Workshops

Different offers every day, which you can choose spontaneously:

Music by Carola Fürbaß

Carola loves it to improvise, she is singing, performing, playing guitar and other instruments. Especially delicious and attractive for her is the interplay between musicians and audience or musicians and dancers.
So, often where she turnes up, a shared space of playing/singing/dancing together is evolving.
With the music coming through Carola Fürbaß she conjures up a smile into the hearts, what you can also feel on her CD Majela (2012).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xR8hzueujgM
www.tongala.de

Tongala Workshop "Let me hear your body sing!"

Connect with your creative-healing source and make use of it!

Play and improvise!
Dancing and Singing inter-weave and inpire each other.
We expirience being music and letting our body dance itself.

Singing „free from the liver“ (german saying), out of your guts, from your heart. Singing deeply connected with yourself and the group. Let me hear your body sing!

Listen!
Off and on we go in silence together and listen to our inner voice, the resonance and the stillness in us.

Quote Carola: „Dance and Singing are the archetypical form of self healing and  are the bridge between the spiritual and worldy realm. From my expirience  I have learned, that ALL PEOPLE- most of them very quickly- gain access to this healing art, eventhough many have forgotten about it.

My job and gift is it, with humour and depth, to remind people about this knowledge, that we all have inside us and to encourage you to live it.
Singing and Dancing for me are prayers to life and are the expression of pure joy of life."

possible elements are: conscious bodywork, meditation, healing toning, rhythm and melody games with voice and movement, Circle Singing

Carola Fürbaß

Carola Fürbaß 

is passionate singer and composer (word music, own style and improvisation) (CD release „Majela“ dez 2012)as well as a naturopath and healing artist. She attended the 3 years-course for wholistic voice and singing therapy at the ISGT Berlin.
With Tongala she developted as a wholistic healing art for unfolding your voice and your personality.
With alot of heart and humour she is leading singing circles and Tongala workshops in germany and switzerland for over 10 years and is on stage with her solo concert-performance „Encantar“.

Elske Seidel - Between Earth and Sky
Contact Improvisation

An exploration of how to fall together, moving through space together through all levels - between earth and sky - sharing one common center of weight. Trusting each other, relying on one another, we begin to take risks, asking for support, offering support.
We will discover freedom in 3-dimensional movement, experiencing a state of readiness for what is happening now. We play, meet and fly – in body and mind – opening possibilities and expanding our understanding of movement choices in contact.

Elske Seidel

Elske Seidel, based in Berlin, is a passionate CI dancer & teacher, deeply committed to CI and its community internationally. She has been teaching dance full time and wholeheartedly for over 19 years, CI since 2004. In her teaching she is interested in ‘opening spaces where dance in all its magic and play can happen’.
She likes to create CI projects that bring the studio focus outside into nature and into the experience. She enjoys gathering community merging life and dance together. She has taught CI in Europe, Canada, the U.S., Argentina, Israel and Russia and is now invited to the Contact Festival Tokyo.
Some of her projects are: Annual Contact Festival Fuerteventura, Summer Contact Sylt, Contact Saturday Berlin, Berlin Weekend Jam and North Sea CI Camp.
http://www.improtanz.de
http://canarian.contactfestival.info/

Jamus Wood & Lee Bolton - Embodied Presence

Invites You
• To rediscover the physical and emotional intelligence and capacity you were born with.
• To journey close to yourself. To relax into who you really are, and to open into life offering your true gifts out into the world.
• As you increasingly meet yourself, you may find a capacity to meet nature and each other in a new way.
A sense of intimacy with one’s self and our environment begins to arise.
• If we can learn to truly listen, to the mystery of the ground beneath us, to ourselves and to life. We tune in to radio station ‘Here and Now’. Allowing this listening to guide us, in our life choices, moment to moment.

Proposal 1: Animal Body

When I dance, I find moments when my instincts take over. In these moments I discover a vibrancy and a sheer physicality that can be absent at other times. By waking up to my instincts I find new movement potential and an enlivening interest in the dance. Movement, I would never thought of making come through as does a committed quality.
This work is grounded in evolutionary developmental patterns that exist in your body.
We will spend time sensitising ourselves to our natural instincts waking up the animal body and from here we will explore touch, weight and communication with each other.
• Discovering the power within muscle, bone, blood.
• Learning to to trust our animal knowing.
• Inquiry into the nature of embodiment.
• Welcoming Freshness and spontaneity, dancing outside the box.

