014
Málaga/Andalucía , Spain

Bringing into consciousness the choices we make and possibilities they determine. Provoking a deep state of listening questioning the communication in the dance and focusing the attentional mode on the multiplicity we are in action.

135 € before the 1st of June

CONTACT: Virginia Maldonado, 0034 610 622 485, , http://contactimpromalaga.blogspot.com
Permalink — Updated: Apr 17 2014
21 JUN 2014
27 Jun 2014
Dos Rios, CA USA

Dos Rios Retreat June 21- 27, 2014
With Sara Shelton Mann and Abby Crain

One week retreat at the amazing Dos Rios* on the Eel River!
Cultivate a rigorous artistic practice on the banks of the incomparable Eel River in Dos Rios, California.

Join long time practitioners Sara Shelton Mann and Abby Crain in this inaugural workshop retreat in the nature of Northern California. Strengthen your physical practice, build energy and release patterns, dialogue with your personal archetypes, and be guided into techniques of improvisation and composition with your inner muse. Time will be available to also participate in peer-led activities, use individual studio time and swim in the river. Come dance in the barn and discover something unexpected.

$700 before June 1st

After June 1st, $800

CONTACT: Kristen Greco, 510-206-5198, , http://www.sarasheltonmann.org
Permalink — Updated: May 17 2014
22 JUN 2014
28 Jun 2014
Lasqueti Island, British Columbia V0R 2J0, Canada

5 day intensive with two classes per day and evening jams with John Faichney.

Contact Improvisation makes a place for many different kinds of conversation, and in John’s class we will try-out a number of different modes of CI ‘speech’. Some of these will exploit game-like and/or martial-arts-like structures, while others will work both with and against sound. However, we will be particularly interested in duets organized around (1) rolling, contiguous, single-point touch (a.k.a., ‘RCSPT’); (2) the ambiguity (agreement,dispute,open-endedness) of who has the initiative for ‘what happens next’; and (3) particular configurations or qualities of movement which emerge, if only for a moment, as a shared topic for duet partners’ curiosity.

We will be particularly concerned to become comfortable and resourceful with RCSPT. Thinking about CI this way, it is as though duet partners were oriented to ‘writing on’ and being ‘written on by’ each other’s body-surfaces. In fact, it is because of RCSPT that dancers are able to ‘keep up with each other’ – that is, sustain high-quality communication regardless of what the other dancer is doing. From this base, we will seek out the invitation-and-reply that happens when we resist, exceed, and pivot against our partner’s touch trajectories.

In general, we will explore the space between, on the one hand, how CI grounds itself in a process of awakening the body to its own intuitive grasp of movement/touch – its poise, balance, extension, tactility, weight, inertia, and so on – and on the other hand, how skillful CI seems to consolidate itself around particular habits of movement/touch. (Sometimes CI is much like other forms of dance training: some habits we awaken and refine; others we learn through focus and practice.) Our aim, throughout, will be to develop each dancer’s unique ‘voice’: those individualised qualities of CI ‘speech’ which emerge in touch/movement dialogue.


CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
Permalink — Updated: Nov 22 2013
22 JUN 2014
Boulder, CO USA

Global Underscore
June 22, 2014, 8am-12pm

Details to be announced soon!

CONTACT: Jun A., http://www.SharingWeight.com
Permalink — Updated: Mar 06 2014
25 JUN 2014
3 Jul 2014
Burdąg, warmińsko-mazurskie , Poland

CI, Contemplation, and Composition with Nancy Stark Smith and Mike Vargas (music)

An introduction to the full spectrum of dance improvisation work that Nancy and Mike are 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, listening, and watching, we will study physical and energetic changes of state, natural composition, presence, and relationship—in groups, solo, in and out of contact, in silence and with live music. Please come prepared for intensive practice (6 hours daily) and a little bit of fun! Nancy’s longtime collaborator musician/composer/improviser Mike Vargas will contribute his music and his point of view.

NANCY STARK SMITH first trained as an athlete and gymnast, leading her to modern and postmodern dance. She danced in the first performances of contact improvisation in 1972 and has since been central to its development, as dancer, teacher, performer, writer/publisher, and organizer. She cofounded Contact Quarterly dance journal in 1975 which she continues to edit and produce. Her first book, Caught Falling: The Confluence of Contact Improvisation, Nancy Stark Smith, and Other Moving Ideas, was released in 2008. www.nancystarksmith.com

MIKE VARGAS began playing music in 1959. His curiosity and love of collaboration have led him through many contexts and cultures, from cocktail lounges in Indonesia to New York’s Lower East Side, from cancer wards to the Kennedy Center. He started specializing in music for dance in 1978. He works as a freelance composer across the USA and internationally performing, teaching, recording, and improvising. For the past 14 years, he has been working around the world with Nancy Stark Smith. He has released 9 CDs of his music and is currently on the faculty in the dance department at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. www.mikevargas.net

25.06 – 03.07.2014

25.06 – arrival, registration, short arrival session in the evening
26.06 – 02.07 – classes from 10 a.m. till 6 p.m., with 1.5 hour lunch break
There will be a half day off in the middle of workshop (around 29.06)
03.07 – departure

The workshop will take place in a bautifully located among meadows, forests and lakes – Performing Arts Residency in Burdąg http://www.burdagstudio.com/

Price for the workshop including accommodation and meals*: 450 EUR
// 410 EUR for Eastern Europe residents

*you’ll be offered a vegetarian lunch and probably also a breakfast but this we still need to figure out. Will be confirmed asap

The workshop is dedicated to dancers actively involved in CI with a few years of experience.
Those interested in participation will be asked to fill in an application form sent to them. Deadline for sending the applications is the 15 of April.

info and registration: states.of.grace.poland@gmail.com

Price for the workshop including accommodation and meals*: 450 EUR
// 410 EUR for Eastern Europe residents

CONTACT: Monika Trąbińska, , https://www.facebook.com/events/1453111651567914/
Permalink — Updated: Mar 31 2014
28 JUN 2014
3 Jul 2014
Sawtooth Building, 2525 8th Street, Berkeley, CA 94710 USA

The wcciJAM is a Contact Improvisation dance festival created by dancers, for dancers. The teachers and organizers work together to create a unique program of practice, research, play and peer exchange that caters to professionals and newcomers alike.

This year’s wcciJAM offers five day intensives by Sara Shelton Mann and Keith Hennessy: two San Francisco artists who have greatly influenced the performance and practice of Contact Improvisation in the Bay Area and worldwide. In addition, there is an exciting line-up of teachers both local and national, experienced and fresh, teaching single classes all throughout the event. Each evening begins with a fundamentals class, providing those new to the form an easy access into dancing and jamming.

