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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 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.


Elske Seidel (Ger):

Nature as Teacher

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 (Ger)

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).



Bastien Auber (FR):
Be grounded ! Be flowing

Using the flow characteristics present in the volcanic world - magma, lava fountain, lava tube, forms of solidifaction, we will explore different physical paths to feed into Contact Improvisation. Through pressure and release, structure and collapse, fluid and solid, we will work various technical aspects of movement.

In this outdoor play and indoor class, we will experiment with our connection to the rocks. Our connection with the environnment can evolve into questions of origin : Origin of magma, origin of movement, origin of the rolling point.

We will work with our legs rooted in the different layers of the earth as our own layers uncover in the movement during solo, trio or group.

As we continue to feel the energy of the volcano, below our feet, inside us ...
with this aspect of nature flowing within us, we will allow ourselves to be grounded with the core of our planet and to be in the flow of lava.

Breathing, observing, telescoping our awareness, and the poetry of nature, will help us to open our contact dance into the seven directions !!!


Bastien Auber (FR)

After several years of Contact Improvisation and climbing, he began to teach CI in 2011. He has taught many workshops and classes in France, Spain (CI Festival Valencia), Italy (Roma Contact), Russia (dance with ropes), Ukraine (Kiev CI Festival), the USA (New York, Moab Jam), Israel (CI Festival), Germany (CMC Festival), etc ...

He organizes the "1001" Festival in Grenoble, France.

His approach to body dynamics is closely linked with the existing movements in nature - water, earth, air and fire. His teaching is based on the relationship between body and the multi-spatial environment. He is also a geologist, a dance performer, practices meditation ... and is interested by the poetry in dance! 



Daniel Werner (Ger):

Contact Improvisation Training

Tools & Toys for all levels - Systematic, SomaticPlayful

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 (Ger)

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:,




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


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 (Ger):


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:




Nadja Schwarzenbach (Ger):


Landing in Movement


Landing, arriving as a base from where I can find pleasure in the details of my movement and inform it through others. I experience dancing CI is often not so much about doing, it is more an attitude, aliveness and readiness. Awake senses can bring me into a presence and openness, creating connections easily. Connecting my body in itself makes me ready to find simple and easy connections to others in movement and constant change. Listening to the moment of me and my partner in an active way without forcing anything, seems to lead into a state where sharing a dance just happens and becomes light and joyful.



Nadja Schwarzenbach (Ger)


Contact Improvisation inspires me and keeps me happy since 10 years. My trainings and ongoing practice in bodywork, Klein Technique and Axis Syllabus informe my sense for touch and the understanding of the human body moving. I am co-organizer of the Contact Festivals Berlin (, the Contact meets Contemporary Festival in Göttingen ( and I am part of the Out of Berlin Jam team ( In teaching CI I love offering spaces for experiencing the joy of being at home in a moveable and connected body.


I am super happy to support the festival team in Fuerteventura for the 3rd time now!



Alyssa Lynes (US/ ES):
The Ripple Effect:

A workshop to explore how momentum and direction can travel through our bodies as we dance inside ourselves and outside the studio.

In this Contact Improvisation workshop we will explore ways to offer and accept invitations that take us in and out of contact with nature, each other, and essentially all that we can touch.  How can we be available and present to observe and use the momentum of gravity, push, and counterbalance to support our movement explorations and our ability to reverse directions?  How can a movement we witness in nature be transformed into a dance that passes movement through our bodies like a stone creates trajectories in water?  Observing this ripple effect and how it can be passed back and around to other people or beings will be the dance of our inquiry. 


Alyssa Lynes (USA/ ES)

is a dancer and teacher interested in how communication and creative expression play out in partner dance forms and in different environments.  She received a four year university degree (BA) in Contemporary dance and a Masters of Science in education (NYC).  Since an inspirational training with Nancy Stark Smith, Alyssa came to Europe (2010) and explores human expression through her choreography and performance work, in co-directing the film on CI ("Five Ways In"), and in her international CI teaching (Italy, Spain, Germany, France, Israel, India, the USA).  She was honored to be a teacher in three CI foundation programs: in Malaga and Madrid, Spain, and in the Fortbildung CI Kompakt Training Intensive in Freiburg, Germany.  She is excited to join Fuerteventura Contact Festival and to explore moving in and outside the studio together.



Jo Bruhn (Ger):

Jump into Nature

If we listen to the wind – what does it do to our bodies?
If we feel the sand – how does this shape our movements?
If we see the landscape – does this change our dance?

In this workshop we want to open our senses to nature.
We want nature to influence and move us.
We also want to explore technical skills in nature.
Simple jumps, simple lifts.
Enjoying the fact that it is so comfortable to land in the sand. 


Jo Bruhn (Ger)

is a performer, dancer and fire spinner.

Based in Berlin, he trained for many years as a partner acrobat. Of late, his focus has increasingly shifted into Contact Improvisation and Contemporary Dance practices.

Education at the „Academy for Mime“ from Anita Steiner, Gian Andrea Scarello. Since 2002, he has performed fire shows and walking-acts with the ensemble „mosaique“. He has also studied at New Dance Education with Anna Garms, Dance Vision Institute, and he was part of Dance Intensive at Tanzfabrik Berlin. He has trained extensively with Nancy Stark Smith, Mike Vargas, Andrew Harwood, Daniel Lepkoff, 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.”



Roland Moksha Frenzel (Ger/ES):

Bodywork into CI: GaneshaFLOW

GaneshaFLOW is based on the essential needs of an embodied and sentient being: 
LOVE  -  Touch Yielding Connectedness and Movement

The more natural the contact between carrying and being carried the more effortless, alive and powerful is the dance.

The balance of flow and stability is essential to be centered.

We will use knowledge of our fascia network as we play with authentic touch and movement scores into CI.

An invitation to dive into N O W H E R E.  A place and state where thinking dissolves into direct experience and inside a deep peace can spread.

In this timeless space creativity and the ability of self-healing can come to full fruition
I am free and connected at the same time ~~~



Outdoor Workshop in the desert with Roland (Moksha):

Desert Blues 

How To Meet The Little Prince... 

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



each morning:
Singing Circle
with Roland (Moksha)

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


Roland Moksha Frenzel (Ger)

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.




Support Teacher

Kabiro Eva Scheller (Ger)

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.

Note from the organizers: Kabiro has been supporting the festival since its beginning and greatly shaped its developement with her experience, presence and love. 


Text support and edit:
Erik Thompson Green & Elske Seidel