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
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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
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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 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.

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

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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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.

REGISTRATION

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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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

  • SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE FOR COSTA RICA & CENTRAL AMERICAN RESIDENTS – INQUIRE***

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:
www.contactimprov.com/costarica
or e-mail: moti@contactimprov.com

Pura Vida!
Moti

MOTI ZEMELMAN, MFA
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.

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)

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:
http://www.contactimprov.com/costaricaspanish.html

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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31 Mar 2019
Brussels, Brussels , Belgium

Steve Paxton’s visit to Brussels is a precious opportunity to meet this dancer, choreographer and teacher whose work has been of such influence in the world contemporary dance and who continues to inspire generations of dancers and choreographers today. Steve Paxton’s presence is in response to the invitation from Contredanse to celebrate 15 years of collaboration that have led to the release of Paxton’s first book Gravity and its French translation La gravité as well as Material for the Spine, a movement study, now available online. The event Swimming in Gravity will be governed by gravity and our relationship to this physical force – the central theme of Steve Paxton’s work.

In collaboration with several cultural venues in Brussels, the program includes an exhibition, a lecture by Steve Paxton as well as a round table, within the LEGS festival, on inheritance and transmission. To complete the week, a series of workshops and times for exchange will be organized at La Raffinerie and at the TICTAC art center. Like an outstretched hand, this event is an invitation to enter the dance, with Steve Paxton.

Phantom Exhibition – 23.03 > 31.03.19

BOZAR
By Baptiste Andrien and Florence Corin for Contredanse in collaboration with Steve Paxton.

At the heart of the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Phantom Exhibition lifts the veil on the fascinating universe of the dancer and choreographer Steve Paxton. Just like a reading room, Phantom Exhibition gives you the chance to walk around, sit down and dream in the midst of books which you can take a look at, interactive tablets you can have a go with and an immersive video installation, revealing a life spent questioning gravity, this physical force which acts on each and every one of us.

Free entrance

Workshops – 25.03 > 29.03.19

La Raffinerie, Charleroi Danse and at TICTAC art centre
With : Ray Chung, Patricia Kuypers, Charlie Morrissey, Otto Ramstad et Scott Smith.

This event offers the opportunity to discover varied aspects of Steve Paxton’s work through a series of workshops — Contact Improvisation, Material for the Spine, movement laboratory and dance improvisation. Teachers are artists who have experienced working with Steve Paxton and have integrated it in their own way into teaching and performing practices. All participants will have the opportunity to attend all the workshops, two master classes will be given by teacher during the week. Moments of exchanges, discussions and informal performances are also planned during the week, a jam/party will celebrate the end of the workshop.

For more details >> contredanse.org

Price: 230 € for the week, lunch included.

Send your CV and a letter of motivation at formations@contredanse.org.

The application is for the full week only.

Swimming in Gravity – Lecture by Steve Paxton – 25/03 – 20:00

BOZAR – Horta Hall with Steve Paxton

Steve Paxton’s conference at BOZAR celebrates the recent publication with Éditions Contredanse of his first book Gravity. In it, he looks back on a life inhabited by this natural physical force, and the memories of his first steps run alongside metaphysical meditations and views on the present-day world. With lucidity and humour, Steve Paxton investigates what is at the bounds of our conscience, and invites our senses to enter into the dance.

5€, reservation/ticketing : www.bozar.be

Legacy, Transmission and Sharing – 28/03 – 19 :00

La Raffinerie, Charleroi Danse
With Steve Paxton, Baptiste Andrien, Ray Chung, Florence Corin, Patricia Kuypers, Denise Luccioni, Charlie Morrissey, Otto Ramstad et Scott Smith.

Teachers, editors and dancers will share their points of view on the issues surrounding transmission of Material for the Spine and Contact Improvisation. Organized by Contredanse, in collaboration with Charleroi danse, in the frame of LEGS festival, at La Raffinerie.

Free entrance, reservation/ticketing : www.charleroi-danse.be

CONTACT: Anne Golaz, +32 (0)2 550 13 07 , , http://www.contredanse.org
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Cayuco Maya, Bacalar, Quintana Roo , Mexico

A 6 day immersion to dive into the depth of body, dance and movement through contact improvisation and water explorations finding new ways to move and connect with land and water. Morning yoga, jams, live music and sweatlodge will be part of the experience.

