Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

6 SEP 2018
5 Nov 2019
Tompkins terrace, Beacon, NY 12508 USA

2pm-3pm workshops led by Ophra Wolf (usually contact improvisation) and then open movement improv dance til 5pm. See Newburgh open movement group on facebook.

$15 for guest and special skills nworkshops 2-3pm and 5-10 sliding scale for the open movement from 3-5pm

CONTACT: marcelle urban, 9088841365, , http://Tompkins terrace
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29 DEC 2018
4 Jan 2019
Salt Spring Island, British Columbia v8k1y4, Canada

Join us, on Salt Spring Island, Canada, for a week-long intensive training in Contact Improvisation Dance
with Anjelika Doniy (Russia) and Martin Keogh
December 29, 2018 – January 4, 2019

Website: https://www.contactimprovisationsaltspring.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/248812869182173/

What do we need in place to trust this moment of the dance? 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 reins and, nowhere bound, allow our animal to carry us.

We’ll research the questions:
• What is visible, predictable, teachable?
• What is hidden, unpredictable and unteachable?
• Can we see a jam as an art work in progress?
• How does a witness influence a dancer? And how does a dancer influence a witness?

We will work together six hours a day. Other activities will include jams, potlucks, and spontaneous surprises. We want to get to know you—your treasures, your idiosyncrasies, your distinctive pathways into Contact Improvisation. We will start with ourselves and return to ourselves through dance, skills, awareness, attention, silence.

The format:
Three days of investigation and dancing (Dec 29-30-31)
One day for rest, integration and laundry (Jan 1)
Three more days to deepen the material (Jan 2-3-4)

Because of the advanced nature of this workshop, this intensive is for those with a solid grasp of Contact fundamentals gathered through both classes and jam.

All in Canadian dollar

$420 – Economically deprived, students and underemployed.
$455 – Economically challenged: artists, farmers etc..
$495 – Professional rate: Happily sustained, supports the art.
Please fill registration form here: https://www.contactimprovisationsaltspring.com/registration/

CONTACT: Manuel Rochette, 2505387172, , https://www.contactimprovisationsaltspring.com/
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2 FEB 2019
2 Sep 2019
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.


Price: 470€ with your registration until end of December 2018 / 520€ 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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15 FEB 2019
17 Feb 2019
149 West Hastings, Vancouver, BC , Canada

Registration for the 4th Annual Vancouver Contact Improvisation Festival is OPEN!

Friday, February 15 from 6pm -11:30p,
Saturday, February 16 from 10:00am-11:30pm
Sunday, February 17 from 10am-11:30pm

The 4th Annual Vancouver Contact Improvisation Festival offers an inspiring weekend of contact improvisation taught by local and world renowned teachers and includes a large variety of classes suitable for beginner to advanced levels, evening jam’s, workshops, Underscore and a blindfold jam.

WCCI Foundation, in partnership with the Simon Fraser University School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA), is pleased to provide a state of the art facility with outstanding dance floors and a creative inspiring environment. We will occupy two studios with a variety of activities in each throughout the weekend.

Teachers and facilitators are as follows: Rob Kitsos, Cyrus Khambatta, Alicia Grayson, Joni Cooke, Olivia Shaffer, Daelik, Anne Cooper,Delia Brett, Kat Single-Dain, Adolpho Pati, Stuart Phillips, Michal Lahav and Kayte Gillespie.


You can send payment by Papal/etransfer to vancouvercifoundation@gmail.com. Please send us a separate email to us with your legal name, address, email and phone number. Both are required to properly register you.

The EARLY BIRD PRICE OF $150 IS ONLY AVAILABLE UNTIL MIDNIGHT ON JANUARY 15, 2019! The registration fee after January 16, 2019 will be $200. Registration will close two days prior to the event and payment will be CASH ONLY at the door until the event is sold out.

