Workshops

Different offers every day, which you can choose spontaneously:

Daniela Schwartz & Eckhard Müller : “ The Art of Sharing Weightless Weight ”

In this workshop we will investigate the relation of our body to the "UP" and the "DOWN" in stillness and movement.
We will explore the bone system and its relationship to gravity, as the weight falls through the architecture of the body into the floor, and we project from the ground into the three dimensionality of the space, finding the alignment of each situation. We will investigate the use of the floor, of the architecture of our bodies, of other bodies, the internal/external space, giving our attention to the breath as a tool to invite the active release to happen: into the touch, into the down, into the rising up and into the direction of the movement, all at the same time, supporting each other and the physical communication. Integrating this principles will invite you to be in the present moment, listening to the momentary needs of the bodies moving together, between earth and sky.
Our objective is to offer you tools to find more ease, lightness and freedom in your dance, to be comfortable as mobile underdancer/overdancer while you modulate the weight and tone of your body to open possible ways to relate to someone else.

Eckhard Mueller (Germany/France)

Falling in love with Contact Improvisation in 1988, Eckhard started studying contemporary dance,  including  improvisation and CI at bewegungs-art Freiburg (diploma 93) and with Alito Alessi, David Zambrano, Mark Tompkins, Julyen Hamilton, Martin Keogh, Nancy Stark-Smith, Daniel Lepkoff among many other masters.
Since then, he has been collaborating with various improvisers in research and performance groups to develop his own understanding of “instant composition” as an art form. As a dancer he has worked for choreographers such as Iztok Kovac, Mark Tompkins, David Zambrano. He has been teaching CI since 1994 to professionals of theatres/companies, dance students in academies and non-professionals in dance centres all over the world. For the last 7 years, he has been ‘touring’ in South America, co-teaching with Daniela Schwartz in diverse companies, festivals and institutions. For more than 20 years Eckhard  has been tremendously active to build up  “contact communities” in his home city Freiburg as well as in his new home Strasbourg and supporting others all over the world. He is co-founder of the contactfestival freiburg, a major CI event in Europe. In 2006 he developed SKIN, an interactive performance concept with elements of Contact Improvisation and instant composition. He realized this concept in collaboration with Daniela Schwartz in different cities worldwide, each time with a new group of professional dancers, musicians and videasts.

Daniela Schwartz (Argentina/France)

Dancer, Performer, Improviser and Teacher of Contact Improvisation and Instant Composition since 1998. Graduated in Fine Arts at ESAD, Ecole Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Strasbourg. She has participated in different projects, labs and performances in Cuba, Mexico, USA, Europe and South America. Influenced by Martin Keogh, Danny Lepkoff, Nancy Stark Smith, Mark Tompkins, Andrew Harwood, Julyen Hamilton... She has been invited co teaching with Eckhard Mueller in diverse Companies, Festivals and Institutions in South America.  As a member of the dance theater Cie Dégadézo, she co-created «Cabine d’essayage» ,  «Parlez moi d’amour» and has been teaching at Theater Pôle Sud, EMDS Ecole Municipale de Danse, TNS Teatre National, and CIRA, in Strasbourg. Years of jewelery making, objects, textile and fashion studies, video creation, installations, performances, and the different artistic aspects of «the body» informed her physical practice and her intellectual research, questioning the idea of «the human being separated form the world». Lately she assisted Eckhard Mueller to develop SKIN, an interdisciplinary and interactive performance project and realized in many cities worldwide.

Riding the bull home

(day class : 2 x 2.5 hrs)

Okay!
You’ve stayed open and available, worked hard to follow as much as lead, been careful to neither push nor force, and voilà: Material has been born, themes have developed, and an overarching narrative has emerged…

Now What?
What does is take to reach the final part of your journey?
How do you Ride the Bull Home?

In this advanced workshop we’ll explore how to bring our improvisational material home, looking for end-making in the final chapter—perhaps even in the very last moments of our improvisations—and practice not shying away from committing to a resolution. And we’ll discover how the searching for an organic closure is often an illusion, an unfulfilled desire—regardless of how much it is a natural human longing— and research how this impacts our performance attitude and relationship to the audience.

