I wish to offer you diverse range of core principles of contact-improvisation. We will work both technically, focusing on building up functional understanding of underlying physical principles and structures of contact improvisation, as well as widening the trust to our instincts, impulses and intuition. Letting ourselves completely free, and following the flow. But also understanding how do our bodies work? How do our joints, bones, muscles and skin function?

I use lot of images of water. Inner oceans. Slow, soft liquid flow in us is inspiring me. If we move like water, we will never get tired, cause we don´t need to use our muscles to move. Following the organic flow of water will show us the effortless way. Also working with the breath is something essential for me. Expanding, unfolding & folding, allowing our breath-cycle to get deep and wide, we can fully surrender and tune in with our partners, and find shared rhythm in our dance. We can drop the doing, and fall more into being. And let the dance happen through this image of water moving, letting the river show us the way. 

I love to build up dance softly, from inside-out. Slowly ending up towards more technical material and challenges. We often start with individual floor-work, offering particular principles and tasks, and then gradually building up to standing using the natural spirals of the body. Material will alternate between contact- and solowork, and also connecting the group as whole. Creating an open, safe environment to explore. Emphasis will move on to improvised duets where we use each others energy to spin off into moments of freedom and individuality, then seamlessly reconnecting with our partner.

We will develop our dances from inside out, from down to up, exploring organic movement on different levels. Finding soft strength and support, preparing our bodies to listen and connect with the others, as well as with the space, and our surroundings. We´ll cultivate deeper awareness of listening, breathing, giving, receiving, and very importantly - timing.

We will explore basic tools of contact - as sharing weight, center-to-center, leaning and supporting, rolling point of contact. Using physical laws of momentum, suspension, inertia, bounce and swing to find most effortless ways into lifting and weight transfers. Different qualities of touch, impulses. Leading and following, falling and spiralling... Playing with the gravity, pushing and pulling, counterbalance and more...

We will explore the head & tail -connection, spinal push, and spirals of the spine. We are also going to look at techniques for lifting and being lifted. But thinking lifting just as a small weight transfer. Lifting should not have so much to do with effort. Using the momentum and right timing we can fly like a feather. Letting our breath to soften our bodies, and synchronizing with our partners. Finding effortless and easy ways to move together through the space - finding the flow, and joy of dancing. 

We´ll also play with energetical space around us - flowing in and out of contact. Creating a sphere of listening with all our senses, touching without touching. Developing sensitivity to read and follow each others in movement, and cultivating playfulness - breaking the rules and being surprised.

We will also include different dance-scores into our practice, which allow you to get into the flow of your own dance, giving time and space to integrate the learnt technique into your own movement and spontaneity.

 

VEGA (Katri Luukkonen)

I am dancer, dance-teacher, performance-artist and bodyworker made in Finland, but currently based in Berlin, India, and nomadic temporary moments in time and space. From the formal side of my life I have studied in Finland - in Theatre Academy of Finland (TEAK) and Metropolia AMK, graduated from TEAK 2008 as dance- and theatre-teacher (MA). Though - I guess my dearest high-school and university in dance and contact-improvisation has been finnish contact community, where I have learned so much, by sharing the dance and rolling point with the other spiralling beautiful finns... 

About 15 years I have been teaching contact and dance all around the world, on many internationally acknowledged festivals and retreats, and especially recent years more focused on organising my own workshops, events and festivals. I am one of the organisers of Goa Contact Festival since 10 years, and that has become big part of my life - to live in India, to create platforms and possibilities for cultural exchange, dance and learning - throughout the whole season in Arambol, as I have spent my last 14 winters in India.

Contact Improvisation has been part of my life more than 20 years, so - many kind of chapters I have gone through. More and more I look for lightness and grace in my dance - in the sense of organic, fluid, effortless and integrated movement. I love to find ease and effortlessness in my dance, like water would do. Breath plays as well big part in my dancing, brings me naturally into moments of momentum, falling, flying, suspension, swinging, accelerating and bouncing. Other precious topic for me is the spine, never ending story with our head & tail, and the whole dialogue between them. Life-energy flowing through our spiralling, reaching, twisting spines.


