The Joy of Beginning

Beginners Contact Improvisation Intensive

This intensive offers space for discovering our beginning in Contact Improvisation – and deepening the roots, we may have already. It is about relaxing our minds and planting seeds for our body knowledge to grow, unfold and blossom. We will experience and understand softness within ourselves. We will celebrate the floor, meeting it, surrendering into it, receiving its support, growing roots, exploring how to move with ease in a soft exchange.

We will go deep, sensing the layers under the skin, beginning to understand touch and communication in CI. As we discover how to move together sharing one common center of gravity we will enter the fascination of play.

In our dance we will research the moment of falling within ourselves as a door to effortlessness and endless inspiration. As we release into gravity we allow gravity to move us.

There will be time to ask your questions.
This intensive can be your ground to dance from, supporting you in your journey through the festival as well as in finding comfort in entering the jam and Open Space itself.
Let's get lost together!

Elske Seidel

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, CI since 2004.
In her teaching she believes in opening spaces where dance in all its vital magic and play can simply happen.“In her work she has the experience and knowledge to do little - slowly - so the experience of the participants can expand into the space she holds.”
She likes to create CI events that bring the studio focus outside into nature and into the experience. She enjoys gathering community merging life and dance together. She loves to support practice, jamming and research. She has taught CI in Europe, Canada, the U.S., Argentina, Israel, Russia and Japan.
She is the artistic director of the Annual Contact Festival Fuerteventura/ Spain, Contact Saturday Berlin, as well as co-creating the Berlin Weekend Jam, 23h Jam Berlin, North Sea CI Camp/ Germany, Dance Your Questions: CI Research Week for Experienced Contact Dancers, CI Training Program Hamburg/ Germany and CI Workshop Series BASICS in Berlin & Hamburg/ Germany. (in process)

Das rosa Tanzbild: Norbert Mörchen
s/w potrait: Katelyn Stiles
Sitzende BIld: Patrick Beelaert