Through a series of exercises, we’ll investigate how:
- time determines perception of “success” and “failure”
- an alive compositional mind embraces absence and emptiness
- the nature and politics of endings affects our decision-making process

Be prepared to be challenged and annoyed, while enjoying the spirit of collaboration within a community of equals.

Into the night jungle

night class : 2 x 4 hrs (Wed 22:30-2:00 & Fri 22:30-2:30 [or later depending on performance timing])

presence perception performance laboratory

Although it is not possible to plan for transformational moments, we can choose to enter into the realm of mystery. Through humorous lightness and provocative intensity, deep body sensing and expansive imagination engagement, we practice bending our attentiveness towards the resonant present moment. In this unfolding landscape between knowing and not knowing, with our awareness heightened and consciousness expanded, the potential for transformation lives.

INTO THE NIGHT JUNGLE is for all adventurers who want to explore diverse improvisational states of mind, body & voice, and question their assumptions about the performative moment. Be prepared for mental and physical exhaustion, perception-bending and assumption-altering encounters, and for a serious amount of playful fun.

David Lakein (USA / Chicago-Berlin)

He is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer-director, performer, educator and writer, whose work swirls around the borders between dance, theatre, cabaret, installation and performance art. He collaborates extensively with other artists, and performs-researches-teaches across the globe in diverse venues, festivals and schools. Known for his inquisitive nature, Lakein is a well-respected teacher dedicated to his students and a rigorous learning process. Whether facilitating students in workshops and performance projects or bringing artists together in laboratories or festivals, he is committed to research as a creative act and dialogue as a transformational encounter.

Lakein studied philosophy & literature, and acting and directing in the United States, trained as a dancer and performer in Berlin and Amsterdam, and studied visual arts in Chicago; he holds a BA from Wesleyan University, a BFA from the School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam School for the Arts, and an MFA in Studio Arts from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

http://www.lakeinworkshops.wordpress.com/

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Sensual spine

By releasing the energy flow in your spine and by aligning and lenghening the spine we will dive into three-dimensional spacious dancing. We will use elements of yoga, bodywork and simple leaning and moving support exercises. By waking up the vitality and strengh in our spines we can access into animal-like state of alertness and exploding energy as well as sensuality and sensitivity.

Iiris Raipala

Iiris Raipala is a dance artist; performer and teacher living in Helsinki. She graduated in 2004 as Master of Arts in dance from the Theatre Academy of Finland. She has also studied dance in School for New Dance Developement(S.N.D.O.) in Amsterdam and in many workshops around the world. She's been working closely with improvisation and contact improvisation in several performing groups. She is one of the organizers of Goa contact festival and Skiing on Skin -festival in Finland. At the moment she continues her studies as Iyengar yoga teacher. Besides dance and yoga her interests are raw food, osho-meditations and learning spanish.

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"juicy center" in Contact Improvisation

In this workshop we will awake our bellis to feel the softness and liquids in our center.
On a journey into our center...in connection with other centers...we will explore the juicy flow in contact into an open improvisation.

Welcome to all levels!

Kabiro Eva Scheller, Germany

Dance- and contactimprovisation since 1994, practitioner & teacher in Hawaiian Massage and Bodywork , festivalorganizer & initiator of Osterimprofestival & HealingHeartFestival(Ger) & Alohafestival (Hawaii).
Full-hearted dancer, bodyworker, teacher, counsellor

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What about threesome..?

 

I love trios...!

...And I am very curious to explore dynamics and possibilities of contactimprovisation in trio-form. How to support, let go, follow in trio?
I am using a lot momentum and spirals in my dance, and especially in trios I find this very useful and fun to play with. How we can create space and air in the trio, but still stay connected?
When to enter and exit into contact? How to read the pathways and be a bit ahead in my choices and directions? What supports the situation, and what actually distracts the dynamics and
logics of the trio?

Simply - Welcome to play and have fun threesome!

 

Katri Luukkonen

 

 

Katri Luukkonen  is a dancer and danceteacher from Helsinki, Finland. She graduated from Theatre Academy of Finland 2008 (MA). She has been teaching at various contact- and dancefestivals all over Europe, Russia, India and Finland. As well as ”SkiingOnSkin” the finnish contactfestival, she is also one of the organizers of "GOA-Contact Festival" in India and "InTouch"-festival in Berlin. Besides contactimprovisation, contemporary dance and theatre, she has been practicing aikido and yoga, OSHO's active meditations and authentic movement.

