Workshops

Für die Workshops ist keine Voranmeldung erforderlich und sie sind im Festivalpreis enthalten. Auf dem Festival wird überwiegend Deutsch und Englisch gesprochen.

 

Usually in order to manipulate our dance partners we use our hands and fingers. Even the latin root the of the word manipulation (manus = hand) suggests this connection, and we tend to grab/ push/ pull using our hands. Open manipulation allows my partner manifold options of reacting. Less habitual points of contact like the inner side of the elbow and knee or the neck can be used to invite our partner in a specific direction.
We will take a lot of time to warm up our joints by a bodywork and prepare them to be open and soft for dancing.
How can a manipulation be soft and inviting? Let's discover the playfulness in a manipulative dance!

 

Angela-Mara Florant

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.
www.angelamaraflorant.de

 

 

“Let each move evolve from mutual agreement, rather than having an image in our own mind dictate what happens next. Mutual trust is based on uncompromised attention, so let's stay in the present moment.”
Bruce Curtis in “Exposed to gravity

This workshop is dedicated to people wishing to gain a deeper understanding of their interactions. For that purpose, we will engage in setting and partnering exercises that enable us to explore our needs and clearly signal them while composing with other bodies and souls.
Shall I alter my dance so that I fully enjoy it and my partner’s? Can I be listening to my partners when daring new steps? Am I refraining for fear of hurting others?
Aude and Jo wish to call for more freedom in the movement, share the joy of a mutual composition anchored in the present moment, and not let personal history hinder a continuum of rolling, gliding, jumping, lifting and more.

 

Aude Fondard

lives as a dancer/actor, poet and translator. Her first CI evening took place in London, 2009, it was joyful and empowering, but somehow a bit strange. While she trained in contemporary dance in Sydney and Berlin, CI was always nearby and at some point a whole surprising world of sensations and images opened to her.
She worked in multiple productions before creating her poetic performances, indoor and outdoor, combining text and improvisation. Intrigued by the idea of presence and dancing in nature, she attended the 6-month Jinen Butoh School led by Atsushi Takenouchi in 2016/17.
Based in Marseilles since 2018, she stood in for Natalie Hofmann’s CI class We are all Bambi and started sharing her passion for dance. (Inside/Outside influences, Butoh workshop, Rostock Universität, June 2018; Smell & Dance and The landscape and I, CI in nature, Contact Time Festival #4 and #5.)
http://oddinmotion.info/en/home/

 

Jo Bruhn

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 his 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 and Britta Pudelko, among many others.
He is co-organizers of the festival “Contact Time @ Steigemühle".
www.jo-bruhn.de

 

 

The breath is our constant companion ... throughout our lives. It adapts to the outer movement and the inner movement. Sometimes we catch our breath, sometimes we slide carried by the flow of breath through the flow of life.
In this WS we focus on breath in dance:
How can I use the power of the breath for my dance?
When is the breath flatter, when is it deeper .... when do we hold our breath while dancing?
How can I deepen the respiratory flow?

Can I connect with myself and my dance partners through my breath?

What quality arises when I consciously invite the breath as my dance partner, play with it?

 

Babett Kaluza

Babett has been working as a dance and movement therapist in various clinics for more than 25 years. She is particulary interested in the meetingpoint of therapy and spirituality. She has been practicing CI fore almost 20 years. To keep in touch with her own power house she teaches Pilates. Since 2004 she enjoys beeing a mother.

 

 

Tango and Contact Improvisation is a fusion of two creative forms of dance. In CI Tango, we play with liberating the tango and enrich CI with new, unexpected and fluid movements as well as closeness and intimacy. This is caused by the surrender to the moment and the presence in the meeting. Beyond rehearsed or planned movements we let ourselves be lead by the whole being. An inspiring enrichment is the courage to clear impulses and directions that enlives the dance. Here's the point: Dancing the fire, the sensuality, the courage to show oneself and to invite a play of forces.

 

Benno Enderlein

Benno studied from 1989 to 1993 at the "European Dance Development Center" of Arnhem University (NL). He has been teaching contact improvisation since 1991 and has been practicing since Shiatsu. For nearly 15 years he has been exploring the interaction of Contact & Shiatsu and the work of Contact in the element of water.
He likes to research and teach at the edge of the Contactimprovisation, as well as Contact Tango, Contact & Shiatsu, Contact Tantra and Water Contact. All these forms, on the edge of the usual contact dance, enable us to recognize habits and to exploit the full potential of our possibilities.
Other focal points are awareness training and the study of meditation techniques, in particular ADVAITA awareness and
LIGHT WORK.
He has been organizing CI dance events for almost 30 years. For 15 years he was co-founder and organizer of the International Contact Festival Freiburg.


 

 

Dieser Workshop erlaubt Kindern mit „gefährlichen“ Dingen umzugehen, mit denen sie normalerweise nicht spielen dürfen – wir gehen über Glasscherben und tanzen mit Feuer.
Wir werden verschiedene Spiele und Übungen machen um Klarheit und Präsenz zu schaffen.
Die Kinder können zum Abschluss dem Festival präsentieren, was sie gelernt haben.

 

Inge Wöllhaf

Inge Wöllhaf - Meine Liebe zu Tanz und Körperarbeit habe ich 1997 durch die Ausbildung bei Keriac entdeckt und durch Fortbildungen in BMC bei Petra Vetter vertieft – seither gehört der Tanz und Kontaktimprovisation zu meinem Leben. Dann habe ich das Spiel mit dem Feuer entdeckt und seitdem spiele ich damit – mit brennenden Feuerketten, Fächern und Springseilen – ich liebe das Geräusch die um mich fliegenden Flammen.
Ich arbeite in einem Waldkindergarten, in dem Kinder täglich im Wald spielen und lernen, es ist mir ein Vergnügen mit Kindern Abenteuer zu erleben und sinnlich Erfahrungen zu ermöglichen.

