The Pre-Workshop is tought by the two teachers: one is teaching in the morning, the other after lunch.


The pre-festival-workshop gives insight into useful technical aspects of Contact Improvisation while allowing the space to integrate the information into our bodies. It is meant for people who already have a comfortable base in CI and wish to deepen the joy of their experience as well as their knowledge and possibilities.

Specifically, we want to look at what is needed in order to follow through into both, low and high flying with a relaxed and responsive body. How do we adapt our body tone as the dance changes from moment to moment? How to organize our awareness and our body in the air with fluidity and ease while dancing with the constant possibility of disorientation? How do we actually land and allow the falling weight to continue through our bodies and into our improvisation?

In this workshop, I would like to give inspiration as well as tools in order to stimulate and support the individual growth and development in each of us as we dance 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 since the early nineties, CI since 2004. Her boundless fascination and joy exploring and researching Contact Improvisation in all its depth and subtleties, inspires her workshops, privates, ongoing classes, and each of the projects she creates.

She holds a master's degree in Sport Science, Education and English from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Her main research question 'the essence of dance and its teaching' motivates the heart of her work from her early days at University until the present day. Her work recognizes nature, improvisation and teaching itself as core sources for knowledge and understanding.

Meeting the moment, she offers organic support for the individual and the instant community as it emerges, allowing each to feel, find and follow what they need to learn and dance.

She is the artistic director of the Annual Contact Festival Fuerteventura/ Spain and co-creates Dance Your Question: CI Research Week for Experienced Contact Dancers, CI Training Program Hamburg/ Germany, CI Basic Training Program Hamburg/ Germany and co-organized among many other projects ECITE -European Contact Improvisation Teachers Exchange in Ponderosa/ Germany in 2014.



Linguistically deriving from the latin word for `kiss`, science uses the term osculation to describe a curve that comes close to another curve or a circle, metaphorically `kissing`or `hugging` it. In the ASIRN we adopt this idea to name the 3D lateral bending of a human spine - a movement homo sapiens inherited from our fish ancestor`s ondulation from side to side. So if fish are constantly hugging the water to propell themselves forward, we would be the species kissing the space around us while we move...
In this workshop we will take some glimpses into the spinal curves, the many joints and tiny muscles of the spine to sense into the sophisticated interplay they perform with our body as a whole. We will explore our spine`s strategies to manoeuvre us through space in the context of gravity – which is constantly informing our proprioceptive system about how to articulate and relate ourselves towards the ground and into space.
How can the spine assist our body to load it’s elastic tissue with recoil power to have an easier journey, be it dancing, walking or moving in our daily life?
During this research we will use hands-on assistance, improvisation and some set material to play with the information and to invite it into our own experience.

The Axis Syllabus is a human movement lexicon that interrelates information from anatomy, biomechanics and physics to universal movement principles.
Originally consolidated by Frey Faust, the AS has become a movement and research platform for the ASIRN (Axis Syllabus International Research Network). ASIRN members from diverse movement and scientific backgrounds are exploring the kinetic potential of the human body and developing functional movement patterns beyond esthetic criteria. They are physically applying, exploring and counterchecking the data gathered in the AS and also introducing new empirical/scientific data to the group, which keeps the AS evolving constantly.
In classes AS teachers are fostering collaborative and explorative learning situations and propose models for a joyful way of moving in accordance with our body structure and it`s physical context. As a reference for locomotion, The Axis Syllabus reflects on how we might move and dance in a health-promoting and respectful manner – both towards ourselves and others with whom we are sharing movement, time and space.


Irina Hortin

Irina Hortin ( studied contemporary dance, linguistics and literature and works as a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher. Born in Rumania, she grew up in Germany, lived and learned in France, Argentina, Senegal and Switzerland. In Argentina she got in touch and involved with Tango, that is part of her path ever since. Currently based in Düsseldorf, she is teaching and performing in Tanzhaus NRW, at international Contact(Tango)- and ImprovisationFestivals and co-directing the project 1001Tropfen (, creating dance performances in nature and urban contexts. Irina is a member of the ASIRN (Axis Syllabus International Research Network, and a certified Axis Syllabus teacher. Intrigued by the experience of heterogenity and the many facets of what humanity is, she is vividly interested in how human bodies communicate beyond language and how they resonate in each other and in our wider context – be it dancing or just being - and what it is that moves us.