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Classes 2017

On most days of the festival in the afternoon there will be three classes happen parallel. One of them is cleary devoted to the practice of Contact Improvisation. The other two classes will offer some diversity out of the field of CI and contemporary dance.

To support CI beginners and people who want to focus strongly on CI technique we'll offer a CI class before the opening circle and 2-3 times in the late afternoon a one hour frame to focus on basic CI skills. 

 

Teachers

Our teachers group is a very yummy mix of well established teachers (in the european festival landscape) and others who haven't been seen so much yet on these events.

 

Special offers

 

 

 

 

Ali Schwartz (Leipzig/ Germany)

 

Ali is a dancer, pedagogue and networker based in Leipzig. She is interested in collaborative projects that connect art, education and activism. During her studies in Philosophy, English and Physical Education she encountered CI and has been hooked ever since. Her dance background includes extensive training in Contemporary Dance, Ballet and Street Dance (e.g. Broadway Dance Center, NYC, Vertigo School of Dance, Jerusalem). She has worked in formal education, in inclusive settings, with refugees, with seniors and NGOs in the Middle East. She co-organized the Radical Contact (CI and Body Politics) and the Walls Down Festival (Art and Migration) in Würzburg. Currently she is involved with “contact bewegen e.V.”, researching the potential of CI for a more diverse body of people. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

[Filling] the GAP - A study on the Underscore´s magical moment of the unknown.

The in between is a space. It´s nature indefinite. What is the potential of this space inbetween bodies, thoughts, phases? We will play with set material and scores to challenge our movement patterns. We want to create new choices by exploring our habits around boundaries.

All bodies welcome!

 „Relaxed and alert, with a sense of concentration and humor is a useful stance.“ The Underscore, What it is (N.S.Smith)

 

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Andrzej Wozniak (Warsaw/ Poland)

 

 I encountered contact improvisation in 2009 but didn't feel very much at home at first. It took me a good while to fall for it and i've been hooked ever since.
I started teaching back in 2012. I've been working mainly in my hometown Warsaw, where i offer trainings and workshops.
My work is influenced by martial arts, some somatic practices like BMC and Feldenkrais method, punk rock, hip hop and electronic music and political discourse. Amazing people i meet remain my biggest inspiration though.

 

 

Ball of the foot, Tensegrity, Daring – a class about jumping

I think it's hard to teach or learn a skill during a 2-hours class. But it can be a good time to refresh bodies natural abilities and desires. Jumping is one of them i suppose. It's really about an animal in human being – jumping is a tiny moment of flying with only gravity support.

We can all do it and it's a lot of fun. Jumping on each other is even more fun, especially if we know how to catch (or dodge). Catching the body flying towards us with inertia can be pretty scary, but our skeletals are definitely strong enough to deal with it. Bones are elastic and so are our tissues surrounding them – we are all like a big piece of India rubber.

Hardcore meets softcore. I'll be happy to see what comes out of it.

 

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Annalaura Beckmann (Köln/ Germany)

 

Annalaura is a dancer, circus- and performance artist. Since her childhood she dances, does circus and loves being involved in physical artistic projects. She also teaches different ways of moving – Contact-, and Impro Dance, Acro Yoga and Circus.

As she studied dance and circus in Germany („Weberschule“ in Düsseldorf, dance academy „Bewegungsart“ in Freiburg, „ZAK“ in Cologne), took workshops and further trainings all over Europe (dance, impro-, physical theatre and acrobatics) she got inspired by different movement approaches and dance techniques.

Since many years she performs in constellations with different choreographers and in soloworks - on stage as well as in street performance contexts. She explored her own style of performing that unites dance techniques, acrobatics and theatrical expression. Her personal approach on stage is to stay totally present and being honestly surprised – physically as well as mentally.

Additionaly to her performative education she did several formations with a pedagogical background - for children and adults. She gives classes in circus, dance, yoga, acrobatics and contact impro dance.

Contact Improvisation is her passion since 13 years!

 

 

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Bernadette Merscheid (Köln/ Germany)

 

Bernadette visited the circus school carampa in Spain in 2008. There she discovered the 'clowntheatre'. She stopped the circus school and moved to Cologne to study physical theatre at mimecenter.

For many years she was training Capoeira and one day somebody took her to a contact jam. Since 2013 she is discovering CI with all her senses - Giving classes and warm ups, organising workshops ans jams, visiting workshops ect.

She has been teaching Yoga for many years now, combining yoga and movement, influenced by a lot of massage techniques and thai yoga massage skills.

 

 

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Barbara Pfundt (Hildesheim/ Germany)

 

Barbara studied physical education and education. Since 1992 she has been on her journey of dancing contact and contemporary dance. She is teaching professional dancers as well as beginners and is also choreografing and performing.

