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ContactFestival : ContactFestival Gttingen: Contactimprovisation dancefestival in Göttingen for dance, contactimpro, improvisation. Tanzfestival für kontaktimprovisation und Contemporary Dance.

 

Classes 2018

On most days of the festival in the afternoon there will be three classes happen parallel. One of them is cleary devoted to the practice of Contact Improvisation. The other two classes will offer some diversity out of the field of CI and contemporary dance.

To support CI beginners and people who want to focus strongly on CI technique we'll offer a CI class before the opening circle and 3 times in the late afternoon a one hour frame to focus on basic CI skills. 

 

Teachers

Our teachers group is a very yummy mix of well established teachers (in the european festival landscape) and others who haven't been seen so much yet on these events.

 

Special offers

 

 

 

 

Angela-Mara Florant (Hamburg/ Germany)

 

Angela-Mara had her first experience with CI during her performence arts studies in
Besançon, France. In 2005 she moved to Hamburg. She teaches several regular contact classes, gives workshops and organizes jams and festivals (NORDTANZ Festival). Since 2015, she is co-director of the dance studio “Triade” in Hamburg. When Angela-Mara is not dancing or teaching contact she is teaching Pilates, directing independent theater productions, choreographing dance pieces (mostly based on CI) and teaching theater and dance to children.


 "For me CI is an art form. I love allowing my dance to be inspired by the composition of the room. CI opens up space, Space within me and outside of me, Creative space unfolding. I enjoy looking at movement from an anatomical perspective and at the same time love the playful unfolding of stories that can occur while dancing CI. Over and over again finding and reinventing myself while continuously rediscovering and uncovering new aspects of the form are my favorite subjects of my ongoing research."
www.angelamaraflorant.de

Head less – losing control 

Focussing attention on the roundest body part, the highest point of the body, resting on the spine, which conatains all the senses and the brain, is hard but extremely fragile – the head. Letting go of the head, resting our heads on each other's body and falling head first... trusting our partner, controlling and losing control. How can the head lead us into a dance? How is it when the head serves as hands to navigate surfaces through touch? The class will include bodywork and other exercises to raise awareness of the head and neck.

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Anat Greenberg (Israel/ Kenya)

 

An artist, dancer, student, teacher, and mother.B.A in dance from seminar hakibbutzim, Tel –Aviv. She has been teaching contemporary dance, Contact Improvisation, Improvisation and Pilates for the past 10 years in different dance departments, Private studio's, Festivals and workshops in Israel and abroad.

Movement is her passion and medicine. Among the many sources of inspiration are: Capoeira, Ilan Lev Method, fly low, Release technique, Yoga, Meditation, Philosophy, Nature, and Life.

She is currently based in Nairobi,Kenya.

Inversion

Being inverted is an exciting and fun part of a contact dance. It is less familiar to our bodies therefore very exciting and stimulating and can be very pleasurable. At the same time, it can also be very scary and making our breath stop. How can I be relaxed and continue the flow in this moment of inversion? To make it more comfortable we will practice being there so we can tumble with ease. Changing our natural upright position teaches us a lot about our center, about our backspace, it also brings playfulness and makes us work with the unknown. We will work with changing rolls between hands and feet so they integrate knowledge and possibilities. we will work at different hight levels so we go from the safer and up. The blood flow to the head will energies us and our focused tasks will allow room to explore in a safe zone.

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Bernd Knappe (Göttingen/ Germany)

Since a few years Bernd Knappe is exclusively engaged in contactimprovisation, after freelance work as painter, musician and architect. In order to build up local CI-communities  he is teaching all around in Europe - especially interested in the question, how people without a specialised dance background body-training and knowledge can find an easy, effortless and playful way into physical improvisation as an arts form. He supports and initiates integrative dance projects and cooperates with "DanceAbility International"

video: http://youtu.be/KEonTrmxv-w
documentation: www.dancedancedance.de

COMPOSE the Jam.

Of doing and letting...

Of sitting and seating...

Of lying and laying...

Of standing and playcing...

Of the We and Here....

We do it anyway. We cannot non compose. We can only pay more or less attention to how we consciously shape moments in dance as a group in space. Beyond Duets we will research on simple strategies of improvisation and instant composition to connect playfully: Copying, Ceting, Completing. So in this way the jam will become a moving three-dimensional picture in which we are all involved as equal painters...

