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

2013

Program structure 2013

 

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

Intensives

 

Tim O`Donnell (USA): The Balance in Listening

Katja Mustonen (Finland/ Germany): Studies on Suspension & Momentum

Sebastian Garcia Ferro (Argentina/ Spain): Composition and Performance Project

The intensives give a sense of continuation - happening every day in the morning with the same teacher and the same group. TIm and Katja's intensive will give a certain personal mixture of CI and Contemporary Dance Technique with a main emphasize on one side. They 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. In Sebas intensive a short dance piece with CI based partnering elements will be developed. 

Classes

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.

Supported practice

One thing we want to try out is the concept of 'supported practice' instead of one2ones. People dance and teachers are available for feed back - as a request or offer. We imagine it as a way to have the dance as the motor for individual labbing. We will have one afternoon for that plus maybe a one our session. 

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

... was an extra focus from last year's festival, that we enjoyed a lot. We will keep the 30 minute time slots after each intensive session for reflection - not only by talking. And twice we'll offer a one hour long format called 'action & reflection'. We 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.

Dance Score

Twice there will be an one hour slot for focussed dancing. After a short introduction into a dance score - a set of rules or a clear comon focus - the rest of the time is for the practice and experience without talking and further instructiones.

Do what you need

As we are back to a week long festival we put our 'do what you need' slogan three times 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

Intensives 2013

 

Tim O`Donnell (USA): The Balance in Listening

Katja Mustonen (Finland/ Germany): Studies on Suspension & Momentum

Sebastian Garcia Ferro (Argentina/ Spain): Composition and Performance Project

 

 

Tim O`Donnell (USA): The Balance in Listening

 

Tim O’Donell is a New York based dance artist who teaches, and performs in both the United States and Europe. His exploration in dance, movement and improvisation is strongly rooted in deep physical listening while maintaining a sense of adventure. He has taught and performed for numerous organizations, universities and festivals most recently including the American Dance Festival, Arizona State University, Dance Ireland, Dance New Amsterdam and Movement Research. He holds an MFA in Dance and has maintained a private practice in therapeutic bodywork and somatic movement since 1995. Currently he is on faculty at Movement Research and is teaching and performing in NYC where he residesTim O'Donnel is a highly appreciated contact teacher in the states. After Paul Singh's intensive being a highlight from 2012 he recommonded Tim as his most important teacher for an intensive in 2013. Paul was assisting him a lot, now they research and co-teach together in the field of CI & contemporary dance

A note from us organizers: After Paul Singh's intensive being a highlight from 2012 Paul recommonded Tim - as his most important teacher - for an intensive. Paul was assisting him a lot, now they research and co-teach together in the field of CI & contemporary dance.

The Balance in Listening

From a place of deep physical listening we will focus on cultivating our responsiveness rather than our re-activeness, recognizing and then altering our known pathways, and composing through dialogue to create new layers and textures that deepen our dancing.

I am interested in how we dialogue with each other, the space, our viewers and ourselves. How do we dance in a way that allows us not just to be seen, but understood? How do we listen in a way that helps us take greater risks physically and compositionally?

With a strong grounding in contact improvisation we will experiment with these ideas to expand our dancing from the gentle and subtle, to the acrobatic and fluidly athletic.

Through attentive and dynamic listening we will discover the balance in falling, redirecting, composing and soaring. It is this balance in listening that allows us to risk the unknown more fully in our dancing. With care and attention we will pose and explore questions from both contemporary dance as well as contact improvisation, working through exercises and scores that will hone our skills as movers, and thinkers.

