Events are listed in chronological order. For historical interest, see also the list of past events.
New Years Contact Improvisation Festival Berlin
Contact Improvisation, Somatic Practises, Watercontact, Yoga & Live Music.
www.in-touch.es Registration is open!!
With our wonderfull teachersteam Ka Rustler, Daniel Werner, Defne Erdur, Marielle Gerke, Nina Wehnert, Barbara Berti, Nadja El Eid, Bernd Knappe, Nadja Schwarzenbach, Dino Spiri and more
And with our amazing musicians Florian Betz, Katharina Guhlmann, Nils Alf, Eeva-Maija Vehviläinen and more.
And nourishing vegetarian/vegan organic food by our chef Inga Striezel!
A new years gathering with the Berlin contact family. In three sunlit dance studios and the Liquidrom a darkened dome with warm saltwater pool waiting for us. This unique and warm event for the contact community gives us lots of opportunities to be together, dance, celebrate, share and invite the new year with joy and light ! We will present a rich balanced program which gives us plenty of time and space to dive into dancing and celebrating together!
If you want to do workexchange please contact:
Volker Eschmann, Daniel Werner and Nadja Schwarzenbach
Regular price is € 190
Including: All courses, “Jam Celebration” night, vegetarian 80% organic food. Sleeping in dance center.
Kristin Horrigan will be the facilitator of this event.
Lailye Weidman will be joining us as an assistant teacher.
REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Jan 4- Jan 8, 2017
Contact Improvisation is about responding in the moment, playing with the possibilities, creating with what we find, and using our full physical capacity to navigate the situations that present themselves. Within this form, we have tremendous freedom to move our bodies and to discover different dynamics of dances. But, what if we are holding ourselves back from the full range of possibilities in our dancing, in ways we do not even realize? Gendered patterns of movement and interaction play a larger role in CI dancing than one might think, given that CI is a form without any proscribed gender roles. In our days together, we will seek to deepen our CI dancing, strengthen our technique, and expand the range of dances we have by discovering how gender lives in our movement and building strategies to undo the ways it limits us.
A contact improviser since 1998, Kristin has taught and performed contact improvisation at festivals, studios, and universities in the USA, Germany, Denmark, Japan, Australia, and Argentina. She holds an MFA in choreography from The Ohio State University and teaches as a Professor of Dance and Gender Studies at Marlboro College in southern Vermont. In her CI research and teaching over the past few years, Kristin has been focused on cultivating our ability to be interested, looking at the relationship between composition and play in CI, teaching CI technique in a way that preserves the accessibility of CI for people of all abilities, and exploring the ways gender influences our CI dancing.
Layile Weidman will be joining us to assist Kristin Horrigan!
Lailye Weidman is a choreographer, dancer, and writer currently based in Massachusetts. Her recent projects include Social Animal Please Tame Me (2016), an ensemble dance theater work for the stage investigating consent and consensus; birthing room (2015), a storytelling solo tracing sounds and textures of place and displacement; Dike Dance (2014), a site-specific performance and community dialogue in collaboration with scientists from the National Seashore; and co-producing Place [Maker] Space (2013), an interdisciplinary convergence for artists who work with notions of place. As a member of the Movement Party, she collaboratively produces Fleet Moves, an annual site-based dance festival on Cape Cod. She was a 2012 iLAB artist-in-residence with the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature, and Dance (iLAND) investigating the physicality of arial-mapping and dancing with urban wind-patterns. Lailye received a BA in dance from UCLA and an MFA in dance from the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign. Her work has been shown at the Domestic Performance Agency, Movement Research, and the New School in New York City, Anatomy Riot and Pieter PASD in Los Angeles, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts in Champaign, IL. She teaches improvisation and dance studies in academic and community settings and is an editorial assistant for Contact Quarterly journal of dance and improvisation.
