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

Program structure 2012

As you can see on the schedule, this festival offers various frames to learn, practice and to share the dance...


Paul Singh (USA) - Moving Mind meets Thinking Body
Ruslan Santah (Ukraine) - Choice and spontaneous space play ... not only in CI
Ka Rustler (Germany) - Tensegrity Structures - Finding a connective network

The intensives give a sense of continuation - happening every day with the same teacher and the same group, mainly in the morning. Each teacher will give a certain personal mixture of CI and Contemporary Dance Technique with a main emphasize on one side. All three intensives will focus on fundamental principles, in a way that is accessable for people with basic skills but at the same time provides opportunity for the more advanced dancers to deepen their knowledge. 


The other classes are single classes with one specific focus. Each time there will be one class focussing on fundamental principles in CI. The teachers will share what they found to be essential and still inspiring. The other two classes will be more specific or advanced and create links between CI and contemporary dance technique. A focus on Improvisation and the desire to give tools and inspirations to be tried out in the Jam Session and the performative frames will be the link between all classes.


One session will be dedicated to this wonderful and efficient way of individual learning in a big group. The original idea is that each participant will get a 20 minutes private lesson with a teacher. But we want to mainly use this structure as a starting point for different ways to learn together and from each other.

Jam session

We imagine a space, where CI can be practiced and contemporary dance can be actually danced (instead of being only a preparation for the dance on the stage). We are curios how the classes, performative frames and the personal reflections will inform the jams sessions.

Performative frames

The traditional performance night is re-defined as the 'favorite bits presentation', where we want to create space to share dance connections, physical questiones or other revelationes that arose on this festival. A group score at another night will provide a low pressure frame to support the dance by witnessing. We'd wish to keep ego issues out of this space as good as we can. 

Action & reflection

This years festival will have an extra focus on reflecting what we are doing. For that we will provide 30 minutes time after each intensive session and a daily one hour long format called 'action & reflection'. We want to create space for not just going from one experience to the next but to give our body-mind systems moments of digestion. We also wish for some stimulation for the mind that inspires us to look at familiar practices and attitudes from a new perspective – like lecture demonstrations or formats that combine listening, questioning and 'doing'. We want to give a light spirit to it that supports the rather focussed but light-hearted atmosphere of our festival.

Do what you need

This years festival is a day shorter than usual. We only put our 'do what you need' slogan once into the schedule to remind us, that this should be the main attitude for the individual journey through this festival.

Experience level

We designed this festival for people who have at least a good basic knowledge in CI and/or contemporary technique with a sense for improvisational work. Our experience is that complete beginners get easily overwhelmed by the amount of new information and the mass of people.

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