 

 

 

Katja Mustonen (Finland/ Germany):           Studies on Suspension & Momentum

 

Katja Mustonen is a finnish dancer, teacher and dance maker, who currently works and lives in Frankfurt, Germany. She graduated from the Vocational Dance School in Outukumpu, Finland 2004 as dancer, and holds a MA degree in "Contemporary Dance Pedagogy" from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany. Since 2008, she’s been teaching Contemporary Dance Technique, Improvisation and Contact Improvisation both in Frankfurt and abroad. She is curious about the unknown as a source for creativity, and considers it to be the best teacher for change and growth. States of presence and the body’s ability to transform, embody, and transmit images, knowledge, emotions and ideas continue to fascinate and inspire her movement practice, research and life.

A note from us: Katja is one of those teachers who is deeply connected to the European Contact Community. We  love her refreshing doubts on what we do and what we avoid when we dance contact. Her clear mind and humble attitude in combination with her cat like body is a sweet gift to our festival.

 

 

Suspension & Momentum studies

During last year, I explored ”suspension” as a material and knowledge for dancing Contact Improvisation. This year, my curiosity and these past explorations have led me to look closer the connection between moment and momentum.

Release of weight, the ability to sense, read, and re-direct our dances in space are some of the key focuses during this course. Understanding release as a state of wakefulness and expansion (making space), we aim to open our bodies to gain soft strenght and effortless flow whilst moving.

Becoming aware of the ways how we transfer, support and give the weight of our moving bodies can help us to experience, articulate and make choices in each moment. The notion of time helps us to tune and spice up our dancing. Timing of our actions, negotiations of our shared rhythms, and awareness of each changing moment helps us to sense how to be on time to ”catch the ride”.

 

 

 

Sebastian Garcia Ferro (Argentina/ Spain):         Composition and Performance Project

 

Choreographer, Dancer, Contact Improvisation Performer and Musician from Argentina based in Barcelona – Spain. He directs his own company since 1999, creating 17 dance pieces, did more than 15 choreographies residences and commissions in Europe, won several prizes like the 1prix in the 12th maspalomas dance contest in 2007. He regularly collaborates with other projects as an improviser and performer, touring in more than 17 countries. He regularly teaches Contact Improvisation and Composition in several festivals, dance studies around Europe and South America, he is also the co-director of the BIDE platform, Residence Artist of La Caldera –Barcelona and residence composer of the Phonos Fundation at the Pompeu Fabra University-Barcelona."

A note from us: Sebas - also rooted in the CI community - has been developing a remarcable career as a performer and Choreographer. We love his passion and experience how to bring his choreographers knowledge and highly physical approach into the CI based settings.

 

 

 

Composition and Performance Project

In this intensive Sebastian will compose a short dance piece together with the participants, which will be shown on the last night of the festival. The participants will be guided to develope movement material for solo and partnering sequences, which will become the building blocks for a compositional process. Along with simple sequences and improvisational scores for the whole group the developed material will be woven into a short dance piece. As a maximum 30 people can participate in this intensive/ project. A comfortable amount of experience in CI is neccessary to follow this intensive.

       

Contact-meets-Contemporary -  Timetable 22.-28.7.2013

This timetable is still in a dynamic process but can give you a first taste.

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

Sunday

8.00-8.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Arrival

 

 

 

Yoga

Yoga

Yoga

Yoga

Yoga

Yoga

9.15-9.45

Singing

Singing

Singing

Singing

Singing

Singing

8.30-9.30

breakfast

breakfast

breakfast

breakfast

breakfast

breakfast

10-12.30


Intensive


Intensives

Do what you need

Intensives

Intensives

Silent Jam

 

 

closing

12.30-13

reflection

reflection

reflection

reflection

13-14.15

 

Lunch

 

lunch

lunch

lunch

lunch

 

Lunch

 

15-17

Classes

 Classes

CI essentials

&

supported practice

Classes

Classes

Clean up party

17-17.30

mini-break

mini-break


mini-break

mini-break

Do what you need

Going home

 

 

 

 

17.30-18.30

dance score

action & reflection

action & reflection

dance score

18.30-19.30

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner 

20.30-

Opening circle

&

Jam

Jam-Session

Jam-Session

Group score

silent Jam 

Favorite bits presentation

Jam-Session

Jam-Session

& Party

Classes 2013

On most days of the festival in the afternoon there will be three classes happen parallel. One of them is focusing on fundamental principles of CI. This class is meant to be a support for CI new comers but also for everyone who takes CI as their main focus for the personal journey through this festival. The other two classes will offer some diversity out of the field of CI and contemporary dance -  partly targeting more experienced participants. In all classes there will be a common focus on the improvisational side of the dance to widen the awareness about the choices we make.