$300 – Professional Rate
$250 – Artist/Student Rate
$100 – Unemployed and Underemployed Rate
a 3-week training
for dancers with experience in contact improvisation
with NANCY STARK SMITH
plus Mike Vargas and other guests
Solo Training • Changing States
Composition • Performance
Improvisation Scores • The Underscore
The January 2017 training is a residential workshop specifically designed to develop our practice of contact improvisation (CI) and other related improvised dance work. The workshop will include physical training, improvisation and composition scores, listening practice, jamming, watching, discussion, feedback, labs, contemplative practice, and performance studies. Please note that this is not a purely CI workshop.
In solo, duet, trio, and group work; in and out of contact; in silence and with live music; we will move toward greater clarity and depth in our dancing and observing.
Please come prepared physically and psychologically for intensive practice (and a bit of fun!).
$1,695–1,775 (sliding scale)
if application form and $160 deposit are received by September 15, 2016.
Best to apply by August.
Add $30 to above fees if application and deposit is received after September 15, 2016
Your holidays are still in limbo?
Join us for an amazing week in Ukrainian Carpathians!
Seven days of contact impro jams and laboratories , snowboarding, skiing, music, bodywork , sauna singing, tea ceremonies, art and poetry in a great company.
Energy boost for the whole year!
Where we stay?
At the retreat center “Yantry” – space specially designed for yoga and wellness practices for recreation and seminars.
This is the first and only yoga hotel in Ukraine of such scale. The complex is located on the highest ski resort in Ukraine, in the natural boundary Dragobrat at an altitude of 1400m above sea level.
There are a lot of hiking trails in the hotel area. This is one of the best places in Ukraine for skiing on untouched slopes.
What about food?
regular, vegetarian and vegan options available,
tea and cookies non-stop
What about snowrides?
Skipass on 50 lifts – 25 euro
Ski/Snowboard rent – 5 euro
Instructor – free
What will children do?
Being welcomed and entertained by child instructor (who is 6 years old) and his adult assistants :)
More details, pics and videos – on our website
See you in Ukraine!
270 euro before January, 1
Including accommodation, food, sauna, bowl, snowboard instructors, childminder for your kids and transfer to/from the mountain
Contact Improvisation Retreat in Costa Rica
❀ with Moti Zemelman ❀
Goddess Garden Nature Retreat, Cahuita, Costa Rica
Register before Oct 1st, 2016 and receive a $100 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 25 years of C.I. 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.
TO REGISTER GO TO WEBSITE: http://www.contactimprov.com/costarica.html
❉ 7 Nights accommodation
❉ Morning warm-ups
❉ Daily Contact classes and Jams
❉ 3 healthy meals per day
❉ Excursion to the Cahuita National Park
❉ Transportation to and from San Jose to Goddess Gardens
TO REGISTER GO TO WEBSITE: http://www.contactimprov.com/costarica.html
CONTACT: Moti Zemelman, 413-475-2651, email@example.com, http://www.contactimprov.com/costarica.html
✾ 6 person dorm: $995
✾ Triple: $1195
✾ Double: $1395
✾ Private Room: $1695
Contact Jam, 6-9pm
Come to to Mile Zero for a contact jam on Sunday the 19th from 6-9pm. Dancers, contact improv enthusiasts, and musicians welcome as well as new people who just want to check it out.
$10 obo. No one turned away due to lack of funds.
I would like to invite you to our 3rd SPECTACULAR and totally UNIQUE event in the Philippines. What happens when Contact meets Theatre? Come to find it out!!
Improvisation does not only concern dance but our overall human expression. It is good to free ourselves from shyness, fear, insecurities by learning also some acting improvisation which will include work with voice & movement.
An intense 4days worskhop filled with many interesting classes in a beautiful location close to Manila.
Includes accommodation, a full board in a form of buffet and all the workshops.
Early Bird Price (Foreigner) 320USD – 16000PHP
Early Bird Price (Filipino) 280USD – 14000PHP
Regular Price (Foreigner) 360USD – 18000PHP
Regular Price (Filipino) 320USD – 16000PHP
Early Bird Price to be paid before Dec 5th 2016
Special Offer For All
If a group of 3 people signs up at any time (during Early Bird or Regular Price) = 25% OFF from the entire amount
For all the payments there is a possibility of 3 instalments between the period October 1st 2016 – Feb 25th 2017. Please note that all instalments must be paid by Feb 25th 2017. For more info please feel free to email us.