A new endeavor since 2013, wcciJAM’s family JAM and workshop every morning offer a possibility for dancing parents to share the joy of movement with their children. Laboratories are a peer led research forum where dancers come together to work on a shared question or aspect of the form they want to study. The festival also makes space for valuable one-on-one study time with teachers.

Sliding Scale Pricing
Full festival, includes lunch and dinner: $290-$400

For a full list of teachers and this year’s schedule, see wcciJAM.org


CONTACT: Vitali Kononov, , http://wccijam.org
Permalink — Updated: Jun 01 2014
1 JUL 2014
14 Jul 2014
Ob žici 13, Apihova 28, Ljubljana, Ljubljana 1000, Slovenia

FIČO DANCE JOURNEY – workshop festival on the road
1. – 14. julij 2014

Ljubljana / Smolnik_Pohorje / KSEVT / Hum_Posočje / Križna jama / Zaplana / Otok Krk

Hugo Leonardo Silva (Brazil) / Presence as the fuel of dancing
Irene Sposetti (Italy) & Johan Nilsson (Sweden) / Poetic Bodies
Bruno Caverna (Brazil) / Becoming animal & liquid body
Vangelis Legakis (Greece/UK) / Chi Gong & Flying Low
Goran Bogdanovski (Slovenia) / Fičo training & tools for improvisation
Dejan Srhoj (Slovenia) / Improvisation as art of co-living
Sandra Đorem (Slovenia) / Morning yogalates & somatic practice
Bodin – Bindu (Slovenia) / Dancing on fire
Phillip Nangle (South Africa) / The Reed-Pipe Dance

Sandra Đorem / Kontakt Kids; Petra Prosen & Eva Gorišek / visual art & hand craft; Katja Kordiš & Tina Koščak / games & dance & sport

Phillip Nangle (South Africa); Irene Sposetti (Italy) & Johan Nilsson (Sweden) …

Klemen Košir (Slovenia) & Federica Chimenti (Italy)

Sandra Đorem & Goran Bogdanovski



  • for second kid 20% discount
  • for kids under 3 years is free, but parents should take care of them all the time
  • Early Birds / 180 EUR pre-payment until 10. April 2014
  • First 7 applicants who will instal pre-payment will get 10% discount on total price of the journey.
  • for second kid is 20% discount on total price of the journey.
  • for kids under 3 years is free, but parents should take care of them all the time.


CONTACT: Sandra Đorem, 0038641739219, , http://www.ficobalet.org/Fico_Dance_Journey.htm
Permalink — Updated: Mar 25 2014
1 JUL 2014
5 Jul 2014
Re.sources, La Moronie, Valcivières, Auvergne 63600, France

Dialects of Momentum:  Improvising Contact

With Contact Improvisation (CI) as a foundation, we will create ways to improvise dancing in duo, trio, and ensemble. A detailed survey of CI essentials, with a focus on efficient, effortless use of technical skills, will develop a facility for, and availability to, changing physical states and levels of touch and weight. Referencing our moving bodies as a tensegrity* system we’ll explore the transition from imagination to intention to actualization of the practice of Contact Improvisation and movement improvisation.  We will also work with strategies for improvising, or how we improvise the way we improvise. Come prepared for focused play within committed practice.
tensional integrity—a term describing a tension support system organized of continuous tension and discontinuous compression elements, which functions independent of gravity, is omni-directionally responsive, and synergistic.

Ray Chung is a performer, teacher, engineer, and artist who has a passion for dancing which he likes to share with other people. His main focus is improvisation and he has worked with Contact Improvisation since 1979 as part of improvisational performance practice and integrates other movement forms into his work, including martial arts, bodywork and Authentic Movement. Ray has worked with the leading proponents of Contact Improvisation including Nancy Stark Smith, Steve Paxton, Nita Little, Lisa Nelson, Peter Bingham, Chris Aiken, Andrew Harwood, and regularly collaborates with dancers, musicians, and other artists. His work has been featured at numerous national and international festivals and venues.  Currently based in San Francisco & Sweden, Ray regularly teaches abroad.

Workshop and accodomation: 300€

CONTACT: Patricia Kuypers, 0033473821738, , http://users.skynet.be/transition/
Permalink — Updated: May 05 2014
5 JUL 2014
12 Jul 2014
Moscow , Russian Federation

We invited the teachers who have demonstrated their passion for the practice during the last decade and have given their support to all festivals in Europe, Asia, North and South America. They are undoubtedly high-class professionals.

A question occurred to these teachers: what happens after the festival? How does the experience of the festival grow into life? How do we want to grow with our students? How can we develop our joint experience and where?

So we start a School as a place and opportunity to plunge into the CI practice safely and tastefully. For participants of all levels. The way it happens in life and in a jam.

Where Your questions have time and space for clarification. Where You have an opportunity to communicate and dance with teachers from dawn till dawn.

We want the school to be an opportunity for transformation of Your dance and for the integration of living thoughts and new ways of movement.

We are interested in CI technique, CI philosophy, the basis and the depth of thoughts, from which it has grown, and all the fresh, that keeps making it so modern.

How can the Art of Performance be useful for the process of learning in CI? We see that the practice of CI itself doesn´t need an audience, but CI dancers can practice consciousness and develop inner witnessing, when the dance is perceived by an observer.

We want to challenge CI dancers by the fact that they are seen. We are interested in the art of improvisation as broadening of the attention in dance from sensations to interactions and composition.

400 euro for early registered

CONTACT: Alexey Karyagin, , http://www.ci-school.org/eng/
Permalink — Updated: Apr 28 2014
11 JUL 2014
13 Jul 2014
Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe 76133, Germany

with Antje Schur

(A workshop for experienced dancers. Language is German)

Instant Composition bezeichnet eine Performanceform bei der ich – allein oder mit anderen – ohne vorher festgelegtes Bewegungs-, Sound- oder Textmaterial mit dem komponiere, was mich im Hier und Jetzt umgibt. In der Kontaktimprovisation kommuniziere ich über Berührung mit einem oder mehreren Partnern und die Qualität des Tanzes entwickelt sich meist aus dem Zusammentreffen der jeweiligen Stimmungen. Raum und eventuelle Zuschauer spielen oft keine oder nur eine zweitrangige Rolle.

