Falling Matters

How does an authentic play with gravity look like? Does it exist? What is potential energy and where is it located? How much resistance, how much letting go? How about falling up and how small can a micro fall be? These and other questions around falling are subject of this workshop which invites to surrender, pretend, beat or meet gravity, sometimes a beast sometimes a magic wizard.

Falling matters because it can be feared or harnessed for making movement effortless. We will work on disarming the fear and cultivate falling as a primary impulse for movement development, partnered and solo improvisation and make falling the overall filter to perceive our anatomy and structure.

Expect lively contact between theory and practice, hands on work, experimenting, movement research and falling as dancing.

AXIS SYLLABUS

The Axis Syllabus can be considered an information resource pool filled with tools, tactics and knowledge for continuously improving movement education and training practices for dancers and everyone that desires to move. The AS claims to be a detailed systemic and a continuously redefining movement analysis that is based on on-going empirical, multi-scientific and pedagogical inquiry. Knowledge is gathered, organised and tested by a community of teachers and students from all walks of life. Safe falling reflexes, transitions, finding healthy range of motion, injury prevention or kinetic efficiency are some of the key objectives. An Axis Syllabus class aims to create a collaborative learning environment and effective space for personal research.

Kira Kirsch

Kira Kirsch is a movement artist, community organizer, mother and initiater/curator born in East-Berlin. After many years abroad she now works and lives with her family in Berlin as residents of Lake Studios - an artist run dance, production and performance place.
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She is deeply invested into creating and shaping spaces for people to experience,learn about and sensitize their mind-body-movement continuum. She has pioneered, taught and continuously researched through the lens of the Axis Syllabus (AS) for over a decade, is a co-organiser of the Nomadic College at Earthdance, leads teacher laboratories and has build a community for AS research in the Bay Area, California from 2006 - 201​3​
. In 2014 she started co-curating a new annual dance festival called “SENSING IN” and is establishing a regular educational program​ for the AS​
under the ​umbrella
of Movement Artisans together with Antoine Ragot at Lake Studios.

She currently has a lectureship at the HZT University of Arts in Berlin and is invited to festivals and institutions such as Impulstanz/Austria, Ravnedans/Norway, TQW-Vienna or the Goa Contact Festival among many other as well as private initiatives of the grass root type.

Current projects are a short dance film "The Earth will Come" with film maker Katelyn Stiles and musician/poet Barnaby Tree, research within ensemble improvisation, somatic communication and her garden.

Pleasant Sensing in CI

This workshop will lead us into the festival, therefore we'll start by bringing our full attention to our body and by getting a good sense of it. We'll then prepare it careful for the dance, and we'll revisit a few basic principles of contact improvisation. We'll also already have enough time to thoroughly enjoy dancing and improvising with each other, and to reconnect with our creative potential!

Ralf Jaroschinski

 

Spherical Space, Curved Time and other Spiraling Journeys

touching in an undercurve - berühren im landen
approaching on spiraling trajectories - sich in spiralen annaehern
accelerating in curves to meet - beschleunigt in kurven treffen
exploring micro movement - mikrobewegung erforschen
spine cradles - wirbelsäulen wiegen
bending perception - wahrnehmung biegen
swinging along possibilities - sich an möglichkeiten entlang schwingen
permeating layers - schichten durchdringen
undulating intentions - verwickelte Nervensysteme
entangled nervous systems - wellenfoermige Intentionen 
tangential passings - tangentiales passieren

 

Kira Kirsch

Kira Kirsch is a movement artist, community organizer, mother and initiater/curator born in East-Berlin. After many years abroad she now works and lives with her family in Berlin as residents of Lake Studios - an artist run dance, production and performance place.
​ ​
She is deeply invested into creating and shaping spaces for people to experience,learn about and sensitize their mind-body-movement continuum. She has pioneered, taught and continuously researched through the lens of the Axis Syllabus (AS) for over a decade, is a co-organiser of the Nomadic College at Earthdance, leads teacher laboratories and has build a community for AS research in the Bay Area, California from 2006 - 201​3​
. In 2014 she started co-curating a new annual dance festival called “SENSING IN” and is establishing a regular educational program​ for the AS​
under the ​umbrella
of Movement Artisans together with Antoine Ragot at Lake Studios.

