New: Pre-Workshop

 22 - 24 March 2016 

with Johan Nilsson (Sweden): "De–LightfulTouch"

and Scott Wells (USA): "Ensemble States Contact"

Arrival and registration on 22nd March 2016 from 6 pm, than snack and welcome. WS on 23rd and 24th March 2016.

6 hours of teaching per day from 10 am to 1 pm and 3 to 6 pm (each teachers will lead 6 hours) and evening jam, sauna & pool.

Incl. organic food and sleeping in the studio or own tent (please bring you sleeping bag and matress). We are sorry, but during the Pre-WS we cannot offer a space for children!

 

Johan Nilsson (Sweden): "De–LightfulTouch"

Weight, Integrity and Collaboration

I will propose material to work with integrity and the possibility of developing our own quality within a collaborative dance. Scores intertwined with Tecniqual aspects. Dances and Reflections to integrate our achieved knowledge and the attempt of making what we embody more conscious. Most likely we will work with the skin level and with the joints. Using the spherical attentivness of the skin as we move together - but independently. Playing with the idea of the joints as horizontally travelling balloons.

I will also propose material where we work with clarity and weight in the extreme outskirts of our skinesphere, connecting it to the clarity of our center. Bringing this into a work with many small centers. With our ability of making evershifting choices through a playful mind we can make both our structure and mind more spherical, constantly changing and up-side-down. 

Through activating our ability to listen and read the movement and shifting landscapes of the other, coming in and out of contact, giving clear support and creative impulses, we can develop our own dance within the shared dance. This gives us the option of being close to the other and at the same time staying true to our own improvisation. Supporting and escorting each other through space without developing a dependency of touch, and instead being able to use the other as a source of inspiration through their everchanging choices. 

Johan Nilsson

I am exploring and working with natural sciences and art. I am a trained gardener and teacher in Biodynamic farming. Its connection to alternative methods, antrophosofic pedagogy and its deep relationship to the natural world and plant forces are great sources of inspiration to me.

In dance and improvisation I experience the same fascination as when I was a child playing in the forest, in contact with nature, in a world full of imagination and playfulness. My interest in movement deepened when I discovered Contact Improvisation 2004. Before my movement history includes sports, capoeira, african dance, world dance and fire spinning. Since I started with Contact Improvisation my main inspiration comes from Måns Erlandsson and Malin Anclair, Stockholm. The last years I have been participating as teacher and performer in several projects, festivals and dance events in Europe. Since seven years I teach classes and organize CI events in Järna and Stockholm.

I like to use imagination and the fascination for small details as tools to create my own dance and to be the guide in contact with others. From fire-spinning comes the fascination of continuously traveling weight. In contact improvisation I like to relate to weight shifts and space and I definitely love to take a certain amount of risk.

Scott Wells (USA): "Ensemble States Contact"

We are connected.  When we drop into the elemental brain we connect in different or deeper ways.  Anonymity and freedom from social identity melts us into the group. We will practice Sourcing--connecting with your body and spontaneity using authentic movement, the art of forgetting....
Contact Improvisation—the practice of eliminating unnecessary politeness.
Ensemble states--tuning exercises, composition and non-composition,
Performance Jam--open space with intention and group focus, but less tight than a formal performance.
Scores--the way in, Aesthetics--how we watch.  What do we learn when we talk?
We start with:  Connecting with self, then connecting with the dancing group, then, connecting with watchers through kinesthetic composition.
And, yes, a few special flying moments

Scott Wells

In 1981 Scott Wells discovered the pleasure of contact improvisation shortly after becoming obsessed with the challenges of modern dance. He received his MFA in dance from the University of Illinois and has directed a dance company in San Francisco since 1992. Wells has created works for skateboarders, for boxers and choreographed West Side Story for Sonoma State University. In 2010 and 2005 Scott received the Izzie (San Francisco’s most prestigious dance award) for Outstanding Choreography and was selected by Dance Magazine as “one of the 25 To Watch”. Scott has toured to Europe for the last 19 years teaching and performing in festivals in Moscow, Barcelona, Budapest, Berlin, Vienna, Zagreb to name a few. Locally he has taught at A.C.T, the San Francisco Conservatory for Dance and UC Berkeley. Wells has been practicing Alexander Technique for twenty five years and BMC for fifteen.

Scott Wells...has a dizzying abundance of pure dance-making talent
Rachel Howard, San Francisco Examiner

Come for the Thrills, Stay for the Artistry, 
Allan Ulrich, Voice of Dance.