480 dlls

CONTACT: Eva Schorndanner, ---, , http://www.contactandflow.com
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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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4 MAY 2019
171 Hillcrest Dr., Salt Spring Island, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia v8k1y4, Canada

On FB: https://www.facebook.com/events/359517611267936/

Join us for a 3 day immersion in Jamming Contact Improvisation Dance. There will be little facilitation but a clear container. We will be pulling inspirations from different scores and themes like the Underscore, Blindfold Jams, Authentic Movements, Music Jam, Lab and other formats.

Our intention is to dive into long jamming sessions where time evaporates into a spacious container. We have interest in allowing our natural internal rhythms to guide us into unknown and spontaneous pathways. We will be our own and each others teachers, guides and investigators.

This event is inclusive to all skill levels, ages, genders, sexual orientations, skin colours & physical conditions.

FACILITATORS:
TBA

MUSICIANS:
Matsya and more…

VENUE:
Beaver Point Hall
1361 Beaver Point Road

TIME BONES:
Friday 5th: 9am – 10pm
Saturday 6th: 9am – 12am
Sunday 7th: 9am – 6pm
(detailed schedule tba)

INVESTMENT:
$160-$220 – Early Bird until Feb 15th.
$180 – Economically deprived, students and underemployed.
$210 – Economically challenged: artists, farmers etc.
$240 – Professional rate: Happily sustained, supports the art.
(Includes 8 meals total)

Full payment required to save your spot.
Refundable (minus $25) before March 1st, Non-Refundable after.
Registration form:
https://www.contactimprovisationsaltspring.com/registration/
Payment by e-transfer or paypal at: ssicontactfestival@gmail.com

VOLUNTEERS:
There is a few volunteers position. Tasks are kitchen help and cleaning related. Contact us if you are interested in a partial or full position.

FOOD:
We will provide a total of 8 nourishing meals. All organic, mainly vegetarian, mostly local and options for pretty much every sensitivities. Our food is wholesome, plentiful & delicious.

ACCOMMODATION:
Camping: Ruckle Park is 3 min drive or 25 min walk from the Hall and is situated on the ocean side.
Some people may be able to host indoor. They may or may not ask for donations. Please contact us if you would like an indoor space.

THINGS TO BRING:
Change of clothes, warm clothes, blanket, kneepads, music instruments, camping gear, flashlight, pen, journal, towel.

  • Like every events we host, we call in a safe environment while holding space for deep explorations. We encourage every participants to speak up if they are subject to unwanted and inappropriate behaviours from other participants.

Questions and Registration, please fill form on registration page.
https://www.contactimprovisationsaltspring.com/registration/
or email us ssicontactfestival@gmail.com

We are looking forward to dancing with you.

160-240 Cad $

CONTACT: Manuel Rochette, 2505387172, , https://www.contactimprovisationsaltspring.com/a
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Berlin, Berlin , Germany

The Flying Score – Workshop by Scott Wells
Workshop in Contact Improvisation, flight patterns and fluid acrobatics

May 24-26, 2019 – Tanzfabrik Berlin (Kreuzberg)

Scott Wells, San Francisco
Artistic Director of Scott Wells & Dancers – contemporary dance ensemble „renown for their high-flying, gravity-defying dance“

SCHEDULE:
– Friday 24.5.: 16-20:00
– Saturday 25.5.: 10-18:00 (break 13-14:00)
(19-22:00 public Contact Jam)
– Sunday 26.5.: 11-18:00 (break 14-15:00)
(=total teaching time: 17h)

TRAILER:
https://vimeo.com/109335346

COST:
Early bird: 145€ (money transfer until April 24, 2019),
thereafter: 185€

YOUR REGISTRATION:
For registration details and workshop questions please contact me by e-mail at xs4jan@gmx.de

EVENT WEBSITE: http://contact-improvisation.net/2019/01/06/the-flying-score-ws-by-scott-wells-may-24-26-2019/

SHARE YOUR INTEREST: https://www.facebook.com/events/2029150373840935/

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION – The Flying Score:

Starting with contact as our foundation, we’ll traject towards a space that supports freedom of flight and expression: expression that takes us into interaction and ensemble improvisation. That is: we start at zero to redefine what is contact—to ourselves, others, reality, gravity. We start at zero to connect with our bodies, our interest and spontaneity.

Some notions: We will decode momentum to ride moving support — riding momentum is about letting go without being out-of–control. We’ll track flying centers of gravity to find aerial interactions that increase the contact.
I like to inject some body systems material (BMC, Alexander Technique and bodywork). For example: Jumping ≠ Flying because jumping is a muscular action, whereas flying is in the bones and is affected greatly by emotions and attitude.