She currently has a lectureship at the HZT University of Arts in Berlin and is invited to festivals and institutions such as Impulstanz/Austria, Ravnedans/Norway, TQW-Vienna or the Goa Contact Festival among many other as well as private initiatives of the grass root type.

Current projects are a short dance film "The Earth will Come" with film maker Katelyn Stiles and musician/poet Barnaby Tree, research within ensemble improvisation, somatic communication and her garden.

dancing- playing - flowing

We will discover the different colours of contactimprovisation. We will explore the dancing while we are connected to our partner(s) and research the liberated forces. With playful exercises and games we will work with our instincts and reflexes. Based on that we will find our flow in the dance. Building up on the basics of CI like sharing weight, rolling, perception,... we will research and experiment into the depth of CI. We will also touch themes like permeability and stability, upside down from the technical aspect and also improvise creatively with it. Dancing, playing with divers dynamics, combatively, playful, soft, rough – through all this colours we will dive.
Dancing together, improvising and having fun together are also a goal of this afternoon.
This workshop is for beginners and advanced contacters.

Muriel Jeanne Mollet

Muriel Jeanne Mollet CH is teacher at the Höheren Fachschule for contemporary and urban performing arts Zürich. She is working as a free lanced dance teacher, performer, instructor of Kampfesspiele® and water therapist. After her graduation as a pedagogue for dance & gymnastic (SBTG-Diplom 1989) she studied „Elementarer Tanz“ at the University of Sports Köln. She continued studying different dance- and improvisation techniques and martial arts (Capoeira, Shinson Hapkido and Escrima). She was founder and director of SURIEL dance theater (1993-97). For a long time she was a member of the research-, improvisation- & performance-group „x-group“. Performances with the Capoeira Show group and dancing in different dance productions guided her as a dancer through Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Brasil. Since 18 years she is teaching Contactimprovisation for different groups (dance-companies, disabled & normal people, +60, kids & teens,..). She will transfer her passion for Contactimprovisation in her teaching.

Joyful dancing, games, experimenting with movement and physical forces, discovering the extremes and limits, rhythm, music and flow are the most important in her teaching and dancing.

 

 

Kinetic Potential and Full Presence

Contact improvisation can be seen as a postmodern technique in which the dance is continuously being inspired by the direct physical connection between two or more bodies. It is characterized through an array of dynamics and qualities and not limited by aesthetics or shape. It is particularly intriguing that the movements aren’t being sourced from our creativity but rather from the physical communication with the partner(s). That’s what prevents this dance from becoming predictable or formulaic, it remains fresh and is actually improvised. And that’s also what these classes are about: We’ll acknowledge the participants’ possibilities, and we’ll try to be fully present in each situation. In addition to that, we’ll work on not letting our imaginations, wishes and ideas get the best of us. The amazing part is that this process of raising our awareness and recognizing the kinetic potential of the bodies’ constellations already comprises the dance. It doesn’t have to be fabricated. And therefore it naturally is meaningful for us and yet surprising. At last, when we allow our dance to spatially express itself, our possibilities multiply evidently, and it’ll be incredibly interesting for us to find out which journey our dance will embark us on.

Ralf Jaroschinski

Contact meets Tango! - "A passionate connection"

What happens when you bring together the absolutely free dance style of the contact improvisation with the tango that is so framed in form and attitude? What connects, what separates, what is to be found in both dances as basis? Both dance directions live from an intensive turn to contact (to move themselves, the floor, the space, the dance partner, the music, the desire ..)
We will get to know different contact, follow-up and leadership qualities and will playfully play on the carpet of the music. Sometimes more in the style of contact, sometimes more tango, sometimes the wonderful union of the two and create our own contact tango.