Proposal 2: Heartful Animal

This class is an invitation to move from our animal body including our passionate heart. It is an opportunity to dance close to ourselves and close to each other. We invite you to bring your curiosity and interest in your partners and the shared space. Come ready to move your body and your feelings. Within this we will include movement with openings for expressing our feelings and sensations; that which we do want and that which we don't plus the space in between.
This class will include explorations into:
• Instinctual Body (Evolutionary Developmental Movement Patterns).
• Physical movement exploration of our heart.
• Heart Inquiries that include movement and clear spoken communication.
• Developing both compassionate awareness and heart full connection for ourselves and each other.
• Developing a very real understanding of our needs and limits and how to meet them.
• The possibility of living simply and clearly, with truth and integrity.
Sessions Length 120 minutes and will include amplified music.

Jamus

I love to move, to inspire creativity through dance and connection. I guide classes in Movement, Contact Improvisation, Somatic Yoga and perform professionally with the Touch Down Dance Company. Now I am weaving these practices and principles of embodiment into my own work.
This Is It: Waking Up in the Body, Finding Our Source, Discovering Support, Listening to our Heart and resting into Silence. This is what I offer you.
Unusually, my path has been defined by a congenital eye condition - I almost lost my sight 10 years ago. Six operations on, my sight is improving. I have found ways to transform my wounding into a unique gift. My life is not what it would have been without my eye condition, many doors initially shut, while others opened. Along my journey, I have had the good fortune to work with many gifted teachers principally Adam Bradpiece who’s work, underscores my teaching.

Lee

I suppose you could say at the heart of it all I am a dancer. It seems my body was born to move. My softness, my passion, my sadness, my rage, my sensuousness, my sense of chaos all come through when I dance. This is where more than anywhere else I can be close to myself and have the capacity to touch life with freshness.
My passion for dance and in particular the drive to be as authentic in each moment as possible has led me from 5 Rhythms to Contact Improvisation and latterly into a practice of Non-Stylised movement based on the teachings of Helen Poyner.
This has led me to co-design a series of classes and workshops that interweave the teachings of fundamental movement, contact improvisation and presence based on the Movement of Being (Devon) teachings.
Dance for me is a metaphor for life. How can I really meet myself? How can I truly be here in this moment to experience life and meet you? This is what fascinates me. Movement offers the opportunity to ask these questions, with the potential to experience depth and understanding.
I offer a space for this exploration.

More info: www.embodiedpresence.co.uk

Karunesh - „We shall lift each other, higher and higher!“

Flying and landing joyful and save in Contact.

Proven ways and principles of lifting and landing.
To be lifted physically mostly elevates our inner state too.
We experiencing that joy and flow and at the same time we are practicing being aware and respectful with boundaries.
Little by little our circle of possibilitys is expanding.
Listening with our body ist the key element for joyful and easy rides on the wave of momentumflow. As also recognising possibilitys and offers to fly. As preparation we will keep our attention on what we need to land softly at any time. That includes practicing the special art of support from the lifting partner.
All levels.
Enjoy the trip!

Karunesh

I am in love with Contact since about 2 decades.
Teachers on my way: All the dancers i danced with on jams, festivals and workshops.
The most famous is probably Nancy Stark Smith. Meaningful was also Martin Koegh and Scott Wells. Recently i enjoyed the Workshops and to dance with Leilani Weiss, Mirva Mäkinnen and Heike Pourian.
My first own Weekendworkshop i gave 1998.
Tango Argentino and Salsa belong to the dances i danced and teached intensely
over years.
As well as my experience from my breathingtherapy-education and my spiritual background flows in.
Contact improvisation is for me a way to experience the wisdom of the body thats beyond the body.

TRIO WITTNESSING SCORE

This session will offer you a focused time and space to explore themes, what you are interested in dance.

Physical, emotional, thematical, energetical, filosofical ones...

We will work in trios, dancing in longer duets, while the third one is wittnessing the dance. After each duet

We will have a moment of sharing and reflecting what happened in our dance. In this structure you will have a duet & sharing with each person in your trio. After we will continue dancing in full trio – and then another trio wittnessing the other trio, and sharing this experience with each others. So this is not a class to learn specific technical skills, but more a safe container to dive deeper in your own dance, and your interests and inspirations, fears and wishes, challenges and dreams, and sharing it with the others...

