Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

5 JAN 2016
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29 May 2016
Amelia, Italy 05022, Italy

The Italian Festival of Contact Improvisation

One full week of dancing: from May 29th to June 5ht 2016 in Amelia (Umbria).
January 23rd REGISTRATIONS WILL OPEN!

These are the teachers who will lead the *intensives and the classes:

Martin Keogh (USA)*
Sabine Pranzer (A)*
Alexandra Soshnicova (MD)*
Serghei Golovnea (MD)*
Jacqueline McCormick (UK)
Laura Hicks (CAN)
Noam Carmeli (IL)
Riccardo Meneghini (IT)
Panu Erästö (FIL)
Ester Momblant Ribas (E)

390 euros for registrations before April the 1st
450 euros for registrations before April the 1st
Accomodation, vegetarian food and a lot of dance for a week included!

CONTACT: Leonardo Lambruschini, , http://www.italycontactfest.com
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19 JAN 2016
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3 May 2016
New Class: Contact Improv at Troy arts center, Troy NY
cohoes, NY 12047 USA

ON HIATUS. email to get together for a jam. New class contact improvisation begins January 19th and every Tuesday from 4-5.30pm at the Troy NY arts center with Ione Beauchamp

$18 drop in weekly Jam is less

CONTACT: marcelle urban,
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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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5 MAY 2016
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8 May 2016
Bern , Switzerland

Wellcome to our yearly jam in the center of the beautiful Bern city. More news soon on: http://www.contactimprovisation.ch/bernerjam/aktuell/index.html

140€

CONTACT: Manuela Blanchard, , http://www.contactimprovisation.ch/bernerjam/aktuell/
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14 MAY 2016
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16 May 2016
nature and studio, Weissenheim, Berne , Switzerland

http://www.earthandwaterdance.com/weissenheim.html

http://www.earthandwaterdance.com/uploads/1/0/2/0/1020167/women_wild_side_-_e.pdf

CI in studio and nature with Elske Seidel (G) and Manuela Blanchard (Switzerland)

190€ with the prepayment of €70 until 30th of April / then €220

CONTACT: Blanchard Manuela, ++41 79 600 87 80, , http://www.earthandwaterdance.com
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14 MAY 2016
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19 May 2016
Contact Improvisation Workshop in Tuscany, Italy
Casale Pundarika, Riparbella, Tuscany , Italy

Join us, Katrin (AT) and Ben (IRL), in the wonderful Casale Pundarika, a former meditation centre surrounded by natural forest, olive groves and vineyards, offering independent apartments and healthy locally produced food (vegetarian and vegan available). Together we will explore our intuitive, authentic and individual way of expression which can enrich our perception and understanding of ourselves as well as those we come in contact with.

Our sessions will take place indoors as well as outdoors, in the the surrounding nature and the nearby beaches. Workshops are open to all levels. Teaching will be in English and German.

Full details about the workshop and accommodation available at www.pundarika.it


The 3 elements of of our contact workshop – Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement and Bodywork – have and continue to enrich our lives significantly. Through them we experience a deeper dimension of moving and being moved, seeing and being seen, listening and being heard. This authentic, truthful and simple way of expression has helped us so often to understand and accept ourselves as well as those we come in contact with.

During the workshop, we will have time to explore our bodies and movement on our own, with partners and in groups. This will allow us to move from listening into contact and dance. The focus of our work will come from a place of curiosity, playfulness and ease.


Reduced price of €520 including food & accommodation (in certain cases reduced prices are available, please contact us directly)

Price includes full vegetarian pension, using mainly organic and local products. Snacks and fruits, tea and coffee are available during the day. Table wine is included at dinner. Please let us know your special needs regarding the diet!