She is convinced by the mathematic hyperbel curve as the principle of movement and likes integrating elements of Tai Chi, Release Technique, Feldenkrais, Performance Skills and much more in her teaching.

I dance CI because I have been fallen in love with this hugh universe of moving very physical, feeling myself, sensing my partner and the surrounding, taking again and again this challenge of opening up and developing an open hearted mind. It’s simply a big gift.“

 

 

touching the sky and fly

This class is exploring the art of flying. Feeling light and moveable on top of each other is one of the exciting moments in contact, but how do we success?

Sensing what to do in the right moment is complex and there are lots of ways to look at lifts and principles to learn about, but still we have this moments where it‘s just happens and our body is fluidy flying up and on. How comes?

Besides of learning technical movement skills we will deepen the ability to stay with the point of contact in all levels and using leaning and space awareness to find smooth and easy ways to come up.

Reaching to the sky and sensing in different directions will lead us to new ways and keeping on the easyness of moving freely in space. All this will allow us to have save lifts and joyful dances where this delicate state of “flow” is taking us by itselfs.

An opportunity to liberate your dance and body. fly and enjoy.

 

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Daniel Werner (Göttingen/ Germany)

 

Daniel is one of the organizers of this festival, responsible that the hardware is working fine. He is a true professional in this field since he is organizing countless fantastic CI related events. His other passion is teaching in the field of the sensing and moving body. CI technique is a core part of his teaching practice, like in the Half Year Programme in Berlin with Joerg Hassmann or the CI Training-Programme in Hamburg with Elske Seidel. Another strong direction is more purely somatic work with a special passion for water work.

 

 

WaterContact and FasciaMotion in a warm water Pool

Floating in warm water the body remembers early qualities and neuronal pathways, which are fundamental for our highly complex movement potential. Playing with elements from Body-Mind-Centering and developmental movement we will open a very sensory and sensual acces to moving and being.

The harmonious interplay of liquids and fascia will invite internal and external sliding and gliding, into effortlessness and flow.

 

CI-skills

This year the festival team members will teach the one hour CI-skill classes. In a very direct and practical way techniques are introduces to handle the shared weight of a CI duett in efficient and enjoyable ways.

 

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Dino Spiri (Berlin / Germany)

 

Dino Spiri studied music in Arnhem (NL) as he got to know the Alexander Technique and was introduced to movement and dance. After practising intimately and intensively with Eva Karczag he moved to Berlin and certified as Alexander Technique teacher under Dan Armon. Since eight years he is deeply involved in practising and teaching Contact Improvisation. His approach to teaching is strongly rooted in somatic practices (Klein Technique, BMC, AT and Vipassana meditation) and aims to create a bedding for meeting oneself and each other through movement and touch.

 

 

Dust off effort - Revealing non-doing through touch & movement 

Touching someone is so simple and so incredibly complex. We are constantly negotiating a give and take, proposing actions, listening to and acting on invitations. What inspires engagement and makes me want to invest in movement, dance and contact? How can I foster my own curiosity?

The Alexander Touch and the principles of the Technique offer a beautiful gateway into discovering a world that lies in between overdoing and passivity. Finding answers becomes secondary as we practice to ride the questions!

 

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Jörg Hassmann (Berlin/Germany)

 

I am part of the festival team, taking care of the schedule and its content - like teachers and what they offer, and the different frames to practice and to share our knowledge.

For more than 20 years now I see myself in a slow but steady learning process with CI (as the center of my dance practice and profession) and I am amazed about the depth and complexity that is still unfolding. My work is influenced by anatomy based movement explorations, contemporary dance, ideas from BMC, Capoeira, play and the urge and joy of discovery. Teaching and performing has always been essential for me on this journey and I have been fortunate enough to teach all over the world. Seven years ago I started teaching CI training intensive programmes in Berlin together with Daniel Werner, where we developed our systematic approach to contact technique (www.dancecontact.de).

 

 

CI skills

I will teach one of the three short CI skill classes, which will be offered by the festival team members this year. In a very direct and practical way techniques are introduces to handle the shared weight of a CI duett in efficient and enjoyable ways.

 

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Frédéric Holzwarth (Leipzig/ Germany)

 

I began dancing contact improvisation in 2012, since 2013 I teach continuous classes and workshops of ci. I have a deep trust in ci, which to me is a transformative and emancipatory practice that can empower people and communities. In practicing ci, we can update our self and body images, rethink our social roles and gender relationships and also research any kind of individual questions.