 

VEGA (Katri Luukkonen)

is a dancer and danceteacher, performance-artist from Helsinki, Finland. She graduated from Theatre Academy of Finland 2008 (Master of Arts). Vega has been teaching and performing at various contact- and dancefestivals all over Europe, India, Russia and Finland. Besides contact-improvisation, contemporary dance and theatre, she has been practicing aikido and yoga, OSHO's active meditations and authentic movement. Vega is one of the co-organizers of GOA Contact Festival, and In Touch -festivals in different countries...

"On the moment I am living in Berlin, and I love it! I am in fire with singing and voice, sounding my soul out! I am spiralling and biking, dancing and performing in sweet streets and funny corners of Neukölln... Flow and Love in their all senses are my guides in life. I trust that the right things are happening, so there is nothing to be afraid. Just learning and groving with life. I love dancing and connecting, I love fighting and feeling the fire, I love honesty and authencity, I love weight and sweat, spontaneity and extremities. Every moment can be amazing, and every moment can be boring. You can choose. To be in NOW"

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Lella-elayla Heindl - Colour up your dance

This workshop is about the joining of Contact Improvisation, bodywork and artistic expression (such as painting or plasticising) in a playful, artistic and sensual way.

The sensitisation of the senses, the honest feeling of our own emotions and the mindful listening to our dance partners have priority here, as does the transfer of our impressions to an artistic medium, e.g. paper or clay. We allow ourselves to open up to the interplay between movement and creative expression in a medium. We sense whatever it is that wants to manifest itself in this way. We try to sense the resonance that is created through the encounter and touch with a partner and we let this resonance express itself.
Thus, we gain the possibility to pause and listen closely to what is inside us. Starting from this innermost space, we can approach the “You” again and come into contact once more.

Lella-elayla Heindl (*1970)

Influences on dance

Interest in energetic processes in and around the body, interest in Tai Chi, Shiatsu, Reiki, bodywork, massage, intuitively healing bodywork, Authentic Movement, mindfulness in thoughts, words and deeds, conscious being, exploration of the energetic and therapeutic influences of CI on human beings

Inspired by

Qi Gong, Yoga teacher training, training in multimedia art therapy, teachers training in holistic dance and movement pedagogy, Quanta healing, light meditations, Flower of Life

Contact Improvisation, free expressive dance and performative improvisation since 1987
Workshop organiser and teacher  

Her website: www.lella.at

 

Martina Rožić - Dance and enjoy your freedom

A workshop for beginners (as well as for everyone else:)

In this workshop we are going to explore our own body and movement, search and explore the center, circle and spiral around the center, dance on our own first and see what possibilities there to come up from the floor and sink down again, becoming friend with the floor first.
Then, we will gently dare to go beyond, travel through space, create waves in our bodies (more than 70% of our body is made up of water) and have courageous heart and freedom to dance without having anything to lose except the limits we believe to have.
Spiraling will lead us into rolling and by getting into contact we will intertwine our spirals with other bodies' spirals, weaving a story about one organic being breathing and moving together and going back to our own places where we can see what works best for us, creating space and making up time to continue....
Finally, when our centers meet again we will become soul-mates, twins, listening to each other, eyes closed, moving through space, changing levels, leading, following, listening, breathing—paying special attention to the moments when we separate and meet again, when we slow down or speed up, our dance never ending.
Just like in life, we meet and go away, we meet again and part again, the story as old as our soul continues, feeling good on our own as well as when we are together, our dance never ceases, the new waves are coming and we flow again....

Martina Rožić

She is an Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga teacher, dancer, contact impro dancer and teacher, interpreter and tango dancer. Since 2009 she has been working with Sabine Parzer and completed her Holistic Dance and Movement Pedagogy teacher training. Different techniques and methods are used like: contact improvisation, authentic movement, Feldenkrais and bodywork which are all useful for dance and movement therapy, dynamic meditation and self-awareness. She is a certified yoga teacher (RYT 200) and has been teaching Ashtanga and Vinyasa yoga for more than four years now.

"Yoga practices help us develop awareness and detachment. When we can begin to watch our personality's fearful reactions to situations, we can develop compassion for our own lack of courage. Through compassion we realize there's nothing to lose. There's nothing to grasp, nothing to get -- we are everything. Flexibility of mind as well as body allows for adaptability and ease of being in an ever-changing world." (unknown author)

The magic gifts of spontaneous music improvisation

This workshop is for anybody who knows or has a glimpse of the magic gifts of spontaneous music improvisation: leaving written notes and preset structures behind – opening up to a deeply creative process, letting music happen out of consciousness in the moment..