CONTACT: Ben Croker,
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20 MAY 2016
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22 May 2016
Tanzfabrik Berlin, Berlin , Germany

THE CONTACT BODY
Intensive Workshop in Contact Improvisation with MARTIN KEOGH
May, 20-22, 2016 @ Tanzfabrik Berlin

COST: Early bird 180€, thereafter 200€
REGISTRATION: For registration details and workshop questions please contact me by e-mail at xs4jan@gmx.de
EVENT WEBSITE: http://contact-improvisation.net/2015/11/11/the-contact-body-ws-by-martin-keogh-may-20-22-2016/
FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/events/478439592342080

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
– Deepen your investigation and understanding of Contact Improvisation –

In this three-day workshop we will cultivate our individual Contact Body. You are invited to enter leisurely somatic research, dancing and discovery. With hands on work, games, the skills and thrills of the form, and the unique physicality of The Contact Body we will savor and rock the boundaries between states of allowing and mindful intention. We will focus on the pelvic bowl to become more intimately rooted in our dance and being.

What does the Contact Body look and feel like?
Some Qualities:

  • Pliant strength
  • Supple and resilient
  • Organized and released
  • Limbs that move autonomously from one another
  • Ability to see and move into the backspace
  • A visceral understanding of the spiral
  • Breath that is felt from the ground to the marrow
  • An enhanced capacity for sensation and pleasure
  • … (your unique qualities …)

Contact Improvisation requires a courageous willingness – but never so much as when we dance in the absence of will – those moments when we drop the reigns and, nowhere bound, allow our animal to carry us.

We will explore:

  • Moving from a base of sensation
  • Dancing with a shared central axis
  • Seeking ease in going off balance
  • Finding the spontaneous acrobatics of the form
  • Spending more time in nuance, disorientation, and extended follow-through
  • A greater capacity for sensation, risk, and pleasure

“My greatest sense of accomplishment comes from seeing students increase their capacity for sensation and risk—seeing them dance less with their “ideal” and more with their partner—and the profound gratification of introducing contact improvisation to those who then realize they have found the dance form they were seeking all their lives. I attempt to teach and model that the beauty and reach of our questions, in the end, determine the beauty and reach of our lives.”

Workshop is for those with a strong grasp of Contact fundamentals and recommended for experienced CI dancers.

LINKS:
Labbing with Martin Keogh’s Principles
http://community.contactquarterly.com/newsletter/view/labbingwithkeogh

VIDEOS:
https://vimeo.com/40556983
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ltq6y06E8ew

Martin´s Video channel:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZ__Du-P7opZZDzTFqvgOBg

BIO Martin Keogh:
Martin Keogh has taught and performed contact improvisation on six continents over three decades. For his contribution to the development of the form he is a Fulbright Senior Specialist and listed in Who’s Who in the World. Martin spent time traveling to monasteries in Japan and Korea and was the director of the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley before discovering the world of dance. He is the author of four books including the acclaimed: Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World. More info at: http://www.martinkeogh.com/

SCHEDULE:
May 20-22, 2016
- 20th Friday, 5-8:30pm
- 21th Saturday 11am-6pm (with a 1-hour lunch break) (7pm the public jam starts in Tanzfabrik)
- 22nd Sunday 11am-6pm (with a 1-hour lunch break)

LOCATION:
Tanzfabrik Berlin
Möckernstr.68, 10965 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
Studio No. tba
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%2C+Möckernstr.+68

PHOTO CREDIT:
Tomasz Piotrowski

CONTACT: Jan B., http://contact-improvisation.net/2015/11/11/the-contact-body-ws-by-martin-keogh-may-20-22-2016/
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20 MAY 2016
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22 May 2016
Couples Contact Weekend in Tuscany, Italy
Casale Pundarika, Riparbella, Tuscany , Italy

This workshop is specifically designed for couples who are interested in exploring and bringing new ways of communication and intimacy into their relationship. This is an ideal setting in which to learn new methods and techniques of dance and movement in a playful way with other couples.

Join us, Katrin (AT) and Ben (IRL), in the wonderful Casale Pundarika, a former meditation centre surrounded by natural forest, olive groves and vineyards, offering independent apartments and healthy locally produced food (vegetarian and vegan available). Together we will explore our intuitive, authentic and individual way of expression which can enrich our perception and understanding of ourselves as well as those we come in contact with.

Our sessions will take place indoors as well as outdoors, in the the surrounding nature and the nearby beaches. Workshops are open to all levels. Teaching will be in English and German.