 

Authentic Relating Games are a collection of experiences that give dancers a hands-on taste of both the joy and skills of interpersonal connection. The Workshop will take you through a series of interactions that are designed to:

Highlight and train body awareness
Create a sense of connection
Boost empathy
Strengthen community and a sense of belonging
Be fun!

I invite you to listen and reflect in realtime, to share your emotional state, to notice and reach into your desire, and to become self-aware within connection.
We will put this practice then into our contact dance and see how it shapes our experience of the dance..

 

Irina Trippel

Irina is a cultural pedagogue, dancer and networker born in Kirgistan, based in Freiburg. Her passion goes for collaborative projects that connect meaningful interaction with the body as an artist, group sharing practices and various body-mind connecting practices.
To unite the necessary dialogue between feeling and thinking, experiencing and reflecting is a major interest of her.
She is practicing and researching within the field of human body language since 8 Years. Her bachelor thesis „Contact Improvisation- percieving, moving and creating in relationships“ brought her a deeper and wider understanding of the origin of the form. The future potential of the form inspires her massively to contribute to its continues shaping.

 

 

This Jam is empowering you to become one with your sensations and body intuitions. Having the ears under water You will connect with your inner body wisdom and release the present tensions with movement and sound.
The sensation of floating and being one with the water, the freedom of moving without gravity and the extreme relaxation are some of the amazing experiences of this Jam.
We will dance in Solo, float each other and have a score so that the Jam feels safe and fun for both the unexperienced as well as experienced water dancers.

After your water experience you can keep the graceful flow in the Jam of the Studio and apply & explore for example the waves of the air as a supporting element.

Noseclips will be available.

 

Irina Trippel

Irina is a cultural pedagogue, dancer and networker born in Kirgistan, based in Freiburg. Her passion goes for collaborative projects that connect meaningful interaction with the body as an artist, group sharing practices and various body-mind connecting practices.
To unite the necessary dialogue between feeling and thinking, experiencing and reflecting is a major interest of her.
She is practicing and researching within the field of human body language since 8 Years. Her bachelor thesis „Contact Improvisation- percieving, moving and creating in relationships“ brought her a deeper and wider understanding of the origin of the form. The future potential of the form inspires her massively to contribute to its continues shaping.

 

 

To me lifts and jumps are a fundamental part of Contact Improvisation. A lot of my research went towards the question how these movements can happen effortlessly. Rather with momentum than with muscular power.
Another field of interest for me is the balance between precise technique and the free flow of improvisation.
In this workshop I want to share some of this with you. We will deal playfully with gravity, momentum and the joy of falling.
The workshop is open to all levels, some experience is recommended.

 

Jo Bruhn

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 his 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 and Britta Pudelko, among many others.
He is one of the organizers of the festival “Contact Time @ Steigemühle".

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

www.jo-bruhn.de

 

 

In this class we will explore relationships between our senses & our dance. How do I experience the dance? And from where do I experience it?
Using principles and skills from Contact Improvisation, we will particularly work with touch and vision (proprioception) to enter new ways to respond to stimuli from the inside and around us. We will playfully explore how our senses can inspire and influence our dance and learning.
Dancing alone and with others, we will work with observing and being observed, as an active and engaging tool for our improvisation.

 

Jori Snell

is a physical performing-and visual artist from Holland/Denmark (1972). She works as a freelance performer, improviser, director and teacher in Europe, transforming her training in physical theatre, contact improvisation (CI), butoh/martial arts and visual arts into a personal language. Companies she has worked with are: Odin Teatret (DK), Teatret OM (DK), Corona la Balance/ZeBU(DK) and Panthéâtre (Roy Hart Theatre, FR). Between 2008-2016, she was based in Cape Town, South Africa, creating works for/with companies such as FTH:K & Ubom! (Physical/Visual Theatres) and Remix Dance Company (Mixed Ability Dance). She initiated and sustained the CI scene in Cape Town. Her inspiration in CI and Improvisation has come from Kirstie Simson, Bo Madvig, Lucia Walker, Ray Chung, Nancy Stark Smith, Scott Wells and Andrew Harwood.
In her work she aims to bring alive an authentic expression in body, mind and space, moving between physical theatre, dance, myth, & poetry with a love for visual magical image-making.

 

With partnerwork in warm water our system opens and let go.Through floating & waterdance , the “Waterworld” brings memories from very early movement patterns and qualities, which are basic for our highly developed and very complex movement potential.
Through melting deeper into the fascia liquidity in water , we connect in a collective web and intensify our feelings and sensations.
Please bring : noseclip, goggles and towel.

 

Kabiro Scheller

teaches and practise Hawaiian Healing Massage, Body-Awareness ,Yoga, Counseling and Contact-Improvisation since over 15 years.She has a very  joy- and truthful way to lead people into their unique movement- and life-potential. She dances Contact-Improvisation since 1994 together with different teachers from the USA and Europe and is organising the OsterimproFestival and the HealingheartFestival and she accompanies groups to Hawaii.

 

Daniel Werner

works internationally as a teacher for dance and somatics since 1997. He studied Contemporary Dance at the North Karelia College in Finnland.Essential influences for his work come from Body-Mind Centering, Fascia Research, Satsang, Somatic Experiencing, NARM and living in nature and community.He loves creating evolutionary and conscious spaces to facilitate learning, development and celebration.He is the Co-director of the CI Training Program in Tanzfabrik Berlin. www.dancecontact.de und www.bodymindpresence.de