In diesem Workshop möchte ich mit euch erkunden, wie die Qualitäten dieser zwei Improvisationsformen sich wechselseitig inspirieren und bereichern können. Dabei interessieren mich folgende Fragen:

Was bewegt mich beim Improvisieren? Folge ich dem ersten Impuls? Was passiert, wenn ich dem zweiten oder dritten folge? Wie lange bleibe ich bei einer Sache? Wie treffe ich meine Entscheidungen?

Wann und wie berühre ich? Kann ich mich mit meinem Partner spüren und gleichzeitig den Raum erfassen? Kann ich Muster erkennen, wiederkehrende Themen?

Nehme ich mich und die Zuschauer als einen Teil davon wahr? Und auf der anderen Seite, was bewegt mich als Zuschauerin? Wie schaue ich zu? Was berührt mich?

Ausgehend von diesen Fragen arbeiten wir mit spielerischen Experimenten, die uns nicht nur körperlich in Bewegung bringen, sondern auch Stoff zum Reflektieren und Gedankenaustausch geben. Wir experimentieren mit Aufmerksamkeit für den Moment, für Raum und Zeit, Ruhe und Bewegung, Nähe und Distanz.

Antje Schur unterrichtet regelmäßig Kontaktimprovisation und Instant Composition. Sie absolvierte eine Shiatsu Ausbildung und bringt diese Erfahrung in ihre Praxis und Lehrtätigkeit ein. Sie lebt und arbeitet in Straßburg und leitet dort seit 2002 gemeinsam mit Régine Westenhoeffer die Compagnie Dégadézo. Ihre künstlerische Arbeit situiert sich an der Schnittstelle von bildender Kunst und Tanz und integriert gern und oft Live-Musik.

110 €

CONTACT: Tanz weiter! (Sarah Herr and Andreas Traupe), http://tanzweiter.blogsport.de
Permalink — Updated: Apr 24 2014
12 JUL 2014
20 Jul 2014
Klášterní 39, , 39165 , Bechyne, Bechyne , Czech Republic

Drawing from Contact Impro, Tango, Martial Arts, Voice and Movement & Physical Theatre, we will research fantasy, allegory and childhood, to reinvent the future, our pasts and to open possibilities of perception. This week is about creating a supportive group of individuals to make connections between body work, environment, performance and lifestyle. We will take our inspiration from nature and the magical franciscan monastery, and finally share our discoveries with the village in an open performance. Complete info here


Early bird price: 290 / 270 Euros
for former participants, students & Czechs
Normal price: 325 / 305 Euros
for former participants, students & Czechs
Deadline for early birds: June 1st

Cost includes accomodation of 2-5 people/room in the attic of an elementary school, a 5 min walk from the monastery. It does not include food.
In the monastery there is communal kitchen
& there are shops and cheap restaurants nearby.

CONTACT: Krystyna Mogilnicka, +420 776384344, , http://javiercura.com/residencies/bechyne-summer-residency-2012/
Permalink — Updated: May 20 2014
13 JUL 2014
19 Jul 2014
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

5 day intensive with Yves Candau and Alicia Grayson, arriving on Sunday, July13. Class commences on Monday morning, continues through Friday afternoon. Last evening jam is Friday night with departure after breakfast on Saturday, July19. $425 includes tuition, all meals, camping or dormitory, sauna and pickup from the dock. Please go to the website for details.


CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
Permalink — Updated: Nov 22 2013
14 JUL 2014
20 Jul 2014
Vilnius, Lithuania

7 days of intensive and profound exploration of CI

This week will remind a festival, but we will investigate CI practice more deeply from different sides. From body and mind preparation techniques to diffrent Jam structures, labs and performances. Not only we will enjoy the joy and movement, but also exercise and cultivate the mind, train the attention, reflect, observe, learn and explore together!

Can we really ask all the questions and REALLY look for the answers?
What? How? Why? are we doing that what we are doing?
& How do we know that? :)
What is it that we practice?

DAY 1 | JULY 14, Monday
17:30-18:30 – Arrival & registration
19:00-20:00 – Opening circle: wishes, interests
20:00-23:00 – Jam

DAY 2 | JULY 15, Tuesday
14:00-15:30 – Class (meditation & technique)
16:00-18:00 – Dance the Question sessions
18:00-19:30 – Dinner & cleaning
19:30-21:00 – Round Robin Jam
21:00-23:00 – Videos & discussions

DAY 3 | JULY 16, Wednesday
14:00-15:30 – Class (meditation & technique)
16:00-18:00 – Tried & True or 1 on 1 sessions
18:00-19:30 – Dinner & cleaning
19:30-21:00 – Read, write, draw, talk…
21:00-23:00 – Focused Silent Jam
DAY 4 | JULY 17, Thursday
14:00-15:30 – Class (meditation & technique)
16:00-18:00 – Study Labs
18:00-19:30 – Dinner & cleaning
19:30-21:00 – Pause, Free Time, Your Time… :)

DAY 5 | JULY 18, Friday
10:00-12:30 – Performance tools
12:30-14:00 – Lunch & cleaning
14:00-15:30 – Class (meditation & technique)
16:00-18:00 – Study Labs
18:00-19:30 – Dinner & cleaning
19:30-23:00 – Re-opening circle & Jam
DAY 6 | JULY 19, Saturday
10:00-12:30 – Performance tools
12:30-14:00 – Lunch & cleaning
14:00-16:00 – mini-Underscore
16:00-18:00 – Study Labs
18:00-19:30 – Dinner & cleaning
19:30-23:00 – Open night: Performances & Jam

DAY 7 | JULY 20, Sunday
10:00-12:30 – Underscore with live music
12:30-14:00 – Lunch & cleaning
14:00-16:00 – Evaluation, presentations & cleaning party
16:00-… Picnic in the park or by the lake :)

+ DAY 8 | JULY 21, Monday
“Afterparty” in Trakai! Lakes, boat, castle, kibinai… :)

Participation fee:
Applying and paying the registration fee*:
till 30th of June – 80 eur
till 7th of July – 90 eur
later – 100 eur
10% discount for students!

*20 eur, non-refundable if you reject participation

Place: Vilnius city center, will be specified later.

Food: Last year we have cooked together, each day another team. We will be happy to continue this way! Unless we find an experienced dancing cook – volunteer! There are simple cooking facillities at the venue place.

Lodging: We will try to organize sleeping in the studio or in our homes!

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.

Skills & work exchange: Yes! Let us know about your skill and we’ll find a deal!

Register here!