Full details about the workshop and accommodation available at www.pundarika.it


The 3 elements of of our contact workshop – Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement and Bodywork – have and continue to enrich our lives significantly. Through them we experience a deeper dimension of moving and being moved, seeing and being seen, listening and being heard. This authentic, truthful and simple way of expression has helped us so often to understand and accept ourselves as well as those we come in contact with.

During the workshop, we will have time to explore our bodies and movement on our own, with partners and in groups. This will allow us to move from listening into contact and dance. The focus of our work will come from a place of curiosity, playfulness and ease.


Reduced price of €240 including food & accommodation (in certain cases reduced prices are available, please contact us directly)

Price includes full vegetarian pension, using mainly organic and local products. Snacks and fruits, tea and coffee are available during the day. Table wine is included at dinner. Please let us know your special needs regarding the diet!

CONTACT: Ben Croker,
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21 MAY 2016
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22 May 2016
Agropoli, Campania 84043, Italy

Workshop of contact improvisation and Feldenkrais : the human evolutionary path and locomotor animal to a series of delicate and intriguing movements that will help to stimulate their organic intelligence and reaction skills and creativity in making improvised movements

Teachers: Alessandra Palma, Piero Leccese, Alessia Scala

Saturday May 21 h. 16.00/19.00
Sunday May 22 h. 10.30/13.30

40 euros two days, 30 euro one day.

CONTACT: Piero Leccese, 0039 338 4954284, , http://www.exortodanza.it
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21 MAY 2016
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22 May 2016
1100 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX USA

Two workshops with Jeremie Chetrit (take one or both). The first (From Ambition to Curiosity) is open to all levels—on May 21st from 1-4pm. The second (Flying, Rolling & Falling) is Intermediate/Advanced—on May 22nd from 3pm-6pm.

From Ambition to Curiosity:
This workshop, open to all levels, will explore some of the fundamentals of Contact Improvisation.
We’ll learn how to create a rich conversation by giving and taking weight with a partner, harnessing momentum, gravity and the body’s reflexes.
We’ll learn how to step into the flow of an effortless, pleasure-filled dance.
We’ll slow down enough to listen deeply.
We’ll learn safety principles so that we can be confident taking risks, when we want to.
We’ll sweat a little, as we play fast-paced movement games and learn to take flight.
And if time allows and the group is interested, we may practice performative scores where we can witness each other’s expression in a supportive, judgment-free environment.
Come with an open mind, and clothing you’re comfortable rolling around in!

Flying, Falling & Rolling
An intermediate/advanced Contact Improvisation workshop for movers wishing to develop their skills in partner (and some solo) work.
We’ll learn:
- how to lift and take flight safely, fluidly and easefully, using our structure and momentum rather than effort. (Several lifts on the program!)
- how to roll in and out of the ground with grace, efficiency, and care for our joints—both alone and with a partner.
- how to harness the kinetic potential of the fall to move in any direction—even up!
- how to flow in the air, in collaboration with our partner(s)

If paid for by May 15: $35 per workshop, or $60 for both;
After May 15: $40 per workshop or $70 for both
Please reserve by going to paypal.me/NKidman
Hope to see and dance with you all soon!

CONTACT: Negar Kidman, (512) 963-1274, , https://www.facebook.com/events/480549868804206/
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28 MAY 2016
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29 May 2016
CI Workshop with Stéphanie Auberville in Caen (Normandy)
CAEN, Normandy , France

Stéphanie Auberville will come from Brussels for a 2-days CI workshop in La Fabrique in Caen.

She will propose focuses on touch, energy and forces. Workshop opened to beginners and advanced people.

Schedule :
Saturday 28 may : from 2pm to 7pm
Sunday 29 may : from 11am to 4pm with picnic lunch
+ free JAM on sunday from 4:30pm to 7:30pm led by Stéphanie

If you want more informations, send us an e-mail ! We will willingly answer you !
lepoulpe14@hotmail.com / FB Le Poulpe

Early bird price before the 17th of may :
80€ (full rate) / 70€ (low rate)
After the 17th of may :
90€ (full rate) / 80€ (low rate)
+ subscription to association “Le Poulpe” (insurance)
JAM is free !

CONTACT: Le Poulpe,
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