Some of the techniques that will be tought are: ‘flying patterns’ (lifts, how to spring, how to jump, how to fly), ‘fluid acrobatics’ (actobatics in movement), ‘pure contact’(contact improvisation basics). For the acrobatic and advanced patterns everyone will work at their own level and will learn best by building group safety and trust – everyone will do something new. We will learn some repertory and practice taking the aerial work into improv. I like feedback and will see what the group is up for.

We will practice flying, catching, landing, fluid acrobatics and deft maneuvers. We’ll be doing my favorite contact exercises and current curiosities—created or learned over the decades of investigation and indulgence. We use these to warm up, center and to re-enter the “beginner’s mind” of contact improvisation. We will practice integrating the flying and acrobatics into the contact flow. That is: aerial interactions that increase the contact. We will take the aerial work into improvisation FLYING SCORES.

VIDEOS:
https://vimeo.com/115280415
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

BIO Scott Wells:

In 1981 Scott Wells discovered the pleasure of contact improvisation shortly after becoming obsessed with the struggles of modern dance. He stuck with both, received an MFA in dance from the University of Illinois (1991) and currently directs a company in San Francisco. Scott Wells & Dancers is celebrating 25 years of making dances in San Francisco. Wells has created works for skateboarders, for boxers and choreographed West Side Story for Sonoma State University. In 2010 and 2005 Scott received the Izzie (San Francisco’s most prestigious dance award) for Outstanding Choreography and was selected by Dance Magazine as “one of the 25 To Watch”. In 2016 Wells choreographed Touchy Subjects with Keith Hennessy and in 2017 choreographed On the Occasion of our 25th Anniversary (and eviction) we ask, “Was that good for you?” with Kathleen Hermesdorf. Wells has been practicing Alexander Technique for twenty five years and BMC for fifteen.
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 meditative, playful, and very physical dancing. And students appreciate how the scary or advanced moves are safe, relaxed and made possible.

PRESS:

“Scott Wells…has a dizzying abundance of pure dance-making talent“ Rachel Howard, SF Examiner

“Wells has become over the last fifteen years the Paul Taylor of Contact Improv — that is, the first to make dances in this idiom that are deeply musical, somehow “normal,” imaginative, witty, often hilarious, sometimes fierce.” Paul Parrish, Danceviewtimes

“Come for the Thrills, Stay for the Artistry.” Allan Ulrich, Voice of Dance

“Sproing! Once you adjust to the notion that very fit people are supposed to be bouncing off walls and flying in your face, you can relax and let them (Wells and dancers) do their thing, which is an electrifying style of contact improvisation” SF Weekly

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

CONTACT: , http://contact-improvisation.net/2019/01/06/the-flying-score-ws-by-scott-wells-may-24-26-2019/
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64-84 Chisenhale Road, London, London E3 5QZ, United Kingdom

2-day dance workshop in London with renowned choreographer Scott Wells

1-2 June 2019, Sat 11-6pm; Sun 10-4pm

During these two days, we will start with contact and body awareness. Then learn some techniques and traject towards a space that supports freedom of flight and expression.

We’ll be doing Scott’s favourite contact exercises and current curiosities created or learned over the decades of investigation and indulgence.

We will practice flying, catching, landing, fluid acrobatics, deft manoeuvres. For the acrobatics everyone will work at their own level and will learn best by building group safety and trust: everyone will do something new.

We will practice taking the aerial work into improv: come, lose your head and fly!

Video link to From Zero to Flying workshop in Athens

For some examples of Scott’s works:

Parkour

Call of the wild

Bio

In 1981 Scott discovered the pleasure of contact improvisation shortly after becoming obsessed with the struggles of modern dance. He stuck with both and currently directs a company in San Francisco and tours annually to Europe. Wells has created works for skateboarders, boxers and recently choreographed West Side Story.

He teaches dance technique and is recognized worldwide as a leading teacher of Contact Improvisation. He has recently taught and performed in Ankara, Turkey, Halifax, Canada, at Impultanz in Vienna, and in Budapest, Berlin, Graz, Munich and Rome.

Scott Wells is a two time winner of the Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Choreography.

My choreographic approach centers on physical interaction. I am fascinated with people as social creatures – how they play, fight, love and struggle in intimate pairings and in larger groups.

