Workshops

Different offers every day, which you can choose spontaneously:

Lella-Elayla Heindl - Play with colours

Colours dancing on your skin

Bodypainting meets Contact Improvisation
How does the colour on my body influence my dance?
How is the connection to my dance partner(s) modified by the painted body?
How does the art of this very moment express itself on my skin?
How do I feel while painting on somebody and being painted on?

You choose for yourself how much of your skin you want to be coloured
Please wear clothes that may get dirty=coloured for this workshop!
For the adventurous among us: You can wear underwear that wants to see some colour 

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.

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.at***

Martina & Iva: A journey to dance with a yoga ticket
or how to use dynamic yoga to travel into a dance sequence and contact

Breath and moving with it will bring our awareness to our centre. When we are able to control our breath, we can control our movements and when we let go of the control, we let ourselves flow with trust and safety. We'll search for grounding and play with weight, then learn how to push into support in order to rise up. Letting go can be a nice experience if we witness our movements in slow flow and with patience first. Our body and heart will start opening and we'll dive into timeless space where we can experience the freedom of movement and thus weave an anatomically logical sequence that will serve as a basis for more creative dance improvisation and contact improvisation. The rest is up to your own imagination and creativity...

Yoga (morning flow vinyasa classes)

Yoga practice is an excellent way to start your day. Vinyasa means linking breath and movement where breath and deep stretching asanas are linked together creating the dance sequence of postures. Surrendering to 'ocean sound breath' or Ujjayi we simply go with the flow in a fun and easy way :)
It is a cardiovascular exercise as well as meditation in motion. Breath leads the way to lightness in postures and flowing through positions creates awareness and concentration.
Yoga brings harmony into our lives. There are different yoga styles, but they all have the same goal: physical, mental and spiritual health.
By doing yoga asanas or postures we increase the strength and flexibility of our bodies, strengthen our joints, increase circulation, improve the digestive system, cardiovascular and nervous system and the centre of gravity. Besides, regular yoga practice increases energy and vitality and boosts our immune system. Yoga asanas and pranayama remove toxins from our body more effectively than any other physical activity.

Namaste (I bow to you)

"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)

Contact improvisation is a practise rooted in contemporary dance in which an improvised movement is created through the contact between two or more dancers. It is based on sharing, giving and receiving and on the play with gravity and momentum - rolling, stopping, flying and falling. At times it develops into a meditative state, and at times it becomes an unstoppable, almost acrobatic challenge. This activity helps develop a sense of control and raises awareness of the body overall, in addition to sharpening of the senses and developing trust, communication and awareness of self and the other.

Martina

Martina is a yoga and contact teacher, contemporary dancer and tango lover. She also teaches languages, translates and enjoys working with people, likes travelling, meeting new people and cultures. 
As a child she did gymnastics, acted in theatre , and in dance she started practicing Cunningham technique with Kilina Cremona and ballet, later followed by contemporary techniques like release, contact improvisation, improvisation, dynamic meditation, Feldenkrais (she’s been using these techniques ever since). She has performed, acted, danced and collaborated with many international dancers, directors and choreographers.
She's worked with Sabine Parzer and completed her Holistic Dance and Movement Pedagogy teacher training. She's also completed Daniel Werner & Joerg Hassmann's CI training programme and has been teaching at Osterimprofestival (Germany), Tempelhof CI Festival (Germany), Vienna CI festival (Austria), Warsaw Flow CI festival, New Year London Jam etc.
Her work is based on contact improvisation, authentic movement, bodywork and contemporary dance as well as some shamanic practices which are all useful for dance and movement therapy, dynamic meditation and raising self-awareness. Her work and teaching is now enriched with the collaboration with her dance partner and long-standing friend Iva Hladnik.

Iva Hladnik

Iva is a contemporary dancer, a contacter and a yoga teacher. For many years she has been involved in contemporary dance and has been collaborating with different Croatian as well as international choreographers and collectives. She is one of the organizers and initiators of the development of improvisational dance and contact improvisation in Croatia. She is particularly interested in the sphere in which breath, movement and dance meet and their therapeutic impact and application. She teaches yoga and contact improvisation with passion, full commitment and enthusiasm.
She's also completed Daniel Werner & Joerg Hassmann's CI training programme. 


 

Moksha Ganesh: Fooling - relax into the risk

... as an innocent fool,
with wide open and curious eyes of a child ...
with this inner receptive attitude you are intuitive, original, spontaneous and present
FOOLING means: you jump on the stage ... in the empty space ...
You don't knowing what you're going to do and say, you play with what wants to be expressed at this moment through your body.
You're dancing on the edge with one foot on solid ground of the known,
the other hovers on the brink of the unknown.
You play exclusively for the benefit of enjoyment of the game,
completely absorbed, regardless of success or failure.
In this empty space you encounter other "fool children" and discover the freedom, when you play, beyond right and wrong, mindful and respectful of your limits and the limits of others.
We play with authentic movement, dynamic system lineups, bodywork, contact and theater improvisation...

 

Moksha Ganesh

As passionate dancer, bodyworker, movement and consciousness teacher, since the mid-90s I create liberating learning and scope for effortless and sensual experience of Being. Inspired by the diverse artistic and therapeutic systems, I enjoy myself more and more in letting go of all concepts.

www.somaart.de

Muriel Jeanne Mollet: Counterbalance - out of balance

We will focus on different ways of falling out of balance or keeping the balance together. Through several up building exercises of improvisation and technic with your partner or on your own we will find balance and also enjoy the state of being out of balance. We experiment and offer different possibilities of supporting the small falling of our partner. Dancing together, improvising and having fun together are also a goal of this afternoon.

