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Contacting Nature

When we were children most probably we danced our „dance“ with nature in a very natural way: we jumped from rocks, we climbed on trees, we rolled in grass, we played with little stones, we took a shower with dry leaves. Still free of any judgement we devoted ourselves in a very direct Experiencing and Exploring with our whole body – although it might be a bit rash to call it a „dance“. – Trees, grass, rocks and wind are inspiring us in a different way than the plan floor in a dance studio. Contacting with the (nature-) elements and nature-energies is a sensual experience, touching, exciting, sometimes challenging and creating respect. The energy of Deep-Listening often happens by itself and in the best case we enter into a direct communication with the forces of nature. Maybe dancing with and in nature is a mixture of play, dance, exploration and experience; often it is very close to Authentic Movement. Cuased by the circumstances of nature a dancing virtuosity like CI-acrobatics or contemporary multi-spirals are not so easy to realize. A bigger atention for the composition of the ground, changes in the landscape-structure and similar things is needed. But still also in nature it´s possible to integrate various elements of moving arts such as dance technique, martial arts or gymnastics. Pretty thrilling are group-improvisations with stage-setting and „scores“, for which natural environment is very inviting.

What is the dance-energy of a little forest-glade? Or oft he rocks above the sea or oft he crater of a vulcano?

 

Sensitive Warriors - Contact Improvisation with elements of Martial Arts

SENSITIVE WARRIORS is using elements of Martial Arts to enrich the spontaneous dance with a partner and make it more exciting. We will learn simple basic techniques of Martial Arts such as kicks, annulation and grabbing, which we will further on integrate step by step and with a high sense of mindfulness in a dynamic flow of movement. Coming from the dance we practice the „together“ and support (guiding/ following, lifts). Using both attempts will lead us in a joyful playful fight-dance, which trains our flexibility, ability to react and alertness in a extraordinary way.

Between fight and dance. For dancers it is enriching and joyful, to enter with new aspects in well-known territory: How to surprise or to challenge my dance-partner gentle but resolute? And by doing so getting to new and different dances? How can a Martial Arts technique transform into a cooperative dance-element? How can we as dancers use aggression as a positive energy and play with it instead of avoiding and fearing it?

Chetan Erbe

Chetan Erbe, born 1967, Germany, CI- and Dance Impro-Teacher since 1999; Systemic Dance-Therapist, Theaterpedagogue, Educator; inspired by sensitive body-work, various Martial Arts and Authentic Movement he loves both in CI: the fine communication in body-movement as well as cheeky and dynamic qualities.

 

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

 

 

Balance

The foot is like your brain

 

Provoking title to direct more attention to our really wondrous basis, our foot sole.

Every impulse – every little uneveness of the ground, which has an effect on the balance will be registered and forwarded to the brain. Every bodypart will be in motion to stay in line and to master every step.

Its a miraculous system, which I want to explore with you in motion.

Through that we can play with the rest of our body – a balancing wonder, and relate with another body, the ground and other objects in nature.


Earth and breath

'two friends'

They are there, always, but do we always use their friendship?

Through focusing on them in detail we will explore these companions.

We can use them as an inspiration, an impulse or a support in dance, like a dancepartner.

Through connecting with myself I connect with my breaths and my center.

 

Eva Blechschmidt

Eva Blechschmidt born in Fulda, germany.

Being enthusiastic about movement brought me to visit the (school/academy) Schwarzerden/Rhönakademie. After 3 years I completed the education of movement and healthteacher (?)

There I learned the holistic concepts of movement like feldenkrais, eutonie, alexander technique.

I went to Berlin where I worked as a movement teacher in different institutions, for example in a children's home in Moabit and in a fitnesscenter for women – named 'AußerAtem'.

Also in Berlin in 1997, I visited the „Selbstverwaltete Heilpraktikerschule“ in Berlin Kreuzberg and became a naturopath in 1999. Since then I work as a naturopath with focus on physical therapy, classical homeopathy and psychotherapy.

2002 I moved to la Palma.

2007 I started the education of puppetry therapy by Ana Maria Stadler.

Since 2008 I organize monthly seminars in volcanodance, a concept I created to improvise to a certain topic and dive deeply into it.

2012 first contact with contact improvisation through Bernd Knappe, who tought CI on the island.

2013 education in the Flowering Tree Method, traumatherapy

Since 2014 I organize contact improvisation workshops for Barbara Pfundt and Bernd Knappe on La Palma

I produced a CI – film of La Palma:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddJtotKfdR8

Since 2014 I organize weekly contact jams on La Palma, Tijarafe and visit workshops/festivals in Potsdam, Göttingen, München, Freiburg, Ibiza, Teneriffa, La Palma.

 

 

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:
www.canarian.contactfestival.info
www.contact-meets-contemporary.de
www.in-touch.es

Contact Improvisation In- and Outdoors

The Flow of Landscape

In this workshops we will play with different Contact principles.

Centerwork
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.

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 movement

 

FASZI(E)nierende Netzwerke und der Genuss am Singen

Wege zur einer freien und authentischen Stimme

Wie ist deine Stimmung?
WIR erforschen die Bedeutung der Faszien für den freien Fluss im Körper und unserer Stimme. Faszien verbinden und trennen alles und sind im physischen Sinne dafür zuständig, ob wir uns verbunden und integriert fühlen oder uns als unverbunden, gehemmt und blockiert wahrnehmen. Sie sind wie die Saiten auf einem Instrument. Sind sie zu schlapp ist der Ton müde und dumpf. Zu straff gespannt gibt es schrille und harte Klänge und die Saiten können reißen. Die Faszien harmonisieren heißt, unser Körperinstrument wohlklingend zu stimmen und für eine gute Grundstimmung zu sorgen.
Unsere Stimme ist dafür ein unmittelbarer Ausdruck und dient uns in diesem Kurs dazu, die direkte Wirkung entspannter und durchlässiger Faszien beim Singen, Sprechen und Bewegen zu erfahren.
Der Kurs gibt eine Einfühlung in verschiedene körpertherapeutische Zugänge für das Wahrnehmen und Behandeln der Faszien. Der  Fokus liegt auf dem faszialen Spannungsausgleich und der sich daraus ergebenden Befreiung unserer Atem- und Klangräume.
 

Rohland Frohland

Als leidenschaftlicher (Contact-)Tänzer, Permakulturist, spielfreudiger Ostheopath, Barde und Bewusstseinsforscher kreiere ich seit mehr als 20 Jahren befreiende Lern- und Spielräume für verkörpertes SEIN. Ich lebe in einer Gemeinschaft auf La Palma und baue dort gerade GANESHAMOR, ein Retreatzentrum  auf.