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Intensives 2017


Adrian Russi (Bern/ Switzerland)
courage - trust - surrender: Following Through

Nina Wehnert (Berlin/ Germany)
Living intelligence - Body-Mind Centering® into dancing

Olivia Court-Mesa & Yochai Ginton (Tel Aviv/Chile/Israel)

The Common Body - Contemporary Technique into Partnering & CI




Adrian Russi (Bern/ Switzerland)


Adrian is a CI-teacher, performer and Craniosacral Therapist living in Switzerland and travelling all over Europe to teach and perform Contact and Free Improvisation. After his studies of New Dance at “bewegungs-art” in Freiburg/Germany he continued his education with many different teachers, among them Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and Nita Little. In his teaching he focuses on the technical aspects of movement as well as on matters of perception and on a creativity coming from a distinct body-awareness. For him the pleasure to play and a deep commitment are the basis for gaining the most possible in dancing CI. Besides this his teaching is nourished by his studies of different kinds of martial arts and Craniosacral Therapy as well as of his own research work (amongst other things in the field of fascia).

As a performer he works with many different international artists and his performances are primarily based on Free Improvisation incorporating Contact Improvisation, dance, dance-theatre, voice and live music.



courage - trust  - surrender: Following through

Where does my dance lead me to when I give full commitment to gravity and to the movement flow? // How does a lift feel like that moves both of us through space and through different levels? // How can I find trust to follow my partner unquestionably?

Following through is one of the core principals of Contact Improvisation - this is what I found in the last years of dancing, exploring and teaching this form. Following through is at the edge between surrender and leading my movement actively, it is much more than just letting the dance happen. To follow my own movement impulses, gravity and my partners dance I have to be totally present and to develop the ability to change the direction of my movement at any split second. Moving in this way will bring me inevitably into the very here-and-now - and the dance evolving from there may be very wild and fast or almost not visible from the outside.

In this intensive we will explore Contact Improvisation as well on the level of movement technique as from the improvisational point of view. This can be very demanding and liberating at the same time! You will need to find your trust, surrender and sometimes also your courage to follow the offered material, but over the time you will discover the big freedom, the excitement and the grace coming from the principal of following through.


Notes from the festival Team:

We are happy to finally have Adrian teaching an intensive on our festival. He is one of the most well known and appreciated CI teachers of Europe, being around for the last 20 years, still very curious and invested in developing this unique dance form. We appreciate a lot his love for details, the spacious timing in his teaching and the combination of simplicity and challenges in his offers. Also the easeful and inspiring experience of co-teaching a CI Training programme with Adrian and organizer-Joerg makes us looking forward to Adrian's work.

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Nina Wehnert ( Berlin/ Germany)


Nina teaches Body-Mind Centering®, Contact Improvisation and Yoga in classes, workshops, retreats and festivals around Europe as well as in dance schools. She is engaged in the Somatische Basis Ausbildung in Somatische Akademie Berlin and is co-hosting the yearly BMC® Festival in Berlin with 17 BMC®/IBMT Teachers. 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 as well as in Embodied Anatomy & Yoga and teaches embodied anatomy in dance and yoga schools in Berlin.



Living Intelligence! Body-Mind Centering® into dancing

In this intensive we will explore embryological development. We will meet pathways that different body tissues like bones, fascia, connective tissues and organs took, how they found their places to grow and develop into a functional multilayered full-body being! Understanding from where they come from and what they are now.

It is a story of creating space and matter, of differentiation and integration. A journey of migrating, folding, unfolding, spiraling, touch and meeting - aspects that are still inherent in our bodies, in our dances -and in our lives!  Underneath lies the ongoing movement of condensing and expanding of cells breathing. A continuous interrelationship of core and periphery. An underlying trust into gravity and space is allowing movement to become full and present and to nurture and contain our dance in the more open frames of this festival. We will immerse ourselves into dancing that supports the creativity and ease of dancing alone or with a partner.

For me exploring our own body and evolutionary history is magic. Revisiting the history of our creation brings me back into the presence of my existence. Opening space for improvisation - aligning inner movement to the expression of movement through space.

You are very welcome to join with curiosity for finest awareness, movement explorations and improvisation that support joyous dancing at the jams !


Notes from the festival Team:

There is hardly anyone who knows our festival better than Nina. For many years she shaped the tone for the festival with her morning Yoga and in the evenings before the Jams with the Soothing Body & Mind. We love her clarity, generosity and friendliness. We are excited to have her supporting the festival this year by sharing her deep passion for BMC and dance. We actually managed to make her come back earlier from a USA trip to join our festival. She'll be freshly filled from working with Bonny Bainbridge Cohen.

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Olivia Court-Mesa & Yochai Ginton ( Tel Aviv/Chile/Israel)


Olivia & Yochai met 6 years ago in the studio, for the creation of the duet “Never The Less” (Dafi Altabeb). Both are dancing professionally for the past 15 years, touring internationally with different dance companies from Israel and abroad. Have been teaching repertoire, contact improvisation, contemporary dance and “The Common Body” in various dance programs, schools and festivals. As independent creators their choreographies were presented in different platforms around the world. Yochai is a Feldenskreis practitioner, Olivia an Ilan Lev practitioner and both are Vipassana meditators.


The Common Body

is a workshop-laboratory and movement language that is aiming to enrich within dancers the experience in dancing with a partner. Olivia & Yochai are exploring and mixing contact improvisation, dynamic floor work and contemporary partnering, finding a unique vocabulary between real time communication and form. Their unique approach triggers the dancer/mover’s mind to become sharper yet playful and curious. Releasing a wide spectrum of acrobatic possibilities in his own body/movement and with a partner.


Notes from the festival Team:

Olivia & Yochai's classes on movement technique, partnering and improvisation were a highlight of our last years festival. Their passion for the dance in teaching, demonstrating and jamming was highly contagious and inspiring. They found a way to combine rather complex and challenging movement proposals with a lot of flow, ease and fun. We are delighted to have them back on board to share their heartfelt work in more depth.

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