I view content as moment that spice the form and flow of a work. I am concerned with the larger picture – the arc, pace and overall structure. Even the humor in dances has an effect on the flow of the work’ ~ Scott Wells

Scott Wells and Dancers website

full information can be found_ here

Early Birds £110 -£140 after the 2nd of April 2019

CONTACT: Bea Perini, , https://www.linkedin.com/in/beatriceperini
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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.
www.nancystarksmith.com

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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171 Hillcrest Dr., Salt Spring Island, Salt Spring Island, British Columbia v8k1y4, Canada

The Salt Spring Summer Plunge is a 2 week long dive into Contact Improvisation. An Intensive with Martin Keogh followed by a 5 day festival.

Web: https://www.contactimprovisationsaltspring.com/

Facebook:
Intensive: https://www.facebook.com/events/309334893035722/
Festival: https://www.facebook.com/events/321745031779582/

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Within the frame of Salt Spring Contact Improvisation Summer Plunge,
we are excited to present a weeklong Intensive Training
with Martin Keogh and guest teacher.
From June 13th to June 19th 2019

Register here:
https://www.contactimprovisationsaltspring.com/registration/


This event is for dancers with a solid grasp in the form of contact improvisation. Please message us if you have doubt.

The format:
• Three days of investigation and dancing from 10am- 4:30pm
• One day for rest for integration and laundry
• Three more days to deepen the material

We will work together five to 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.
Attending a weeklong training allows the group to establish working relationships, and provides the opportunity for everyone to receive feedback and create significant changes in their dancing
Because of the advanced nature of this workshop, this intensive is for those with a solid grasp of Contact fundamentals.

Martin’s teaching history and website is here: http://martinkeogh.com/my-story/

Cost for the Intensive (June 13th – 19th 2019 )
$420 – Economically deprived, students and underemployed.
$455 – Economically challenged: artists, farmers etc..
$495 – Professional rate: Happily sustained, supports the art.
https://www.contactimprovisationsaltspring.com/registration/

Please note that food is NOT included in the Intensive.
You can sign up for a meal plan for 165$ for a total of 12 meals. 5 breakfast, 5 lunches and 2 dinners.

*Discount if you take part in the whole Plunge (June 13th – 26th)
https://www.contactimprovisationsaltspring.com/registration/

*Please note that we are not taking part-timers in the intensive or the festival.

Link to festival event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/309334893035722/
Registrations and Questions: ssicontactfestival@gmail.com

(P.S. It is rumoured there is 1% less gravity on SSI…)

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Within the frame of Salt Spring Contact Improvisation Summer Plunge,
we are excited to present the 4th annual Salt Spring Island Contact Improvisation Festival, from June 22th to June 26th 2019.

We will be coming together for a medley of Classes, Jams, Focused Jams, Group games, Scores, Indoor Dance, Outdoor exploration, Group Meals and Music. Join us for a 5 day immersive gathering where dance, community, art, nature and self discovery all meet in a space of investigation, a time of play.

Register here:
https://www.contactimprovisationsaltspring.com/registration/

Our Facilitators:
TBA very soon

Musicians:
Matsya; Live dj set of ecletic electronic musics.
More….

Cost for the Festival (June 26th – June 30th)
$420 – Economically deprived, students and underemployed.
$455 – Economically challenged: artists, farmers etc..
$495 – Professional rate: Happily sustained, supports the art.
Includes 9 meals total

*Discount If you take part in the whole Plunge(Intensive & Festival) (June 13th- June 26th)
Intensive Event Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/321745031779582/

Details and Registration here: https://www.contactimprovisationsaltspring.com/registration/

420-495 per event

CONTACT: Manuel Rochette, 2505387172, , http://171 Hillcrest Dr., Salt Spring Island
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21 Jul 2019
Tetterodeweg 15, Amsterdam, Overveen, Noord Holland 2051 EG , Netherlands

6 day CI festival full of workshops and jams with various teachers from the Dutch contact community and international guest teachers.

More then 12 teachers and facilitators from the Dutch CI scene will be a part of this festival.

We will come together in one amazing gym to share our love for this art form and to explore it even further.

The festival takes place next to the beautiful Dutch dunes. We will be venturing out to the dunes as well to dance in nature. Every evening we will end the day with a different Jam together.

This festival is suitable for all levels, and our intention is to bring advanced and beginning dancers from the Netherlands and beyond to share ideas and dance.

Early bird price (limited for the first 40 participants) – 325 Euro.

Full price – 385 Euro.​

CONTACT: , http://contactfestivalnl.com/
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