In teaching, I cannot create an experience, rather I can create an environment, an experiential space that may make some experiences more likely to occur. Gestalt therapy and the philosophy of the mind influence my view on teaching. I embrace co-teaching and bringing ci into public or unusual places, I like to open up ci to the world and at the same time be rooted in a focused practice.

Apart from dancing, I am doing science in Biodiversity / Forest-Ecology. (solego.wixsite.com/frederic-ci)

 

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Heidi Schnirch (Munich/ Germany)

 

Heidi is a dancer, performer and teacher. She is educated in contemporary dance as well as in somatic movement practices and bodywork. Her passion is the process of creating and researching movement, driven by her curiosity to understand and experience the moving body in it details. BMC® and the Axis Syllabus Method are two ways of working with the body and understanding the moving body she is most inspired by. 2009 she rediscovered Contact Improvisation with Jörg Hassmann and found in there, for her self the connection between somatic movement and dance. She is teaching CI since 2011 and supports since two years Jörg (Hassmann) as well Jörg & Daniel (Werner) by assisting them in various workshops and training programms.

She is part of the contact community munich, where she is organizing and supporting trainings, workshops and CI jams. Beside Contact Improvistion she also teaches Contemporary Dance and Instant Composition for amateurs and professionals.

As a dancer she is continuously collaborating since a few years with choreographer and performer Judith Hummel. Lately in PAPIERDIALOGE // NKP100 / 125/150 (2015/16) – a two hour durational live installation with the material paper for one performer and one musician.

 

 

Arms and hands / invitations to integrate them in dancing CI

 

At the beginning of the class we take time to find a juicy connection of the arms into our center of the body and to nourish our own solo dance.

From there we will go on to play with actions like hugging, squeezing, pushing into, looking for resistance with the focus to find the moment of letting go in it.
A juicy hug, a push, a hold back of a direction of movement goes along with the fact that my muscle tone increases, to find the letting go in it create a very natural and enjoyable way of movement for me. An immediate play with high and low body tone arises and by the way a potential for unspectacular easy lifts.

 

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Iiris Raipala

I am dance artist; performer and teacher living in Helsinki, Finland. I graduated in 2004 as Master of Arts in dance from the Theatre Academy of Finland. I also studied dance in School for New Dance Developement (S.N.D.O.) in Amsterdam and in many workshops around the world. I’ve been working closely with improvisation and contact improvisation in several performing groups. I am one of the organizers of Goa contact festival and Skiing on Skin -festival in Finland. I am also a certified iyengar yoga teacher. The combination of exact alignment of yoga and free flowing movement of contact improvisation brings balance for my practice as well teaching.  My studies as holistic counselor has affected my approach to teaching dance into more accepting and encouraging people for their own expression and truth, as well as exploring how dance can truly empower and transform our state.

 

Hips don't lie

In this class we will study and explore anatomically the healthy movement range of your hip joint. Hands on work and solo exploration will create ease for hip articulation and open up new possible movement patterns initiatized from the hip supported by spirals. These discoveries we will carry in the contact with a partner. Lubrication of hip joins facilitates easy  navigation from floor to upright as well as entering a 3-dimensional multidirectional space.  Towards the end of the class we play with swinging quality of limbs and how that can create sense of momentum and space in your Solo- & CI-dance. The class is inspired by my studies with yoga anatomy and axis syllabus.

 

 

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Katja-Bahini Mangold (Witzenhausen/ Germany)

 

Since early days of my youth I was fascinated by the transformative force which I experienced while dancing on my own. I used to train olympic gymnastics, later artistic acrobatics, modern dance and physical theatre and performed in diverse fields. Later on Contact-Improvisation, Butoh and free improvisation became the focus of my interest.

I was deeply touched by a 5-month long encounter with the Indian Ocean in 2008. The pure renewable force of the water in which I plunged allowed me to deeply and trustfully unwind and connect with the fluids in and around me. Sensing the subtle inner dance became more and more essential to me.

Since 2013 I teach free dance and Contact-Improvisation in Witzenhausen. Since 2012 I have been organising the Witzenhausen- Contact-Jam and CI-Workshops together with Marielle Gerke. Since 2014 we have been assisting Daniel Werner and Jörg Hassmann in the „Basic Training Program“ in Berlin.

