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.