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Classes 2020

On most days of the festival in the afternoon three classes will 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 early afternoon - a one hour frame to focus on basic CI skills. 

 

Teachers 2020

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 (Germany) - morning practice
  • Eryn Rosenthal (USA) - lecture
  • Heike Pourian (Germany) - standing with the earth, getanzter Vortrag
  • Jörg Hassmann (Germany) - Jams & Scores
  • Nicole Bindler (USA) - Lecture 'consent as liberation'
  • Tali Zavilevich (Israel) - morning practice, soothing body & mind

 

 

Adam Sphira (Israel)

 

Finding dance at the age of 21 had been a revelation for me. The more I became engaged the more I fell in love. By opening this door and letting dance in, I have found expression for different self fears and desires.

I am deeply grateful for having dance at the center of my life for the past 10 years.
Main experiences include: studying at the Sandciel Circus School (Israel); studying for Bachelor in “Dance” and a Teaching Diploma from the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance; working as a freelance dancer, dance teacher and clown in different frameworks.
Currently based in Frankfurt am Main and studying at the Master Contemporary Dance Education (MA CoDE) program.

 

Transferring Weight

The goal of the class is to reach a fluid quality of weight transfer.
We will explore principles such as gradual transfer of weight, center of gravity and ‘uplifted tone’.
The class will begin with a self-awareness exercise which then leads into floor work and develops into partnering exercises with sharing of weight with each other. 

In the moments of weight sharing we will look for comfortable bodies in both partners. Executing lifts with ease, like waves in the sea, a gradual looping process of transferring the weight back and forth. Letting go of ambitious and surfing on top of each and every moment.    
The class will include open task explorations, as well as working within set material.

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Anat Greenberg (Israel)

 

more information will come ...

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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

 

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Eryn Rosenthal (USA)

 

Eryn will teach a class about 'entering & exiting'. More details soonish ...

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Gesine Daniels (Germany)

 

Gesine will teach a class about Trios. Soonish more ...

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Hugh Stanier (UK)

 

Hugh is a contemporary dance artist specialising in Contact Improvisation. He has over 10 years of teaching & performance experience. He began dancing when he was 15, training in Break dance and Contemporary dance. He trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2008. Since then he has worked with companies such as 2Faced Dance, Tom Dale Company, and Ultima Vez, as well as freelancing and creating his own work.

He teaches internationally at the Goa Contact Festival, Berlin contact festival, BodyLove, Portugal Contact Gathering.

 

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Joerg 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 25 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. twelve 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). I also like writing about CI https://www.joerghassmann.com/blog/.

 

CI skills

Joerg will teach one of the three short 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, while keeping the communication finely tuned in.

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Katarina Eriksson (Sweden/ USA)

 

Katarina Eriksson has worked with improvisation since 1989, collaborating with, among others Julyen Hamilton, Cathie Caraker, Bronja Novak, and Ray Chung. She teaches internationally, and regularly collaborates and coaches at ETS, San Francisco, and Danskompaniet Spinn, Sweden. Katarina went to Gothenburg Ballet Academy, and danced at The Gothenburg State Theater and Opera, and with numerous choreographers in Sweden. More recently she had a residency at CounterPULSE, San Francisco, did clowning at Teatro C’Art, Italy, performed in Oslo and NYC with Siri og Snelle Produksjoner, and, choreographed a piece “inspired by menopause and other mysteries” at Stage Werx, SF. Katarina’s teaching supports collaboration, diversity of expression, and “beginner’s mind. Her main guides in art making are vulnerability, musicality and deep play.

 

The Art of Hanging in There

 Visual artist Louise Bourgeois has described how her creative process evolved from “the fear of falling” to "the art of falling”, and finally to "the art of hanging in there”.  From working with a dance piece inspired by this notion, I have developed a number of improvisational scores and minimalist choreographic phrases that revolves around the concept of counterbalance.

In this class, we will interweave some of these scores and simple set phrases that support Contact Improvisations towards autonomy, momentum follow-through, and good old joy of dancing together (to music!).

(This class is for those with some experience of Contact Improvisation and of learning choreography.)

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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 dance form. She is investigating somatic practices such Body-Mind-Centering and the Axis Syllabus as a point of departure for solo movement and Contact Improvisation in water and on land.Teachers she mainly feels inspired and influenced by are Jörg Hassmann, Daniel Werner, Kira Kirsch, Antoine Ragot, Friederike Tröscher, Jens Johannsen and Otto Ramstad. Marielle teaches Contact Improvisation and Watercontact in regular evening classes, different workshop-formats and on various Contact Impro festivals in Germany and internationally in Austria, India and Portugal. She is organising Jams in Kassel, Witzenhausen and Göttingen, teaches CI and Somatics in the school for contemporary dance Sozo Visions in Motion in Kassel and is involved in a couple of different performance projects.

 www.mariellegerke.de  https://vimeo.com/254630439

 

Water Class - Breathing Beings

In this class we explore our movement options – alone and together – as well as Contact Improvisation in water.

We take time to arrive in the water, to hang out in there, to breathe, to sound, to fall and float, to sink to the bottom of the pool, to let us being carried by the water. In partner work we explore moving in the water with the least necessary effort, spiralling, turning, transitioning from vertical to horizontal and vice versa, expanding and condensing. We explore using our skin and the layers underneath for orientation, communication and contact. We investigate building structures, which give support using and resolving them again.

We allow our Contact Improvisation practice to inform our explorations in the water. We allow the water explorations to change our Contact Improvisation practice on land.

Bring swim wear, wet suit (if you have), noseclip, goggles, towls. You can buy or borrow a noseclip from me for 5 €.