Via Paypal or a bank account transfer. Please note, that you are responsible for all the fees and charges applied. Payment must be done prior the event starts.
This year the liquidflowfestival is set on the basic principles of the liquid dance, bringing land to water and water to land through Contact improvisation and Water dance explorations.
-Early-morning yoga class
-Morning intensive on WATER DANCE EXPLORATION
-Afternoon intensive on CONTACT IMPROVISATION
-Sauna, massage, bonfire…at night
300 Euros, food and classes are included, camping about 4 euros extra per night
In the middle of the world, in the capital of Ecuador, Quito, a group of contact improvisers host the 1st International Contact Festival Ecuador 2017.
The festival is divided in three stages:
Pre-Fest: From April 19th to April 23th, Teacher Training with Alito Alessi
Fest: From April 24th to April 30th, Classes menu with national and international teachers we will be focus on: Alexander technique, Material for the spine, Contact Fundamentals, Acro-Yoga and more.
Post-Fest: From May 1st to May 4th, Artistic coexistence for one-to-one work between teacher and students who want to do deep work in a teacher score.
There will also be jams and performances during the whole festival.
Pre-Fest (Teacher Trainig with Alito Alessi) = USD 200.00
Fest (Classes menu) = USD 150.00
Post-Fest (Artistic coexistence) = USD 50.00
Pre-Fest + Fest + Post-Fest = USD 320.00
Pre-Fest + Fest = USD 300.00
Price does not include lodging and transportation
National and international transfers
BANCO DEL PICHINCHA
Cuenta de ahorros
A nombre de: Juan Francisco Ochoa Vera
Dirección: Av. Amazonas 4545 y Pereira
Quito – Ecuador
Join us for a nice workshop led by Ulli Wittemann and an evening jam on Saturday!
Sa, 22.4. von 14.00 bis 18.00 Uhr
Sa, 22.4. Evening: Jam
So, 23.4. von 11.00 bis 18.00 Uhr
Frühbucher/earlybird (bis/until April 8th): Euro 109,-
This 5 day event is suitable to all levels. Don’t let the title fool you, ‘Foundations’ does not mean ‘basic,’ or easy or beginner. This may be your first introduction to some of the skills that encourage good Contact Improv dancing but hopefully not the last. Many of the skills are not learned in a single workshop. Two classes per day of 2 hours each will leave us with enough energy to jam in the evening. Jamming in the evening is integral to learning the skills we practised during class.
$500Canadian includes tuition, taxes, meals, camping/dormitory, and transportation on Lasqueti.
Dancing still, dancing wild. Deep silence to spring symphony, to wild summer dances…
In the silent morning we dance to inner songs. In the afternoon, we move together. Sauna in the evening brings further relaxation. A sweet mix of meditation, dance & contact improvisation, bodywork and contact tango. It is springtime! Let’s play, dance with the trees and connect with yourself and others. Special attention for landscapes, nature, beeing and dancing outside….
The retreat centre is environmental friendly ‘de Vlierhof’, in the peaceful landscape of Kleve, a small village just across the Dutch border near Nijmegen.
Retreat starts Thursday 25 May with a dinner at 18.30 and ends on Sunday 28 May with a lunch at 13.00.
Lydia Müller is a professional dancer and dance teacher and has been working in several professional dance companies and interactive streettheater performances. She has been performing together with Ezequiel Sanucci with Tango Now and is choreographing her own children dancetheater performances.
Lydia is teaching contact improvisation, contemporary dance, Argentine tango, contact tango, African dance, yoga & meditation and more from children to adults. Her quality in teaching is to guide the whole group into a journey of creativity, playfulness and joy.
Lydia is a creative person expressing herself through dance, improvisation, music and being a pure, enthousiastic human being.
Kristien Sonnevijlle is a dancer/vocalist with a background in physical theater. She is specialized in improvisation as a performing art, ‘instant composition’. She has spent long summers in France and winters in India in meditation retreats with different teachers. She believes movement, vocal work and meditation are deeply connected and inform each other. Japanese butoh dance studies helped her to further develop this connection, as well as the current Bio-dynamic craniosacral training.