CONTACT: Julija Melnik, +4915780269288, +370 613 57997, , http://contactimprov.blogas.lt
Permalink — Updated: Jun 23 2014
20 JUL 2014
26 Jul 2014
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

5 day Contact Improv intensive with Daelik, July20-26, 2014. Arrive on Sunday July20. Class begins Monday morning, continues through Friday afternoon. The final evening jam is Friday night with departure after breakfast on Saturday, July26. Cost includes tuition, all meals, camping or dormitory, sauna, ride from and to the dock.

In this workshop we will explore the rigor and ease of Contact Improvisation through skill building, play and discourse. Each day will begin with a directed warmup intended to prepare the participant for the rest of the day. The focus of the dancing will be on how we make cognitive choices based on sensation and perception of information received while dancing with another body or bodies. This is an open-level class that will challenge each participant to explore shared intimacy and risk.

Go to the website for more details including how to get here, what you need to bring and what to expect.


CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
Permalink — Updated: Oct 01 2013
20 JUL 2014
26 Jul 2014
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, BC, Canada, Lasqueti Island, British Colombia , Canada

Hacking Contact Improv:
Breaking Movement Codes with Spontaneous Curiosity & Presence
5 Day Retreat with Moti Zemelman

A hacker is someone who loves to innovate and who enjoys solving problems in playful, clever, or non-obvious ways. In CI we are programmers of our bodies, full of this spirit of playfulness and exploration. Movement codes or habits can be patterns that make us forget to be present. Let’s get out of the way of our own habits. Embracing Nancy Stark Smith’s precept “Replace ambition with curiosity”, we’ll play with modifying ingredients in our dances such as timing, space, shape and disorientation. Discover new pathways to lift and be lifted, new timing that make our dances both spacious and unconstrained, and new ways to be spontaneous in the now.

With the hacker’s attitude of delight in overcoming limits we will incorporate various communication tools to enhance our dances such as Non-violent communication (NVC), tantra inspired exercises, Byron Katie’s “The Work” and what I call the eight gazes (including eye-contact, blindfolded, and witness). With these tools and more we’ll explore being more deeply present with our partners. Our vulnerability and limitations are sources of energy and keys to unlocking power, stability, and new pathways towards deeper connection.

Evening Jams will include live music

TO REGISTER SEND AN EMAIL TO: markyoung@lasqueti.ca

FOR MORE INFO: http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca/p1095/hacking-contact-improv-with-moti-july20-26

Moti Zemelman, MFA, began practicing Contact Improv 26 years ago. Over the past 20 years he has taught and performed across USA, Canada, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mexico, Europe and Israel. In 2008-09 he taught as Dance Professor at the Instituto Naciónal de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Over the last 8 years in his desire to integrate communication and intimacy skills in his life and teaching he has studied Non-violent communication, tantra, Butoh, and Byron Katie’s “The Work”. 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). 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.

Evening Jams will include live music – “As a musician Moti plays vocal-electronic music for Contact Jams and in 2007 released his debut CD, Doorwaves… Using his voice, electronic loopers, drum machines and effects to create ambient layers and textures Moti is a one-man bazaar… If Bobby McFerrin and Moby had a baby…

TUITION: $425 (includes tuition, all meals, camping or dormitory, sauna and and rides to and from the Lasqueti ferry.)

CONTACT: Mark Young, 413-475-2651, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca/p1095/hacking-contact-improv-with-moti-july20-26
Permalink — Updated: May 16 2014
20 JUL 2014
24 Jul 2014
Mole Vanvitelliana, banchina Giovanni da Chio, Ancona, Marche 60121, Italy

Contemporary dance and partnering workshop for dancers, actors and people interested in movement that want to take the opportunity to work with Sharon Fridman, at an international level one of the most active figure in the field of contemporary dance.

160 € + ARCI Card
140 € + ARCI Card for registration by June 30
120 € + ARCI Card for groups of at least 5 people

information and registration: info@hexperimenta.org www.hexperimenta.org Mob. 388.8937830
CONTACT: viviana falcioni, 388.8937830 , , http://hexperimenta.org/sharon%20fridman.htm
Permalink — Updated: Jun 17 2014
30 JUL 2014
9 Aug 2014
Zielstattstraße 10a, Munich 81379, Germany

This year again, excellent and renowned choreographers, dancers and teachers will hold workshops and laboratories in contemporary dance and performance, as well as in body work for professionals and amateurs during the summer in Munich. TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA will become again a meeting place for the international dance scene and a studio for new ideas!

Choreographic Labs:
Jérôme Bel (FR) ^ Performance Hell (All levels)
Matteo Fargion (IT/UK) ^ ‘Crossing the Stage’ and Other Scores (Professionals)
Stefan Kaegi (DE) ^ The Performing Audience (Professionals)
Constanza Macras (AR/DE) ^ Irritations (Professionals)
Rasmus Ölme (SE) ^ MODUL 6 (Professionals)

Contemporary Dance & Repertoire:
Bertha Bermúdez (ES/NL) ^ Double Skin/ Double Mind (Advanced)
Bertha Bermúdez (ES/NL) + Maite Bermúdez (ES/NL) ^ Writing the Dance/ Dancing the Script (Professionals)
Luc Dunberry (CA) ^ Dancing on Earth (Advanced + Professionals)
Ori Flomin (IL/US) ^ Contemporary Class (Advanced) + Dance and Memory (Professionals)
Pichet Klunchun (TH) ^ KRAW NAI (Advanced)
Bosmat Nossan (IL) ^ Gaga/ Dancers (Advanced + Professionals)
Katja Wachter (DE) ^ Contemporary Dance (Beginners + Advanced)

Body Work:
Stefan Dreher (DE) ^ Yoga for Dancers (All levels)
Veronica Fischer (DE) ^ Feldenkrais for Dancers (Pedagogues + Dancers)

For more information about the courses, teachers, prices or registration, please visit our website: contact:http://www.jointadventures.net/en/tanzwerkstatt-europa/workshops.html

There is a professional discount and an early bird discount, so register soon!

Permalink — Updated: May 16 2014
4 AUG 2014
10 Aug 2014
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

5 days of study, performance and jams with Katarina Eriksson, Stu Phillips and Bronwyn Preece. All meals, dormitory, camping, sauna included.


CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
Permalink — Updated: Oct 24 2013
10 AUG 2014
16 Aug 2014
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

5 day intensive with Allen and Karen Kaeja. 2 classes per day and evening jams. All meals, dormitory, camping and sauna included.


CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
Permalink — Updated: Oct 24 2013
12 AUG 2014
16 Aug 2014
Amsterdam, North Holland , Netherlands

Fly like a bird, dance like a cat/
Attention, Intention, Tension, Extension

One of the best compliments a contact dancer can receive is – “you are 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 intensive workshop we will practice and investigate in the first two days how to be 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 pathways 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.

In the second part we will refine our point of focus to our intention and attention in the dance, enabling us to lose our unnecessary tension and to make extension into space and partner much easier.

And in the last day we will integrate all of the material to one body of knowledge.

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

Places are limited and registration is required -

To register send a mail to sadhana.improdance@gmail.com


Schedule Tuesday 12.8 till Friday 15.8 – (10:30 till 17:00 with a break of 1.5 hours).
Saturday 16.8 (11:00-15:00 ending workshop into an open jam)

Tension – How does our body move? what mechanism and physical forces drive our muscles? and how can we play with the tonus of our body? what intention do we give to our muscles and movement and how does it change it.

Intention – Our will to move, direction chosen, speed decided. Our intention is the driving force for movement manifestation in the body, yet how much of it are we aware of at any specific time and how much is “just” a reflex, or a pattern that the body has acquired over the years without giving it the proper attention.

Attention – Finding the gap between Intention to Tension, the moment where our will become physical body movement. By adding awareness to our will we can create attentive movement that is not merely a reflex to an outside signal. Our attention can go inside the body, to our partner and even far into the extended surroundings.

Extension – Spreading the limbs to the far ends of the Kinesphere, and our movement to the far end of space. Extension is one of the most used qualities in Contact Improvisation, we use it when we reach high over our partner, or when we reach down towards the ground. Despite the strong physical movement to the far edges of our body’s kinesphere, when a “full and true” extension is being made we try to stay with the minimum amount of tension in our body as possible.
Learning how to do that requires all of our attention and intention.

Payment – 125 Euro – full waged.

100 Euro – Students, low waged, people who arrive from abroad.
The price includes – workshops, jam, tea and refreshments. (it does not include meals and lodging)

CONTACT: Tom Goldhand, , http://www.tomgoldhand.com
Permalink — Updated: May 06 2014
20 AUG 2014
24 Aug 2014
Campament Cala Jondal, Cala Jondal, IBIZA, IBIZA , Spain

Small Awakenings is a “minimonkey” mini festival for kids and parents to explore authentic connections through the body, dance and play. Inspired by theories of Contact Improvisation, holistic education, conscious parenting, movement therapy and other child focussed somatic practices, these will be four days that will surely enrich you and your little ones. The next generation is here and they want you to come and play!

for more info please checkout the Small Awakenings website

Price list: (prices include eating, sleeping and participation in all of the festival activities)

Adults (12+ years): €230,-
Kids from (2-12 years): €125,-**
Babies (0-2 years): €35,- (N.B. sharing a parents’ bed)

Island residents: (prices exclude eating & sleeping)
Adults (12+ years): €45,-
Kids (2-12 years): €65,-
Babies (0-2 years): €10,-

**For each second and third child you bring we offer a 10% additional discount (i.e. if you are coming with 3 children your first child would pay €125,- the second €112,50 the third €100,-). Any additional children also pay €100,-

CONTACT: Daniel J. Hayes, , http://www.2014.touchandplay.org
Permalink — Updated: May 20 2014
22 AUG 2014
24 Aug 2014
Honeywood, Ontario , Canada

Arrive evening of August 22, 2014
Workshop days are August 23 – 24, 2014
Leave early evening August 24, 2014

This is a workshop in which two people (in relationship) register together with the aim to explore their relationship through dance improvisation. Romantic relationships, friendships, family relationships, collegial relationships are welcome. LGBT friendly. Explore your relationship through dance Improvisation – a social dance involving touch in which momentum between two or more people is used to create and inspire dance movements. Discover and play with how dance improvisation practices can act as metaphors for relationship dynamics. Learn how non-verbal communication through dance opens up a moving and beautiful “world” that people in relationship can co-create, share and learn from. The type of dance improvisation we will be doing is accessible to people with no previous dance training and people with disabilities. This weekend workshop takes place at Unicamp Retreat Centre. You will have the option to cabin or tent and to cook your own meals or to eat communal meals at the canteen. Optional activities during non-workshop time include swimming, hiking, enjoying nature and Unicamp’s community activities such as the nightly fire pit.

Brad Johnston is an Embodied Life Coach with training from Coaches Training International. 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. He started dancing when he was 50 and is now an avid contact improviser who travels the world dancing into his heart and introducing people to contact.

Kathleen Rea is a certified psychotherapist with a Master’s degree in Expressive Arts Therapy. Kathleen teaches contact dance improvisation at George Brown College and Niagara College, and dance therapy at York University. She founded and runs the Wednesday Dance Jam and the Contact Dance International Film Festival through her company REAson d’etre dance productions. She is an award winning filmmaker and choreographer and her book The Healing Dance was published by Charles C Thomas in in 2012.

SCHEDULE: Over the weekend there will be 9 to 10 hours of workshop time divided over two days (exact times will be announced closer to workshop date)

Attendees register as a couple. Romantic relationships, friendships, family relationships, collegial relationships are welcome. LGBT friendly and welcoming to people with no previous dance training and people with disabilities.

kathleenrea@rogers.com & brad.johnston.coaching@gmail.com

Unicamp Retreat Centre, Honeywood, Ontario, Canada, www.unicampofontario.ca

Workshop – $75 per person (this works out to $150 per couple). Please also check below to add in your accommodation costs.

- Camping –
$20 one adult per night and $5 for each additional adult per night

- Dorm – (Includes three meals a day) $57 adult per day, $33 children per day (ages 5 to 15)

- Cottage -
(No meals included) $39 adult per day, $18 per children per day (ages 5 to 15)

- Food –
Breakfast, lunch and dinner $30 per adult per day and $18 per child per day (ages 5 to 15).

- please note – Those camping or staying in cottages may also choose to cook your own meals. Those staying in dorms must pay for meal package as there are no cooking facilities in the dorms

CONTACT: Kathleen Rea, , http://www.reasondetre.com
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23 AUG 2014
27 Aug 2014
Druna, Prague , Czech Republic

Five days of Contact Improvisation and the hallucinating world of fascia. This time we will focus on the amazing interplay of perception and movement technique through fascia. Moving from fascia brings up an amazing lightness and permeability, physically and emotionally. It changes your relation to the inner and outer space and let you experience time in a new way. The goal is to move a lot, to get intrigued by the knowledge offered during the workshop and to integrate knowledge and movement practice – in order to dive deep down into Contact Improvisation, to dance at the same time in a smooth, juicy, precise way and to find yourself nourished by your own movement and by all the encounters you will have during these 5 days!

