WORKSHOPS / LAB

We have a free weekly Contact Improvisation lab some wednesdays or tuesdays  at 19.00. Use the contact form for further information.

WORKSHOP SPRING 2018

Skills and Poetics Oslo: CI Weekend Workshop with Tal Shibi
Weekend of March 9-11 2018

About the Workshop:

This Workshop was born out of the desire to merge movement and CI skills with meaningful, imaginative, and satisfying dancing. Learning various skill sets for both solo dancing and Contact Improvisation dancing is like discovering new colors. Placing these colors together in a way that feels like true self- expression is where the poetry of our body rises to the surface to be experienced, and we can begin to paint freely and intuitively.
In this weekend we will take the time to blend skill and poetry in the practice of Contact Improvisation. We will work with performative scores, and practice specific skills to open doorways into the heart of contact dance technique. Working with and blending elements from Zen Shiatsu, improvisational performance, and contact improvisation; we will dive into a rich and colorful somatic weekend.
Giving care and attention to our body, and taking the time to be and dance with others offers a way to respect the creative intelligence which is moving us in life.
Part of the physical play will consist of finding new pathways for weight sharing, rolling, gliding, joining, and the more subtle bio-mechanics involved in “giving our weight”. We will incorporate approaches from authentic movement to enrich and breathe freshness into our individual dance and our partnering work.
All levels are welcome, some basic experience of Contact is recommended.
If you love moving and wish to experiment with dance making, improvisational choreography, and/or refresh your contact improvisation practice and learn tools to move both solo (alone)and with partners(together), then this workshop is for you!

Some of the topics we will touch on:

• The resting point of contact: how to access connection prior to touch and rest inside the movement in order to create longer sustainable and interesting dances.

• Body-being= rather than body-“work”, we will discover and practice how to be with other bodies in a way which invites relaxation in rest as well as movement. We will uncover our intention in our dance to create deeper clarity with in our own body, a practice which expands the dynamic range of possibilities within our dancing.
• Approaches for entering the contact dance, how to “show up” to the jam space.
Using scores to create clarity through the dance.

• Accessing a sense of “flow” in the dance, allowing for the dance to create itself with ease and continuity.

• Learning tools for improvising solos in order to arrive present and engaged in a duet.

• Stimulating discussion on the practice of CI and the meaning of “being seen”; working with observing each other in motion while using solo improvisational scores and group scores. (“Scores” can be thought of as friendly guidelines to follow during the improvisation. This practice allows for readability of the dance vocabulary, coupled with a sense of focus and intention which makes for fun and satisfying dances.

About Tal Shibi:

Tal has found his “movement home” in the ongoing living play and art form which is the practice of Contact Improvisation. He views it as a tool for creative living and satisfying human interactions. He is fascinated with the infinite possibilities of the body becoming an expressive medium. Tal enjoys sharing his passion for movement and dance through the practice of CI. He has been teaching for the past 8 years including workshops and classes held in Israel, Greece, Thailand, Denmark, Norway, Budapest and the U.S. Tal is a Shiatsu and Watsu (body-work in the water) therapist, and a graduate of the movement department at the Jerusalem Music and Dance Academy.

For more info on teaching and videos visit: talshibi.com

Details and phone/email for registration:
kontaktimpro.oslo@gmail.com
+4797736615 Ann Holten

Where: RFD –Rom For Dans, Oslo

How Much: Early bird registration until February 15=1000nok (spaces are limited so if you are interested= sign up:)
regular price after that= 1300 NOK

There are 2 discounted spots for students of dance expressing interest in writing * send in your current interest in movement/dance and how you see the practice Contact and Improvisation in general benefiting your practice/life:
Send to talshibi@gmail.com

Tuition fee for the weekend:
Non-refundable application fee that has to be paid prior to the workshop in order to secure your place: 500 NOK. The application fee is part of the tuition fee and the remaining amount should be paid upon arrival.

Schedule: 9-11 March
Fri eve: 1900—21:30 introduction night session and open dancing
Sat morning session- 10:30-16:30 with one hour break for lunch
Sun morning session – 10:30-16:30 with one hour break for lunch

Details and phone/email for registration:
kontaktimpro.oslo@gmail.com
+4797736615 Ann Holten

 

WORKSHOP AUTUMN 2017
We are so happy to announce that Anjelica Doniy and Leonardo Lambruschini are coming to Oslo to host a workshop in contact improvisation, 30th of September and 1st of October. Info about the workshop:

 

Space In & Out / / Space in between

A workshop about dance and the things in it that are visible and invisible

Vision is our way of seeing things. We will experiment with vision and stretch our ability to see from safety to aesthetic pleasure.
We will also look at what happens if vision is not our only way of looking and seeing. We will learn to trust this knowledge with our eyes open and closed.

We will practice CI and its relationship with the composition of space, time and place.
We will work with time and understand movement principles.
We will discipline the capacity to stay focused in the chaos and spontaneous in the clear boundaries of the form.
I am interested in seeing dance from the point of view of time, quantity, space, dimensions, pressure, gravity, temperature.

Like baking a cake.
Or calculating the weather.
Or telling fortune in the coffee grounds.

