Different offers every day, which you can choose spontaneously:

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
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”.

„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

Moving pictures

Is it possible to paint on the body of a person while he or she is moving?
And is ist possible to move while beeing painted on?
together we will see if and how this can work, and we will have a lot of fun in trying it.
So please wear clothes, which are allowed to get some colours :-)

Painting a round

painting together
maybe in a circle
maybe on a round tissue
creating a picture in common
while using your individual style
painting in a sense of togetherness

Lella-Elayla Heindl

born 6th of March 1970
I’ve been dancing regularly since 1987.
I like to associate Contact Improvisation with meditative mindfulness, maximum attentiveness and the pleasure in the distinct play of the dance.
My passion lies in exploring the energetic processes occurring before, during and after the dance.
Since 1984, I’ve been engaging myself in the fine arts, and since 1996 painting mandalas in various techniques has been one of my favourite ways of working.
To join these two passions – dancing and painting – is a particular joy to me, one that I gladly share with others!

Self-employed since 1995, teacher for holistic dance and movement pedagogy, part of Vimprodaco-Vienna Improvisation Dance Company, multimedia art therapist, Yoga teacher with a personal focus on Prana energy work; Chakras, Nadis, Koshas, energy worker, body worker, co-management at TAFF-Performance-Werkstatt, workshop performative dance theatre with the support of art therapy, various projects with upper secondary students at alternative schools, organising and teaching Contact Improvisation workshops, organising teachers trainings, co-organising contactfestivalvienna 2013***

Contact Tango

Contact Tango is an exploration of the encounter between two creative dance forms: contact improvisation and Argentine tango. By using principles of tango we enrich our contact improvisation dance. Contact Tango gives tools to connect with your dance partner in a different way, invites to play and gets new inspiration for our creativity. Let yourself being moved by the rhythms, melodies and energies of tango. No previous experience and fixed partner nessesary.

Fühlingstanz- wie lasse ich meinen Tanz aufblühen?

Lydia ist eine Tänzerin, die ihre Inspiration oft in der Natur findet. In diesem Workshop gebraucht sie Bilder aus der frühlinghaften Natur, die anregen zum Tanzen und Ausdruck verleihen. Wir lernen durch die Natur unterschiedliche Qualitäten von Bewegungen kennen. Wie können diese unterschiedlichsten Bewegungsdynamiken unseren Tanz bereichern? Wie kann ich meinen Tanzpartner/ meine Tanzpartnerin auf kreative Art inspirieren und zum Tanzen herauskitzeln wie der erste Sonnenstrahl im Frühling?

Springtime-dance! How do we flourish our dance?

Lydia as a dancer finds her inspiration to dance often in nature. In this workshop she uses images of the springtime nature to inspire and express our dance. Through nature we can learn to move in different movement qualities. How can this diverse movement dynamics enrich our dance? How can I inspire my dance partner in a creative way to dance together? How can I tickle my partner like the first sunray of springtime?

Lydia Müller 

Lydia Müller tanzt seit 15 Jahren als professionelle Tänzerin, Tanzpädagogin und Choreografin in den Niederlanden/ Amsterdam und im Ausland. Sie absolvierte ihren Bachelor in Dance in Education bei Codarts, Rotterdam Dance Academy. Seitdem trat sie mit unterschiedlichen professionellen Tanzcompanien, interaktiven Straßentheater-Gruppen und Community Art Projekten im In- und Ausland auf. Zusammen mit Ezequiel Sanucci gründete sie ihre eigene Contemporary Tango Companie „Tango Now“. Lydia choreografiert und tanzt ihre eigenen Kindertanztheater Stücke.

Neben ihrer Karriere als Tänzerin unterrichtet Lydia regelmässig Contact Tango, Contact Improvisation, Zeitgenössischen Tanz, Argentinischen Tango, Neo Tango, Afrikanischen Tanz und Yoga für unterschiedliche Altersstufen in den Niederlanden, Deutschland, Europa, Lateinamerika und Singapore. Sie ist Gründerin der CI Contact Zone Rotterdam, im Niederländischen CI-Lehrerteam engagiert und organisiert eigene „Wild & Still“ Tanz-Retreats .
Lydias Fähigkeit ist es, dich auf eine Reise der spielerischen Kreativität, des Bewegungsflusses und der Tanzfreude mitzunehmen.

Lydia Müller

Lydia Müller has been working since 15 years professionally as a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer in Holland/Amsterdam and abroad. She received her diploma of dance in education at Codarts, Dance Academy Rotterdam and has been working since then in several professional dance companies, Community Art projects and interactive streettheater performances. She has been performing together with Ezequiel Sanucci with their own Contemporary Dance company “Tango Now”. Lydia is choreographing her own children dance theater performances.

Besides her carrier as a dancer, Lydia has been regularly teaching contact improvisation, contemporary dance, Argentine tango, contact tango, Neo tango, African dance and yoga to different age groups in the Netherlands, Germany, Europe, Latin America and Singapore. She is founder of the CI Contact Zone Rotterdam, member of the CI-teachers of the Netherlands and organizes her own dance retreats “Wild & Still”.
Lydia’s quality in teaching is to guide the whole group into a journey of creativity, playfulness and joy.

Contact Tango


„Are you with me?“

This class is about communication through touch in a CI-duet. We explore principles of leading and following by giving directions into the soft tissues of our partner´s body using a touch with the commitment to stay where it is. We focus on the different sensations of pulling and stretching as well as gliding and swimming underneath the skin as a base for communicating directions, change of direction and an option to offer counter direction.

