Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

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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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.


Matsya and more…

Beaver Point Hall
1361 Beaver Point Road

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

$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:
Payment by e-transfer or paypal at: ssicontactfestival@gmail.com

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.

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.

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.

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.
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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24 MAY 2019
26 May 2019
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“

– 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)


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

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/


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.


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.


“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

Tanzfabrik Berlin
Möckernstr.68, 10965 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
Studio No.4

U6 & 7 Yorckstrasse / Mehringdamm
S1 & 2 Yorckstrasse
Bus M19 Katzbachstrasse

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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