Video: SW&D 1 minute trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h1-LQ0Dufo

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The Joy of Beginning

Beginners Contact Improvisation Intensive

This intensive offers space for discovering our beginning in Contact Improvisation – and deepening the roots, we may have already. It is about relaxing our minds and planting seeds for our body knowledge to grow, unfold and blossom. We will experience and understand softness within ourselves. We will celebrate the floor, meeting it, surrendering into it, receiving its support, growing roots, exploring how to move with ease in a soft exchange.

We will go deep, sensing the layers under the skin, beginning to understand touch and communication in CI. As we discover how to move together sharing one common center of gravity we will enter the fascination of play.

In our dance we will research the moment of falling within ourselves as a door to effortlessness and endless inspiration. As we release into gravity we allow gravity to move us.

There will be time to ask your questions.
This intensive can be your ground to dance from, supporting you in your journey through the festival as well as in finding comfort in entering the jam and Open Space itself.
Let's get lost together!

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 two decades, CI since 2004.
In her teaching she believes in opening spaces where dance in all its vital magic and play can simply happen.“In her work she has the experience and knowledge to do little - slowly - so the experience of the participants can expand into the space she holds.”
She likes to create CI events that bring the studio focus outside into nature and into the experience. She enjoys gathering community merging life and dance together. She loves to support practice, jamming and research. She has taught CI in Europe, Canada, the U.S., Argentina, Israel, Russia and Japan.
She is the artistic director of the Annual Contact Festival Fuerteventura/ Spain, Contact Saturday Berlin, as well as co-creating the Berlin Weekend Jam, 23h Jam Berlin, North Sea CI Camp/ Germany, Dance Your Questions: CI Research Week for Experienced Contact Dancers, CI Training Program Hamburg/ Germany and CI Workshop Series BASICS in Berlin & Hamburg/ Germany.
http://www.elskedance.de (in process)
http://canarian.contactfestival.info
http://www.improtanz.de

Credits:
Das rosa Tanzbild: Norbert Mörchen
s/w potrait: Katelyn Stiles
Sitzende BIld: Patrick Beelaert

Expressing embodied poetry to space

Language from feet and floor

What if we consider our body a vehicle of language. From which we can talk to space, articulate, formulate, create shapes. From which we can communicate with the other. I would like to explore how we can be shaped by earth, grow from our ground. How we can let our anatomic system articulate and move into languagelike poetic expressions. Moving and talking from Feet and Floor. In these classes we will move through softness and strength, stability and playfulness. We will taste different skills and viewpoints that can work as principles and guidelines as we try to navigate and make choices in different spaces. We will make restrictions into possibilities and we will try to see what we can not see, try to move from stillness and to express what we didn ́t know we needed to say. We will go through techniques and scores. Working in solo, duo and different group constellations. I am inspired to work a lot with feets ́ relating to surfaces, upside-down, with invitations and reading movement, with levers and weight sharing. How can i support the other even though I stay focused on my own individual research? How can I stay engaged in a dance with others and at the same time have awareness of my own choices, directions and inspirations?

Johan Nilsson

I am working with natural sciences, art and gardening. I am a trained gardener/teacher in Biodynamic farming. Its connection to alternative methods and its deep relationship to the natural world are great sources of inspiration to me. I dance CI since 2004. In improvisation I experience the same fascination as when I was a child playing in the forest, in contact with nature, in a world full of imagination and playfulness. My earlier movement history includes sports, capoeira, African dance, world dance and fire spinning. My main inspiration in CI comes from Måns Erlandsson and Malin Anclair, Stockholm. The last few years I have been participating as teacher and performer in several projects, festivals and dance events in Europe. For the past seven years I have beenteaching classes and organizing CI events in Järna and Stockholm. I like to use imagination and the fascination of small details as tools to create my own dance and as inspiration in contact with others. From fire-spinning comes the fascination of continuously travelling weight. In contact improvisation I like to relate to weight shifts and space and I definitely love to take a certain amount of risk.

Contact-tango: balance

Balance in this days is synonymous of calmness, in dance is the interaction from different axes inside our body. The classes will be faced, to recognize our own axis in diferent positions and the construction of to common axis with other dancers. Feeling safe in my axis and in my out of axis. Discovering new points of contact and supports in different types of hugs. Essential aspect of the Contact-Tango.

A balance research in our body will lead us to Balance our movement using less muscle effort and finding the “momentum”. Using the right muscle tone and being relaxed in our dances.

We will introduces specific Tango elements,
Working my out of axis :

COLGADAS (hung): specific Element from Tango that uses The contra- balance concept during the dance.
VOLCADAS (overturn): circular movements using warm and close hug that allows us to have to comfortable contact and gives us to wide possibility of movements.

We investigate the skills of the contemporary partner: like falling down, roller, flying, sharing weight, levels and qualities in the physical contact, the connection between the center of gravity and the periphery. We will play with the rolls in the dances. Playing with the challenge of the change, where the listening and to be present is the conductive axis and where the surrounding space inviting us to the improvisation.