€ 180.- / 165.- with early registration

CONTACT: Bara in Druna, +420 723 449 409 , , http://www.druna.cz
Permalink — Updated: Apr 02 2014
24 AUG 2014
1 Sep 2014
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

“Foundations to Flying”

In this 7 day event we will explore the foundations to flying with vipassana meditation, tai chi, aikido and other skill building exercises to get us comfortable with being disoriented. ‘Tension masks sensation,’ is a concept explored through three meditation times per day. With the alleviation of tension, a greater awareness of sensation is accessed. With this awareness we are more able to listen and respond to our partner.
Pathways to and from the floor are explored using effortless, spiral movements with the option of going up if you choose and feel safe, never out of control. Lifts and aerials are organic and happen when both partners feel it.


CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
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25 AUG 2014
30 Aug 2014
Hameau de Malleval, 07320, Devesset, Saint-Agrève 07320, France

INTENSIVE WORSHOP with Charlie Morrissey (GB)
Monday 25th August to Friday 29th August (five hours per day)
In beautiful countryside in the Ardeche region of France

Bodies in space
This workshop explores ways in which to look at how space invites movement – both within the body, and in our relationship to time and space.

We will look at how we use gravity, weight and momentum as tools for movement; and at how much it is possible to be at rest in our moving body. The work questions how much effort is needed to move, and how much the instructions for movement might be found within the body and the environment that we are moving in through cultivating and tuning our listening and perceptual awareness in our bodies.

Charlie’s workshops include a variety of explorations of movement and attention. They develop and tune kinesthetic and perceptual awareness to enable more choice and possibility as we move, and they activate and encourage deep listening in the body.

The work taps into the dancers natural ability to track their full physicality as it moves. Charlie provides exercises and structures in the studio that offer an open ground for exploration and integration.

Partner work and exercises devised from contact improvisation are used to facilitate multi directional awareness through a physical understanding of gravity and weight in motion. These qualities cultivate alert, articulate and embodied dancing that can be applied to working solo or with others.

And… From 28th to 31th August
Ensemble Improvisation in Performance – Charlie Morrissey

In this workshop we will explore a variety of approaches to, and scores for moving and composing in real time; both individually, and as a group. The work is about seeing and being seen, and about listening and being heard in the body. We will explore ways in which we can compose together, working with the body; space and time as our materials.
The workshop will lead to a public performance at the end of the week.

There will also be jams, performances and workshops

Charlie Morrissey is a director/choreographer, performer, teacher, and researcher, and has been working in the field of performance across the UK and internationally for 25 years. 

He creates large and small-scale site-specific and theatre and gallery based performance work in diverse contexts and locations; teaches at festivals, for dance and theatre companies, and educational establishments; organises and collaborates in a variety of improvisational and research projects; as well as performing and collaborating in the work of other choreographers.

His work is informed by substantial working relationships with dance makers including; Steve Paxton; Lisa Nelson; Siobhan Davies; Gill Clarke; Becky Edmunds; Scott Smith; Kirstie Simson; K.J.Holmes; and many others.

Charlie is currently collaborating with Siobhan Davies Dance on Table of Contents a new work for galleries; developing Plans of the Tenth Floor – a mobile installation work with film maker Marisa Zanotti; developing and performing Where we are not with Katye Coe, and teaching across Europe.

Charlie is based in Brighton, UK.


Total price: 330€ (all the activities, accommodation in dance studio, camping, breakfast and dinner) / 300€ (registration before 1st of july)
L’ART SEME membership: 10€
Registration to L’Art Sème: lartseme@gmail.com
Phone: 0033 475 650 197

Please, send a deposit for(80€) to L’Art Sème account by bank:
Crédit Agricole Sud Rhône Alpes (Saint-Agrève Agency)
IBAN: FR76 / 1390 / 6000 / 7885 / 0159 / 7945 / 936
Address: Hameau de Malleval 07320 Devesset (France)

CONTACT: Lisa Gimenez, 0033 475 650 197, , http://lartseme.com/par-ici-la-danse/english/
Permalink — Updated: Jul 14 2014
1 SEP 2014
7 Sep 2014
Gite de Faragous, Camarés, Aveyron , France

We invite you to develop and nourish your dance in a full 5 days long Residential Intensive Workshop of Contact + Improvisation in the wonderful location of FARAGOUS, close to Camarés, France. A beautiful place situated between red earth fields and mountains.

E N T R ( E ) S P A C I O S

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

The Ws will be taught in English, French, Spanish, depending the need of the participants.

Daniela Schwartz (Arg/Fr) + Eckhard Mueller (Ger/Fr) travel since 2005 in Europe and the Americas (the North and the South) to offer Intensive workshops and to develop projects based on Improvisation.

Daniela is actively involved in the practice, performance and teaching of CI since 1998. Member of Cie dégadezo since 2003. As a visual artist, she is interested in the body/ space as a bidirectional movement in the present moment as Materia for research, expression and creation. Her multiple medias : video, objects, installation are present in her practices. Co-organizer of contactfestival freiburg.

Eckhard co-founder of the Contact Festival Freiburg (www.contactfestival.de), is enthusiastically dancing and performing CI since 1988. In his teaching he is playfully searching for depth in the understanding of the form. As a member of Cie dégadezo, he has participated in diverse dance-theater pieces since 2002.

380 euros before 01.08.14.
after: 430 euros.

the fee includes sleeping on a bed and full vegetarian board.

