Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

6 MAR 2015
8 Mar 2015
Vilnius, Lithuania

For those, who have CI experience and is willing to move on!

We will look for the ways to stay connected in the dance. Our main keys will be: witnessing, listening and following.

We will be finding and loosing the balance, leaning and falling into each other, following the gravity and momentum. We will also explore the structure of our bodies and practise giving and receiving the weight.

We will discover:
- moments, when body becomes light when giving weight;
- moments for easy to supporting (with least energy input);
- ongoing movement flow;
- ways to maintain continuous physical contact with partner;
- possibility to let ourselves into not knowing what is going to happen next;
- weird, unknown, unusual body positions;
- ways to enter and leave contact;
- something, what is not mentioned in this description…

There will be technical material, and we will also focus on our personal curiosity, exploration and pleasure of dance.

We will spiral, roll, fall and fly, melt, listen, share and enjoy!

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.

March 6 (Fri.) 19:00-22:00
March 7 (Sat.) 11:00-14:00; 15:30-18:00
March 8 (Sun.) 11:00-14:00; 15:30-18:00; 18:30-21:00 – Jam

Venue: Workshop will take place in Vilnius. Details will be announced later for participants.

Lodging: We might help with finding some free or non-expensive accommodation.

Fee: With early registration and non-refundable deposit of 15 € paid:
till 22nd of February – 55 €, later – 65 €.
Cost of one class – 15 €, one day – 27 €.

10% discount for students, couples.
Discount for the participants of “CI fundamentals” workshop (Feb. 6-8)

Register here

CONTACT: Julija Melnik, +4915780269288, +370 613 57997, , http://contactimprov.blogas.lt/seminaras-tesiantiems-ir-pazengusiems-workshop-for-intermadv-2-1844.html
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16 MAR 2015
22 Mar 2015
balneario municipal Bacalar, Quintana Roo , Mexico

Come to Bacalar and Flow with us for a 6-day Festival of Dance, Play, Music, Community, Collaboration and Exploration!
This event is an Evolution of Contact Improv Dance and Body Consciousness festivals.
At the core of our Festival is Creativity, Movement, Heath, Integration and Interconnection.
We developed this Festival with diversity in mind; there is sure to be something of interest to everyone
Come be introduced to or dive deeper into:
Contact Improvisation, moving with both land and lagoon
Yoga and Acro Yoga
Modern Dance
Ecstatic Dance
Vocal, Voice and Singing Explorations
Aquatic Partner-work 
Thai Massage
Discussions on: Nutrition, Meditation and Environmental Issues
or simply
Share Peace and Relaxation in the Beauty of Bacalar and Community

The Festival is open for you any day you wanna join. But it is cheaper to join all Festival and buy all at the beginning. Because we really would like to enjoy the whole Festival with you :)

Entrance a day 50Pesos pp. (to pay the place, Studios, equipment, toilets..)

camping per day is 50Pesos pp.

classes will be payed with Liquid Points

healthy and affordable meals can be bought in advance (bring your plates..)


To make a easy system and to invent a possibility of a discount, if you do a lot of classes, we invented the Liquid Points :)

the value of one Liquid Point is 50Pesos

a class of about 45min hour is 1 LP (Liquid Point), a class of about 90min hours is 2 LP

a intensive of 9 hours is 14 LP

one night program is 1 LP

We will sell bundles of Liquid Point, to motivate to take part on the whole Festival. For instance, buy 42 LP and pay 1800Pesos (instead of 2100 Pesos) → so in that case one pays 43Pesos per LP.

CONTACT: Gianni Lezzi, , http://www.Liquid-flow.org
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17 MAR 2015
22 Mar 2015
Playground Sibulan, Coco Villa, Cangmating, Sibulan, Negros Oriental , Philippines

Contact Improvisation, the art of movement has been spreading since 70th all around the world but it has not come to the Philippines yet. Therefore, take this opportunity to experience the 1st Contact Improvisation festival in this beautifully magical land filled with wonderful smiley people and spectacular nature. The theme of the festival is ’’EXPANSION’’ as you will expand to all directions you possibly can at this time. Make sure you do not miss this opportunity. We are deeply looking forward to sharing dance and time together.

Early bird until 05/01/2015 without accommodation: USD 320

Early bird until 05/01/2015 with accommodation: USD 340

Regular price without accommodation: USD 360

Regular price with accommodation (dormitory style): USD 380

CONTACT: , https://contactimprothephilippines.wordpress.com/
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21 MAR 2015
22 Mar 2015
Shared visions retreat center, 3717 Murphy School Rd, Durham, NC 27705 USA

Support : The Ground We Stand On – A workshop on the principles of Contact Improvisation.

Brad Stoller has been leading CI workshops and classes since 1983. He studied under the talented male dancers of “Mangrove” a SF based collective. He has taught in festivals in Europe and the U.S. as well as Africa and teaches CI at the University of Virginia and other colleges around VA. He is a regular host and teacher at the Moab Jam in Utah every spring. He has never wained in his awe of CI since being exposed to it over 35 years ago. He is a master teacher of the Alexander Technique, a black belt in Aikido. and a practitioner of “3 Principles” guiding people to their innate well-being and health.

$65 in advance, $85 at the door. Work study positions available.

CONTACT: John Bainbridge, 919-951-5187, , http://ci.baynbrigge.com
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