Organic food and Accommodation at De Vlierhof
Shared room 2/4 p. : 180 euro
Single room: 234 euro
limited places for reduced price available for low income, contact us asap…
Teaching and Organisation
Sliding scale 225 – 375 euro
John Faichney is returning to Leviathan Studio for the 7th time to lead this 12day workshop. John will be leading us through the skills that support good dancing. The classes are for people wishing to study dance. As a participant you value your time in class by arriving early to warm up and remain in the class till it ends. Go to the website for more details.
$1000Canadian includes tuition, all meals and snacks, camping/dormitory and transportation to and from the studio from the ferry.
KATIE DUCK : IMPROVISATION
Workshop in Performance Research and improvisational Compositions
DATE: June 10+11, 2017
VENUE: EDEN Studios – part of Dock11 Berlin –
COST: Earlybird 110€ (money transfer until April 30, 2017), thereafter 135€
REGISTRATION: For registration details and workshop questions please contact me by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
EVENT WEBSITE: http://contact-improvisation.net/2017/02/22/improvisation-ws-by-katie-duck-june-10-11-2017/
June 10+11, 2017
Saturday: 10-13h + 15-18h
Sunday: 10-13h + 15-18h
Katie Duck has been investigating theater, dance and music with live performance for over 30 years. In her workshop, she takes a microscopic view on the role improvisation plays in a live performance combining her background in the performing arts with her curiosity for advances in brain studies, music and movement research.
WHO COULD ATTEND?
Katie can accept students from all performance art backgrounds and professional levels. Her only concern is that anyone who studies in her workshop have a deep interest in the work and is willing to experiment and take risks with the material she offers.
WHAT YOU LEARN?
Improvisational performance breaks the framework of preset choreography and challenges the artist to be the creator/composer/choreographer and the performer at the same time; to be the doer and the observer simultaneously. It is about learning ‘The Eye’: of the space, of the watcher and essentially the eye of work being created.
The workshop is oriented towards building skills of performance presence, timing, tracking and conviction of choice/action. It focuses on developing skills to interpret dynamic space and creating one’s own performance frame. While Katie aims to explore novel and rigorous approaches to body work. The main focus lies in reaching a state of surprising oneself. The workshop will be structured into body work, activity-based sessions, performances and a jam.
Her warm-up and exercises emphasis how the eyes and the ears work in coordination with movement, sound and exposure to gathered crowds altering our perception of time, space, feelings and emotions. Improvisation sessions revolve around the terms pause, flow, exit, choice and presence with discussions articulating play, memory and intuition.
Katie guides the dancers and performers through physical exercises that highlight how the eyes and ears affect movement choices and developmental brain studies about “how we learned to walk”. She extends the workshop toward improvisation sessions by setting a fictional front in the studio space and then declaring this as a platform to choose pause, flow or exit. This platform highlights how the limit of these three choices can already provide the frame for a composition to take place, and that misunderstanding, coincidence, live time, interactivity, messiness, emotions, intuition and inspiration are basic materials in a creative process. These raw materials are integrated with the combined fact that everyone in the workshop group can make a choice.
Choice is introduced to the workshop group as a compositional reality but also as a means for individuals to elect to participate in the performative or as a viewer and yet remain involved in the process. The aim is to gather the workshop group to recognize that in a creative composition process, time is passing at different perceived speeds and that space is shifting in several dimensions at once. This awareness creates a presence in the space and a compositional alertness.
Her aim is to provide a situation where artists can practice together and grow in confidence toward public performances with an objective to clarify that improvisation not the antitheses of choreography or composition but rather the way choreography and composition can be executed.
The improvisation sessions are given a delegated time frame with an option for the workshop group to shift, drop or lift the space at will. This shifting, dropping and lifting of the performance space places each individual in a position where they need to be to be fully awake or they will recognisably loose the thread of the creative compositional activity in play.
HOW KATIE TEACHS?
Katie has been teaching since she began to perform professionally in the mid 70’s. She is dedicated to how process and research play a major role in how one can continue to be artistic in how they approach their life and their work.