We will experiment with some of the following issues:

  • Listening - the key to the creative source in us.
  • Playing without knowing – music out of stillness.
  • Dissolving ‘you’ and ‘me’ – diving into the flow of music together with other musicians:
  • Rhythm - the root of connection in yourself and with others.
  • The courage to do it wrong – playing by following your own impulses.
  • Fear, shame and insecurity pointing you back to your living presence.

To participate in this workshop you need at least a little experience which you have made with any instrument our your voice before. It is not suitable for people who want to explore making music together for the very first time.

Shakya Matthias Grahe

Shakya Matthias Grahe plays violoncello, dilruba, guitar, keyboard, percussion and voice. He has given countless concerts in classical ensembles, pop rock bands and Latin groups, providing live accompaniment for silent movies, meditations, dance and healing events. He has also appeared as a guest musician on many CDs. He is a workshop leader, business economist and co-founder of a spiritual commune in Bonn (Germany) and is trained in various massages

Integrative bodywork & improvisation/composition
based on body mind centering/bmc and authentic movement

In these short classes you will get a taste of three wonderful disciplines. We will start with a warm up by remembering and practicing the developmental patterns on the floor and connect with our mind of being and doing. In working with partners we will stimulate movements and practice the art of touch. The developmental patterns once been practiced long enough, they are a strong support for our future movements. There is a connection between heart, eyes and hands which shows how we reach out into the world. In Authentic Movement we will perceive how our internal source brings us into movement and will be seen by a witness. The attitude of the witness towards the mover is nurturing and protective; the witness honors the mover's dependency on her and understands its value. They will share the process by talking, which clarifies and slowly organizes the material. With the support of BMC and Authentic Movement we will create Instant Compositions, which come from deeper Body Levels and create a Consciousness about how we are in space and in relationship to others.  

 

Ula Corn, Berlin/Menorca

It is not easy to make it short after a practice of 30 years of teaching and making art. I studied Art at Universität der Künste Berlin. Between my first and second Examination I became an actor with emphasis on movement, mime, dance & acrobatics. I am a founder of the Göttinger Kindertheaterfestival and I created Festivals for Improvisation in Music and Dance. I acted for children and adults. In the 80th I started studying in Spain with Nancy Stark Smith and Julyen Hamilton and many other beautiful teacher. They nurtured my appetite for Improvisation and I became first a Teacher for Contact and later a Teacher for Improvisation. I dedicated myself totally into Improvisation with my artistic work and teaching. I worked in different International Companies and created Solo works. I have been studying and practicing Martial Arts, Yoga and different kinds of Bodywork. But the most imprint I got with BMC and Linda Hartley. With her I became an Integrative Body Worker. Since 2004 I live and work in Spain and Berlin, Menorca has become my heart home. When I moved to spain I got passionate about Nature. I love to unify with Nature. A natural Environment has become the strongest stimulation beside my curiosity and playfulness. I work with Video and Photography and since some years I improvise at the piano. 

Vanessa Briel - Action painting on widespread canvas

In this workshop we will work with the technics of Action painting which was widespread from the 1940s until the early 1960s, and is closely associated with abstract expressionism (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abstract_expressionism) or is also sometimes called "gestural abstraction". It is a style of painting (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Painting) in which paint is spontaneously dribbled, splashed or smeared onto the canvas, rather than being carefully applied.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gestural_abstraction#cite_note-0) The resulting work often emphasizes the physical act of painting itself as an essential aspect of the finished work or concern of its artist.
Different to the original method of Action Painting i will also work on the compositon and the combination of dancing and painting. ……
I invite you to an experimental journey with paints and colours, dive into a world of dancing your picture, let brushes be extensions of your arms , the stroke is just the outcome of the entire body, dare to spill and waste paint, feel it arise under your feet between your fingers, shake, drop, splash, sprinkel..................... express yourself....................
no longer focusing on only the outcome but let the process be the artwork.... *…bring old cloths…*

Vanessa Briel

Vanessa Briel is working as a fashion artist/designer and circus educator for kids in Berlin right now. Painting since 20 years now herself she has been working with al kinds of material and technics, like oil, acrylics, serigraphy, aquarell, sketching and also does sculptures with clay and waste. Beside exhebitions she has done projekts with painting and dancing, bodypainting and performance, physical theater as well as illustrating lyrics.
Since she started dancing contact improvisation in 2009, she is also interested in painting in motion.
Between 2004-2009 she studied pedagogy, grafiks and painting in Marburg and organized Multiartistic Festivals, being appropriate for the section of fine arts and exhibition.