Katri sings like an angel, looks like a spiralling carrot, smells like Vanilla Tiger, and feels like soft heaven. She is sweet girl, who has spontaneous and passionate relationship with her surroundings, and her inner child is alive & kicking.

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Moving into Writing ? Writing into Moving, If our gut were to speak…

 

Duration: 2 – 2:30 hours

Language: English and German (I can teach in either). I also speak Spanish, French and Portuguese

Basic description: This workshop integrates elements of improvisation and creative writing. Through movement explorations we uncover words, worlds and stories, organically connecting dance and writing. No dance or writing experience necessary, simply the desire to move and put pen to paper.

Class description: The warm-up begins with breath and the five healing sounds from Taoist Qigong, which I have been using in my Moving into Writing classes as a way of bringing in sound, body-awareness and emotional awareness. As we sound, we focus on a specific organ while encouraging the release of a specific emotion associated with that organ. We then invite in the corresponding color and positive emotion of this organ (i.e. for lungs we sound “ssss”, release sadness, bring in the color white, and invite courage.) The warm-up continues with an open movement exploration, focusing on one of the organs and its associated sound. (I am thinking that we perhaps work here with the liver since in Chinese philosophy/medicine, the liver is associated with spring. If it is warm enough, it could be nice to do the warm-up outside on the grass.) I finish the warm up by guiding participants through a variety of ways and qualities of moving (i.e. light-easy movement, circular movements, stretching, shaking, etc.). I often integrate the basic developmental patterns into the movement warm-up.

The movement warm-up is followed by a 5-10 minute free write.

Body-mapping: We create a drawing, or map, of the body based on a guided scan of the body. (This may also be done in partners with the aid of touch.) For each body part that has drawn our attention and which we have drawn in some form on our map, we write down several adjectives and verbs. From our map, we choose one or two parts (and words) to focus on for a movement study. We then engage in a more focused write (with the option of returning to moving when we want.) We share our movement studies with partners and do a creative write inspired by our partner’s movement. To end the workshop participants show their work—a combination of their writing and moving.

If there is time, I will include in this mix, a 5-10 minute write around spring, green, east.

 

Liz Erber

 

 

Liz Erber is an interdisciplinary artist/performer whose body-based works integrate elements of dance, theater, writing, music and/or video. She performs regularly in her own works, in collaboration with others, and as an improviser. In addition, she teaches various types of dance and improvisation to both children and adults, and is currently teaching classes in moving-writing and contact improvisation in Berlin. For the past decade Liz has worked professionally as a writer, proofreader/copyeditor, and Brazilian Portuguese to English translator. She holds bachelor's degrees in chemistry, dance, and drama(theater).

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Playfull physics

I guess Robert Anderson created this phrase "playful physics" and it describes best the balance between teaching anatomical orientated contact techniques as well as teaching the playful use of these tools. The playfulness is for the technique like the soul/spirit for our anatomical body/skeleton. We will play with this state of mind and finding easy entrances for our body learning intuitive new physical contact techniques.

Markus Hoft

It was important next to contactimprovisation to train my body also in contemporary dance techniques to play with many tools of my body (Moving Arts/Köln, SSCD/Dundee). Trough long trainings in Yoga/Pilates, Actiontheater, Capoeira and Tango many other techniques add to my teaching style. Especially important to me is my playful aproach to contactimprovisation. Next to teaching I choreograf and perform myself with dance/contact on stage. More infos about my work: www.fooldance.de

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The Picture of the Soul

Music, Touch, Colour, Movement, Dance
Everybody is sitting on the ground in a circle, back to back and feet to feet. The whole group is connected and moving together and everybody is drawing on a block of transparent paper. The movement of the hand is following the own movement as well as the group impulses. Music is leading the drawing process. After a while the block is passed to the person in the back and everybody continues drawing on a new paper while the drawing of the partner is seen below. The blocks will travel a few times from person to person in the circle. A drawing story will be developed. This story can be danced in the end. Each person is dancing the story to his first drawing.

