Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

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/
Permalink — Updated: Oct 22 2013