Teachers, who supported and inspired me deeply, are:

Wal Mayans (anthropological theatre, Hara Theatro, Paraguay), Imre Thormann, Tadashi Endo and Anahi Chamorro (Butoh), Emily Conrad (continuum), Frey Faust (Axis Syllabus), Francesca Pedulla (African Dance), Jörg Hassmann, Daniel Werner, Bernd Knappe, Danya Elraz and Marielle Gerke (Contact-Improvisation)

 

 

Moving from the head

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Kaisa Kukkonen (Helsinki/ Finland)

 

Kaisa is a professional dancer based in Helsinki and has been doing contact improvisation since 2005. She graduated as a dancer from North Karelia College Outokumpu 2010. She makes performance with improvisation and contact in many groups and collectives. She has recently started to teach more and enjoyes sharing her knowledge and learning through teaching. Dancing with her has been described with words "soft and strong", "the best pillow", "amusement park" and "ocean of butter". She organizes silent jams and music jams in Helsinki. kaisakukkonen.wordpress.com/

 

 

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Laura Hicks (Canada/Germany)

 

Laura Hicks (1979) is a Canadian performer, choreographer, and educator working in the realm of contemporary dance. Inspired by a love of improvisation, movement patterning, and philosophy, her current research investigates states of the body as informed by relation; what we sense, changes how we experience ourselves, and the world around us. Her work has been presented across Canada and in Germany, she received The Holy Body Tattoo Award as BC’s Most Promising Emerging Artist in 2009, and worked with several Vancouver based companies between 2006-2011 and internationally with Random Scream/Davis Freeman in the US and Europe. Practicing Contact Improvisation since 2004, she is influenced by the teachings of Nancy Stark Smith, Steve Paxton, Andrew Hardwood, Chris Aiken, and Peter Bingham and somatic training in Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals and functional anatomy. Laura holds an MA in Contemporary Dance Education, was awarded the HTA Alumni Grant in 2016, and currently is working on new choreography with her collaborator Hannah Shakti Buhler. She is also a fully certified instructor of the Pilates method lives in Frankfurt.

http://laurahicks.net

 

 

Technique class - Sequencing Through

Sequencing Through - Where do you initiate movement from? How do you know you are moving? By repeating set exercises we will work with initiating and sequencing movement from periphery to centre, and centre to periphery. We will consistently work with how movement can sequence through the body and work with elements of push and reach. The material both improvised and also set exercise phrases invites us to move with attention to sensation, encouraging softness even when we require strength. From this foundation we can then ask: what happens when you move non- sequentially? This is a technique class informed by Bartenieff Fundamentals and Contact Improvisation training.

 

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Lucía Sánchez (Madrid/Spain)

 

Movement lover, dance and pilates teacher, dancer, organizer… and a long list of small jobs to keep my life gravitating around dance.

In 2007 I started the adventure of opening a dance and pilates studio (lapuertaroja, www.lapuertaroja.net) with the purpose of generating a space in Madrid for exploring the moving body with activities such as CI, Contemporary Dance, Pilates, Dance Improvisation, Butoh, BMC, labs or JAMs. Nine years after, many students, dance lovers and professionals have been part of it.

As a dancer I'm a troupe member at the dance and music improvisation Company Omos Uno (www.omosuno.com) since 2012, dancing regularly in theaters around Spain. Also worked with the choreographer Cindy Van Acker for the opera “Moses und Aron” directed by Romeo Castelucci at the Teatro Real (Madrid) or made my own performative work in collaboration with Mónica Almagro (Madrid's Butoh Festival "Alma Negra"

 

 

Liquid Group. Flying Low into Group Improvisation

I’m searching for ways to let go the image of self so that I can become a pathway, the group, the whole room… This class is an invitation to let go of what we identify with and dissolve ourselves in transformation.

As a tuning into the body, the others and the space we’ll start the class with movement sequences based on the Flying Low Technique of David Zambrano. We will practice how to go into the floor and out of the floor, moving through spirals and awakening physical awareness and alertness. This class will build up towards Group Improvisation.

 

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Manuela Blanchard (Bern/ Switzerland)

 

Manuela has taught Contact Improvisation and New Dance for the past 12 years after having trained intensively Contemporary Dance, Butoh, BMC, etc. Manuela is also a water body therapist, certified in Watsu® und WaterDance® , trained in Healing Dance®, who practiced synchronised swimming in her teenies. Her love for contact improvisation and aquatic bodywork has brought her to develop "Contact Dance in Water" since 2007, as an integration of her different passions. She is been teaching CI in water, in nature and on the dance floor in many different countries.

 


 

Water Dance

In this class you can discover the magic of Contact improvisation in a liquid element. The warm water invites you to let go and to experiment an organic and fluid way of moving. You learn how to play with its resistance and dynamic, how to transition between following the waves and making soft and clear propositions. You will go into interactive explorations, based on listening and perception. Your body becomes a fluid moving support, inviting your partner(s) to ride on waves created by the common momentum. More on : www.earthandwaterdance.com

 

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Marielle Gerke (Witzenhausen/ Germany)

 

Marielle discovered her passion for dancing – especially for Contact Improvisation in 2012. Since then she is continuously fascinated by this unique and exciting danceform. In her practice as a dancer and teacher the exploration of developmental movement patterns, principles of leading and following over the soft tissues of the body and water work are very useful and exciting. She is interested in exploring anatomical structures in hands on work and while dancing.

