Previous Next

In this festival we will go on a journey together. We want to connect inside and outside, both as places and as parts of ourselves. We will have our focus on workshops outdoors in magical places taking time in nature to unwind and breath. Allowing every environment to reveal itself upon us - change us, move us. Every place offers unique gifts to learn from as we move through them and they move through us.

The indoor workshops become another setting from which to perceive and learn. The studio gives a focus and clarity, a lack of external stimulus, which in contrast, will offer a fresh simplicity to investigate and understand our dance more deeply.

Every session will be on a specific topic of Contact Improvisation, essential themes taking us deep into the ideas and the flavor of each experience. We will go together from one experience to the next, expanding awareness, sharing inspiration and discovery. We will learn by meeting, dancing, and enjoying! 
Each of our outstanding international teachers has a special interest in Contact Improvisation, the outdoors and how both fit into a deep awareness of experience itself.


Liz Erber (USA/ DEU):
Orient - Disorient
Into the Wilds of the Unknown - Stretching our Comfort Zone
studio workshop

Contact is a multi-directional dance, moving forwards, backwards, upside down, and all around. Part of what can make contact so much fun and potentially transformational, is the possibility of letting go of our normal, day-to-day orientation and inviting in disorientation. Becoming disoriented can be a scary experience (at first) and may trigger a number of fear responses or reflexes. Our bodies and minds may attempt to hang on to what is known: upright orientation, controlled movements and or postures. This reaction is perfectly normal. We can learn however, to allow disorientation to be part of our dance; to let go of expected orientation and trust the flow of movement and the pull of gravity. We can learn to enjoy moments of disorientation!

To begin, we will focus on establishing our own inner-connectivity and from there, expand our attention outwards to a place of outer-connectivity and sharing. During the course of the class we will play with simple moments of disorientation, working at different levels, with and without a partner. Students have the chance to explore, make self-discoveries and share in these discoveries. We will ask ourselves what brings us in and out of disorientation. Where are our limits?

The workshop is intended for people at all levels - offering a door to exploring disorientation in a safe space. It will also be challenging for those wanting a challenge!


Liz Erber (USA/ DEU)

Liz Erber has been practicing CI for nearly 15 years and teaching for over 10. For her CI is a way of connecting, sharing, playing, expressing, finding self and healing. Teaching is a way of learning. Informative to her CI practice has been her background in somatics and release (Bartenieff Fundamentals, Laban  Movement Analysis, Skinner Releasing), contemporary dance, and performance. CI has likewise informed her work in all of these areas. Liz lives in Berlin with her family, and teaches/performs locally and internationally.

Bastien Auber (FRA):
Vibrating with the Earth
outdoor workshop

Our journey is a way to go together since the roots of the planet to the edge of the cosmos through this fabulous channel : the body !
We will focus on the tools of Contact Improvisation in connection with the balance that underpin the environments around us (volcanoes). Through the existing forms in this incredible landscapes, it will be created connections between the inside and outside of the body; between the infinitely small and the infinitely large ! Earth  will be passed through contact dance explorations, space games, group composition, individual expression; seeking to connect deeply to this volcanic nature. From natural aspects we will slide to technicals aspects of contact impro (weight to the ground, lightness to the air, flow of the body and spirals to link all the body movements).

A first step will be based on the links with the environment, with the simplicity of conscious breathing.
A next step is about our roots, our link to the floor, our anchor to the ground in order to intensify our stability, to strengthen our center (of mass).
One other last step is linked with the space around (near and far) to facilitate the composition in Contact Improvisation.
This dance time is an approach that is both holistic and technical, it is a journey proposed to connect the vibrations of the earth !


Bastien Auber (FRA)

After several years of Contact Improvisation (since 2007) he began to teach CI in 2011 to share his research about nature and movements. His approach about bodily dynamics is closely linked with the existing movements in earth and universe (water, earth, air, fire and ether). His teaching is based on the relationship between the body and the multi-spatial environment (macrocosm and microcosm).
He is influenced by different contact/performance teachers from different countries (Chris Aiken, Ray Chung, Keith Hennessey, Alicia Grayson, Lisa Nelson Angela Doni, Adrian Russi, Joerg Hassman, Charlie Morrissey , Isabelle Uski…)
In France, he teach regularly weekly classes (in Grenoble) and 5-6 weekend workshops per year. He teach also internationally : Germany (CMC festival 2015), USA (New York, Moab Jam 2014), Israel (CI festival 2013), Spain (Fueteventura 2016-17, CI festival Valencia 2013 and 2012), Italy (Roma Contact 2012), Ukraine (Kiev CI festival 2011), and Russia (where he taught dance with ropes and nature events in 2012). He is also a dance performer in solo, with partners.