Over the past 10 years her workshops have been titled “Improvisation” in order to emphasis her views on theater as a live art form reflective of how she executes her own professional performances. Her research is placed in practice with lectures containing her recent interest in brain studies and film.
She integrates her current research making each workshop completely unique. She draws from her experiences in live performances, music collaborations, as a director and choreographer.
Her enthusiasm for a young artists to be able to continue their practice, in a very different atmosphere than when she began her work, is evident in how she has continued to up grade her life style with new technologies, continued to do research in the sciences, the performance arts and music. She has created several projects with an aim to support a young artists rather than her own career. She continues to take risks with her own career in the support of young artists giving them the possibility to experiment within their own practice.
She promotes to her students that the mental connection to the practice of improvisation can be accessed weather they are doing set or open framed performance pieces and that the definitions of what improvisation within art practices mean today need to be reflective to advances in brain-studies and technology.
In the way she communicates with students, one is aware of how she understands that the professional field of the arts has altered drastically in comparison to when she began her practice in the mid 70’s. As part of her teaching, she encourages young artists to devise strategies that allow for them to sustain the production of their work with creativity and research involved and yet survive.
Katie has had the possibility to create material for her workshops out of a wide range of practice in the performance arts. She has never formulated her teaching material into a frozen body of knowledge. She does not believe that the accumulation of knowledge is how one becomes a teacher. She believes that It is out of her practice and the practice she witnesses with a student that all knowledge becomes clarified in the lessons she leading.
QUOTES KATIE DUCK:
“The combination of moving, seeing, hearing, feeling and deliberately volunteering to expose myself in front of an audience alters my perception of time, space and emotions. What I do for a living is an induced neuron madness”
“I am not interested in the moment even though it does feel good. I am interested in movement and the fact that time is passing. It is a kind of hippie hype to encourage someone to be in the moment.”
“A fully awake body is rarely pedestrian. The body awake needs to be discovered and demands a discipline beyond everyday tasks. And yet when I see movement that does not respect the beauty of the body as pedestrian I become uncomfortable. How the body works and how I see a body is not so different an activity in how I feel. To not respect the body as an already perfect place of motion is like watching a dog trying to learn ballet.”
Cage make a movie
(Solo Katie / Music Mix Katie Duck)
Duck and Snaith (girls at work)
(Yolanda Snaith and Katie Duck / music mix Katie Duck)
Recent improvisation (OT301 Amsterdam / live musicians)
Katie Duck & Alfredo Genovesi at SDSU – closing talk
DR Sharon Smith essay about working with Katie Duck
BIO KATIE DUCK:
Katie Duck has been a professional performer and maker since the early 1970’s. She has been a influential figure in the improvisational performance scene internationally, inspiring generations of performers, musicians and performance makers. She set up the acclaimed Gruppo in Italy in 1979 and toured Europe with a host of productions. She was head of choreography at Dartington College of arts (senior lecturer) in the late 1980’s. She joined the staff at Amsterdam Hogeschool voor de kunsten in 1991 teaching movement research, improvisation, composition and technique and founded the improvisational dance and music company Magpie in the 1990’s with whom she toured internationally. She has collaborated with renowned dance and improvisation music artists form all over the world. Katie’s career has included independent teaching, university teaching, set choreography’s, structured improvisations, music and dance real time performances and live streaming international performances. Her collaborations have been with musicians, visual artists, lighting designers, dancers, actors and comedians. She has initiated education courses and workshops, festivals and monthly performance series in her three bases Italy, England and Holland. She has led dance companies, dance/music companies, advises young artists and has written text for her performances as well as critical articles. Katie has a determination to continue her research in theatre, music, dance, text and performance. Alongside her vocational studies, her research has led her toward social studies, cultural studies and brain studies. She believes that her research must not be validated by way of academic speak alone but rather on her insistence to hear, see and take part in the practice.
