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
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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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/
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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
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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
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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/
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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/
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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
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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/
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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