We spend time on sensitizing our skin, the layers underneath the skin and their connections within the body to make them available for touch and permeable for impulses of a partner. We work with clear roles for some time, letting the roles dissolve later and then try out what happens if we are both just listening to the movement and to the proposed directions in the point of contact.

How much or how little pressure and tension is needed to make this fine way of communicating work? How can we become clear and precise in leading as well as in the listening? What can we learn from misunderstandings? How can the point of contact stay alive and receptive for directions when we share more weight?

We practice honest listening and working slowly. There will be solo explorations, partner exercises, time for dancing and verbal exchange.

All levels welcome.

Marielle Gerke

Marielle is born in Berlin, living in Witzenhausen near Kassel since 2010. There she discovered her passion for dancing – especially for Contact Improvisation in 2012. Since then she is continuously fascinated by this unique and exciting dance form. She loves the playfulness that lays in it and the diversity of movement options that become available when moving together with shared weight. For her is remarkable how clear nonverbal communication can become if both dance partners allow their bodies to truly fall into each other while listening to the proposed directions of movement under the skin. In her practice as a dancer and teacher the exploration of developmental movement patterns, principles of leading and following over the soft tissues of the body and water work are very useful and exciting. She is interested in exploring anatomical structures in hands on work and while dancing.
Teachers that she feels inspired and influenced by are mainly Jörg Hassmann and Daniel Werner, but also Kira Kirsch, Frey Faust, Bernd Knappe, Christoph Schütz, Roland Nordeck and her colleague Katja-Bahini Mangold. She has been studying with Jörg Hassmann and Daniel Werner in their Basic Training Programme in Tanzfabrik in Berlin for three years – one as participant and two as assistant. Since 2012 she organises the weekly Contact Impro Jam in Witzenhausen together with Katja-Bahini Mangold. Marielle teaches Contact Improvisation since 2015 in regular evening classes, different workshop-formats and on various Contact Impro festivals in Germany and Austria. Since 2016 she is also teaching in the school for contemporary dance Sozo visions in motion in Kassel and is involved in a couple of different performance projects. She started to investigate Axis Syllabus and Body-Mind-Centering which she would like to continue and deepen in the future.

Be - Let Go - Flow!

This workshop is an invitation for your whole Being to appear.
Starting with meditation, we acknowledge what is there within our body, our thoughts and our feelings and then find out what we can let go, supported by bodywork and the healing vibration of our own voice.
Letting go and letting happen can take you to inner and outer movement, resonating with your partner and being witnessed by your partner.
We explore how to be totally connected to your inner perceptions while being totally connected to your partner and eventually find those happy and peaceful moments when nothing needs to be done while everything can happen as it shows up by itself.

Nils Alf

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I grew up with music. Playing piano, singing, blowing the vacuum cleaner’s pipe… For more than 20 years I’m now focusing on woodwinds, namely saxes and clarinets.
My musical home is in improvised music, from contemporary conceptual music through world music, Jazz and electronic music to Funk.
My second passion is contact improvisation and along with that the interaction between dance and music. An interaction where both, music and dance, are listening to each other and the moment’s impulses.
An important part of my way as an artist is meditation and self exploration, this focus is, besides my music, the contribution I want to make to this dynamic field called contact improvisation!

A playful laborativ journey into the land of Reflexes and InterReActions.

Very often we have to do quick decissions in our dance and most of the time they can't be rational, but they have to be more like a reflex - for example if weight is falling on me I have to react in a certain way to protect myself; or if I'm bumping into s.o. I have to give in instantly to soften the crash; or if I balance s.o. as an underdancer my body has to understand the small movements and weight-transfers in order to support the overdancer....
With this class I like to open a playground where we can practice speed, because it's not just healthy to be fast with reactions, but it can also challenge our dances. When I feel, that you're*I'm able to react to my*your unpredictable movements, then we have more posibilities to create sth. new, adventurous our dance and to enhance reactions into INTERreACTIONS.

After a playful (re)activation of our reflexes through reaction games, we will do the transfer towards "interactive Contactmoves" which are leading us to an open playground where you can surprise yourself and your partners.

This class is for everybody who loves to play with speed and surpises.

Ria Rehfuß

Passionist in combining different kinds of art.
Freelance Dancer, Juggler & Musician, born in 1982 in Balingen, Germany.
She studied 7 years “Rhythmik” (Music&Movement) at the Musikhochschule Trossingen, Germany and degreed 2009 with the Master of Music&Movement. 2011 she graduated from the “North Karelia College of Outokumpu, Contemporary Dance School, Finland” and already since 2010 she’s a teacher at the “Hochschule für Musik, Trossingen” for Contemporary Dance, Contact Improvisation, applied anatomy and movement research.
Beneath her own creations (choreography, improvisation, video art, piano gigs and street-performance) she’s working with (Dance-)Companies like “OffSpace” (Kassel, Germany) and “HeadFeetHands” (Freiburg, Germany).
2014 Ria started to work with Jérôme Thomas within his show “FoResT” as a dancer and juggler. After she took part in his creation “HIP 127 – La Constellation Des Cigognes” and “Magnetic”.
Further she worked with renowned personalities like Angie Hissel, Mary Bauermeister, Hans G Helms, Mark Coniglio and Henry Fourès.
Her passion for CI arised already during her studies and since 2002 she has been on several CI-Festivals, Jams and Workshops all over Europe.