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 APR 2014
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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
$20
Answering Life Quandaries through Facilitated Focused CI Dance

www.stulip6.wix.com/stulips

$20/class

CONTACT: Stuart Phillips, 541-255-3660, , http://www.stulip6.wix.com/stulips
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11 APR 2014
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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
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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).

When?
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”

Price?
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
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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.

Teachers:
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.

PLEASE CONSULT US FOR SINGLE DAY ACCESS TO THE FESTIVAL.

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

Residential workshop with Andrew Harwood
20 – 24 April 2014
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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) ::

Improvising CONTACT IMPROVISATION
(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 DE LOTBINIERE HARWOODBIO
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.

:: SPRING JAM ::

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!

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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

www.borgopaola.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)
::: SPECIAL PRICE IF YOU SUBSCRIBE BEFORE :::
::: 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
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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.

Paolo:
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

Julija:
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

Time:
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
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26 APR 2014
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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/
43,000yen(Adult)
34,500yen (Student)
30,000yen (International participant)

all the three days workshp fees/
33,000yen(Adult)
29,000yen(Student)

drop-in/
*workshop
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/
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