His movement is also inspired by his back-ground in different practises (many years of climbing, work as geologist, authentic movement group, vipassana meditation, etc). He organizes, with a team, the "1001 Festival" in Grenoble... and is interested by the poetry in dance! Currently he is interested in the field of subtils bodies forming in Geobiology and Bioenergy.



Angela-Mara Florant (DEU):

Pelvis Pivot Point
studio workshop

The pelvis as a central, intimate, strong, stable and flexible body part. It holds and protects organs, is directly connected to the spine and is the link between the torso and the legs.

We will experiment with the special roll the pelvis plays in contact improvisation. As an over dancer and as an under dancer we constantly rely on our pelvis. It helps us to create supporting surfaces for lifts, allows us to change levels, helps us to hold our balance, lets us fall... and can be smoothly led. A minimal pivot of the pelvis can send the dance in a completely new direction – over and over again surprising and leading us through space.

The pelvis as a central, intimate, strong, stable and flexible body part. It holds and protects organs, is directly connected to the spine and is the link between the torso and the legs.

We will experiment with the special roll the pelvis plays in contact improvisation. As an over dancer and as an under dancer we constantly rely on our pelvis. It helps us to create supporting surfaces for lifts, allows us to change levels, helps us to hold our balance, lets us fall... and can be smoothly led. A minimal pivot of the pelvis can send the dance in a completely new direction – over and over again surprising and leading us through space.


Angela-Mara Florant (DEU)

Angela-Mara Florant 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.



Elske Seidel (DEU):

Nature as Teacher
outdoor workshop

In my practice of Contact Improvisation Nature is one of my deepest influences as a teacher. When dancing in nature, I am listening to the moment hearing the physical laws taking place around me and inside me. I sense and experience gravity and presence through each surface I contact. 

In this workshop we will meet the element of sand in a soft exchange. I am interested in what I can learn in communication with the sand. How is the sand shaping my movement? How am I shaping the sand? What do I need? What can I let go of? What qualities are emerging in my body as I respond to the qualities of the sand?

Sand becoming a body, my partner, my self, moving underneath me, around me, listening through our skin, answering each other. Pouring, rising and diving into the experience of our dance.

Realizing that the environment and myself are in continuous connection, constantly effecting each other.
Exploring the possibility of becoming what I am – part of the earth.

See also video: Nature as Teacher
Interview with Elske Seidel on Contact Improvisation and Nature / 2016


Elske Seidel (DEU)

Elske Seidel, based in Berlin, is a passionate CI dancer & teacher, deeply committed to CI and its community internationally. She has been teaching dance fulltime and wholeheartedly for over two decades, CI since 2004.

In her teaching she believes in opening spaces where dance in all its vital magic and play can emerge and simply happen. Her work draws from nature as a teacher and values doing little - slowly - so the experience of the participants can expand into the space she holds.

She likes to create CI events which 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. She is the artistic director and co-organizer of the Annual Contact Festival Fuerteventura.
Some of her projects are: Berlin Weekend Jam, 23h Jam Berlin, North Sea CI Camp, CI Training Program Hamburg, Dance Your Questions: CI Research Week for experienced Contact Dancer, CI Workshop Series Basics in Hamburg and Berlin.
In 2014 she was part of the organizing team for ECITE (European Contact Improvisation Teachers’ Exchange).



Daniel Werner (DEU):

Contact Improvisation Training

Tools & Toys for all levels - Systematic, SomaticPlayful
outdoor workshop

In this workshop we will work technically and systematically on so called „pathways“ (CI vocabulary), to experience and understand the underlying principles of this wonderful dance form.

 Furthermore we will play with elements from Body-Mind Centering and developmental movement to (re-)discover natural and organic movement qualities, and to find efficient body tone modulation and effortlessness, softness and strength for moving with shared weight.  