 

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.

 

Barbara Pfundt (Hildesheim)

 

Barbara Pfundt studied physical education and education. Since 1992 she has been on her journey of dancing contact and contemporary dance. She is teaching professional dancers as well as beginners and is also choreografing and performing.

She is convinced by the mathematic hyperbel curve as the principle of movement and likes integrating elements of Tai Chi, Release Technique, Feldenkrais, Performance Skills and much more in her teaching.

I dance CI because I have been fallen in love with this hugh universe of moving very physical, feeling myself, sensing my partner and the surrounding, taking again and again this challenge of opening up and developing an open hearted mind. It's simply a big gift.

 

 

 

Carlos Osatinsky (Argentina)

 

Born in Tucumán, Argentina. While attending Physics studies, he began dancing moving afterwards to Buenos Aires where he graduated from the Taller de Danza Contemporánea of the General Theater San Martin. After working there in different projects, in the 2000 he travels to Europe establishing himself in Berlin where he became a member of the company Toula Limnaios between 2004 and 2007.

Nowadays he is a free-lancer participating in different projects and undergoes his own work in collaboration with Fernando N. Pelliccioli. Together they teach workshops in Argentina, Europe and recently being invited to the Korea National University of Arts, Seoul. His steps are guided by his teachers Haichi Akamine, Marina Giancaspro, Susan Klein, David Zambrano, Jeremy Nelson and Beatriz Lábatte, Barbara Mahler, Ilona Selke. More info: www.wix.com/ferychar/site

 

 

Christine Mauch (Berlin)

 

Christine Mauch came to dancing as a young adult. She studied extensively with Nancy Stark Smith, Lisa Nelson and Kirstie Simson, is a graduated Zen Shiatsu practitioner, and dances, teaches and performs in various forms of collaborations. Together with Andrew Morrish und Andrea Keiz she was artist in residence for "improvised solo performance" at fabrik potsdam. From 2008 to 2010 she was co-organizing the CI Satellites’ Return Weeks at Ponderosa in Stolzenhagen.

Her teaching and performing draws on her intense researchand interest in the field of body awareness, (Contact) Improvisation, and her interest in creating new formats for exchanging on and practicing dance.

 

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Daniel Werner (Göttingen)

 

I teach CI since 1997, and love to continuously discover new dimensions of this amazing dance form on stage, in teaching and in the jam. My teaching is nurtured by the passion to systematically understand and categorize the underlying principles in CI. I studied contemporary dance at the North Karelia College in Finland and enjoy to work internationally as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Essential influences for my work also come from Body-Mind Centering, Release-Techniques and Asian Movement Arts.

I am also very passionatly involved into initiating and organizing dance festivals - like this one ...

 

Elske Seidel (Berlin)

 

based in Berlin, is a passionate CI dancer & teacher, deeply committed to CI and its international community. She has been teaching dance full time and wholeheartedly for over 19 years, CI since 2004. In her teaching she is interested in ‘opening spaces where dance in all its magic and play can happen’.

She likes to create CI projects that bring the studio focus outside into nature and into the experience. She enjoys gathering community merging life and dance together. She has taught CI in Europe, Canada, the U.S., Argentina, Israel, Russia and Japan.