The Class is open for EveryBody. Curiosity suffices.

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Daniel Werner (Göttingen/ Germany)

 

Daniel is one of the organizers of this festival, responsible that the hardware is working fine. He is a true professional in this field since he is organizing countless fantastic CI related events. His other passion is teaching in the field of the sensing and moving body. CI technique is a core part of his teaching practice, like in the Half Year Programme in Berlin with Joerg Hassmann or the CI Training-Programme in Hamburg with Elske Seidel. Another strong direction is more purely somatic work with a special passion for water work.

CI-skills

This year the festival team members will teach the one hour CI-skill classes. In a very direct and practical way techniques are introduces to handle the shared weight of a CI duett in efficient and enjoyable ways.

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Dino Spiri (Berlin / Germany)

 

... is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and since eight years deeply involved in practising and teaching various disciplines of movement and touch. His work is strongly rooted in practices like Klein Technique, BMC, AT and Vipassana meditation and aims to create a bedding for meeting oneself and each other.  dinospiri.com

CI-skills

One of the things that make CI very exciting is the use of weight in a dance. Giving and receiving weight can be very delicious or quite horrible. We will take a closer look at how to play with shared weight in efficient and enjoyable ways.

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Edo Ceder (Israel)

Edo has been practicing and studying Contact and Improvisation, as well as contemporary dance since 1999, and teaching since 2006. He is holding weekly classes of CI and Improvisation, as well as hosting a monthly Jam. He created and danced in contemporary dance pieces and performed with them in Israel and abroad. He has worked with people in personal processes through the “Grinberg method”. He carries a 2nd degree black belt in Jujitsu and used to teach to children and adults. He has a B.A. in Psychology. 
"I look at CI as a practice and play with weight and the physical forces, while at the same time honing skills of non-verbal communication, presence, attention and plain fun”

 

From somatic to artistic - the apprehended movements

Our physical stories are hidden in the actions we never complete. In our daily lives we encounter internal states which we feel want to come out but we do not let them for one reason or another. We feel the wish to bring something into expression, into action, but we hold it in mid action and never let it complete. For example someone is saying something to us, we feel the emotional and physical reaction inside wanting to come out, but we never let it out.

In this class we will attempt to access these underlying sensations and movements, and use them as energy and material for our dance stories. We will work as a solo, a duet, a group, and with audience.

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Elle Erdmann (USA)

 

Ellie has studied the momentous dimensions of the body for over a decade.  He is fascinated by the body’s ability to perceive its internal movement-ecosystem and our capability to access new patterns of awareness. His study of dance has led him to deep practices of somatics and embodiment that he shares in classes on contact improvisation and dance. He study’s currently with Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen and continues a Body-Mind Centering (BMC) Certification Program.

His primary teachers and disciplines are contact improvisation, Frey Faust and Axis Syllabus, Joerg Hassmann, experiential anatomy, Sara Shelton Mann, release technique, and Qigong. He is interested in enlivening our senses and retracing our body’s living intelligence in order to perceive our movement potential.

Currently he supports infants in their proprioceptive process and development and teaches experiential anatomy and embryology courses to assist people in discovering efficient and holistic patterns and a felt sense of alignment. Out of the dance studio he tends native plant ecosystems and connects to place through processing plants and palpating their seasonal stories into medicine.

 

Tuning Underneath our Organs

Our organs hold the history of our body’s construction. They remember their formation, how they breath and how they move. They have choice. In this class we will delve into the system of our organs to discover the mobility and momentum they are able to generate and how they express themselves within our dance. Our buoyant organs are the initial structures that calibrate the tone of our tissue and muscles and, like these tissues, they are places that can initiate movement and breath. By locating and finding our organs we can work with additional internal surface area and space and distribute tone, awakening more places to share in contact and easing our ability to move.

Borrowing concepts from developmental movement, Body-Mind Centering (BMC), proprioceptive learning, and experiential anatomy our potent moving body will arise.