CONTACT: Vancouver Contact Improvisation Foundation, , https://www.facebook.com/events/2212681298974416/
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16 FEB 2019
23 Feb 2019
Goddess Garden Eco Retreat, Playa Grande, Cahuita, Limon , Costa Rica

6th Annual Contact Improv Retreat in Costa Rica w/ Moti
February 16-23, 2019, @ Goddess Garden, Cahuita, Costa Rica
INFO/REGISTER: www.contactimprov.com/costarica

  • Register by Nov 31 for $100 discount

Come to the magical rainforest and Caribbean coast of Costa Rica to play, improvise, and enhance your Contact skills. Your host and teacher, Moti Zemelman, brings 30 years of CI experience to share. We’ll improvise in the beautiful wood-floor palapa studio and do site specific dance explorations with the Goddess Tree, in the pool & on the beach. Nightly jams will include live improvised music. During this week-long intensive we will explore Contact as a way of connecting with self, nature, spirit and community.

Thanks to our diversity scholarship every year we fund 2 – 4 Costa ricans & Central Americans to join us. Donate here: www.gofundme.com/costa-rica-ci-diversity-scholarship


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: $1195
✾ Triple: $1395
✾ Double: $1595
✾ Private Room: $1995

  • Register by Dec 31 for $100 discount

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

Pura Vida!

As your host and teacher I bring 30 years of CI experience to share. Based in Massachusetts, I’ve taught and performed across USA, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Europe and Israel. This will be my 8th year teaching in Costa Rica! Over the last 10 years in my desire to integrate communication and intimacy skills in teaching and life I have studied Non-violent communication, Tantra, Butoh, Byron Katie’s “The Work” and most recently Betty Martin’s “Wheel of Consent”. I have been both a teacher and a board member at Earthdance Retreat Center in Plainfield, MA where I currently direct the Touch&Play Festival. I am a featured dancer in Sanford Lewis’ documentary film about CI “An Intimate Dance.” I also design and moderate the international Contact Improv resource website www.contactimprov.com.


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)

This Retreat was an absolute highlight in my over 30 years on again off again CI dance life. Moti is a sensei, a true master teacher, who has fed my love for CI on a very deep level and has brought out new curiosities and inner explorations into my being a CI practitioner, who wants to see this form spread to the edges of the earth.
- Cornelia Hoehle, (USA/Germany)

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

Moti’s classes were always engaging and challenging without pushing me to wear out my aging body! Thanks for attuned pacing that seemed to work well for the younger bodies as well.
- Beth Dennison (MA, USA)

Moti’s CI workshop has been one of my favorite CI expeditions, and I would love to go again! The diverse array of offerings, and being in a beautiful jungle with amazing CI dancers from Costa Rica/Central America, you are always in a dance of inter-connectedness, not just with bodies, but with nature (even the jungle sounds), and culture! Magical, playful, delightful…mmm!
- Moé Kishida (Phoenix, USA/Japan)

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)

Fue una experiencia maravillosa, de gran crecimiento y aprendizaje. Sentir el cuerpo vivo y en movimiento, concentrarse en la pequeña danza, alejados del mundo por unos días para descubrirnos y abrirnos a la maravilla del contacto. Asistir a este retiro fue una experiencia que como artista escénico y ser humano, es invaluable. Gracias.
- Marianna Musso, (Argentina)

Una experiencia transformadora en todos los niveles. Bailarines de todas las edades y con distintas experiencias creando, jugando, improvidamdo, volando!!!!!..no hay palabras para describir la belleza, la apertura, la diversión. Co- crear movimiento, co- crear experiencias, co-crear comunidad. Cada célula de mi cuerpo desea volver el próximo año para seguir transformando no sólo mi cuerpo sino mi mundo interior, mis creencias y mis limitaciones. Gracias infinitas moti por esta oportunidad única y maravillosa!!!
- Virginia Delbino (Tinamastes, Costa Rica)

Info in Spanish -
Para ver la información de este evento en español haga clic aquí:

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: $1195
✾ Triple: $1395
✾ Double: $1595
✾ Private Room: $1995

  • Register by Dec 31 for $100 discount
CONTACT: Moti Zemelman, 4134752651, , http://www.contactimprov.com/costarica
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4 MAY 2019
1 Nov 2019
303 East 8th Ave, Vancouver, BC , Canada

Fridays 6:30-8pm (please arrive between 6:05-6:25pm)
at EDAM Dance

[No class Feb 15 – instead join us at the 4th Annual Vancouver Contact Improv Festival (Feb 15-17 @ SFU Woodwards)]

Olivia’s classes offer an opportunity to develop Contact Improvisation (CI) techniques that will both foster the dancing of beginners and satisfy the hunger of more advanced practitioners.

