Workshops & Teachers
These are the teachers from 2019. We will update this information in summer.
Tara Brandel (IRL):
Bones and Skin
Working with the solidness of the core structures and the subtlety of the surfaces, using the nerve endings of the skin and the solidness of our bones as guides, we will explore the rough surfaces and dense lava of the volcano.
How do we apply CI principles of deep listening, deep dancing and weight to this harsh environment? How can the volcano be our partner? How can we use our bodies to create soft dances in hard places? And how will this work inform our dances with other human partners?
Tara Brandel (IRL)
Tara Brandel is a Contact Improviser and Contemporary dance artist from West Cork Ireland. She trained in Contact Improvisation as a teenager with Steve Paxton, Kirstie Simson and Julyen Hamilton and has been practising CI for 35 years. She has taught internationally extensively including WCCIF, Seattle Festival of Alternative Dance + Improvisation SFADI, and GLACIER, in the US; Chisenhale, London; TanzFabrik and Ponderosa, Germany; and in Melbourne, Sydney and Cairo, and was the Featured teacher at the ORCIJ in Toronto ’16.
She is Artistic Director of Croi Glan Integrated Dance Company.
Having studied with Anna Halprin and the Tamalpa Institute, Tara has an ongoing obsession with using CI principles to dance with nature. Tara delights in bringing her soft animal self to many outdoor environments and can often be found rolling with sand dunes, partnering with trees and dancing with rocks. Most recently this obsession has lead her to dancing in deserts and other arid environments finding softness in hard places.
Gesine Daniels (DE):
Falling Into the Dance – Surrender to Being Off-Balance
The most effortless and enjoyable dances come to me as a gift, a surprising reward for my surrender to falling into the unknown, be it down or up, close to the ground or up on someones shoulder.
Our enquiry in this workshop will be, how to organise the body when falling and being off balance together and how this can lead to supporting each other and travelling together in our dances. You will work on building skills, that enable you to surrender to instability and desorientation, and to increase your ability to read your own and your partners body instantaneously, being ready for change in any moment.
You are invited to explore and experiment in a safe and supportive environment, dancing beside, on top and underneath your partner.
Gesine Daniels (DE)
I am an internationally working dancer, performer and movement-teacher, who has been working in a wide range of events and places at festivals, schools and universities.
Co-founder of SomeBodyElseDanceCompany, which works with Instant Composition and ContactImprovisation, I’ve been creating and presenting solo and group works, in theatre contexts as well as site specific productions.
Since 1989 I’m teaching CI, Instant Composition and Somatic Approaches to Movement and Communication, across various populations, in challenged communities as well as in dance education and Universities. My teaching is directed to people of various experience, age and physical ability; to everybody who is willing to study, improvise and compose movement through dancing CI. I’m intrigued with the complexity of the body and its movement possibilities, by the practice of communication and decision-making in Improvisation that CI offers, and by the political and social relevance of this dance form. I enjoy dancing with my students, listening to their dance and teaching through my body as well as using words and reflecting together.
Kabiro Eva Scheller (DE):
Merge into Landscape
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, grass, earth, 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.
On this day the canyon will give us the invitation to melt into millions of years that shaped the ground, the stones … the landscape of human beings. With little sequences of explorations and free improvisation we can experience the nature as a resource of the dance.
Kabiro Eva Scheller (DE):
Full-hearted dancer, bodyworker, teacher and counselor, who planted the „sharing-structure“ into the dance- and movement Festivals as a reflection of our experiences.
Dance- and Contact Improvisation since 1994 with many different teachers of USA and Europe.Practitioner & teacher of Hawaiian Massage and Bodywork, Festival organizer & travels to Hawaii, initiator of Osterimprofestival & HealingHeartFestival (Ger) & and many more somatic & heart opening events.
Angela-Mara Florant (DE):
Going into the Unknown
Leaving your comfort zone, discovering something new. The unknown is often that which we cannot see, that which is not in our field of vision. Sometimes it is the space behind us, or the back space. In this class we will explore the backspace. Going backwards. Activating and bringing attention to our back side, letting our backs lead us into movement.
Following the back side, losing our sense of orientation, getting lost, letting go of the need to control. Finding comfort in discomfort. Trusting ourselves, trusting our partner/s.
Relaxing into back space!
Angela-Mara Florant (DE)
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.
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.
Elske Seidel (DE):
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 (DE)
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 (DE):
Contact Improvisation Training
Tools & Toys for all levels – Systematic, Somatic, Playful
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 (DE)
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.de, www.contact-meets-contemporary.de, www.bodymindpresence.de, www.in-touch.es, www.easterimprofestival.info
Rohland Frenzel (DE / ES):
Soul’s Dance … Silent Breath Sound Movement for Happy Bodies
What happens when thinking, aesthetics and others‘ looks no longer take control of our breathing, sound and movement?
What happens when we indulge in intuition, flow or higher wisdom?
What if the soul dances our body?
Rohland Frenzel (DE / ES)
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 (DE):
Registration, long-term supporter and facilitator
He is a performer, CI dancer, CI teacher, festival organizer. 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, work and teaching. 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”.
Gabriele Neumann (DE):
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:
Ulrike Christl (DE):
Ulrike startet her movement practice with Performing Arts and Tai Chi. In 2008, she discovered CI and since then she is fascinated by dancing, researching and teaching CI. Her movement practice is deeply influenced by somatic approaches like BMC and Feldenkrais and enriched by Contemporary Dance, Axis Syllabus, Tango Argentino and Mindfulness Training. She loves to research on the phenomenon of speaking bodies.
Ulrike has a Master of Arts and is working at universities for performing arts and at theaters as a teacher for speech communication and movement. For the last two years, she is attending a further education program in Gestalt- and Drama Therapy.