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Frauke Bachler (Göttingen/ Germany)

 

Frauke is a dancer and teacher based in Göttingen. Dance is an important part of her life since childhood when she took her first dance class. More than 20 years ago, she developed her prime interest in contact improvisation and contemporary dance techniques with various inspiring teachers and courses in Berlin, Belém, Hamburg and Amsterdam. In addition she became a physiotherapist which gives her in-depth understanding of muscular and fascial interplays. Frauke is particularly loves offering classes with cross overs between contact and other dance techniques such as new dance and release techniques, and to explore ease and flow.

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Jörg Hassmann (Berlin/Germany)

 

I am part of the festival team, taking care of the schedule and its content - like teachers and what they offer, and the different frames to practice and to share our knowledge.

For more than 20 years now I see myself in a slow but steady learning process with CI (as the center of my dance practice and profession) and I am amazed about the depth and complexity that is still unfolding. My work is influenced by anatomy based movement explorations, contemporary dance, ideas from BMC, Capoeira, play and the urge and joy of discovery. Teaching and performing has always been essential for me on this journey and I have been fortunate enough to teach all over the world. Seven years ago I started teaching CI training intensive programmes in Berlin together with Daniel Werner, where we developed our systematic approach to contact technique (www.dancecontact.de).

CI skills

I will teach one of the three short CI skill classes, which will be offered by the festival team members this year. In a very direct and practical way techniques are introduces to handle the shared weight of a CI duett in efficient and enjoyable ways.

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Kaisa Kukkonen (Helsinki/ Finland)

 

Kaisa is a professional dancer based in Helsinki and has been doing contact improvisation since 2005. She graduated as a dancer from North Karelia College Outokumpu 2010. She makes performance with improvisation and contact in many groups and collectives. She has recently started to teach more and enjoyes sharing her learning through teaching. Dancing with her has been described with words: the best pillow, amusement park, ocean of butter and royal jelly! She organises jams and workshops in Helsinki and is part of the Skiing on Sking organisation team. Kaisa has learned a lot from Joerg Hassmann, Christine Mauch, Katja Mustonen, Iiris Raipala and Nancy Stark-Smith among many others. kaisakukkonen.wordpress.com/

1001 ways to roll

The class is about curiosity of the 1001 (and more!) movement possibilities that open from the point of contact. We will start with softening on the ground and towards the point of contact. We work with changing directions, tone of the body and keeping your whole body available for new situations. Through exploring different focuses we aim to develop clear movement articulation.

As the title of the class is about rolling, we will stay most of the class on the floor. You are always free to choose your own pace, dynamics and you are encouraged to take care of yourself.

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Lucía Sánchez (Madrid/Spain)

 

Movement lover, dance and pilates teacher, dancer, organizer… and a long list of small jobs to keep my life gravitating around dance. In 2007 I started the adventure of opening a dance and pilates studio (lapuertaroja, www.lapuertaroja.net) with the purpose of generating a space in Madrid for exploring the moving body with activities such as CI, Contemporary Dance, Pilates, Dance Improvisation, Butoh, BMC, labs or JAMs. Nine years after, many students, dance lovers and professionals have been part of it.

As a dancer I'm a troupe member at the dance and music improvisation Company Omos Uno (www.omosuno.com) since 2012, dancing regularly in theaters around Spain. Also worked with the choreographer Cindy Van Acker for the opera “Moses und Aron” directed by Romeo Castelucci at the Teatro Real (Madrid) or made my own performative work in collaboration with Mónica Almagro (Madrid's Butoh Festival "Alma Negra"

Body celebration - Movement Improvisation class

Every movement is precious. Sensation moves me and movement calls for more movement. I enjoy witnessing the sequencing of motion traveling through my body. I am here, in relation to you, in relation to the space. Moving as a celebration where, within a focus and committed dance, all my body smiles.

In this class we will train tools for moving solo inhabiting the different regions of our anatomy, as well as travel in and out of the floor and through the space with a spherical sense of body. We will practice different ways to locate our dance in relation to others and the space. Witnessing and feedback are a central part of this work as a way to borrow, share and learn from each other.