CONTACT: daniela schwartz, +491637174939, , http://www.faragous.com
Permalink — Updated: Jan 24 2014
2 SEP 2014
Casa delle Culture, Ancona, Marche 60125, Italy

ore 19,00 – degustazione piatti arabi
ore 21,00 – performance di danza CON TE/SENZA TE ispirata alla vicenda di Rachel Corrie
La performance nasce dalla suggestion suscitata dagli scritti di Rachel Corrie, ragazza ventitreenne Americana morta in Palestina Travolta da una ruspa mentre, come voontaria, cercava con il suo corpo di fare scudo per evitare la demolizione di una casa palestinese. Non vuole parlare del conflitto israelo-palestinese ne di tutte le implicazioni che tale conflitto contiene, ma indagare cosa questa testimonianza lascia dentro di noi che rimaniamo.
ideazione e allestimento danza – Stefania Zepponi
voce recitante – Selene Casciotta
con la partecipazione di
Viviana Falcioni
Matilde Borri
Silvia Maurizi
Clementina Verrocchio
produzione Hexperimenta
ore 21,45 – incontro sui diritti umani in Palestina
LUISA MORGANTINI vicepresidente del parlamento europeo con l’incarico delle politiche europee per l’Africa e I diritti umani
CHANTAL ARDONIZZI Coordinamento Medio Oriente di Amnesty International
evento in collaborazione con Festival Adriatico Mediterraneo
e con Comune di Ancona, Amnesty International, Universita’ della Pace, Casa delle Culture di Ancona
organizzazione associazione hexperimenta ore 21,45 – incontro sui diritti umani in Palestina
LUISA MORGANTINI vicepresidente del parlamento europeo con l’incarico delle politiche europee per l’Africa e I diritti umani
CHANTAL ARDONIZZI Coordinamento Medio Oriente di Amnesty International
evento in collaborazione con Festival Adriatico Mediterraneo
e con Comune di Ancona, Amnesty International, Universita’ della Pace, Casa delle Culture di Ancona
organizzazione associazione hexperimenta
Casa delle Culture
via Valle Miano 46
60125 Ancona

per informazioni e prenotazioni
mobile 3394507203


CONTACT: stefania zepponi, mobile 3394507203, , http://www.hexperimenta.org
Permalink — Updated: Aug 28 2014
3 OCT 2014
5 Oct 2014
Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe 76133, Germany

by KRIS­TIN HOR­RI­GAN (Ver­mont, USA)

Cul­ti­vat­ing Per­cep­ti­on, Cu­rio­si­ty and Play­ful­ness as a Re­sour­ce for Dance Im­pro­vi­sa­ti­on

At its heart con­tact im­pro­vi­sa­ti­on is about ex­plo­ring the mo­ment. Stay­ing pre­sent in the dance re­qui­res con­stant cu­rio­si­ty about what each new mo­ment al­lows. This work­shop pro­po­ses to in­ves­ti­ga­te the pro­cess of get­ting in­te­rested, de­eply in­te­rested, in every mo­ment, ope­ning our per­cep­ti­on to the my­riad de­tails that pro­vi­de in­spi­ra­ti­on for im­pro­vi­sa­ti­on.

Buil­ding on this lust for de­tail, how can we, in the in­stant of mo­ving and per­cei­ving, fol­low our in­te­rests into the un­known? What phy­si­cal skills do we need to sup­port and sur­vi­ve the dance that re­sults? And can we then ex­pand our awa­ren­ess to cul­ti­va­te in­te­rest in the way our dance un­folds over time and space?

In our time to­ge­ther, we will in­vi­te a range of en­er­ge­tic sta­tes that re­veal dif­fe­rent as­pects of our dancing. What can we dis­co­ver by slowing down to focus on subt­le sen­sa­ti­on or spee­ding up to in­vi­te ad­re­na­li­ne and play? What if we add in a focus on rhyth­ms? How can li­mi­ta­ti­ons open up new worlds of pos­si­bi­li­ty for us to ex­plo­re? What if we pare down our tech­ni­que to its basic ele­ments? Two bo­dies in con­tact – what is pos­si­ble?

Kris­tin Hor­ri­gan, a con­tact im­pro­vi­ser since 1998, has taught and per­for­med con­tact im­pro­vi­sa­ti­on at fes­ti­vals and uni­ver­si­ties in the USA, Ger­ma­ny, Japan, and Ar­gen­ti­na. Kris­tin works as a Pro­fes­sor of Dance at Marl­bo­ro Col­le­ge in Ver­mont, USA, teaching con­tem­pora­ry dance tech­ni­que, cho­reo­gra­phy, im­pro­vi­sa­ti­on, con­tact im­pro­vi­sa­ti­on and dance theo­ry. She has also di­rec­ted an in­ter­ge­ne­ra­tio­nal per­for­mance com­pa­ny. Kris­tin stu­died with a wide range of teachers, in­clu­ding Nancy Stark Smith, Mar­tin Keogh, Chris Aiken, An­d­rew Har­wood, Karen Nel­son, K.J. Hol­mes, Ray Chung, Jess Cur­tis, Keith Hen­nes­sy, and Mar­tin Hug­hes.

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

135€ (120€ on registration before 1 September 2014)

CONTACT: Tanz weiter! (Sarah Herr and Andreas Traupe), http://tanzweiter.blogsport.de
Permalink — Updated: Jul 30 2014
15 OCT 2014
19 Oct 2014
Claymont Court, 667 Huyett Road, Charles Town, WV 25414 USA

in the Shenandoah Valley, not far from Washington, DC

The East Coast Jam is a glorious four-day contact improvisation jam, held each fall and spring at Claymont Court, Charles Town, West Virginia. We dance in an octagonal barn and live in a grand old mansion, linked by a walk through gardens and fields and forests. All meals (succulently prepared by Claymont staff) are included.

From the time registration opens until September 27, register for the fall jam at the base price. The price goes up on September 28, so don’t delay!

Visit eastcoastjam.com for details and online registration. Only a $50 deposit (not refundable after Sept. 27) is required at the time of registration, by PayPal or a cheque in the mail.

The East Coast Jam is a collaboration – much like a dance. Warmups, workshops, performances, and other structures are initiated and led by us, the jammers. When we’re not dancing, there’s conversation, music, exploring field and forest, poetry, chocolate, theater, walks, games…

As ever, spread the word by inviting the people you’d like to dance with, and forwarding this message to interested communities. We want to continue to grow and deepen this lovely gathering.

In anticipation of dancing in a few weeks, we hope you’ll be with us!

Prices to be announced
Full details at eastcoastjam.com

CONTACT: Justin Bur, 514-572-4477, , http://eastcoastjam.com/
Permalink — Updated: Jul 03 2014
24 OCT 2014
14 Nov 2014
434 Houston Street, Nashville, TN USA

Join us at Houston Station every Friday morning October 24-Friday, November 14 from 9:30 – 11:00 am to explore Contact Improvisation skills in a lab setting. We will finish the class with a mini jam so we can practice what we learned. Classes taught by Erin Law, hosted by New Dialect. 434 Houston Street, Nashville, TN.

$12 to drop in, class cards are available too!