For Contango-lover and those who want to become still: all experience levels are welcome

Andrea Gröger

Dance has accompanied me all my life. I live with my 16-year-old daughter, I am a dance and ergotherapist, and I also create clothes that "embellish" our dance. For many years, the contact improvisation, the tango and the wonderful combination of these two movement languages ​​have given me a dancer's home. Since 2015, I taught contango and pass on my passion.

 

The power of YES

With the question: "What is nourishing and satisfying me", I often come to the point, that a clear commitment to myself and what I do plays an important role.
Finding an inner YES helps me to be truely on my own way.
The expression of a movement, which is arising of an inner acceptance, is radiating its energy and joy.
In this workshop I'd like to offer ways, create situations and structures where we can find the energy of this idea.
How do I feel the YES?
What is supporting the YES?

Christoph Grupp

Filled with gratitude about the pleasure my body has being in motion, I discovered Contact Improvisation years ago.
With the freedom I experience in CI, I find the joy of abandon, the intensive experience of merging with a dance partner or the music and the pure joy of playing or story-telling.
My interest follows the path of ease, coming from the lightness to engagement and back.
Inspired by teachers like Ray Chung, Peter Krempelsetzer, Sabine Parzer, Martin Keogh, Barbara Pfund, life and many other things, I approached movement techniques, improvisation, spirituality and physicality.
Beeing an engineer in physics where clear structures play a major role, in the dance I find the opening for the moment, the letting go of plans, the acceptance of the unforeseen and the enjoyment of timelessness.

Tuning Scores

“There are no images without participation…” -Lisa Nelson

In this workshop, we will practice the brilliant Tuning Scores. Originated by Lisa Nelson, the scores are a kaleidoscopic set of explorations that reveal how what we see is completely linked to how we see. The tuning scores offer a set of tools that can change how you make, perceive, and do, in any creative medium. Through the workshop, we will research our senses of imagination and our memory. We will move and watch movement. We will develop a bodily language. We will remap our senses and perceptions. We will experiment with timing, movement, touch, and verbal cues as ways to attune our desires and invoke the image space. And with this material, we will compose live art, together. The space of listening. Amidst the other activities of living, what awakens in us through Tuning is a vast sensibility of the space, the image space and one’s own spaciousness.

Irina Trippel

 

 

Jump into contact

How can a joyful jump or an easy lift be incorporated in a flowing dance?
How do they work these jumps and lifts?
How can acrobatic or partnering movements happen without planning?
How can we surprise our partners without overstraining them?
Are you ready to surprise yourself?
In this workshop, we play with principles to discover simple acrobatic forms and strategies to integrate them in Contact Improvisation. The workshop is not about fancy acrobatics, but about the joy of finding ways to integrate jumps and lifts into the improvisation. This workshop is open to all levels.

Jo Bruhn (D)

is a performer, dancer, CI teacher, mover, festival organizer.
More than 10 years ago he met Contact Improvisation on his quest to find dance forms he
could combine with his 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 and
work.
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.
www.jo-bruhn.de

“I like to surprise myself and others in my dance by spicing it up with spontaneity and a bit
of humour”.

„Love in Contact – Contact in Love“

For couples!

How does your relationship influence your dance and how does your dance influence your relationship?
There is a particular kind of closeness and distance at play between the two lovers, so meeting each other in Contact Improvisation can also be an individual form of that play.
Trust, commitment and tolerance are some of the qualities that shape this personal connection.
We’d like to work with these topics during this workshop that is explicitly aimed at couples.
We will explore the ways in which the closeness of a couple can inform the shared dance.

Lella-Elayla Heindl, (AT) & Christoph Grupp, (DE)

got to know and soon learned to love each other at the Contact Festival in Glarisegg in 2011
We live our everyday lives in different countries and arrange ourselves around a long-distance relationship
As a monogamous couple in the Contact Impro scene we strive to consciously experience how this choice influences our relationship and to share these experiences with each other as honestly and thoughtfully as possible.
We’ve been giving workshops and organising trainings together since 2012

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