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Malaika Sarco-Thomas (Malta)

 

Malaika Sarco-Thomas is a contemporary dance artist exploring how improvisation can ignite our curiosity of the nonhuman world. She is senior lecturer at the of Department of Dance Studies at the University of Malta’s School of Performing Arts. Previously she coordinated BA Dance and Choreography courses at Falmouth University and Dartington College of Arts, and developed her PhD in collaboration with P.A.R.T.S., researching the potential of improvisation technologies to facilitate developments in environmental perception. Publications include a special issue of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices ‘On Contact [and] Improvisation' (2014) with Misri Dey, Performance & Interdisciplinarity: Contemporary Perspectives with Stefan Aquilina (2018), and Thinking Touch: Artistic, Scientific, and Philosophical Perspectives on Partnering and Contact Improvisation (forthcoming 2018). Malaika curates touch + talk, a series of contact improvisation performance dialogues, featured in Warsaw, Falmouth, Freiburg, Cardona, Hungary, Denmark, and Malta (2011-2018), and is on the organising committee for the Dance Studies Association’s 2018 conference in Malta on ‘Contra: Dance & Conflict’.

 

Together with Richard she has co-organised Contact Festival Dartington for a number of years, an international event with a unique structure focusing on a deepening of practice and research through teacher - practitioner exchange. They currently live in Malta, where with Erika Massa, they coordinate Contact Improvisation Malta.

Being a Tosser 

In this class we play with the body as a mass of limbs that we can hang, toss, and catch, to see where they can take us. In order to really experience weightlessness in dancing we can learn to let go of parts of us, and send them into space, allowing this momentum to carry us into new dimensions in soloing, and with partners.

Fotos: 1-4 from Rafael Mielczarek, 5 from Bakani Pickup

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Marielle Gerke (Witzenhausen/ Germany)

 

Marielle discovered her passion for dancing – especially for Contact Improvisation in 2012. Since then she is continuously fascinated by this unique and exciting danceform. In her practice as a dancer and teacher the exploration of developmental movement patterns, principles of leading and following over the soft tissues of the body and water work are very useful and exciting. She is interested in exploring anatomical structures in hands on work and while dancing.

Marielle assisted twice Daniel Werner's and Joerg Hassmann's CI Training Programme in Berlin. In Witzenhausen she organises the weekly Contact Impro Jam together with Katja-Bahini Mangold and teaches Contact Improvisation in regular evening classes, different workshop-formats and on various Contact Impro festivals in Germany, Austria and India. Since 2016 she is also teaching in the school for contemporary dance Sozo Visions in Motion in Kassel, is involved in a couple of different performance projects and started to investigate the Axis Syllabus Movement and Body-Mind-Centering more closely, which she would like to continue and deepen in the future. www.mariellegerke.de  https://vimeo.com/254630439

Pre-Workshop - The weight of your heart

In this class I would like to explore together with you the moving heart and how it can support our Contact Improvisation practice. We will tune into the heart space, the anatomy of the heart, its weight, volume, movements & sounds and the connections of the heart with the inner and outer world. We will explore the relationship of the heart with the hands and the eyes and how this relationship can facilitate an organic, integrated and well-balanced spatial movement.

Being the first class of the journey – I wish to support your arrival process – arriving in your own presence, in the space and in the group. Every body and every heart is welcome!

Moving water – between stillness and motion

Tuning into the element of water. The water around us and within ourselves. Our cells. Remembering softness. Experiencing the comfort of a warm watery environment. Sensing the support of the water. Allowing the weight of the body to surrender into the water. Trusting. Being held. Exploring movement and touch in water. Enjoying freedom. Enjoying three dimensionality. Enjoying effortless moving. Effortless being. Being movement. Moving slow. Moving gentle. Moving water.

We will explore Water Dancing and Aquatic Bodywork in a warm water pool nearby with elements from Contact Improvisation inspired by Body-Mind-Centering and Axis Syllabus. This class is also a good complement to my class on land: “The weight of your heart” – but it is not necessary to have been there. So, every body and every soul is welcome. If you have any questions – approach me any time!

Please bring your own swim wear, towls, goggles and nose clips (if you have). I will also bring some noseclips to borrow or buy for 5 Euro each.

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Nadja Schwarzenbach (Berlin/ Germany)

 

Since 2009 Nadja is one of the organizers of this festival. She is deeply embedded in the CI community through dancing, teaching and organising CI related events with Berlin being her base.  She is Co-organizer the Berlin Contact Festivals (www.in-touch.es) since 2013 and the Out-of-Berlin Jam (http://outofberlinjam.de/).

