Workshops & Teachers
Alicia Grayson (USA):
In the Womb of the Volcano
The unique environment of the volcano will be the container in which we explore the environment, ourselves and each other using elements of authentic movement, active witnessing and contact improvisation. Authentic movement supports us in opening to the mystery as the outer and inner landscapes call to us. Active witnessing strengthens our ability to be responsive to our environment and our partner as we stay true to ourselves.
From this grounded base we will open into contact improvisation with the environment, our partners and the larger group.
We will witness and be witnessed, we will move and be moved all within the womb of the volcano.
Alicia Grayson (USA)
Alicia Grayson has been passionately involved with dancing, teaching and performing Contact Improvisation for the past 30 years. She has taught CI as an adjunct faculty at George Washington University, University of Denver, Naropa University and Shenandoah University. She teaches CI, yoga and pilates classes in Boulder, CO and regularly travels internationally to teach. Her long time practices of authentic movement, yoga and pilates and her love of nature are important influences on her dancing and teaching. She is a certified Hakomi therapist, certified perinatal somatic attachment therapist and certified Feminine Power transformational coach and facilitator. She delights in exploring and discovering new depths to contact improvisation and related disciplines and is particularly interested in the intersection of physics and expression and the mind/body relationship. She is dedicated to supporting her fellow humans to be the most amazing embodied beings that we are!
Dino Spiri (DE):
CI Technique – Revisiting basics
Touching someone is so simple and so incredibly complex. We are constantly negotiating a give and take, proposing actions, listening to and acting on invitations.
It is helpful to understand your own body in and through movement, and it is helpful to practice basic principles that form the movement language we are using to communicate with our partner(s) in CI.
This class aims at establishing a common ground and to fully land on the Island and at the Festival.
Dino Spiri (DE)
I am dancing CI since a decade by now. My experience and knowledge of the moving body and my teaching is strongly influenced by the Alexander Technique ( I am a certified teacher), Klein Technique, my meditation practice and BMC® and by working intensively with my many wonderful teachers like Yoyo van der Kooi, Dan Armon, Eva Karczag, Joerg Hassmann, Hanna Hegenscheidt, Friederike Tröscher and Jens Johannsen and Susanne Middendorf.
Angela-Mara Florant (DE):
Diving into the Canyon
The canyon can be seen as a big slide!
Rolling on the stones, melting into the support and sliding off.
We will explore the soft and slippery surfaces of the stones and rocks in the canyon. How can this quality of the stones inspire our dance? Sliding is one of the basic principals of CI. There is a lot of potential in sliding! Let’s slide!
We will invite the stones to dance with us! They will be our dance partners! We will discover their shapes: the shapes of stones can seem very similar to body shapes.
Being squeezed in between a soft body and a soft rock. Let the rocks move you. Let the tremendous qualities of nature influence your CI duet.
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
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:
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”.
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Aude Fondard (FR):
Aude Fondard lives as a dancer, poet and translator.
Her first encounter with Contact Improvisation, about ten years ago, was joyful and empowering, but somehow a bit strange. Later on, through jamming and festivals, a new world opened to her. She is thankful to the dance form and its creators as it enables her to do so many things like: dance freely, fly, live the moment, making true choices, learn about human relationships, etc.
Now based in Marseilles, she facilitates a monthly jam, uses CI in her poetic performances and shares her passion for movement and nature (inspired by contemporary dancers and butoh masters alike).
Jennie Zimmermann (DE):
I work in the intersection of somatics, movement and sound.
CI is part of my life since more than 10 years as art form and dance practise – where I can listen,
sense and take time to find permeability in movement and communication with others.
It includes to rethink and repattern, repeat and remember.
Again and again I am amazed about the deep value of play and mistakes to create something different, maybe unknown.