Contact improvisation – returning to our moving being
25th-29th May 2018 Gea Viva, Island of Brac, Croatia
This contact improvisation weekend combines workshops and jams that bring us in touch with the inner and outer spaces. Whilst moving together with others we attune our inner felt sense with that of our fellow dancers and the environment. We harness our senses into movement, dynamic, fluid, strong and visceral!
with Katy Dymoke and Robert Anderson
We have chosen the eco camp Gea Viva on the Croatian island Brač for a special contact improvisation experience. Located in a tranquil Mediterranean garden with stunning sea views, it is an ideal place to delve deeply into nature, unwind, relax, meet like-minded people and find inspiration.
This weekend will investigate initiation from the centre of gravity, and the flow of movement through structures, condensing and expanding internally and externally, following pathways into space.
We will travel between and through our tensile bodies, sensing and feeling the breath, weight, space and time. We will explore internal support for movement in space, external stimuli for movement in relationship with others and widen our range of movement with and against gravity.
The tools for CI are drawn from introspective and physical, perceptual awareness of our bodies in space.
Exploring and embodying the moving body in the incredible natural environment around us promises to be integrative, energising, and recuperative. We welcome you to join us on the Island, a new venue and ideal place to balance the body-mind.
The Gea Viva camp is 15 minutes’ walk from the sea and the harbour village Milna on the beautiful Croatian island Brač. Giving people the opportunity to experience living in harmony with nature, it features a geodesic dome where our event will take place, a stone circle, a beautiful pavilion to relax, a shady Summer kitchen, a permaculture garden, compost toilets, solar showers, a straw bale eco cabin and a giant mosaic dragon.
Katy Dymoke is a Body-Mind Centering® BMC® practitioner and Teacher, she is program director of the licensed programs in the UK. As director of Touchdown Dance she has co-created performances and dance film with the company and delivers dance to all ages and abilities. The line of enquiry in her PhD is the use of touch in dance movement psychotherapy as an integrative and integral aspect of human communication.
Katy considers Contact Improvisation as more than a movement form, it establishes a realm in which bodies enact the unspoken and allow inner ‘voices’ to express. With BMC content the movement experience enables the self to relocate in the corporeal – it is like going to the source and finding an infinite palette of possibilities. She has taught CI intensives at Freiburg, Ibiza, Warsaw, Sri Lanka, and many others.
Robert Anderson is an independent dancer based in London. He teaches contact improvisation for actors and dancers in Higher Education (Trinity Laban and Rose Bruford College) and in a variety of settings in the UK and abroad. Robert has been passionately involved with CI since 1996.
Influential teachers have included Kirsty Simson, Nancy Stark Smith, Martin Keogh, Ray Chung and Rick Nodine. Robert has taught workshops in Austria, La Reunion, South Korea, Sri Lanka, France, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Spain, and Italy. Robert has been a company member of Touchdown Dance since 2002 performing in their works TACT, Closer and Apparently Normal.
In teaching dance improvisation Robert seeks to help students find deeper connections through the senses, inviting play and poetry for the dancing body. As an organiser Robert has directed London Contact Improvisation since 2001. He was part of the curator team for CI36 in Pennsylvania (2008) and the European Contact Improvisation Teachers Exchange in Ormskirk, England (2009).
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There is a choice of accommodation:
1.) Camping on site for four nights is 240 Kunas/35 Euros. Please bring your own camping gear.
2.) Glamping in our accommodation tent with single and twin canvas rooms, camp beds, blankets, pillows and bed linen is 360 Kunas/50 Euros for four nights.
3.) Eco cabin with one raised double bed, 900 Kunas/120 Euros for four nights.
Staying on site, gives you a deeper experience of the course vibe, however, if you would like more comfort, we can book accommodation for you in the village: a single room for 800 Kunas/110 Euros for four nights or an apartment for two for 1100 Kunas/150 Euros for four nights)
Please pay for your accommodation in cash (Croation Kunas or Euros) on arrival.
Food and practicalities
There is a fully equipped kitchen on site and lunch will be served. We will prepare breakfast and supper jointly, and share the washing up for all meals. It will be delicious vegetarian food with some vegetables from the garden. If you have special dietry requirements, please let us know in the registration form.
The village Milna has grocery shops, restaurants, bars, cash points, a currency exchange, a doctor and a post office.
Please note that alcohol and drugs are not allowed on site.
The event will run every day from 9.00 a.m.- 1.00 p.m. with a break, and from 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. Optional morning meditations are from 7.45-8.15 hrs. The long lunch breaks allow a rest or time to go swimming during the hot hours of the day. The course starts on 25th May at 6.00 pm and finishes on 29th May after breakfast.
Teaching including vegetarian food is 240 Euros/1730 Croatian Kunas full price and 195 Euros/1400 Croatian Kunas for unemployed/student/low waged.
To secure your place on the course, please transfer fee to the following bank account:
Gea Viva | Prodolina 864 | 21405 Milna | Island Brac | Croatia
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For cancellations up to two months in advance of the event, we will deduct a handling fee of 50 Euros, and return the remainder of the deposit to you. For cancellation later than two months before the event, the deposit is non-returnable.
The nearest city is Split, which can be reached by plane, ferry, rail, coach and car. From there, you can catch a passenger ferry directly to Milna on Brac, or travel via Supetar with the car ferry (more frequent) and onwards by bus or taxi.
Please allow 1.5 hrs for transfers from Split airport to Split harbour. The coach and rail station are directly in the ferry port.
What to bring
Please bring comfortable clothing, dance shoes (for dance at the beach),
a sun hat, torch and sun screen.
Registration and questions
If you have questions, please contact Sabine Engelhardt, firstname.lastname@example.org , tel + 385 99 749 3711.