Muriel Jeanne Mollet

Muriel Jeanne Mollet is working as a dance teacher, dancer, instructor of Kampfesspiele® and water therapist. After her education at the Professional School for Dance and Gymnastic in Baden, Switzerland (SBTG-Diplom 1989) she studied „Elementarer Tanz“ at the University of Sports Köln. She continued studying different Dance- and Improvisation Techniques and Martial Arts (Capoeira, Shinson Hapkido). She was founder and director of SURIEL dance theater (‘93-‘97). Since 2003 she is a member of the Research-, Improvisation- & Performance- Group „x-group“. Performances with the Capoeira Show group and dancing in different dance productions guided her as a dancer through Switzerland, Austria, Germany and Brasil.

Joyful 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.

 

Roland Nordeck: Contact Basics

A Workshop for beginners and anyone else who wants to take some time focusing on the basic principles of Contact Improvisation. We practice sensing ourselfs, the floor and the partner(s). We learn about center touch, bodysurfing, and ways down on the floor and up from the floor together. We play with leading and following and take time to focus on the crucial principle of leaning and sharing weight. No matter what the technical level ist, it is always sensing and exploring that builds the base of our dance and our learning process. By learning some basic dance tools and at the same time trusting our own senses we experience how to feel safe and free in a jam situation.

Roland Nordeck

After many years of CI practice I did half a year of New Dance Performance training with Keriac in San Francisco and Stuttgart (2003/2004). The focus was on creative work. In 2005 I got into the dance department of North Carelian Kollege, Outokumpu, Finnland, where I studied contemporary dance for three years. The core part of that education was contemporary dance technique. It also included a wide range of different other approaches to movement training, like for example Feldenkrais, BMC, Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, Ballet, Improvisation and Butoh. In 2008 I moved back to Germany. I am currently located in Göttingen, where I teach CI and contemporary dance. At the moment I am also intensely exploring the conjunction of dance and Bodywork (Shiatsu). I am seeing dance as a form of language, which reaches beyond the field of verbal expression. So dance and especially improvised dance complements my general interest in communication.

 

Shakya: Sound & Silence
The Art of Music Improvisation

(experience in playing an instrument or in singing required)

In this workshop we will explore musical meetings on the base of spontaneous improvisations. We encompass our musical journey from a space of inner stillness. We let go of any concept, any intention, any need to perform or to “do it right”. We focus on the beauty and uniqueness of every sound happening regardless of habitual judging. The more we are present in each moment and each note we play the more we are able to connect with the source of true spontaneity within us that is waiting to carry our playing.

Also we will experiment with different frames and structures that can help us to not get lost in the infinity of possibilities but to go deeper into the meetings with a chosen focus like melody/accompaniment, call/response, rhythm/tune etc. In all this we strengthen our ability to listen, to receive while we are playing, to be non-doing and – to have fun!

Sus Palm: Cranio Sacral Balancing

Introduction to the fluid and energetic field of Cranio Sacral Therapie.
We are connecting with the tides of the spinal fluid and the center energieline in the body.
In partnerwork we give space to feel the inner realm and invite deep relaxation.
This way we can regenerate and reorganise ourselves. New impulses and impressions can be integrated on physical, mental and emotional level.
Embracing everything that is there with an open heart.

Sus Palm

Sus Palm is a Movement Therapist, Dancer and Cranio Sacral Therapist.
She is working with Cranio Sacral Balancing since 11 years and apreciates this work for beeing a deeply rewarding way of listening to and supporting the human system in a holistic way back into balance.
Sus lives with Ingo Rosenkranz and their daughter Nika in Ulm.
She works as a therapist, a dancer in Strado Dansa Dance Companie and creates Danceperformances in collaboration with different artists.

Taro : Aliveness Art

To jump into the unknown with the interplay of dance, voice, sound-, melodie-instruments and the miracle of improvisation.

Here you can not do anything wrong but also nothing right.
Its that openess in which you do not know what will happen next and where you invite yourself to be astonished & surprised.

You percieve that outlawed attention and you recognize that the play of the elements dances by Itself.
Shakti is not still she changes all the time her quality, sometimes wild or mild or stormy...

Taro

I love to dive into the space of improvisation of sound & movement.
To surrender fully to the unknown and to be surprised how “life is playing along”.
Sound 6 movement artist in differnt performance-projects.

Vanessa Briel: Workshop and Lab - Hall of paint

From soft to wild from small to big from realistic to abstract and vice versa

In this painting workshop we will work with different stations ,sensations and ways of expressions and the diversity of material, size and dynamics.
A playground for Clear realistic pencil scetches, romantic watercolours, expressiv acrylics , brushes, pens, pencil, fingers, small paper, canvas, collage…what ever u choose…
is ready to be discovered…..have a walk around the hall of options and find your tools and inspiration.

Vanessa Briel

Vanessa Briel (*1979), working as a fashion artist/designer, actress and circuseducator, is living in Berlin right now. Between 2003-2007 she studied painting and grafiks, pedagogy in Marburg University , Germany and organized theater and improvisation festivals, there being appropriate for the section of fine arts and exhibition. 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 several single or group exhebitions over the years she has done projekts with painting and dancing, bodypainting and performance, physical theater as well as illustrating lyrics. After years of studying different kinds of movement thechnics like dance, yoga, artistic,akrobatics, she did a lot of performance projects in groups mainly based on physical experimental theater and video or/and dance in different countries. Since 2009 she is part of a professionel theaterensembel playing for school kids.Vanessa started dancing contact improvisation in 2009, and is teaching workshops in actionpainting and painting in motion.