More at Katies Website: http://katieduck.com/about-katie-duck/bio/
Breite Strasse 43
13187 Berlin (Pankow)
…scroll down to "STUDIO 190.EG,“ in Haus 2
Tram-Station „Pankow-Kirche“: M1, M50
U & S-Bahn Pankow: U2, M27, S2, S8, RE3, RE5
Bus: 107, 155, 250, 255, X54, N50, N2
The friendly small-scale international festival is once again host to contact improvisers from around the region and beyond*. From June 13-19, 2017, participants will get a chance to study intensively daily with experienced teachers from various countries. There will also be jams, labs and participants get to live on-site at the venue, which is the beautiful Rimbun Dahan, a residential arts center situated not far from the city.
Tung I-Fen (Taiwan)
Svitlana Pashko (Ukraine)
Andrew Wass (US/Germany)
Eng Kai Er (Singapore)
There will also be a pre-festival workshop facilitated by Andrew Wass that will take place June 9-12, 2017.
*Past festivals were attended by participants from countries such as Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, Australia, Finland, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Russia, Canada and the United States.
Registrations by April 8:
Registrations after April 8:
>> performative side of CI | for professionals
>> body experiments | for passionate movers
Intensives with: Adrian Russi, Susanne Martin, Stephen Batts, Alexandra Soshnicova & Sergey Golovnea
Guest teachers: Elisa Ghion, Alon Klein & Stan Potoku
Find all about our program, teachers and classes on our site!
Registration is open! Early Bird tickets available until 15th of April
Be present !
Grow as a performer and/or perform a more authentic you ;)
Event organised by the group of artists Petec de Cultura in partnership with National Center of Dance
180 euros until 15th of April
210 euros after 15th of April
(fee does not include food and accommodation)
- we can suggest nice and cheap hostels close to the studio
from Friday 5 p.m. till Sunday 3 p.m. we will dance in the wonderful hall (380 m²)of house 41.
Preworkshop: 21st to 23rd June 2017
We are very happy to invite Enikő Szilágyi for a SOMATIC PRE WS
We are so happy to announce this year’s contact jam in Innsbruck/Austria to which all you dancers near and far are warmly welcome. We are going to dance in the wonderful 370m² dance hall in the arts and culture center “Vier und Einzig” (Hallerstraße 41). From Friday to Sunday, we are going to enjoy dance, improvised live music (Stefan Gineiger) and we are looking forward to heartwarming encounters and joyful moments while eating, talking, laughing and witnessing. This will be the first year we offer an intensive class Workshop directly before the three days international contact jam. All informations (teacher, subject of teaching, time scale…) for the preworkshop you can find on the next flyer and on www.contactjam.at.
Fee for the whole Jam 105 to 120 € (sliding scale – pay as you can). This includes food („simple and good“, because Elisabeth is cooking for us). Please transfer money until May 16th. Early bird registration 95 € if transfered before May 16th 2016.
Fee for the Workshop see at www.contactjam.at
wcciJAM 2017 is a Contact Improvisation festival that takes place at UC Berkeley (Bancroft Studio and Hearst Women’s Gymnasium), 10AM–midnight (July 4 until 12:30PM). wcciJAM features open jamming and peer exchange; 5-day intensives with Ishmael Houston-Jones and Shel Wagner Rasch; daily family and fundamentals classes with Rossana Alves and Krista DeNio; and single classes with Carol Swann, Daniel Bear Davis, Ezra LeBank, Jordan Fuchs, Jordan Stout, Katherine Cook, Mary Pearson, Megan Lowe, Neige Christenson, Nina Wehnhert, Nuria Bowart, Rajendra Serber, Rosemary Hannon, and Vitali Kononov.
Early registration discount: June 1st
Drop-in options available
email@example.com | http://wccijam.org
sliding scale. see web site
Join 4 teachers who have worked together, taught together, and have a similar approach to Contact Improv. This is the physical aspect of CI with backgrounds in martial arts and gymnastics. This 19day event may be too long for some, attending the first 12 days is an option. Go to the website for more details
$1500Canadian includes tuition, fabulous meals, camping or dormitory, and transportation on Lasqueti from the ferry to the studio and returned.
This Residency is for people with more than 5 years experience in Contact Improvisation. Participants know the rewards of serious study, sustained training, and the value of playing till exhausted. Go to the website for more information or send an email if you have any questions.
$1500Canadian includes all meals, camping/dormitory, and transportation on Lasqueti.