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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

Nadja will teach one of 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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Nicole Bindler (USA)

 

Diaphragms: horizontality into spirals

more information is about to come ...

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Sarantoula Sarantaki (Greece/ Germany)

 

Sarantoula Sarantaki is a movement artist, performer and teacher in contemporary dance specialised in Instant Composition , originally Greek - based in Freiburg, DE. Since early was involved in sports and gymnastics. During her bachelor of Geography and Spatial relations, comes back into physical movement through somatic embodiment, Instant composition and Experiential Anatomy in Netherlands and Qi gong in Thailand. After her graduation as a contemporary dancer, worked and performed in productions and projects throughout Europe. A spine injury brought her into Feldenkrais and Ideokinesis, leading her into own research investigation of Instant Relations of Body, Mind and Performance. She has taught workshops and classes in Europe, Asia and currently is leading her own classes in Freiburg and teaches in One Year Programm of TIP - Bewegungs art.

 

Fluid Bones into Action

The focus of this class is solo-ing in the context of contact jam. Looking through the lens of bones we articulate dances that receive the support from the ground, read the weight in motion and allow the body to be confident in a solo dance.

We enter through physical touch and imagery, allowing our minds to tap into our bones, enrich our kinaesthetic experience and deepen our somatic perception of our skeleton. From that state we move into solo-ing, a practice where we learn consciously to receive the continuous support from the ground and from that vertical relation we research how to navigate our bodies in space and relating as well in horizontal planes. Allowing the clarity of bones to unfold dances that are guided through gravity but done through our will. Creating a field in which we are being confident in our dance, yet we are listening the whole space and have a group awareness.

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Vega Luukkonen (Finland)

 

I am dancer, dance-teacher, performance-artist and bodyworker made in Finland, but currently based in Berlin, India, and nomadic temporary moments in time and space. I have studied and graduated in Finland, Helsinki - in Theatre Academy of Finland (TEAK) and Metropolia AMK. Though - I guess my dearest high-school and university in
contact-improvisation has been finnish contact community since 20 years...

I have been teaching contact and dance since 15 years all around the world, on many internationally acknowledged festivals and retreats. I am one of the co-organisers of Goa Contact Festival since 11 years, and that has become big part of my life - to live my winter-seasons in India, Arambol beach and create platforms and possibilities for cultural exchange, dance and learning.

My dance is informed by aikido, capoeira, developmental movement patterns and axis syllabus. For me dance is a combination of technique and freedom, so that we can stay connected to our dance and expression, and learn in the spirit of exploration.

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Special Offers (still from 2019)

 

 

 

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

 

Morning Practice

Angela-Mara will offer every second morning a 45 minutes session that helps to start the day more fresh, centered, calm and alive.

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Jennifer Hoernemann (Germany)

Jenniffer is a dance artist, performer and bodytherapist, trained at the School for New Dance Development, NL, at the College of Arts, GB, and the Action Theatre Institute, USA. From the starting place of her passionate interest in dance improvisation and dance technique, it became more and more important within the last years, to integrate movement with various visual art- based approaches. Writing, sowing, drawing and creating installations have become just as important for her artistic work, as movement improvisation and her practice as a Cranio Sacral Therapist. In 2011 she cofounded the label CommunityArtWorks with Walbrodt (visual artist, coach, performer).They introduce art and artistic perception, thinking and acting into various contexts of society and of everyday life situations. With different interactive formats or performances they want to inspire innovation, creativity and new interconnections in the fields of education, administration, economics, science and global action.(www.communityartworks.de)

 

The Lost Property Office for intended ARTiculation

The Lost Property Office for intended ARTiculation is an ongoing interactive installation. It is thought up, built and hosted by CommunityArtWorks, an artists-lable dedicated to artistic interventions in the context of organizational and social change.

During CMC 2019, LPO_ART is a physically existing and moving office, managed by Jennifer Hoernemann and supported by others. What do I miss or what do I find in the context of CI? How do we want or should relate and where can we share our articulation? What is said or not-said and what is lost on the way? Everyone involved in the festival is heartly invited to come to the office, hand in his or her articulation, look for lost thoughts or ideas and co-create small artistic receipts. The continuously changing compilation will be visible and it can be used as an inspiring pile of articulated material at the end of the festival. Opening hours will be daily announced!

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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 25 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. Twelve 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). I also like writing about CI joerghassmann.wordpress.com.

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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Tanja Striezel (Germany)

 


I' ve been dancing Contact for almost 25 years and am engaged in teaching it for more than 10 years. I organize a monthly jam and offer regular classes and workshops. I also work as a teacher for Alexander-Technique and offer personal and group trainings.

I enjoy the continuous research in the different Contact formats such as international festivals, workshops, work/study groups and jams. My teaching is inspired and influenced by the Alexander-Technique, Body-Mind Centering®, Authentic Movement, Yoga, Meditation and by the many teachers, dancers and students with whom I had the gift to learn, dance and share this wonderful dance form.

I am happy and thankful to be part of this festival again and curious to touch this field of moving, exploring, exchanging, learning and being together on so many different layers.

 

Soothing Body & Mind

Tanja will facilitate some of the soothing body & mind sessions. Since we usually won't have a guided warm up for the Jam. But half an hour before the Jam starts, a simple practice will be offered to sooth the body and to calm and clear the mind. So most of the Jams will begin with a un-pressured focussed energy, where people easily take on responsibility for their own journey through the Jam. Some words from Tanja:

Anchoring yourself with quiet time, we will work with bonding with the earth, opening and focusing the senses and to connect back to a movable and responsive body. We will fine-tune the spaces of body and mind with fresh energy and attention. The soothings will be informed by my Alexander-Technique, Body-Mind Centering, Meditation/Yoga and Dance Practice.

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