Contact Improvisation inspires me and keeps me happy already 10 years. My trainings and ongoing practice in bodywork, Klein technique and Axis syllabus inform my sense for touch and the understanding of the human body moving. I love offering space to experience the joy of being at home in a moveable and connected body. In teaching and in making big events like this happening.

CI essentials

This year the festival team members will teach the one hour CI-skill classes. In a very direct and practical way techniques are introduces to handle the shared weight of a CI duett in efficient and enjoyable ways.

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Natalia Onisk (Warsaw/ Poland)

 

Contact Improvisation has been an important part of my life for almost ten years now. I dance and teach mainly in my hometown Warsaw, where I had a privilege to support the growth of the CI community from scratch. Teaching CI allows me to stay interested and engaged in the practice and research. Long time ago I studied language and literature, even earlier photography, and more recently I graduated from the experimental choreography program established in Warsaw by Center in Motion - collective of independend polish choreograhers. Somatic techniques had a significant influence on my dancing and teaching. Almost since the beginning of my movement journey The Feldenkreis Method was always there with me as a place where I recover, learn and rest. Since 2014 I follow Somatic Movement Education Program and I appreciate Body-Mind Centering for creating a bridge between movement, knowledge and creation. Authentic Movement is where I integrate my whole self and dare to witness the unknown. Recently I've been exploring relations between movement and imagination (images, visualisation, dreams) and language.

Sensing and action

 What if on one side of the scale we'll put 'sensing' (being, listening, streaming, allowing, being moved) and on the other 'action' (doing, shaping, moving, creating, thinking)? How making this distinction can influence the way we improvise? During the class we will explore how it feels to start from one or another end of the scale, either from slowing down, simplifying or from turning up the volume and following the speed of our thoughts. Can we give value to both?

Can we strech the scale, to go deeper and further into sensing or action, and play with everything in beetween? Can we access both at the same time?  We'll observe what movement and state of mind unfolds as we do, what choices become available, what possibilities to compose and create on our own and in connection with others. We'll work solo, with a partner and in a group. I will offer simple restricted scores alternated with moments of open improvisation. Solo work will include guided meditations in movement and stillness, moving and talking, visualisation. In some parts of the class we'll go for intensity - you're welcome to come as you are, but come ready to work (and play!)

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Otto Akkanen (Helsinki/ Finland)

 

Otto Akkanen is a dance artist, photographer, bodywork practitioner, and teacher.
He was introduced to contact improvisation and contemporary dance in his twenties, becoming so involved that he went to study dance for three years, graduating from the vocational school of Outokumpu, Finland. He works as an artist performing solo works, and with different improvisation groups, choreographers, and video makers such as TTTK, Ronja Verkasalo, Hanna Lappalainen, Mathilde Monfreux, and Lena Muchnaya.

As a teacher he has been working in Eastern and Central Europe, South America and Asia, and has been on the organizational and teaching team for Skiing on Skin - a large and diverse improvisation festival in southern Finland since 2008. In his teaching he emphasizes tactile sensory perception as a point of reference and learning. His interests revolve around power and hierarchies, politics, structures, language and the relationships between beings, ideas, and categories. He works as a teaching assistant for the ‘Piecemaker Software’ for current students of MA CoDE, holds a BA in Social Work (2001) and an MA in Contemporary Dance Education (2015).

Composing contact. - Improvise!

This class is providing some tools to compose contact improvisation. Instead of just being in the free flow, how we can guide the flow or distrupt it so that it becomes more clear. Clarity for dancers choices but also clarity to watch. We play with the obvious improvisation tools of timing, space and rhythm.  But we try to stick tightly to the physical connection, so that we are sharing the forcer of gravity and support through ourselves and work as one organism. Join and enjoy.

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Richard Sarco-Thomas

 

Richard Sarco-Thomas is an Aikido teacher/ practitioner, Kiatsu therapist and contact improvisation teacher. He has studied Japanese martial arts including Aiki-Jujitsu since 1989, and teaches ki principles through Ki Aikido, Kiatsu bodywork and partnering work. Originally from the UK, Richard is active in the development of contact improvisation via teaching and organization in Europe.  

Together Malaika and Richard have co-organised Contact Festival Dartington for a number of years, an international event with a unique structure focusing on a deepening of practice and research through teacher - practitioner exchange. They currently live in Malta, where with Erika Massa, they coordinate Contact Improvisation Malta.

