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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.

 

Joane Auber Warren (FRA):
From Earth to Sky
outdoor workshop

We will start by listening to your perceptions of the land, its power, its energy, its spaciousness, its solidity, and sense the ways these may bring us into movement. Allowing our senses to open, we will observe increasingly subtle layers and feel their unique inner energies.

Exploring the solidity of our bones to anchor ourselves, integrating with other structures, we'll try to create a sense of tensegrity. We will explore how that energy combines with the breath, travels inside of us, opening up paths to internal and external energy flows and connecting us with our environment.

We will play in different ways - pushing, reaching, propulsing, and landing, with the earth, with our weight and with our partners. We'll see how we can bring different energies and rhythms into the dance, alternating between rest and activity, strength and subtlety by exploring a wide scale of body tones.

The space around us will be our playground: sensing what the environment brings to our dances, we'll observe how that leads us into spontaneous composition, with time and space to witness each other.

 

Joane Auber Warren (FRA)

Joane has been passionate about movement and dance improvisation for the past 20 years.

On discovering the universe of contact improvisation she fell in love with its spontaneous, relational  and playful aspects. 

This  path led her to leave her previous job as a social worker and to fully dedicate herself to dance. She studied a Masters in dance and somatic practices in the UK. Her research focused on 'states of not knowing' , inspired by Nancy Stark Smith's concept of “the gap”. Her practice is widely influenced by somatic work, she is particularly inspired by the subtle links between body and mind, recognizing the body as an immense source of knowledge about ourselves. She loves exploring felt connections between our internal world and the different environments we experience.

She has been deeply influenced by teachers like Nancy Stark Smith, Nita Little, Charlie Morissey, Didier Silhol, Andrea Olsen and many others.

She lives in the south east of France working  as a dancer and a somatic educator, working with babies and parents, children, adults  and   people with different disabilities.

She teaches regular CI classes in different locations and is also part of a collective of people developping CI in rural areas. She is is currently creating a duet dance on the theme of migration.

 

 

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.
www.impro-hamburg.jimdo.com

 

 

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.
www.elskedance.de

See also video: Nature as Teacher
Interview with Elske Seidel on Contact Improvisation and Nature / 2016
Http://elskedance.de/en/videos

 

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).
www.elskedance.de

 

 

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 (www.dancecontact.de).
 

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: www.dancecontact.dewww.contact-meets-contemporary.dewww.bodymindpresence.de, www.in-touch.eswww.easterimprofestival.info

 

 

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.

www.healingheartfestival.de, www.hawaiianische-koerperkunst.de, www.osterimprofestival.info

 

 

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:
www.canarian.contactfestival.info
www.contact-meets-contemporary.de
www.in-touch.es

 

 

Lydia Müller (NL/DEU):
Contact Tango
outdoor workshop

Contact Tango is an exploration of the encounter between two creative dance forms: Contact Improvisation and Argentine Tango. By using principles of Tango we enrich our Contact Improvisation Practice. Contact Tango gives tools to connect with your dance partner in a different way, invites to play and get new inspiration for our creativity. Let yourself be moved by the rhythms, melodies and energies of Tango. No previous experience and fixed partner necessary.

 

Lydia Müller (NL/DEU):
Nature as Inspiration for New Movement Qualities

outdoor workshop

Lydia as a dancer finds her inspiration to dance and move often in nature. Tuning into nature, sensing, listening, smelling and tasting the surrounding. Dancing with eyes closed and opening our senses into the wild nature. With this new information we start moving differently. Finding new movement qualities, inspiring each other's dance with it and connecting to ourselves in nature.

 

Lydia Muller (NL/DEU)

has been working since 15 years professionally as a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer in Holland/Amsterdam and abroad. She received her diploma of dance in education at Codarts, Dance Academy Rotterdam and has been working since then in several professional dance companies, Community Art projects and interactive streettheater performances. She has been performing together with Ezequiel Sanucci with their own Contemporary Dance company “Tango Now”. Lydia is choreographing her own children dance theater performances.

Besides her carrier as a dancer, Lydia has been regularly teaching Contact Improvisation, Contemporary Dance, Argentine Tango, Contact Tango, Neo Tango, African Dance and Yoga to different age groups in the Netherlands, Germany, Europe, Latin America and Singapore. She is founder of the CI Contact Zone Rotterdam, member of the CI-teachers of the Netherlands and organizes her own dance retreats “Wild & Still”.

Lydia’s quality in teaching is to guide the whole group into a journey of creativity, playfulness and joy.
http://tangonow.nl/en/about-us/

Videos:
Contact Tango https://vimeo.com/125978351
http://tangonow.nl/en/media/
https://vimeo.com/tangodanstheater

 

 

Rohland Moksha Frenzel (DEU/ ESP):
Desert Blues 

or 
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.
www.somaart.de

 

 

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.
www.jo-bruhn.de

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