Marielle assisted twice Daniel Werner's and Joerg Hassmann's CI Training Programme in Berlin. In Witzenhausen she organises the weekly Contact Impro Jam together with Katja-Bahini Mangold and teaches Contact Improvisation in regular evening classes, different workshop-formats and on various Contact Impro festivals in Germany and Austria. Since 2016 she is also teaching in the school for contemporary dance Sozo Visions in Motion in Kassel, is involved in a couple of different performance projects and started to investigate the Axis Syllabus Movement more closely, which she would like to continue and deepen in the future

 

 

Are you with me?

 

This class is about communication through touch in a CI-duet. We explore principles of leading and following by giving directions into the soft tissues of our partner´s body using a touch with the commitment to stay where it is. We focus on the different sensations of pulling and stretching as well as gliding and swimming underneath the skin as a base for communicating directions, change of direction and an option to offer counter direction.

How much or how little pressure and tension is needed to make this fine way of communicating work? How can we become clear and precise in leading as well as in the listening? What can we learn from misunderstandings? How can the point of contact stay alive and receptive for directions when we share more weight?

As this class is the first class of the festival it will have an extra emphasis on the process of your personal arrival. We'll practice honest listening and working slowly. There will be solo explorations, partner exercises, time for dancing and verbal exchange.

All levels welcome.

 

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Markus Hoft

 

Markus Hoft, dancer/choreograf, CI/yoga/pilates teacher. Dancing CI for over 20 years. I get my inspiration from contemporary dance, action theater, capoeira, anatomy based explorations (Bewegungsevolution/BMC/Anatomy Trains/Franklin Meth.) and many jams. I am used to create performances in short time and will share my approach performing CI. 

 

 

"Intertwined" Marketplace Performance 

Intertwined is looking for organic meetings different bodyparts in our dance. Who am I and Who are You- will blur into a new creature out of many. I will show possibilites of body hooks and nests in Duetts to create improvised contact partnering that looks choreographed. Creating clearity, direction, intention and atmosphere through touch, weight, force and momentum. Exploring physicality that will open space to poetic stories. We are used to dance in duetts- but the possibilities of support and stories opens up in trios (and more). We will move from the studio to the Marketplace on /around benches to create a short performance.

We are very happy that the musician Peter Krug will support this work with his Contrabass.

 

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Michal Sternbach (Jerusalem/Israel)

 

Michal is an Ilan Lev therapist, and Dance Movement therapy Dancer, and teacher of Contact Improvisation in different settings. Graduate (b.dance) of the Music and dance Academy in Jerusalem, graduate of the Contact-Improvisation teachers' training led by Danya Elraz. Michal is Interested in the various ways body connectivity can develop, and its effects on changing emotional and movement oriented patterns. Michal believes that through this process, we can witness an expansion of awareness and expression in our everyday lives.

Teaches Contact in Vertigo Dance School and in non formal educational programs.

 

 

Re-patterning - Bartenieff Fundamentals as a support for the CI practice

Bartenieff Fundamentals principles is a method which aspires to go back to our developmental patterns in order to re-pattern some of our old habits. In this class we’ll move through the developmental patterns based on the Bartenieff Fundamentals System using the floor as a base to revist these habits. This will help the body find new possibilities to move in more efficient and effortless ways.

While using these in the Contact Improvisation practice and reading, joining our partner's movement direction, we will explore the questions: How can I catch a ride while moving? How can I find and synchronize my flow and still be attentive to both myself and my partner? Through-out the class we will experiment with different lifts and weight shifts in order to find new and playful integrations into our dance.

 

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Nadja Schwarzenbach (Berlin/ Germany)

 

Since 2009 Nadja is one of the organizers of this festival. She is deeply embedded in the CI community through dancing, teaching and organising CI related events with Berlin being her base.  She is Co-organizer the Berlin Contact Festivals (www.in-touch.es) since 2013 and the Out-of-Berlin Jam (http://outofberlinjam.de/).

Contact Improvisation inspires me and keeps me happy already 10 years. My trainings and ongoing practice in bodywork, Klein technique and Axis syllabus inform my sense for touch and the understanding of the human body moving. I love offering space to experience the joy of being at home in a moveable and connected body. In teaching and in making big events like this happening.

 

 

CI essentials

This year the festival team members will teach the one hour CI-skill classes. In a very direct and practical way techniques are introduces to handle the shared weight of a CI duett in efficient and enjoyable ways.

