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Contact Improvisation Training

Tools & Toys for all levels - Systematic, Somatic, Playful

In this workshop we will work technically and systematically on so called „pathways“ (CI vocabulary), to experience and understand the underlying principles of this wonderful dance form.

Furthermore we will play with elements from Body-Mind Centering and developmental movement to (re-)discover natural and organic movement qualities, and to find efficient body tone modulation and effortlessness, softness and strength for moving with shared weight.  

With different dance scores we create spaces and atmospheres in which technique, playfulness and improvisation can melt into truely multidimensional experiences of falling, flying and momentum. 

 The systematic approach of this workshop is based on the curriculum of the Contact Improvisation Training Berlin (www.dancecontact.de).

Daniel Werner (Ger)

Daniel Werner studied Dance, Contact Improvisation, Body-Mind Centering and other Somatic Methods and Practises with various teachers , and works professionally and internationally in this field since ´97 as a dancer, teacher and director. He graduated in contemporary dance at the North Karelia College in Finland.
He is (co-)directing the following institutions and projects: www.dancecontact.dewww.contact-meets-contemporary.dewww.bodymindpresence.dewww.in-touch.eswww.easterimprofestival.infowww.canarian.contactfestival.info



Gabi Neumann (Ger):
Qigong, Tai Chi and Fascial Movement: From Chi Flow into Contact

In this workshop, we will dive into ourselves to find our deepest and smoothest impulses of movement through Qigong and Tai Chi exercises based on TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine).

We will connect to our center as our base, our breath-movement, our organs and our chi flow. Nourishing and vitalising our inner system by giving our body loving attention and absorbing and storing energy/chi from the nature surrounding us.

The chi will again find a way to move in and through our bodies into dance, in solos or in contact improvisation with nature and with people.

Gabriele Neumann (Ger):

Dancing Contact Improvisation and exploring movement for 20 years. Professional Qigong and Tai Chi teacher, teaching in different institutions and freelance. Physiotherapist, teacher, dancer and (co-)director of the following projects:

Contact Improvisation In- and Outdoors

The Flow of Landscape

In this workshops we will play with different Contact principles.

Using gravity for momentum
Following intuitive movements
Bodysoul wisdom

Falling and rolling will free our body landscape to make choices.
We will discover new ways of moving and being fresh in our dances ...

Dancing outdoors opens our sensitivity to the different textures of the ground, the soft and flexible sand.

The wind and the sounds of nature can guide us naturally to our sources of freedom and movement.
Feeling limitless space surrounding us we begin to reflect it's potential in our dance.

For me Contact Improvisation means being flexible, playful, smooth, light, effortless, meditative, truthful, gorgeous, touching, juicy, surprising, connecting deeply, being embodied … a part of the earth … a moving landscape in the universe.

Kabiro Eva Scheller

Kabiro Eva Scheller teaches and practise Contact Improvisation, Hawaiian Healing Massage, Body-Awareness ,Yoga, Counseling since over 25 years. She has a very joy- and truthful way to lead people into their unique movement- and life-potential. She dances Contact-Improvisation since 1994 together with different teachers from the USA and Europe and is organising the osterimprofestival.infohealingheartfestival.de , summerflow.de and she accompanies groups to Hawaii.


Dance and sing your nature being

We use the open endless space of mother nature to dive into our own endless true nature.
We listen with all our senses to the elements, touch and smell the earth, feel the wind on our skin, listen to the water, taste it, feel its coolness as we feel the heat of the sun, get conscious that we have all these elements as well in our bodies, in the bones, the liquids, our breath and inner fire as the endless space in between. By listening as well inside as outside and transforming all our sensations into sounds and movements, we become a dance that plays with its surrounding, we become the expression of our nature being. Out of this listening our dance and song are vibing into the music of the stillness that is surrounding us in the womb of the mother.

Fascinating networks and the joy of singing

Ways into a free flow for voice and body

We go onto a commune journey in which we explore the influence of the fascias on a free body flow and the sound of our voice.

The fascias separate and connect all different little parts of our whole body and are from this point of view responsible as we feel connected and integrated or not. At same time they are carrying most of the receptors of vibration in our body and by that are also importuning a full but effortless voice expression.
If we wish for a well tuned body instrument and a basic harmonious vibe, we need a sane and organic tune in our fascia structure, not too high nether too low.
In singing and dancing as in sounding and moving we receive a mirror of the influence of released and fluid fascias.

We use tools from different therapeutic bodyworks, such as Osteopathy and Orthobionomy as well as a sound orientated bodywork to perceive, treat, tune and harmonise the fascias. Our focus is to rebuilt the right tune in the fascial structure and to receive from that more freedom for breathing and sounding as well as for a free body flow in movement.

Roland Frenzel: dancer, dance teacher, body therapist, musician
Katrin Lerche: singer, singing teacher, dancer, healing bodywork with touch and mouvement

Katrin Lerche

Katrin Lerche, mother of three kids, loves to sing and dance since she is a child, did a master in voice, works as soprano and teacher for voice, is offering lomi and sound-massages, discovered many years ago BMC and through that contact improvisation, she loves to explore and to dive into sound, body and soul.