Every class is an investigation space,
You don ́t need previous experience.

Julian Elizari Romeo

Julian Elizari Romeo was born in 1974 in Bs As, Argentina. He began taking modern dance classes from young age and Took classes wiht traditional Tango dancers in Argentina. At the age of 22, he received his degree from the Institute of National Physical Education in Bs As, Argentina. Learning different Techniques,as Release, Low flow and Contact Improvisation in Bs.As He travel to Europe and Studied at the Lilia Bertelli school of “Danza e movimento”. Florence, Italy. He was then hired as an actor and after as dance teacher by the Isole Compresse Theatre company. He explore always more Contact Improvisation developing his dances with different partner dances technique. Julian has been teaching Traditional and Modern Tango argentino for more then 15 years. Currently he teaches Tango, Contact Improvisation and Contactango in Berlin Germany and in different dance Festivals.

From zero to flying

We’ll start with deeply satisfying contact where pleasure is the first teacher, learn some techniques and traject towards a space that supports freedom of flight and expression. Expression that takes us into interaction and ensemble improvisation. That is: we start at zero to redefine what is contact—to ourselves, others, reality, gravity. We start at zero to connect with our bodies, our interest and spontaneity. We’ll be doing my favorite contact exercises and current curiosities. Created or learned over the decades investigation and indulgence.
Pleasure → Technique; Somatics → Acrobatics

Scott Wells

In 1981 Scott Wells discovered the pleasure of contact improvisation shortly after becoming obsessed with the challenges of modern dance. He received his MFA in dance from the University of Illinois and has directed a dance company in San Francisco since 1992. Wells has created works for skateboarders, for boxers and choreographed West Side Story for Sonoma State University. In 2010 and 2005 Scott received the Izzie (San Francisco’s most prestigious dance award) for Outstanding Choreography and was selected by Dance Magazine as “one of the 25 To Watch”. Scott has toured to Europe for the last 19 years teaching and performing in festivals in Moscow, Barcelona, Budapest, Berlin, Vienna, Zagreb to name a few. Locally he has taught at A.C.T, the San Francisco Conservatory for Dance and UC Berkeley. Wells has been practicing Alexander Technique for twenty five years and BMC for fifteen.

Scott Wells...has a dizzying abundance of pure dance-making talent
Rachel Howard, San Francisco Examiner

Come for the Thrills, Stay for the Artistry,
Allan Ulrich, Voice of Dance.

Video: SW&D 1 minute trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6h1-LQ0Dufo

Kabiro Scheller & Daniel Werner : “Liquid Motion” -  Contact Improvisation im Wasser

Im Wasser schwebend erinnert sich der Körper an sehr frühe Bewegungsmuster und -qualitäten, welche grundlegend sind für unser hochentwickeltes und komplexes Bewegungspotential. Im Spiel mit Elementen aus dem Body-Mind-Centering und der evolutionären und frühkindlichen Bewegungsentwicklung entsteht ein sehr direkter, fühlender und kindlicher Zugang zu Bewegung.

Das "Floaten", Bewegt werden und das Contacten im Wasser öffnen neue Bewegungsmöglichkeiten und Raumerfahrungen, die dann auch später "an Land" spür- und sichtbar bleiben.

Daniel Werner

Daniel Werner arbeitet international als Tänzer und Tanzpädagoge und unterrichtet Contact Improvisation seit ´97. Er studierte zeitgenössischen Tanz am North Karelia College in Finland. Desweiteren ist sein Bewegen und Unterrichten inspiriert von Body-Mind Centering, asiatischen Bewegungskünsten und Release-Techniken.

Also he is involved in the following projects:

Kabiro Eva Scheller

Kabiro Eva Scheller tanzt Contact-Improvisation seid 1994 mit unterschiedlichen LehrerInnen aus den USA und Europa.

Sie unterrichtet Contact Improviation und Hawaiianische Massage und hat einen reichhaltigen Erfahrungsschatz Menschen mit Liebe und Freude in ihr einmaliges Bewegungs-& Lebenspotential zu führen. Sie ist Initiatorin des Osterimprofestival.info &  healingheartfestival.de und begleitet Reisen nach Hawaii.

 

Kabiro Scheller & Daniel Werner : Water-contact

Der Mini-Workshop im Wasser eröffnet einen Raum zwischen Tanz , Schwimmen, Tauchen und Massage. Wir erforschen zustände von FLOW im Element Wasser.

Dieser Tanz im Wasser ist geprägt durch das Fließen, das Bewegen lassen, das Loslassen, die Balance zwischen passiv und aktiv, führen und folgen. Nach anfänglich klar strukturierter Anleitung öffnet sich unser „Tanz“ immer mehr in ein freies Spiel unterschiedlichster Interaktionen.
Vorerfahrung in Contactimprovisation ist hilfreich aber nicht nötig.