 

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Sandra Hanschitz (Austria/ Berlin)

 

I am a freelance artist working as stage designer and scenographer as well as dancer, choreographer and dance teacher. I have been studying various dance forms and sports connected to dance since I was little. My most present dance influences are Contemporary Dance, Axis Syllabus and Contact Improvisation. I am fascinated by the complexity of the human body (in motion) and its ever changing state of being.

For me CI offers a wealthy playground of human communication with lots of spontaneity, immediate responses and adaptation and unpredictable challenges with the potential of adrenalin rushes.

 

 

Bounce 'in

This class is focused on the interplay of diverse body tension. By exploring the elasticity of the fascial network through raising and releasing tension, we'll work on moving efficiently. With awareness of compression and decompression we'll look for springy quality, bouncing ability and the potential of rebound. We are aimingfor accuracy in our embodiment to facilitate healthy use of the whole body structure. The practice will find expression through improvisational tasks and set movement patterns. We're going to bounce´in rolls, slides, spins and jumps.

 

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Shura Baryshnikov (USA)

 

Shura Baryshnikov is an interdisciplinary movement artist who works broadly as a dancer, actor, improvisor, movement designer, and somatic movement educator.  She is a co-founding Artistic Director of Doppelgänger Dance Collective, a project dedicated to the curation and commission of new contemporary works, and a founding member of the Contact Improvisation performance ensemble setGo.  Shura's solo performance work and company work with setGO and Doppelgänger has been presented across the U.S. and internationally in Finland and the U.K.  Shura practices and teaches contemporary dance technique, Viewpoints Technique, and Contact Improvisation, thriving on the interconnectivity of these practices in her life as a mover and educator.  Shura is based in Providence, Rhode Island, where she is the Head of Physical Theatre for the Brown University/Trinity Rep MFA Program for Actors and Directors.  She is a member of Actors' Equity Association. 

Find out more at www.shurabaryshnikov.com

 

 

Skate, Circle, and Fall: movement practice for dancers who LOVE the floor

In this contemporary class, we will work to build safe and efficient patterning from the floor to standing, challenging our habits and progressing together towards a number of exciting, hands-free pathways. Driving powerfully with the spine, we will play with the relationship between our heaviest parts and the efficiency of our distal points. This play will support increasing speeds, and surprising pathways, unleashing the kinesthetic joy which will bring us through moments of risk and disorientation in our dancing. If we accept that the body is always falling, we begin to understand that our task is only to guide it safely from up to down and then ride our momentum and structural organization from down to up again. 

 

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Tanja Striezel (Bonn/ Germany)

 


I' ve been dancing Contact for more than 20 years and am engaged in teaching it for more than 10 years. I organize a monthly jam and offer regular classes and workshops. I also work as a teacher for Alexander-Technique and offer personal and group trainings. I enjoy the continuous research in the different Contact formats such as international festivals, workshops, work/study groups and jams. My teaching is inspired and influenced by the Alexander-Technique, Body-Mind Centering®, Authentic Movement, Yoga, Meditation and by the many teachers, dancers and students with whom I had the gift to learn, dance and share this wonderful dance form.

Dealing with an injury since some months and being limited in moving, I am now more aware than ever, how this dance nourishes me and how movement is such a strong life force. I am experiencing new states and qualities, that emerge out of the challenge of moving slow, with restrictions, rather than in habitual ways. This opens up new fields of not-knowing.
My interest in embodiment and movement coordination as well as in inhabiting states of presence and the process of not-knowing receive new attention.

I am happy and thankful to be part of this festival again and curious to touch this field of moving, exploring, exchanging, learning and being together on so many different layers.

 

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Special Offers

 

 

Ali Schwartz (Leipzig/ Germany)

 

Ali is a dancer, pedagogue and networker based in Leipzig. She is interested in collaborative projects that connect art, education and activism. During her studies in Philosophy, English and Physical Education she encountered CI and has been hooked ever since. Her dance background includes extensive training in Contemporary Dance, Ballet and Street Dance (e.g. Broadway Dance Center, NYC, Vertigo School of Dance, Jerusalem). She has worked in formal education, in inclusive settings, with refugees, with seniors and NGOs in the Middle East. She co-organized the Radical Contact (CI and Body Politics) and the Walls Down Festival (Art and Migration) in Würzburg. Currently she is involved with “contact bewegen e.V.”, researching the potential of CI for a more diverse body of people. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Dancing Reflexion

What happens when we are dancing contact at cmc?

An invitation to process your experience during the festival.  

For everyone new at the festival and anyone curious!