Being a Tosser 

In this class we play with the body as a mass of limbs that we can hang, toss, and catch, to see where they can take us. In order to really experience weightlessness in dancing we can learn to let go of parts of us, and send them into space, allowing this momentum to carry us into new dimensions in soloing, and with partners.

Fotos: 1,2,4 from Rafael Mielczarek, 3 from Bakani Pickup

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Sandra Hanschitz (Austria/ Berlin)

 

I am a freelance artist working as stage designer and scenographer as well as dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. I have been studying various dance forms and sports connected to dance since I was little. My most present dance influences are Contemporary Dance, Axis Syllabus and Contact Improvisation. I am fascinated by the complexity of the human body (in motion) and its ever changing state of being.

For me CI offers a wealthy playground of human communication with lots of spontaneity, immediate responses and adaptation and unpredictable challenges with the potential of adrenalin rushes.

TRICKy

In this class we are going to look at various "tricks" from capoeira, breakdance and gymnastics. I invite you to playfully meet the challenges of "tricky" situations. We are aiming to gain trust in our coordination and meet the challenges with strength. We are going to look at accuracy in our embodiment to facilitate a healthy use of our structure. Our practice will find expression through improvisational tasks and through set movement patterns filled with lots of tricks on your hands, head, forearms, feet, back.

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Special Offers

 

 

Dino Spiri (Berlin / Germany)

... is a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and since eight years deeply involved in practising and teaching various disciplines of movement and touch. His work is strongly rooted in practices like Klein Technique, BMC, AT and Vipassana meditation and aims to create a bedding for meeting oneself and each other.  dinospiri.com

Bodywork Space

I value one on one exchange very much. I believe during a Festival hands on time can be an opportunity to rest, integrate and receive new impulses. My wish was to have a dedicated area to share spontaneous exchange. This worked beautifully last year and we will have a table and create other working options on the floor again this year.

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Jörg Hassmann (Berlin/Germany)

 

I am part of the festival team, taking care of the schedule and its content - like teachers and what they offer, and the different frames to practice and to share our knowledge.

For more than 20 years now I see myself in a slow but steady learning process with CI (as the center of my dance practice and profession) and I am amazed about the depth and complexity that is still unfolding. My work is influenced by anatomy based movement explorations, contemporary dance, ideas from BMC, Capoeira, play and the urge and joy of discovery. Teaching and performing has always been essential for me on this journey and I have been fortunate enough to teach all over the world. Seven years ago I started teaching CI training intensive programmes in Berlin together with Daniel Werner, where we developed our systematic approach to contact technique (www.dancecontact.de).

Lecture & Jam intros

As the artistic director of this festival my desire is to give a direction to this festival and to set a good tone for our working and dancing. I will share some inspirations and questions through a lecture. The theme will hopefully pop up on time. And I am helping to create frames for focussed jamming and other more explorative formats to share our practice.

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Kaya Martischius (USA/ Germany)

 

Kaya is a musician and music teacher, drawn to the crossroads of sound, movement, expression and healing. She studied Voice and Music Education at UdK Berlin and is currently living in California, teaching music and movement and learning about permaculture. As a multi-instrumentalist Kaya plays with Voice, Guitar, Accordion, Piano, Drums and Cello. She loves Improvisation and to connect with people through musical language.

Kaya has been dancing contact improvisation for many years, besides that her movement background includes Axis Syllabis, BMC, Feldenkrais and Ballroom/Swing dance.

kayamartischius.wordpress.com

Singing Circle

A morning ritual in which we will weave our voices into chants and harmonies, play with sound vibrations and visit the world of vocal improvisation. A place to attune to each other and welcome the day with softness and curiosity.

Come, sing with us!

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Malaika Sarco-Thomas (Malta)

 

Malaika Sarco-Thomas is a contemporary dance artist exploring how improvisation can ignite our curiosity of the nonhuman world. She is senior lecturer at the of Department of Dance Studies at the University of Malta’s School of Performing Arts. Previously she coordinated BA Dance and Choreography courses at Falmouth University and Dartington College of Arts, and developed her PhD in collaboration with P.A.R.T.S., researching the potential of improvisation technologies to facilitate developments in environmental perception. Publications include a special issue of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices ‘On Contact [and] Improvisation' (2014) with Misri Dey, Performance & Interdisciplinarity: Contemporary Perspectives with Stefan Aquilina (2018), and Thinking Touch: Artistic, Scientific, and Philosophical Perspectives on Partnering and Contact Improvisation (forthcoming 2018). Malaika curates touch + talk, a series of contact improvisation performance dialogues, featured in Warsaw, Falmouth, Freiburg, Cardona, Hungary, Denmark, and Malta (2011-2018), and is on the organising committee for the Dance Studies Association’s 2018 conference in Malta on ‘Contra: Dance & Conflict’.