Class will begin with a guided warm-up to deepen awareness of ourselves in relationship to gravity by sensing the balance between tension and ease. Developmental movement principles such as yielding, head-tail connection, and push patterns will be considered to facilitate pathways that move us in and out of the floor with ease and efficiency. We will travel through space utilizing “scores of limitation” to create opportunities to unlearn habitual patterning to enrich the possibilities of our dancing.

As we begin to improvise together we will discover the innate physics in our movements, using gravity as a tool rather than a hindrance. Similarly, by learning to gently pour our weight we notice how timing can allow for easeful movements. We will consider the notion of physical empathy, exploring how we can make ourselves light and supportive in surrendering to weight flow and counterbalance.

Teacher bio:
Olivia Shaffer is an independent performer, improviser, choreographer and teacher from Vancouver, BC. She holds a BFA and a Liberal Arts Certificate from the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. She works as a freelance dance artist with several Vancouver-based companies such as EDAM Dance, Co.ERASGA and MACHiNENOiSY, among others.

Since 2011, Olivia has had the pleasure and privilege of developing her skills under the guidance of two mentors: CI master Peter Bingham and somatic movement expert Helen Walkley. Olivia trains daily with Peter and his renown dance company EDAM, and has received in-depth training in improvisation, Laban Movement Analysis & Bartenieff Fundamentals with Helen.

Olivia has participated in numerous CI intensives with notables such as Alicia Grayson, Karen Nelson, Andrew Harwood, Ray Chung, Chris Aiken, Frey Faust, Martin Keogh and Angelika Doniy. She has taught in Canada, the USA and Southeast Asia, and has been performing with Vancouver-based CI company EDAM Dance since 2014.

$15 drop in or $60 for a 5-class card

CONTACT: Olivia Shaffer, http://www.oliviashaffer.ca
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12 JUN 2019
19 Jun 2019
Arlequi - Mas Llapart, Barri Sant Maurici, Camos, Girona, Banyoles E17840, Spain

A workshop for experienced contact improvisers that engages the full spectrum of dance improvisation work that Nancy and Mike are currently exploring using Contact Improvisation (CI) as a base. This includes CI technique and practice, improvisation scores (including the Underscore), compositional awareness (including Mike’s 86 Aspects of Composition), contemplation, discussion, jamming, and detailed listening practice.

Through our moving and observing, we will study physical and energetic changes in state, accidental (and deliberate) composition, presence, and relationship—in groups, solo, in and out of contact, with and without live music.

We’ll experiment with ways to tune our dancing and awareness so we can improvise more consistently with ease and clarity—embodied, articulate, generous, ready for CI and solo and group relationships, artful, and human. In the workshop we will also develop our listening, aiming to find varied relationships between what we hear and how we move.

Nancy’s longtime collaborator musician/composer/improviser Mike Vargas will contribute his music and his current research.

Please come preparedorgad.html for intensive practice (6 hours daily) and a little bit of fun!

The course is designed for people with intermediate/advanced level experience in contact improvisation. Please send a brief description of your background with CI and improvisation and your specific interest in this course. Please send directly to Nancy at contactq@aol.com, or fax # 001-413-586-9055.

The workshop will be taught in English. Some fluency (understanding and speaking) in English required.

Course Fee: 535.– Euros
includes accommodation on the hayloft
For food please calculate approx. 17.-€ per day

CONTACT: Anna Borredà, +49 721 3528910, , http://www.arlequi.de/index.html
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