Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

2 FEB 2019
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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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16 FEB 2019
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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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