CONTACT: Erin Law, , http://www.newdialect.org/classes/ccts11contact
Permalink — Updated: Oct 23 2014
29 OCT 2014
17 Dec 2014
18 Huia Road, Titirangi, Auckland, 0604, New Zealand

This is a gentle and nourishing class, which promotes core strength naturally & effortlessly. Incorporating elements of Body Mind Centring & Skinner Releasing Technique to help us to deepen all the way down to our bones & untap limitless reserves of energy that reside there.

For all lovers of contact improvisation, dance and Skinner Releasing Technique – for beginners of all levels starting next wednesday with Joy Lake at SOUL – centre of the body and mind.

Wednesday 7.30 – 9pm (Starts 29 October 2014)

Gently guided soft and easy movement medicine

Encouraging fluidity and freedom

Strength and support

Nourishing ourselves and each other

Giving and receiving weight

We move in the way our bodies want to – in the moment – in contact with ourselves, the floor and other’s bones.

We learn to centre, to become more fluid & to connect with others in safe & playful ways.

We give & receive great bodywork! We enjoy ourselves!

About Joy

Joy Lake is an experienced teacher of dance, movement & physical theatre skills (25 years). She worked professionally in the world of physical theatre & dance in the UK, Europe & the USA for over 20 years.

She trained with Phillipe Gaullier & Pierre Byland from the Le Coq School in Paris, Su Prapto & Gabrielle Roth, amongst others. Joy is also a facilitator of the Birth Into Being method & has her own Healing Practice in Bethells Beach, West Auckland.

Please pre-register by emailing info@soulcentre.co.nz or calling 09 817 3051.

Cost is $136 for 8 classes, $70 for 4 classes or $20 for one class.

CONTACT: Wilhimeena Monroe, 09 817 3051, , http://www.soulcentre.co.nz
Permalink — Updated: Oct 23 2014
30 OCT 2014
9 Nov 2014
Buenos Aires, Argentina

FEstín de Contact Improvisación
Contact improvisation world wide festin
Buenos Aires,
Lior Ophir – Katja Mustonen –
Sebatian Garcia Ferro

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CONTACT: ciete cielos, +5411 - (9) - 6569 9715, , http://www.Contactimprovisacion.com
Permalink — Updated: Jun 13 2014
1 NOV 2014
9 Nov 2014
Buenos Aires, Argentina

FEstín de Contact Improvisación
Contact improvisation world wide festin
Buenos Aires,
Lior Ophir – Katja Mustonen –
Sebatian Garcia Ferro

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CONTACT: 054 11 - 4268 9074, , http://www.contactimprovisacion.com/festin/
Permalink — Updated: Jun 13 2014
3 NOV 2014
9 Nov 2014
Montreal, QC , Canada


32nd annual International Jam – 8-9 November
A week-end of delicious food for
body, heart and spirit !

Festival – 3-7 November
Thematic classes – Focus jams – Discussions
Facilitated by Sylvia Berlin, Delphine Marot, Terhi Rasilo, Catherine Lessard
Stephanie Gaudreau and Andrew Harwood

Followed by a four-day intensive led by Catherine Lessard – 10-13 Nov
Floor Work for Improvisers – Rolls & Puzzles

Jam: $65 early-bird / $75 regular
Festival: $25 per evening, except Tuesday Underscore $10

Catherine Lessard intensive: see http://sourcesimprovisation-en.blogspot.ca

CONTACT: http://www.contactimpro.org/en-article849.html
Permalink — Updated: Oct 24 2014
21 NOV 2014
23 Nov 2014
Vilnius, Lithuania

Every year it’s a special event, traditional gathering of contact dancers and teachers from Baltic region and around.
Don’t miss it this year!

For the festival we invite some experienced CI and performance teachers and dancers who will share their experience in the classes and help us to facilitate the study labs.This year we will continue a theme of exploration and collaboration together.

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

Join us in creating this wonderful experience together!

Participation fee – only 40-60 EUR,
if an early submission of registration form (see below) and a deposit of 10 EUR paid:
by 3rd of November – 40 EUR
by 17th of November – 50 EUR
later – 60 EUR (or anytime if you want to support our festival or someone, who cannot afford to participate!!)
10% discount for students & participants of previous Minifestivals!
Group discount is possible as well, please contact us.

Travel tips: Chek ou cheap flights (Air Baltic, Ryanair, Wizzair…) to Vilnius or Kaunas (2,5 h by bus from Vilnius) or bus tickets (SimpleExpress, Luxexpress, Ecolines) directly to Vilnius.

More information
FB event
Registration is here!

Come to meet, share & support, inspire & enjoy!

Vilnius CI team! :)

CONTACT: Julija Melnik, +4915780269288, +370 613 57997, , http://contactfestival.blogas.lt/
Permalink — Updated: Oct 31 2014
22 NOV 2014
23 Nov 2014
139 Sycamore St, CORE Studios, Decatur, GA 30030 USA

The essence of Contact Improv isn’t in the tricky moves or lifts, rather it’s the subtle act of listening that makes this form forever compelling. Our body is a temple and every moment a prayer to be spoken and heard. Even the clumsy moments are sacred, the silences… alive with potential, touch… a vehicle to mirror the universe within ourselves and our partners.

“When the ear receives subtly; it turns into an eye.
But if words do not reach the ear in the heart, nothing happens.”
― Rumi

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday Nov 22-23, 1 – 5pm
WHERE: CORE Studios, 139 Sycamore St. Decatur, GA

MOTI ZEMELMAN, MFA, began practicing Contact Improv 26 years ago. Over the past 20 years he has taught and performed across USA, Canada, Costa Rica, 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) and is a featured dancer in Sanford Lewis’ soon to be released documentary film about CI “An Intimate Dance.” 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.

$90 – 150 (Early Registration sliding scale by Nov 10th)
$110 -150 (After Nov 10th)
$125 – 150 (at the door)

CONTACT: Moti Zemelman, 4134752651, , http://www.contactimprov.com/atlantaworkshop.html
Permalink — Updated: Oct 23 2014
13 DEC 2014
Steinstraße 81-83, Gebäude Fetzer Boschservice, 1.OG, Giessen, Hessen 35390, Germany

Full-day Workshop + Jam
ZeitRaum Studio für Bewegung, Tanz und Entspannung.
Workshop 11:00-14:00 + 15:00-18:00
Jam 18:30 – 21:00

Workshop € 60; Jam € 5 (free for Workshop participants)

CONTACT: , http://www.zeitraumgiessen.wordpress.com
Permalink — Updated: Nov 26 2014