Some of her projects are: Annual Contact Festival Fuerteventura, Summer Contact Sylt, Contact Saturday Berlin, Berlin Weekend Jam and North Sea CI Camp.

http://www.improtanz.de
http://canarian.contactfestival.info/

 

 

Fernando Pellicioli (Argentina)

 

born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He graduated from the Taller de Danza Contemporánea of the General Theater San Martin being as well member of its Company. He has danced in Buenos Aires, with Margarita Bali and Susana Tambutti, among others. In 2000 he travels to Europe where he works as free-lance performer in different projects of the European scene residing nowadays in Berlin. He develops his own work based specifically on the improvisation on stage being and mainly in collaboration with Carlos Osatinsky. He also teaches courses and was invited to teach in the Korean National University of Art, Seoul. His steps are guided by his teachers Haichi Akamine, Marina Giancaspro, Susan Klein, David Zambrano, Jeremy Nelson, Barbara Mahler, Ilona Selke. More info: www.wix.com/ferychar/site

 

Gabi Neumann (Göttingen)

 

Gabi will offer a few times in the morning or in the afternoon Tai Chi sessions to bring some extra grounding information into the festival. As a part of the festival team she felt the urge to contribute to this event not only by taking care of th elogistics behind the scenes but also by sharing her knowledge from her main profession as a Tai Chi teacher.

 

Jörg Hassmann (Berlin)

 

As the artistic director of this festival, Jörg will guide some warm ups and set a basic tone for many formats of this festival. He won't teach a class, but his understanding of Contact Improvisation will surely be tangable on this festival...

CI was the starting point for his dance passion in '92. Soon he was driven by creating dance and theatre pieces, bringing improvisation on stage. Anatomy based movement explorations, contemporary dance, ideas from BMC, Capoeira, play and the joy of discovery became his main influences. He got deep inspirations from Lilo Stahl, Julyen Hamilton, David Zambrano and Frey Faust. But labbing and teaching have been his main teachers and he has been fortunate enough to teach all over the world. In 1995 Joerg started teaching CI and dance improvisation. 2000 he noticed that dance had become his full time occupation and he happily imagines to continue another 20 years.

Seven years ago he started teaching CI training intensive programmes in Berlin together with Daniel Werner, where they developed their systematic approach to contact technique (www.dancecontact.de ).

 

Kristin Horrigan (USA)

 

Kristin Horrigan is an improviser, choreographer, performer and teacher based in Vermont, USA.  A contact improviser since 1998, she holds an MFA in choreography from Ohio State University and has taught and performed contact improvisation at festivals and universities in the USA, Germany, Japan, and Argentina.  

Kristin works as a Professor of Dance at Marlboro College in Vermont, USA, teaching her students contemporary dance technique, choreography, improvisation, contact improvisation and dance theory.  She also directs the intergenerational performance company, Dance Generators where she explores improvisation scores, partnering work and choreography with a group of dancers in their 20s through 80s.

 

 

Lemmer Schmid (Berlin)

 

During my first experience dancing Contact over 10 years ago, I was deeply touched by the satisfying feeling of "wholeness". It felt like coming home, like remembering something very essential I had allmost forgotten. After studying psychology in Marburg (Germany) I wrote my PhD in the field of Psychomotricity  – a science investigating the "Body - Mind Inter-Action".  In my research I focused on the question: how Contact-Improvisation influences our psychological heath and the quality of life.

Since 2006 I was dancing and teaching Contact all over the world, interviewing experienced dancers, giving work-labs and conducting experiments to explore the implicit therapeutic effects of CI. My most influential teachers were: Jörg Hassmann, Dieter Heitkamp and Angela Doni.

 

 

 

Matilda Lidberg (Sweden/ Brussels)

 

Trained in contemporary dance and new dance at North Karelia College Vocational Qualification in Dance in Finland, but originating from Sweden I am now working as a freelance teacher, dancer and choreographer mostly splitting my time between Brussels and Göteborg. 

