Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

23 OCT 2015
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21 Feb 2016
Studio Crearte, Mühlenplatz 15, Bern , Switzerland

…. 4 weekends plus 4 days optional: immersing – exploring – understanding – enjoying – dancing – progressing .…

This advanced training addresses participants with a solid base in CI and the interest to dive deep into this dance form within the frame of an ongoing group. The goal is to explore the field of movement technique, improvisation and jamming, to progress individually and to get a better understanding of the dynamic and the complexity of CI as a group.

CONTACT: Adrian Russi, +41796008780, , http://www.adrianrussi.com
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6 FEB 2016
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13 Feb 2016
Zagora , Morocco

Dancing Souls: an invitation to live and dance on the pulse of the desert, to meet it in its vastness.
Yoga and guided meditations will bring us into a state of deeper presence, awakening the body and bringing the mind into the moment and in harmony with the silence of the surroundings.

We will engage ourselves in a sensory and playful approach toward our environment. 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 listening and subtle presence invites you to a full and confident immersion in the mouvement. More here.

Cornelia Held (Switzerland) is a YS Yoga teacher, Breath- & Movement therapist, Cranio-Sacral Therapist, Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. She dances since more than 20 years Contactimprovisation, since many years Butoh and she has a yearslong experience in meditation (Vipassana). She’s leading groups in the maroccan desert since 5 years. More here.

Place: 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 in silence.

http://www.earthandwaterdance.com/desert-eng.html

Price: 470€ with your registration until end of November 2015 / 520€ in December, 600€ beyond. Reduced fee for people with small income, please contact us.

Not included (please contact us for details and support for all arrangements): flight to Marrakech (about 140-350€, the earliest the cheapest), to book by yourself, minibus to M’Hamid 70€, 2 nights in a hotel in Marrakech at your arrival and departure (about 10€ x2 nights), full pension in the heart of the desert – 6 nights + 1 one the way in a Riad – alltogether 260€.

CONTACT: Manuela Blanchard, +41(0)79 641’91’19, , http://www.earthandwaterdance.com/desert-eng.html
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20 FEB 2016
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27 Feb 2016
Goddess Garden Eco Retreat, Playa Grande, Cahuita, Limon , Costa Rica

3rd Annual Contact Improv Retreat in Costa Rica
w/ Moti Zemelman
February 20-27, 2016, @ Goddess Garden Retreat, Cahuita, Costa Rica
INFO/REGISTER: www.contactimprov.com/costarica
*REGISTER by OCT 15 for a $200 DISCOUNT*

Come to the magical rainforests and Caribbean coast of Costa Rica to play, improvise, and enhance your Contact skills. Your host and teacher, Moti Zemelman, brings 27 years of CI experience to share. We’ll improvise in the beautiful wood floor studios and do site specific dance explorations with the trees and on the beaches. Nightly jams will include live improvised music. During this week long intensive we will be exploring Contact as a way of connecting with self, nature, spirit, and community.

Cost includes:
❉ 7 Nights accommodations
❉ Morning warm-ups
❉ Daily Contact classes and Jams
❉ 3 healthy nutritious meals per day
❉ Excursion to the Cahuita National Park
❉ Transportation to and from San Jose to
Goddess Gardens

Pricing tiers:
✾ 6 person dorm: $975
✾ Triple: $1075
✾ Double: $1175
✾ Private Room: $1375


REGISTER by OCT 15 for a $200 DISCOUNT***

  • SPECIAL PRICES AVAILABLE FOR COSTA RICA AND CENTRAL AMERICAN RESIDENTS – INQUIRE***

For details and registration:
www.contactimprov.com/costarica
or e-mail: moti@contactimprov.com

Pura Vida!
Moti

TESTIMONIALS:

Moti’s intensive was hands down the best contact dance intensive I have ever taken. Moti was able to create a space where community could flourish and where we were able to explore ourselves at so many levels. Contact dance was the vehicle through which we delved deeper into ourselves and what in means to be in community with each other. I cannot recommend his teaching enough.
- Rosemary Macadam, Toronto, Canada

