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2+3 March 2017

with Elske Seidel (Ger), Daniel Werner (Ger) & Gabi Neumann (Ger)

Contact Improvisation Training:  Tools & Toys for all levels - Systematic, Somatic, Playful

Hours: 2.5h/day

Price: sliding scale 55-80 € (pay as you can)

In this workshop we will work technically and systematically 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 ( and Hamburg. It is meant to prepare and support the festival.


Daniel Werner (Ger) & Elske Seidel (Ger):

share many years of friendship, uncountable jams and dances. Their mutual fascination for Contact Improvisation provides the center in both their lives. In 2003 they co-founded the ContAct Dance Company, investigating CI as a source for performance work, with a special interest in site-specific art. Both work as independent artists, somatic movement researchers and dancers; both have extensive experience in teaching CI internationally, as well as organizing and facilitating large CI events. They are co-organizers of both the Contact Festival Fuerteventura, since 2009, and the North Sea CI Camp.

In cooperating for this workshop they wish to combine their creative energy and interests, support and inspire each other and every single one coming.

Daniel Werner  studied Dance, Contact Improvisation, Body-Mind Centering and other Somatic Methods and Practises with various teachers, and works internationally in this field since ´97 as a dancer, teacher and director. He graduated in contemporary dance at the North Karelia College in Finland. Furthermore he is a teacher for Qigong and Tai Chi in the line of Master Mantak Chia.

Also he is involved in the following projects:,,,,

Elske Seidel, based in Berlin, is a passionate CI dancer & teacher, deeply committed to CI and its community internationally. She has been teaching dance full time and wholeheartedly for over two decades, contact 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 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. In 2014 she was part of the organizing team for ECITE (European Contact Improvisation Teacher's Exchange).

Some of her projects are:
Dance your questions: CI Research Week / Arlequi (Spain), Contact Saturday Berlin/ Tanzfabrik Berlin, 23h Jam Berlin, Berlin Weekend Jam, North Sea CI Camp (Ger) and CI Training Program Hamburg + Berlin (GER), Contact in Nature / La Palma (Spain).

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:,