Contact improvisation has been a great influence in my work for many years both in teaching and performance work but this past year it has also become a very important part of a gender/equal opportunities project that I initiated and run with a friend and collegue. In this project CI has become a technical and choreographical tool to point out the ways we limit ourselves and others according to sex. I believe there's a strength and unexplored capacity in all bodies that often are hidden under these preconceived ideas and restrictions about a persons (and or own) sex. Because of this, my interest in contact is a quite technical one but I'm also constantly fascinated buy the way we can open up our (technical) dance by moving boundaries in our minds.

 

 

Natalia Iwaniec (Poland)

 

Natalia Iwaniec was born in Poland and is now a freelance dancer and teacher based in Europe. She finished her Master’s in Theater in Cracov and completed her degree in dance at the Dance College in Wrocław in Poland. She has taught contemporary dance and improvisation in studios and with theater groups in her home country.

From September 2010 until February 2011, she lived in Tel Aviv exploring the Gaga movement language. During this time, she was part of Yasmeen Godder’s workshop for dancers in Tel Aviv and also trained in Contact Improvisation.

Natalia became a qualified teacher of Gaga in August 2012.

 

 

Nina Wehnert (Berlin)

 

Nina Wehnert works as a dancer and yogateacher in and outside of berlin. She studied Vinyasa Yoga at OM Yoga New York a Yogaschool that combines clear, precise alignment (Iyengar) with the form of vinyasa and buddhist meditation, she studied Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers and is a certified BMC©&Yoga Teacher (Body Mind Centering ©), currently finishing the Somatic Movement Educator Program of BMC©. Next to Yoga she teaches Contact Improvisation and organizes Contact Improvisation events in different formats, from 2008-2010 she co-hosted with Christine Mauch the CI gathering "satellites' return" at Ponderosa/Stolzenhagen. Inspired by many great teachers such as Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Nancy Stark Smith, Christine Mauch, Jörg Hassmann and many yoga teachers, she has great joy in sharing her experience and is happy to pass on what she received. 

Nina will support this festival by offering moments to reconnect to oneself in this environment of sometimes 'too much information and interaction':

 

Vinyasa Yoga- morning classes

 

Vinyasa Yoga - a form of Yoga that combines movement and breath, moves through asanas in consequencially built sequences.  The classes lead from a warm up and sun salutions to a blend of standing postures, back bends, seated postures to shavasana. Short pranayama/meditation excercises will be added.

I will combine clear, precise alignment with the form of vinyasa in a calmly paced way. Finding a juicy, powerful and at the same time tender quality in the movement, getting your body and mind ready and welcoming for the day. My classes are inspired by my knowledge and special interest in Embodied Anatomy / BMC© aswell as my experience in Anusara and Yin Yoga (a restorative form of yoga).

 

Sooth your body & mind

 

these short classes will give you the possiblity to take a concious rest-  a stretching, breathing, nourishing break from the turmoil of the festival to soothe your soul and meet yourself again. We will do very calm Yin Yoga Poses that not only stretch your muscles but feed your body/mind, We will do Pranayama (Breathing) and short meditations. 

 

  

 

 

Paul Singh

 

Last year Paul taught a highly inspiring intensive on our festival and we (the organizers) are super happy to have him back.

Paul Singh is a dancing fool that lives and works in New York City, USA. He earned his BFA degree in Dance from the University of Illinois, USA, where he focused on a variety of dance techniques including Alexander Technique, Ballet, Modern and Contact Improvisation. He began his studies in CI with Chris Aiken and since then has had the pleasure of studying with Angela Dony, Yaniv Mintzer, Ray Chung and others.

While recently visiting CI festivals in Israel, Russia and Germany, Paul spent time participating in intensives as well as assisting or teaching fundamentals in falling, flying, failing and laughing. As a student and teacher, he uses his understanding of Bartenieff Fundamentals as well as his innate sense of spatial awareness to explore more deeply the ideas of being grounded, becoming softer, and forgetting the difference between up and down.

 

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