The combination of a paradise jungle/ocean location and Moti’s loving, experienced teaching made this a contact improv dancer’s dream.
- Bobby Dolan, Leverett, MA, USA

Este retiro fue una experiencia hermosa. El lugar y la naturaleza que lo rodea son hermosos… La oportunidad de compatir con gente de otros países que está en la misma frecuencia de uno, gente sensible, abierta, es maravilloso… Y por supuesto la belleza y dulzura de Moti, junto con su enorme experiencia enseñando CI… Todo esto hace de esta experiencia algo digno de vivirse al menos una vez en la vida.
- Emmanuel Ramírez, San Jose, Costa Rica

Info in Spanish -
Para ver la información de este evento en español haga clic aquí:
http://www.contactimprov.com/costaricaspanish.html

Pricing tiers:
✾ 6 person dorm: $975
✾ Triple: $1075
✾ Double: $1175
✾ Private Room: $1375

CONTACT: Moti Zemelman, 413-475-2651, , http://www.contactimprov.com/costarica
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26 FEB 2016
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28 Feb 2016
Berlin, Berlin , Germany

THE PERFORMANCE JAM
Workshop in Contact Improvisation & Performance Research
with SCOTT WELLS

February 26-28, 2016
Tanzfabrik Berlin

COST: Early bird 150€, thereafter 170€
REGISTRATION: For registration details and workshop questions please contact me by e-mail at xs4jan@gmx.de
EVENT WEBSITE: http://contact-improvisation.net/2015/10/02/performance-jam-workshop-by-scott-wells-februar-26-28-2016/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/events/839951566118693/

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION
Scott: „My main work is as a choreographer and I rigorously investigate partnering and acrobatic movement ideas. This allows me to bring unique movement vocabulary and training to my workshops.“
We will also work with ensemble dancing. Dancing, contacting with connection and awareness of the group.
„I’d like to create an atmosphere that has more intention and group focus than a jam, but less stringent than a formal performance. We’ll develop our ensemble work and gain performance skills and resources. Contact Improvisation will be an element of our practice, an element to mix with soloing, ensemble and compositional work.“
We will take single elements (e.g. a flying skill) into scores. We will use this progression:
1) Connecting with yourself, using body sensations or images as they come up or the stories in your head. Noticing impulses to move, being able to feel your impulses, and pick which ones to follow.
2) Connecting with others (ensemble), awareness of others in the group. For example, if your working with levels, can you track the others’ levels as you move. Mirroring or copying others is one of our skills for this.
3) What is interesting to watch? Connecting with the watchers (audience). Do you sense what is interesting for them to see? Do you sense what place onstage will be psychologically dynamic OR make the picture of what is happening see-able. This is composition.
Scott Wells will support this score through teaching contemporary dance technique, improvisation, contact and partnering.
Scott’s style of contact is athletic and emphasizes freedom of movement, flying, fluid acrobatics (easy to advanced), safety, precision, pleasure and technique. What students often like best in Scott’s classes is the variance between the meditative, listening, slow and sensual dancing and the fun, playful, very physical dancing. And students appreciate how the scary or advanced moves are safe, relaxed and made possible.

BIO Scott Wells
Scott Wells discovered the pleasure of Contact Improvisation in 1981 shortly after becoming obsessed with the struggles of modern dance. He received his M.F.A. in Dance (the highest academic degree for dance) from the University of Illinois in 1991. During his university training Wells received the Creative and Performing Arts Fellowship, (University of Illinois), Martha Hill Award form the American Dance Festival and Bates Dance Festival Emerging Choreographer Commission. Scott Wells, Artistic Director of Scott Wells & Dancers, has created new works in San Francisco every year since 1992 and is known for his inventive and “electrifying” partnering. In 2010 and 2005 he received the Izzie, The Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Choreography (San Francisco’s most prestigious dance award). Scott has been selected by Dance Magazine as “one of the 25 To Watch”, received a GOLDIE (with Kathleen Hermesdorf) and the Lester Horton Award for Choreography (Los Angeles, 1995). He has taught at A.C.T, the San Francisco Conservatory for Dance and UC Berkeley and was an artist in residence at ODC Theater.
Wells has been practicing Alexander Technique for twenty five years and BMC for fifteen. He recently completed his certification in Radical Counseling. Scott has created works for skateboarders, for boxers and choreographed West Side Story for Sonoma State University.
http://scottwellsdance.com/performance