 With different dance scores we create spaces and atmospheres in which technique, playfulness and improvisation can melt into truely multidimensional experiences of falling, flying and momentum. 

 The systematic approach of this workshop is based on the curriculum of the Contact Improvisation Training Berlin (

Daniel Werner (DEU)

Daniel Werner studied Dance, Contact Improvisation, Body-Mind Centering and other Somatic Methods and Practises with various teachers , and works professionally and internationally in this field since ´97 as a dancer, teacher and director. He graduated in contemporary dance at the North Karelia College in Finland.
He is (co-)directing the following institutions and projects:,



Kabiro Eva Scheller (DEU):

Flow with the Landscape

outdoor workshop

It is a beautiful gift to dance outdoors as a reflection of all principles of Contact Improvisation and the nature within us.The sensitivity of different textures of the ground like stone, sand, water and all the inspirations of space like the wind around and the sounds of nature. All that guides us naturally to our moving sources of dances and reflect us our potential in dance and movement.

Contact Improvisation means to me being flexible, playful, smooth, light, effortless, meditative, truthful, gorgeous, touching, connecting deeply, juicy, surprising, being embodied… a part of the earth… a flowing and moving landscape in universe.


Kabiro Eva Scheller (DEU):

Dance- and Contact Improvisation since 1994, practitioner & teacher of Hawaiian Massage and Bodywork, festival organizer & initiator of Osterimprofestival & HealingHeartFestival (Ger) & Alohafestival (Hawaii).

Full-hearted dancer, bodyworker, teacher and counselor.,,



Gabi Neumann (DEU):
Qigong, Tai Chi and Fascial Movement: From Chi Flow into Contact

studio workshop

In this workshop, we will dive into ourselves to find our deepest and smoothest impulses of movement through Qigong and Tai Chi exercises based on TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).

We will connect to our center as our base, our breath-movement, our organs and our chi flow. Nourishing and vitalising our inner system by giving our body loving attention and absorbing and storing energy/chi from the nature surrounding us.

The chi will again find a way to move in and through our bodies into dance, in solos or in contact improvisation with nature and with people.


Gabriele Neumann (DEU):

Dancing Contact Improvisation and exploring movement for 20 years. Professional Qigong and Tai Chi teacher, teaching in different institutions and freelance. Physiotherapist, teacher, dancer and (co-)director of the following projects:



Rohland Moksha Frenzel (DEU/ ESP):
Desert Blues 

How To Meet The Little Prince... 

outdoor workshop

We will play with imagination and intuition. 
The silence and the music of the desert 
meeting the curiosity of the little prince ... 

Singing Circle

Singing is one of the easiest ways into our heart 

Let*s start our days with a prelude to our common field
sound and movement
...Patchamama I*m coming home


Rohland Moksha Frenzel (DEU/ ESP)

A passionate (contact) dancer and playful osteopath, bard, gardener, movement and awareness researcher.
20 years creating, liberating, learning and envisioning embodied being.

I live in La Palma where I am creating a new retreat center (Finca Ganesha) with a focus on the connection between perma culture, dance and bodywork.



Jo Bruhn (DEU):
Contemplative Dance Practice

Early Morning Practice (outdoors)

Let's start the morning with meditation.

Let's start the morning with arriving in the body.

Let's start the morning with dance!

For an hour we will be going through these three states. Enjoying the morning, its freshness, the special light and the air.

Let's dive into the day with silence and delicious movement.


Jo Bruhn (DEU)

is a performer, CI dancer, CI teacher, mover.

More than 10 years ago he met Contact Improvisation on his quest to find dance forms he could combine with fire shows. He was fascinated by the universe which unfolded to him with countless layers to focus on. Especially the flowing way to deal with acrobatic skills and the communication happening through bodies became an important part of his research and work.

To go beyond CI he took part in the Dance Intensive at Tanzfabrik Berlin. He has trained extensively with Nancy Stark Smith, Mike Vargas, Britta Pudelko, Andrew Harwood, Nita Little, among many others.

“I like to surprise myself and others in my dance by spicing it up with spontaneity and a bit of humour”.



Support Teacher 2018:

Lydia Müller (NLD)