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday 14:15-15:00 (times might change a bit, check on sight)

 

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Bernd Knappe (Göttingen/ Germany)

 

Since a few years Bernd Knappe is exclusively engaged in contactimprovisation, after freelance work as painter, musician and architect. In order to build up local CI-communities  he is teaching all around in Europe - especially interested in the question, how people without a specialised dance background body-training and knowledge can find an easy, effortless and playful way into physical improvisation as an arts form. He supports and initiates integrative dance projects and cooperates with "DanceAbility International"

video: http://youtu.be/KEonTrmxv-w
documentation: www.dancedancedance.de

 

Lecture

Bernd will give an interactive Lecture. Theme and Title is still in process.

 

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Diana Thielen (Berlin/ Germany)

 

Diana’s projects moving in and around dance pedagogy, artistic exchange and collaborations. The desire to understand embodied societal behaviour within dance/yoga settings has motivated Diana to share her multidimensional work on her blog: movementactivism.com

As a movement activist, Diana is involved in organising gatherings exploring the intersection of dance and body politics, as for example the Radical Contact Spring /Sweden 2016.

Currently Diana is collaborating with the director/performer Alisa Tretau, with whom she already worked and performed with in the (queer-) feminist and sex-positive Installation “Sweet Peep Salon”/ Berlin 2016.

As an on-going research Diana is following and assisting Kristin Horrigan in her exploration of Gender in (Contact-) Improvisation, as well as initiating own researches within that field.

www.movementactivism.com
www.axissyllabus.org

Diana will offer two alternating morning practices

 

 

Axis Syllabus into Yoga – as a morning practice

Over the past few years my yoga teaching and practice has run parallel with, and been influenced by, an intensive engagement with the Axis Syllabus lexicon. Through my understanding of, and ever growing fascination with, the moving body and how it is constituted through social experiences and encounters, I am reminded of the supportive potential of a yoga practice.

In our morning ritual of coming together we will develop an asana routine based on the fundamental assumption that every body possesses a unique anatomy and unique needs. The Axis Syllabus will allow us to modify the yoga asanas so as to respect our own physicality more and use this practice to find a strengthening start to the contact festival day.

Each asana can be understood in its fundamental movements, which means that we are no longer striving to reach and perfect a given position: the physiology of the spine, the muscles and fascia demand and allow for variation; thus this class will follow the concept of “practice through research”.

The Axis Syllabus (AS) could be described as a trans-disciplinary Toolbox which provides discoveries and tactics for improving movement education and practices. As a tool for teaching, the AS requires the commitment to research, to question and to reflect movement disciplines and creates various ways to experience and practice it.

 

Functional wake up movement practice: “Roll, Crawl, Run & Jump”

We’re going to roll, crawl, run and jump to prepare our bodies and minds for the intensive encounters of a contact festival.

Rolling and crawling tunes the body for more complex movement situations, such as transitions from standing to the ground and back up, or carrying our own and someone else’s body weight. We will use running and jumping as fascia training methods - as a way of increasing the elasticity of the permeating, connecting and enveloping network of the body. Through stimulating of the proprioceptors and an awareness of the complex orchestration of our movement, we’ll support our body awareness in space and in relation to our environment. Isn’t that an ambitious warm-up?

 

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Heike Pourian

 

Heike Pourian is a movement teacher, dancer and author based in Nürnberg/Germany. She ist a mother of two adult children. Her main interest in CI is to make it available to many as a practice of awarenes for human interbeing and political transformation. Since 1992 she has been teaching CI to a great variety of people. In 2016 her book „Eine berührbare Welt“ („A Touchable World“) was published – crowdfunded by a supporting network of contact improvisers.

 

 

Interactive Lecture - The political dimension of CI

Back in the 1960ies some trained dancers were facing a dance world with structures too ridgid and too hierarchical for them to feel they could truly practice their art within this framework. And what they did was redefine dance in a way that they could call themselves dancers again - by any paradigm that was inhibiting them. That's basically how Contact Improvisation developped - a practice of self empowerment.

Mankind is nowadays facing a similar situation: we are confronted with an economic, political, educational (...) system that makes living more and more impossible.yet everyone pretends this to be normal and inevitable. What if we didn't take money, insurances and schools (...) for granted? What if we dared to improvise our lives?
What can we learn  from these courageous CI  pioneers on a big scale? Self empowerment!

 

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Jörg Hassmann (Berlin/Germany)

I am part of the festival team, taking care of the schedule and its content - like teachers and what they offer, and the different frames to practice and to share our knowledge.