My dance is drawing inspirations from aikido and capoeira - loving all these spirals up & down, and deep understanding about the role of the center in our movement. Developmental movement patterns and flying low for all the lovely floor rolling-sliding-gliding-fun. Bodywork & massage for softening, surrendering and meeting. Listening our whispering fascias. Spicing up the soup with meditation and authentic movement, to look from inside out - to connect with our emotions, intuition and felt sensations. 

For me dance is always combination of technique and intuition. Form and freedom. Being and doing. I try to find ways to explore and teach technique by understanding the underlying principles of movement, so that we can stay connected to our dance and expression, and learn in the spirit of exploration. Where our curiosity can stay alive, and we can always find new details on the way.

 


 

As a multicellular being our development begins in fluid environment: Through the flow of fluids in spirals, folding, unfolding, resisting and yielding our body and movement patterns develop. Later we meet the earth and in the continuity of development the relationship to gravity supports our movement. Curiosity and interest let us reach into the world. 

In this intensive I am interested how early developmental movement patterns can support us in stability, lightness and freedom in our movement and being. How we can use the support of ground, the power of inner source and wings to reach out. We will roll, crawl, yield, push, reach, pull. Aspects of different body tissues like bones, fluids, organs and nervous system will support ease in movements. The inner support of a soft spine and the interrelationship of core and periphery will weave into the classes.

I am interested in a class situation where our curiosity and alertness for improvising alone and with a partner can emerge. Opening ourselves for creative dancing at the jams.

 

Nina Wehnert

Nina teaches Body-Mind Centering®, Contact Improvisation and Yoga in Workshops, Retreats and Festivals around Europe. She has great joy to immerse deeply into the exploration of sensing, perceiving and the development of the body. She studied dance, is certified as a BMC® Practitioner, Somatic Movement Educator and Yoga Teacher as well as in Embodied Anatomy & Yoga. She is offering her own Body-Mind Centering® Training in Berlin and teaches Embodied Anatomy in dance and yoga schools in Berlin.
www.ninawehnert.com

 


 

In this workshop, we dive into an inner and outer journey. Contactimprovisation is the center and the focus of exploration.

Here we recognize and discover one selfe and each other. Habitual patterns from the previous experience with Contact and our everyday life are reflected and expanded playfully and with sensual ease.

Which space do I give to sensuality in dance / in life?
How can I let my whole being dance?
What fears hinder me in a more open exchange?
From what do I protect myself ? What is the value of these limits?

At the same time, this journey goes inward to myself and outwardly into expression and contact with others.
Can I playfully play with my boundaries and the boundaries of others in this space?
The classic elements of Contact Improvisation, such as handling and playing with gravity, the effect and use of weight and Rolling Point can be experienced through tantric perspectives. The emotional, spiritual, and sensual aspects of dance become more meaningful, alongside the physical. This creates a new perspective on the (usual) dance or contact language.

The exercises are exclusively with clothes.

 

Benno Enderlein

Benno studied from 1989 to 1993 at the "European Dance Development Center" of Arnhem University (NL). He has been teaching contact improvisation since 1991 and has been practicing since Shiatsu. For nearly 15 years he has been exploring the interaction of Contact & Shiatsu and the work of Contact in the element of water.

He likes to research and teach at the edge of the Contactimprovisation, as well as Contact Tango, Contact & Shiatsu, Contact Tantra and Water Contact. All these forms, on the edge of the usual contact dance, enable us to recognize habits and to exploit the full potential of our possibilities.
Other focal points are awareness training and the study of meditation techniques, in particular ADVAITA awareness and LIGHT WORK.
He has been organizing CI dance events for almost 30 years. For 15 years he was co-founder and organizer of the International Contact Festival Freiburg.