VIDEOS of Scott Wells & Dancers:
https://vimeo.com/71350780
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAxE41NM5Pg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBnus7agXHk
https://vimeo.com/132053009
https://vimeo.com/69625456

SCHEDULE
February 26-28, 2016
– Friday: 4-8pm
– Saturday: 10am-6pm (break 1-2pm) …than public Contact Jam: 7-10pm
– Sunday: 11am-6pm (break 2-3pm)

LOCATION
Tanzfabrik Berlin
Möckernstr.68, 10965 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
Studio No.4
http://www.tanzfabrik-berlin.de/en/studios

TRAFFIC LINKS
U6 & 7 Yorckstrasse / Mehringdamm
S1 & 2 Yorckstrasse
Bus M19 Katzbachstrasse
https://www.google.de/maps?daddr=10965+Berlin,M%C3%B6ckernstr.68

PHOTO CREDIT
David Papas

Early bird 150€, thereafter 170€

CONTACT: Jan B, , http://contact-improvisation.net/2015/10/02/performance-jam-workshop-by-scott-wells-februar-26-28-2016/
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29 FEB 2016
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25 May 2016
Salt Spring Island Contact Improvisation Festival
Salt Spring Island, Salt Spring Island, bc , Canada

We are very very very excited to announce the first edition of
Salt Spring Island Contact Improvisation Dance Festival,
May 25th to May 29th, 2016

We will be coming together for an amalgamation of Classes, Jams, Focused Jams, Group Investigations, Scores, Indoor Dance, Outdoor Play, Group Meals and Music. Join us for a 5 day immersive gathering where dance, community, art, nature and self discovery all meet in a spiralling co-emerging container.

We will dance at the majestically rustic Beaver Point Hall. Its famous wooden dance floor and naturesque surroundings will offer themselves as foundation for inspiration.

Our facilitators:
Karl Frost – http://www.bodyresearch.org/karl-frost/
Cyrus Khambata – http://khambattadance.org/company/
Jennifer Mcleish-Lewis – http://jenml.com/
Manuel & Ashleigh
More tba…

We are in the process of creating a well curated schedule.
Stay posted for details.

Time Bones:
Wed : 9am-6pm
Thur: 9am-6pm
Fri: 9am-11pm
Sat: Noon- Midnite
Sunday: Noon- 5pm

Camping: We are looking into a group camping at Ruckle Park which is a picturesque sea side camping near the hall. Our intention is for most of us to be camping together if you wish.

Food includes all organic, likely local, mostly vegetarian.
-3 breakfasts
-4 Lunches
-2 Dinners

Investment:
Student Rate: Economically deprived students & the underemployed
$300

Regular Rate: Economically challenged (teacher, librarian, artist, farmer, kids, etc.):
$330

Professional Rate: Happily self-sustained (support the arts!):
$360


Please note that due to the limited capacity of the hall, this festival is for dancers with a solid foundation in Contact Improvisation.
***Please Contact Us before you make your deposit and share a little bit of your contact improvisation experience.

Registration has begun, we are asking a $50 non refundable deposit to hold your spot.
Deposit by e-transfer to ssicontactfestival@gmail.com
Or paypal the same address.

Questions? email us at ssicontactfestival@gmail.com

Book your dates now, so when May arrives you are free to dance.

We are looking forward to dancing with you.
Love, Ashleigh and Manuel.as seen on Fb https://www.facebook.com/events/102220416829201/

300$-360$

CONTACT: Manuel and Ashleigh Roburns,
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