Mela Maresch

* 1965 in Vienna, study of art history, Stipend at the Museum of modern Art in New York, Study of Art Therapy, Training in Systemic Family Set Ups, Training in dance-and movement Pedagogy.
Art Education at the Art Hall Vienna and the Essl Museum, Art Projects in the public space in Cooperation with the Vienna Youth Centres, BMUK (Ministry of Education and Art), ÖKS (Austrian Cultural Service).
Important Experiences for me: Journeys to India, Turkey and Israel, The Birth of my Son, the Process of Painting, the Discover of Family Set UPS, getting in Contact with CI.

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 Incantation Voice & Body Impro

The term derives from Latin "incantare" (tr.), meaning "to chant (a magical spell) upon," from in- "into, upon" and cantare "to sing"

 

The INCANTATION voice workshop is an insight into the power of the voice as an expressive and performative tool as well as a transformative healer.
Through vocal improvisation on the bases of Chant and Song, we will re-connect the voice and the body through a series of vocal & physical exercises that aid us in understanding our personal connection to our voices and to listen more closely to others. Circle sounds and song, words and gesture, tuning through an evolution of voice exploring primitive dialogues from breath into Glossolalia, through to more structured forms such as text on the one hand and song on the other forms of singing and chanting techniques from plainchant to polyphony as improvisation structures to create our own contemporary song and modern folk dance.

The investigation seeks to discover how chanting or singing is relevant to contemporary culture, personal stories and how the body supports the release of the voice in a supportive environment. We would like to create a voice orchestra to perform during the festival

 

Moss Beynon Juckes

 

2011: Moss Beynon Juckes (UK/BERLIN) is a performing artist and music maker.
She received her BA in Dance, Theatre & Live Art in Roehampton University, London in 2006. She has been working internationally for the past 5 years on projects that bridge the disciplines voice and body, performance art, theatre, contact-tango, and music. Her work searches for a personal politic, the boundaries between tradition and autonomy and cultural identity. A reoccurring area of study looks into how the body and voice evolved and how this is relevent to theatre training and performance making .She is presently touring the "Incantation: Body & Voice Workshop" and “Acting on Sound and Space” with Javier Cura and has been invited to teach at Hlasohled Voice Centre, Prague. Universitat der Kunste Berlin at Universitat fur Musik und darstellende Kunst Wien,Torino (Teatro Orfeo/ Molecole/Atelier Teatro Fisico), Roma (Societas Artepetia), Helsinki, Strasbourg (Pole Sud), and Paris. Performance Credits include Back to Black with Meyrick Kaminski at the 48 Hour Neukoln Festival. Home Sweet Home Performance Art Festival, Werkstatt der Kulturen, Berlin. Tour Eu Balkans with The Folkloric and Artist Troupe of Dhalaristan. www.dhalaristan.com . Minimal TangoPerfomance at Divadle na Pradle, Prague. Lo Sguarda Sospesoat Notte Nera Festival. http://www.mossbeynonjuckes.com/; . Video Link for workshops: http://vimeo.com/30143501

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Orientation - Disorientation

 We work with a clear alignement and sensation of the room to find orientation with a partner whilst moving. We play with the confusion of the disorientated being“, learning to access it and enjoy it.

It is our goal to find orientation in disorientation and to reach other states of sensation. By combining technical exercices with structured improvisations we discover new moves and sensations (either alone or with a partner). These are integrated with the sense of orientation during dance.

Falling

We focus on different techniques of falling and supporting or catching to fall and fly more easily and to have more fun fort he risk. We enlarge the spectrum of falls by discovering and learning different ways of falling and catching ourself.
We experiment and offer different possibilities of supporting the falling of our partner.
To enjoy the moment of flying during the falling, to prolongue it and experiment with it.
We build more trust in falling. Dancing together, improvise and having fun together are also a goal of this afternoon.

Muriel Jeanne Mollet

Muriel Jeanne Mollet is working as a danceteacher, dancer, watertherapist and with systemische Prozessgestaltung. Since more than 20 years M is exploring and working with dance and improvisation. This brought her to different dance and martial arts like contemporary dance, Elementarer Tanz, Releasing, Contactimprovisation, Capoeira and Shinson Hapkido. Joyfull 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. In her lessons she tries to get the balance between technique, improvisations skills and sensitiv awareness.

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