Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

30 AUG 2015
7 Sep 2015
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

This is 7 full days, arriving on Sunday Aug30th for dinner and live music. First class is Monday 31st. Final class is Sunday Sept6, followed by final jam. This intensive ends on Labour Day Monday, Sept7, after breakfast, before the 11am departure from Lasqueti. $575

This was a very popular workshop last year and the year before. So we will repeat it, almost verbatim. This seems to be the way to study Contact Improv. Guaranteed, you will be a better dancer by the end of the week, assuming you work hard. Although suitable to new people and beginners, it is recommended that you be fit and willing to work through the discomfort of Spiral Rolls, Crescent Rolls and Aikido Rolls. This work and the partnering exercises we will use are accessible to all, you do not have to be an athlete or professional dancer. There will be higher level participants and for those willing to explore lifts and flying. Everything in the world is based on the spiral, from the DNA to the Milky Way. It makes sense that we practise moving in such a way. The Spiral Rolls and Tai Chi we practise will help us to access strength and stability will remaining fluid and flowing in our movement.

2 classes per day. We will begin with Tai Chi foundation exercises as taught by Master Moy Lin-Shin. These exercises are to get us moving spirally while shifting weight in a fluid manner. This form has an emphasis on feeling the floor, aligning our bones in an effortless way. It is this respect of our first partner in CI, the floor, that will allow us to do aerials in a safe manner. This form of Tai Chi emphasizes remaining aware of genuine physical sensations as we move. This inward focus heightens awareness as well as accelerating reflexes.

As the week progresses we will practise lifts and pathways off of the floor with partners. Aerials should happen spontaneously in an improvised dance. However, it is nice to know that a pathway exists without going into fear and stopping the flow. We will practise these pathways in a slow, supported way.

In exploring the concept ‘tension masks sensation,’ there will be three meditation times per day to reduce tension. Meditation is is not being taught or guided and is not part of the class time. It is not compulsory to meditate but it is asked that participants commit to being contemplative and remain in a quiet solitude during the meditation times. One may choose to sleep or walk to the beach. Conversation and caffeine are discouraged during these three times throughout the day. The intention is to reduce tension in the body, hence cultivating a greater awareness of genuine sensation to react to in an appropriate way.

The schedule will be 7-8am meditation, 8-10breakfast, 10-12 class, 12-3 lunch, 3-4meditation, 4-6pm class, 6-7pm dinner, 7-8 meditation, 8-midnight jam/sauna

$575 includes tuition, all meals, dormitory or camping, transportation on Lasqueti

CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
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31 AUG 2015
6 Sep 2015
Faragous, Aveyron , France


We invite you to develop and nourish your dance in a full 5 days long Residential Intensive Workshop in the countryside 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 CONTACT + IMPROVISATION workshop proposes a time for the investigation of movement in the intimacy of a studio, as well in the wildness of the environment, outdoors. A proposal to deepen your dance and your CI experience as you are confronted to the visual, sound, perceptual and sensorial impressions and 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, will strengthen your improvisational skills, your solo dance and will open multiple possibilities for your physical communication with others.

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

Some of the questions we bring this year are:
What I observe in the bidirectional movement: inside/out the body? Can we become boundaries less?
How to develop the reading ability of my attention in order to gain awareness of the choices I made and the possibilities they generate?
How to allow the movement to happen, without isolation, as I work with the multiplicity of senses: the inner dialogues that occur between what I watch, hear, perceive, feel, think, imagine and the changes of my relation to them?
What exists before the movement happens? How to offer ourselves the possibility to not know what is next? How to find “comfort” in the territory of the unknown?
What exists before we relate through touch? What stays?

Arrival: from 17h on August 31st.
Departure: after breakfast on September 6th.

Sleeping on a bed and all vegetarian meals and are included in the Workshop fee.

contact + registration: mullecki@web.de or danescha@yahoo.com
mobil: ++ 49 1637174939
info about the place : www.faragous.com
info about us: www.dani-ecki.com

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.

Ws fee: 390 euros before 31.07.15. after: 440 euros.

CONTACT: daniela schwartz, , http://dani-ecki.com
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11 SEP 2015
13 Sep 2015
Karlsruhe, Karlsruhe 76133, Germany

by MATAN LEVKOWICH (Israel/Austria)

(A workshop for experienced dancers. Language is English)

Progressive Movement Training

Animal instinct is an ongoing movement research. The core of this practice is to gain freedom in motion. By moving away from any ideology, style, form or aesthetic, we can reexamine our physical abilities with fresh eyes. The work refers to information from various movement disciplines (biomechanics, martial arts, somatic practices, contemporary dance & contact improvisation) and offers a wide spectrum of tools to study our body, to understand movement and communicate physically. Animal Instinct can be divided into three layers (body preparation, body communication, body migration). Each layer is an independent universe that can exist on its own but is designed to support, develop & complete the other layers. Together they represent what I define as movement liberation. By diving into the world of movement, we can start perceiving ourselves as movement ambassadors, as a reference point to ‚body inhabitants’. It grows into a responsibility, a missionary quest, to bring back our natural heritage to be in movement, to become motion.