Wer einen Neoprenanzug (Wetsuit) hat kann den gerne mitbringen da das Wasser normale Schwimmbadtemperatur hat.
Wir bewegen uns im Wasser mit Nasenklammer und Chlorbrille. Wer eine hat bringt sie bitte mit. 

Daniel Werner

Daniel Werner arbeitet international als Tänzer und Tanzpädagoge und unterrichtet Contact Improvisation seit ´97. Er studierte zeitgenössischen Tanz am North Karelia College in Finland. Desweiteren ist sein Bewegen und Unterrichten inspiriert von Body-Mind Centering, asiatischen Bewegungskünsten und Release-Techniken.

Also he is involved in the following projects:

Kabiro Eva Scheller

Kabiro Eva Scheller tanzt Contact-Improvisation seid 1994 mit unterschiedlichen LehrerInnen aus den USA und Europa.

Sie unterrichtet Contact Improviation und Hawaiianische Massage und hat einen reichhaltigen Erfahrungsschatz Menschen mit Liebe und Freude in ihr einmaliges Bewegungs-& Lebenspotential zu führen. Sie ist Initiatorin des Osterimprofestival.info &  healingheartfestival.de und begleitet Reisen nach Hawaii.

 

Isolation & Resistance

In many dance forms the management of isolations and body tone creates magical moves. In contact-dancing, we are often one big pile of water and muscles, moving the whole body as one piece. I believe there is more than that. I praise for an intelligent and ever-changing body. Let’s use resistance and isolations to maneuver this dance.
In this class we will develop solo and group dances through touch. From small and sensual off-balances into thick and dinamic bodies across the room. Delicate dances combined with rough impulses will change some of our usual pathways.
We will focus on both the isolation of articulations and the resistance and muscular control in partnering. We will be visiting:
- sensitivity and balance in skin-level contact
- trio, quartet, quintet forms
- the transformation effort into focused support and direction
- pushing the floor from any point
- isolation of a reaching point and its supporting structure
- the isolation of different body parts
- understanding the direction of each touch
- learning to match the tone received through touch
- reading how my partner/s move
- providing a constant awareness of what is moving, what pushes, what resists
- the exploration of counterintuitive support, learningto offer resistance instead of lifting someone

Albert Quesada

My education has been based on contemporary dance and choreography through different schools in Europe (MTD, Amsterdam, PARTS, Brussels).Previously I studied Philosophy and Multimedia Engineering in Barcelona.

I organised and curated contact and impro jams for four years in Brussels. I have taught 'contact dance' in several studios in Brussels, and eventually upon invitations from fellow dancers in other countries (Belgium, France, Austria, Germany, India and USA.).

After my studies I started creating work for stage where both listening and dancing to music, and partnering, have been my main focus.

Since June 2009 Albert has been dancing with the company ZOO – Thomas Hauert. Albert’s work have been performed internationally.“Solo on Bach & Glenn” (2005-2008), “Solos Bach & Gould” (2010), “Trilogy” (2011), “Slow Sports” (2012),“Wagner & Ligeti ” (2014),“Slow Sports Outdoors” (2014), “Slow Sports Kids” (2015), “OneTwoThreeOneTwo” (2015), “VIVA” (2016) .

My current activities are both creating, bringing the interests and passions from my work and teaching into dance Festivals and other educational frames. I work in a very intuitive way with other dancers, and let exercises develop as we move forward in a class or inside creation. I look forward to share my current experiences and develop further my skills as teacher.

http://veraalbert.wordpress.com/alberts-work/

Nighttime jungle

presence perception performance workshop 

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.

This workshop is for all adventurers who want to explore diverse improvisational states of mind, body & voice, and question their assumptions about their performance attitude.

Be prepared for perception-bending & assumption-altering encounters and to to be challenged and annoyed. 

Be prepared for serious amounts of playful fun and enjoying full-on collaboration within a community of equals.

Riding the bull home

improvisation for challenging times 

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

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

In this 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—and practice committing to a resolution. 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 investigate how this impacts our performance attitude and audience relationship.

David Lakein

David Lakeinis an interdisciplinary artist, educator and writer who collaborates extensively with other artists and performs-teaches-researches across the globe / around the borders of theater, dance and performance art. Known for his inquisitive nature, he is a well-respected teacher dedicated to a rigorous and playful un/learning process within the fields of the performing arts and somatic movement training, as well as meditation-bodywork practices. Lakein is a fan of generous discipline and a disciple of intelligent laziness, and deeply committed to research as a creative act and dialogue as a transformational encounter. | www.lakeinworkshops.wordpress.com

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