For more than 20 years now I see myself in a slow but steady learning process with CI (as the center of my dance practice and profession) and I am amazed about the depth and complexity that is still unfolding. My work is influenced by anatomy based movement explorations, contemporary dance, ideas from BMC, Capoeira, play and the urge and joy of discovery. Teaching and performing has always been essential for me on this journey and I have been fortunate enough to teach all over the world. Seven years ago I started teaching CI training intensive programmes in Berlin together with Daniel Werner, where we developed our systematic approach to contact technique (www.dancecontact.de).

 

 

Lecture & Jam intros

As the artistic director of this festival my desire is to give a direction to this festival and to set a good tone for our working and dancing. I will share some inspirations and questions through a lecturec. The theme will hopefully pop up on time. And I am helping to create frames for focussed jamming and other more explorative formats to share our practice.

 

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Katrin Susann Krüger (Soest - Germany)

Getting into contact with myself and with people, with body and soul, with spirit and mental strength, with thoughts and emotions, with physis and psyche, language and expression is my profession, I would say.

Teaching has been one of my main jobs for more than 20 years now. I studied physical education, biology and set my focus on dance and didaktics and teaching methods. During my studies I fell in love with Contanct Improvisation, and I still adore it.  I have been exploring CI intensively since 2000 having attended numerous workshops, intensives and festivals. Joerg Hassmann, Elske Seidel, Angela Dony, Scott Wells and Cyrus Khambatta and all the dancers I have been dancing with were and still are my teachers.

My teaching activities take place in different contexts, such as working with students at secondary school as well as university, with teachers, leading dancing-  and theater projects with all kind of people. Experiencing all these different surroundings I learn, that communication is one key for personal growth. Supporting people in their growing and finding more and better paths to their potencial by exploring the field of communication means great joy to me.

Since 2014 I have been deeply involved in local dancing productions and theater as well, being active in different roles such as organizer, choreographer dancer, and actress. At the same time I have been a student of Prof. Fred Korthagen‘s in Utrecht, NL, getting into the art of personal coaching: „krachtgerichtet and „zijnsgerichtet coachen“.

contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and www.wertstoff-buehne.de

 

 

„Feeding forward is like kissing someone . . .“

The art of giving and recevieng feed back - a motor for individual and group learning processes

Feed back is an open response to a person or a group about how their behaviour is being perceived and read by others. The term Feed back comes from feeding in the sense of nourishing someone. If you get a feed back which is nourishing you, you can grow into your potenzial, learn something about yourself, understand more about your appeal to others and if you hear and understand something about your individual dance, your dance practice might change in a way you´ve never expected. To give a feed back might extend your competencies of observing and perceiving what your are watching and at the same time witnessing your inner process. Seeing and feeding each other with the intention of supporting peoples growing means to feed them forward into their power.

Feeding forward is like kissing someone, everybody knows how to kiss, but the difference - the difference is enormous - heaven or hell – or something indifferent in between.

 

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Laura Hicks (Frankfurt/Germany) - body awareness before the jams

Laura Hicks (1979) is a Canadian performer, choreographer, and educator working in the realm of contemporary dance. Inspired by a love of improvisation, movement patterning, and philosophy, her current research investigates states of the body as informed by relation; what we sense, changes how we experience ourselves, and the world around us. Her work has been presented across Canada and in Germany, she received The Holy Body Tattoo Award as BC’s Most Promising Emerging Artist in 2009, and worked with several Vancouver based companies between 2006-2011 and internationally with Random Scream/Davis Freeman in the US and Europe. Practicing Contact Improvisation since 2004, she is influenced by the teachings of Nancy Stark Smith, Steve Paxton, Andrew Hardwood, Chris Aiken, and Peter Bingham and somatic training in Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals and functional anatomy. Laura holds an MA in Contemporary Dance Education, was awarded the HTA Alumni Grant in 2016, and currently is working on new choreography with her collaborator Hannah Shakti Buhler. She is also a fully certified instructor of the Pilates method lives in Frankfurt. http://laurahicks.net

 

 

Soothe your body & mind

These short classes will give you the possibility to take a conscious rest- a stretching, breathing, nourishing break from the turmoil of the festival to soothe your soul and meet yourself again. We will do very calm pilates and alignment exercises with a somatic approach, which do not only stretch your muscles but also feed your body/mind. These offers will create a calm and focussed environment for the jams to find fertile grounds.

 

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Matthieu Panassié (France) - morning singing

My story with singing and music began 10 years ago when friends introduced me to the magic of singing circle and rainbow gathering. I realised how powerful it is to come together to share beautiful mantras and songs from different cultures and languages. It brings me the greatest joy to join people together in celebration of love and unity through song. I'm honoured to be invited to different places and festivals around the world. And to have the opportunity to combine my passions for music and dance.

 

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