We’ll research the questions:
What is visible, predictable, teachable?
What is hidden, unpredictable and unteachable?
Can we see a jam as an art work in progress?
How does a witness influence a dancer? And how does a dancer influence a witness?

We will always start with ourselves and return to ourselves through dance, awareness, attention, silence.

CI is a perfect way to research different questions about dance, creativity, living through whatever is there.

We invite you to walk the ladder from “real” to “magical” and back =)
Our rivers will climb mountains.
Life will surely become clearer!

PRACTICAL INFO

Place: Rom for Dance
Time: 10am-5pm, Saturday 30th of September and Sunday 1st of October
Price: Early Bird 1100NOK, until August 31st, regular price 1300NOK
Registration: kontaktimpro.oslo@gmail.com

All levels of experience with dance and contact improvisation are welcome!

ANJELIKA DONIY

I have studied to be a choreographer, I´ve been taught various skills of training and means of teaching the body of another person. In my “archive” there are many stage pieces from folk dance to ballet miniatures. My work in the Theatre has been the tastiest. The actors, direction and dramaturgy broadened my mind and my image of the dance art form. I began to see how the art of charming the audience is created.

Since I´ve met contact improvisation and the first CI teachers, I practice the art of de-educating the body of another person and disentangling the illusions about movement and dance.

I think that the human being is already perfect the way it is created, and I believe in nature and it´s laws. I dance, investigate and live in accordance with this vision.

I´m prompted in life by the ability to fall in love unconditionally and undoubtedly with people, movement, mountains, journey, ideas. This ability has helped me to learn everything that forms me right now. This is what teaches the others.

CI is the only dance that helps me leave the limits of personality and transform my consciousness. In this sense I´m the student, not the teacher. The better I learn, the more chances have the others to learn something near by me.

My special interest in contact improvisation is clarity. Clarity towards the practice. Honesty towards how do I move my weight in the space of Gravity. Attention towards clearing the dance from the personal. Letting things happen as they do.

I´m grateful for meeting such teachers as Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Danny Lepkoff, Benno Voorham, Lisa Nelson, Esther Gal, Alexandr Girshon, Yaniv Mintzer, Yorg Hassman, Martin Keo and many others.

LEONARDO LAMBRUSCHINI

Actor, dancer and performer.
I met the theatre in my life at first, the dance has come in a second time. Then, with the Contact Improvisation, it was magic from the first moment. In the dance theater and the play came in. I dance as a student, as a teacher and as a performer, with the “thirst” to explore and let me surprise, for what is happening right in the passage between receive and return, say and hear. I love the creative process that leads people to formulate projects and actions that promote the movement as a form of artistic and personal evolution and social expression.

I am co-founder and Art Director at Spazio Seme (www.spazioseme.com), an international cultural and arts center in Arezzo (Tuscany)
In my center I create opportunities for research, I organize and manage festivals, intensive workshops, performances, artistic productions, residences. I elaborate and lead courses for children: ContaKids, PlayContact and Contact Improvisation for adults and students of Art and University Schools.

I am one of the organizers of the ItalyContactFest –www.italycontactfest.com – international festival of Contact Improvisation.
I’m attracted from the places or contexts where different art forms meet, communicate and create something, beyond languages and differences.
I am grateful to have met artists and masters like Angelika Donij, Nita Little, Leilani Weiss, Esther Gal, Claudia Schnürer, Martin Keo, Itay Yatuv and many others.

 

TUESDAY CONTACT CLASSES

Every Tuesday Oslo kontaktimpro will be offering classes in contact improvisation (ci). These classes will have both technical and more explorative focuses, and are open for everyone no matter previous movement practice and experience. If you are new to ci, we recommend you to attend the full semester, as the classes will be more advanced later in the semester.

The semester consists of three parts, with the teachers teaching one part each. You can attend the full semester, but it is also possible to attend only parts of it. The teachers this autumn will be Erikk McKenzie, Linda Bottolfs and Ann Kristin Holten. More info about the teachers will come soon.
Warmly welcome!!

Registration is necessary either to solgaardsol@gmail.com or write Ama on facebook, both if you want to participate just one time or the whole beautiful thing 🙂

Time: 18:00- 19:30, arrive 10 min before so we can start on time.
Place: Torshovloftet, Kulturslottet Soria Moria 5.etasje
Vogtsgate 64.
Price: Full semester 12 classes: 1500 kr
If you like to attend only parts, it is 150 kr per class.
Payment to: Oslo Kontaktimpro (oki) 1503 25 19498 or cash at the class.

If you have any questions you are welcome to write us 🙂

THURSDAY MOVING MEDITATION

Ama will host a ‘Moving meditation – the listening body of contact improvisation’ class on thursdays from 1800-1930. Contact Ama at solgaardsol@gmail.com or write Ama on facebook (Ama Kim Hassel) for further information.

 

ONE ON ONE SESSIONS

Some feel that they learn a lot from one on one sessions, and the teachers who offer this now is:

  • Ama Camilla Solgaard: solgaardsol@gmail.com or Ama on facebook
  • Sunniva Huglen: sunniva.huglen@me.com or on facebook
  • Linda Bottolfs: linda.bottolfs@gmail.com or on facebook
  • Johanne Hofseth: johanne_hofseth@hotmail.com or on facebook