The pre-festival-workshop gives insight into useful technical aspects of Contact Improvisation while allowing the space to integrate the information into our bodies. It is meant for people who already have a comfortable base in CI and wish to deepen the joy of their experience as well as their knowledge and possibilities.

Specifically, we want to look at what is needed in order to follow through into both, low and high flying with a relaxed and responsive body. How do we adapt our body tone as the dance changes from moment to moment? How to organize our awareness and our body in the air with fluidity and ease while dancing with the constant possibility of disorientation? How do we actually land and allow the falling weight to continue through our bodies and into our improvisation?

In this workshop, I would like to give inspiration as well as tools in order to stimulate and support the individual growth and development in each of us as we dance 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 since the early nineties, CI since 2004. Her boundless fascination and joy exploring and researching Contact Improvisation in all its depth and subtleties, inspires her workshops, privates, ongoing classes, and each of the projects she creates.

She holds a master's degree in Sport Science, Education and English from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Her main research question 'the essence of dance and its teaching' motivates the heart of her work from her early days at University until the present day. Her work recognizes nature, improvisation and teaching itself as core sources for knowledge and understanding.

Meeting the moment, she offers organic support for the individual and the instant community as it emerges, allowing each to feel, find and follow what they need to learn and dance.

She is the artistic director of the Annual Contact Festival Fuerteventura/ Spain and co-creates Dance Your Question: CI Research Week for Experienced Contact Dancers, CI Training Program Hamburg/ Germany, CI Basic Training Program Hamburg/ Germany and co-organized among many other projects ECITE -European Contact Improvisation Teachers Exchange in Ponderosa/ Germany in 2014.