MATAN LEVKOWICH is a dancer, choreographer and graphic designer. His approach to movement is based on the study of the body’s intuition. The study of intuition enables to navigate through instability and develops trust in the body’s capacities. His choreographic works explore narratives of body/relations. His main interest is in utilising coincidence into stable, communicative scenarios. As a teacher, Matan’s focus lies in contact improvisation and movement research. He started giving regular classes in Israel in 2008. Currently he lives in Vienna. Matan teaches intensives at CI- festivals, shares his research in workshops in Amsterdam, London and in Spain. As well he works as a guest teacher and creator at SOZO dance academy. More information: http://matanlevkowich.com

135€ (120€ on registration before 1 August 2015)

CONTACT: Tanz weiter! (Sarah Herr and Andreas Traupe), http://tanzweiter.blogsport.de
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18 SEP 2015
20 Sep 2015
Santa Maria di Leuca, Lecce 73040, Italy

In the wonderful land of Salento

We will have 6 teachers in a contact improv classes and also tribal dance and etnic music.

This land is the border between East and West, facing the blue see toward Greece, the land is red and mother of the famous "TARANTA or PIZZICA dance (look on google) the amazing expression of freedom (we will test it ) useful to use in your classes .

Iiris Raipala (Contact Improv teacher) FINLAND
Vera De Propis (Danzatrice Contemporanea e CI )
Kavita Soni ( Danzatrice Indiana e Voice Meditation) INDIA
Andy Presa ( Didjeridoo musician) Cosmopolitan Tribal Soul
Angelo Litti (Percussionista e voce tribale) (Salento Tribe)
Francis (Emotional trainer) (Italo – Francese)

more info on www.mimecare.it

Only 60 euros


CONTACT: Francis Calsolaro, +39 335376906, , http://www.mimecare.it
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21 SEP 2015
26 Jun 2016
18 rue eugene Jacquet, Lille, Nord 59000, France

L’Improvisible dispense des cours (ou plutôt des séances guidées) de contact improvisation à Lille depuis 2013.
Marguerite Péchillon dirige les séances et lance les Jams occasionnelles.
Les cours se déroulent à l’école Arthur Cornette, 18 rue eugène Jacquet à Lille (près des metros Caulier et Euralille)

Improvisible : classes and jam of contact improvisation in Lille (Rijsel) since 2009. Classes at school “Arthur cornette, 18 rue eugène Jacquet” à Lille (Rijsel) (next to subway stations “Euralille” and “Caulier”.

Lundi : 20h15-21h30
Monday : 20.15PM-21.30PM

1 cours : 12€
5 cours : 50€
235€ l’année (200€ tarif étudiant et demandeurs d’emploi)

CONTACT: stephane lapalus, 03 20 26 37 92, , http://www.improvisible.com/cours-danse-contact-impro.html
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26 SEP 2015
THE STUDIO, 332 Camino del Monte Sol, Santa Fe, NM USA

Saturday, September 26, 2015
2 to 5 pm (two hours)

332 Camino del Monte Sol, Santa Fe, NM

This class is designed to be very welcoming to fresh, new beginners (in dance, or C.I. — either one) while also being engaging and beneficial to those with years of C.I. dance experience.

Mark Koenig has decades of Contact Improv dance and teaching experience, and is known to be a very talented, skillful, creative and sensitive teacher. He is also brilliant at offering Contact Improv classes in the spirit and manner of mindful somatics and MOSI practice. While Mark has long practiced C.I. as a form of mindfulness meditation, he has always designed classes for MOSI which can only be described as a deepening journey into mindful embodiment, this-moment presence and “radical empathy.”

Note the three hour class time. Our other classes and sessions usually run two hours, but we found that Mark’s class really does need more time to be complete and whole. You’ll be just amazed how quickly these hours pass!

MOSI is very excited to yet again offer this class to you within a gift economy. No fees. Voluntary donations of any size are welcome. We ask that those attending will please RSVP at the Meetup website, so we know how many people to expect. Thank you! It is okay to bring a friend or two, but do please include them as +1 or +2 when you RSVP.


Organized by MOSI of Santa Fe – www.mindfulsomatics.org

No Fee. Gift economy. Purely voluntary donations are welcome and support our work.

CONTACT: James Martin , , http://www.meetup.com/Mindful-Somatics-Santa-Fe/
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