 

Together with Richard she has co-organised Contact Festival Dartington for a number of years, an international event with a unique structure focusing on a deepening of practice and research through teacher - practitioner exchange. They currently live in Malta, where with Erika Massa, they coordinate Contact Improvisation Malta.

Lecture Dialogue 'Touching + Talking'

Based on a format of the touch + talk performances curated by Malaika Sarco-Thomas since 2012, this session explores the place of CI and somatic dance in the wider lives of practitioners who work in these fields. The session will include a short performance and some provocations / activities involving the participants, based on the following questions:

  • Why do you dance/move/touch/play/practice contact improvisation?
  • What questions underlie your practice?
  • What do you want others to receive from your work?
  • How is your work provocative?
  • What challenges you most in your practice?
  • How does your practice relate to health – that of yourself and others?
  • How does your work relate to the environment you live in?
  • How do you refine or develop your senses?
  • What are the by-products of your work? What by-products do you think?
  • How do you use and challenge your desires?
  • How does your practice impact upon the nonhuman?
  • Is there anything you would like to see change in your community of practitioners?

More info about the touch + talk project can be found in the article by Malaika Sarco-Thomas 'Touch + Talk: Ecologies of Questioning in Contact and Improvisation' (2014) Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices 6 (2), pp. 189-204. 

 The full article is available here: https://www.academia.edu/10667010/Touch_Talk_Ecologies_of_Questioning_in_Contact_and_Improvisation

 

Fotos: 1-4 from Rafael Mielczarek, 5 from Bakani Pickup

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Rob Kancler (USA) 

 

I first encountered Contact Improvisation in 2008 although we didn’t get married until I moved to New York in 2014. I am regularly amazed by the depth and self-reflection this practice has to offer. As a life-long athlete and troublemaker, my approach to movement and facilitation is rooted in an understanding of human values, anatomy, and biomechanics, and many physical and somatic practices including yoga, Pilates, calisthenics, martial arts, rock climbing, Thai massage, BMC, Alexander technique, and the Feldenkrais method. The spirited, focused dancers I’ve have the opportunity to dance and train with remain as my biggest influence and inspiration.

Morning Practice

By the end of every CI festival it's too common to hear about sore backs, precarious knees & ankles, and other issues. When people do certain exercises and sequences it's seems they are enormously less likely to have these problems, or decrease the severity of discomfort.

Rob will offer three 45-minute Pilates, yoga, and physical therapy informed pre-hab specifically for injury prevention for CI & contemporary dancers to optimally prepare their bodies for dynamic movement & durational safety.

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Ulrike Christl (Leipzig/ Germany)

 

Ulrike started her movement practice with performing arts and Tai Chi. In 2008 she discovered CI and since then she is fascinated on dancing, researching and teaching CI. Her movement practise is deeply influenced by somatic approaches like BMC and Feldenkrais and enriched by contemporary dance, Axis Syllabus, Tango Argentino and mindfulness training. She loves to research on the phenomenon of speaking bodies.

Ulrike has a Master of Arts and is working at universities for performing arts and at theaters as a teacher for voice, speech communication and movement. Reflexion and sharing the process of being on stage is a main part of her work. Since two years she is attending a further education program in Gestalt- and dance therapy.

 

Sharing the dance - Dance Reflexion

What are we doing when we dance CI on this Festival?

Do you know in which mode you are while dancing?

I invite you to move, sense and share the process of dancing and being on a Festival. I give some tools to play around with the mode of awareness and focusing on the present moment. I set a save space for a structured sharing and reflexion on this process. For everyone who is interested on a mindful based CI practise during the festival. These meetings can become an anchor to process your experience during these intense days.

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 14:15-15:00 (times might change a bit, check on sight)

 

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