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 DEC 2016
2 Jan 2017
Berlin , Germany

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:

Your Festivalteam
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.

CONTACT: http://www.in-touch.es
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2 JAN 2017
2 Feb 2017
Buffalo, NY USA

This event is January 25-28, 2018. The date below is wrong because I could not submit it with the correct date.

We will begin by investigating balance as a dynamic act, through the systems of the body in an effort to increase our physical intelligence.

Through attentive and dynamic listening we will explore balance in standing and falling, in responding and redirecting and in flight.

As we gain confidence and trust in our physical intelligence, we can relax into readiness, be more at ease and vulnerable, and this open, vulnerable and ready place is where our creativity is unleashed.

Class exercises are strongly rooted in functional anatomical principals that emphasize clarity, momentum, precision, and release to build kinesthetic awareness necessary for the complex and athletic dancing that follows.

We will also look at movement, a nuro-muscular-skeletal event, through the lens of Ideokinesis, a somatic form originally developed by Mable Todd. We will spend time developing a better understanding of our structure, how it functions and ways to apply that knowledge as movers and thinkers.

Early Bird Rate:
$325 Regular Fee
$250 Artist/Student
$100 unemployed/underemployed

Rate after November 15
$350 Regular Fee
$275 Artist/Student
$125 unemployed/underemployed

please make check payable to Nancy Hughes earmarked Mission Improvable
mail to:
340 Linwood Ave.
Buffalo, NY 14209

All Buffalo Contact Improv Jam Auto-Renewal Participants get $25 off any Fee

CONTACT: Nancy Hughes, 716-517-0644, , http://buffaloci.weebly.com/payment--workstudy-udgici.html
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4 JAN 2017
8 Jan 2017
700 Main St. -6th floor-, Buffalo, NY USA

Kristin Horrigan will be the facilitator of this event.
Lailye Weidman will be joining us as an assistant teacher.

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.

Kristin Horrigan
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

CONTACT: Nancy Hughes, 7165170644, , http://buffaloci.weebly.com/mission-improvable-undoing-gender-in-ci.html
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8 JAN 2017
27 Jan 2017
Earthdance, 252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA 01070 USA

a 3-week training
for dancers with experience in contact improvisation
(intermediate level)

plus Mike Vargas and other guests

Contact Improvisation
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


CONTACT: Patrick Crowley, 617-320-9792, , http://nancystarksmith.com/januaryworkshop2017
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9 JAN 2017
15 Jan 2017
Dragobrat (mountain), Yasinia, Zakarpattia 90630, Ukraine

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?

Borshch… Varennyky…Deruny…
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: Kate Taranova, +38 093 253 91 76, , http://snowsurf.tilda.ws/
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20 JAN 2017
29 Jan 2017
Goddess Garden Eco Retreat, Playa Grande, Cahuita, Limon , Costa Rica

Contact Improvisation Retreat in Costa Rica
❀ with Moti Zemelman ❀
January 21-28
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

Cost includes:

❉ 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, moti@contactimprov.com, http://www.contactimprov.com/costarica.html

✾ 6 person dorm: $995
✾ Triple: $1195
✾ Double: $1395
✾ Private Room: $1695

CONTACT: Moti Zemelman, 4134752651, , http://www.contactimprov.com/costarica.html
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