What

In this first Touch&Play Festival we will create a time, space and energy to stimulate the investigation of how we can and if and why we should transgress Contact’s physicality to allow our full human nature into play and touch. To do this one must of course first be fluent in the physical grammar that allows us to speak Contact. We have therefore invited more than 15 teachers from the both the world of CI and from more wholistic or less physical arts and practices to present their work. Through this eclectic mix of wisdom and expertise and the simultaneous offering of many short workshops you will able to shape your own menu. See it as eating Tapas where one person might use the days to fill their body with the flavours of our different international Contact teachers while others might opt for a spicier mix choosing classes focussing on emotions or sensuality. You are the chef and your appetite and curiosity will guide you to create an exhilarating and fulfilling experience.

On the menu we have:

• Workshops

The Touch&Play festival offers participants a great choice of over 30 different workshops. And with 3 or 4 simultaneous classes there is always bound to be something that attracts your attention. Enjoy!

• Open lab space

Throughout the festival there will be two smaller dance spaces available for laboratory based research. Ideas for labs can be provided on the registration form and on signup sheets at the festival.

• Debates

We hope to use the opportunity of having so many CI and other experts assembled to take a step back from our practice, form and community and engage in a number of semi-structured discussions on for us relevant themes. We would like to hear you opinion on what questions, issues should be debated during the event and who you would like to hear from on such matters.

• Extras

Massages:
During the festival there will be a body work and massage parlour in one of the Schwelle7 spaces where professional masseuses will revitalize and relax those who need it.

Jams:
No contact centred Festival would be complete without a nightly Jam session. Every evening we will give them a different flavour and play with this juxtaposition of the chemical and physical bodies in our dances.

The Saturday night Jam will be hosted by our special guest and Artist Philipp Witulsky who will for the occasion be adapting his sensual contact performance to a jam setting (include link to Philipp bio and his description)

White Room:
For those of you that need a break from what is bound to be an energy intense time or if you want to take a power nap or meditate there will be Quiet Space where you can go and re-find you centre.

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  • Workshops
  • Improvising Contact, Queering Intimacy - Keith Hennessy

    Dancing with bodies while dancing with questions of improvisation, intimacy, social habits (hegemony), and liberation. Is it true that no one is free unless we’re all free? In this workshop, Queer is a perspective not an identity, an action verb not a static noun, a process not a utopia. Queering intimacy is an invitation to …
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  • Going into details, different directions and extremes – Dieter Heitkamp and Norbert Pape

    Communication through touch is a fundamental element in Contact Improvisation (CI). Letting oneself be touched can be a playful, adventurous journey into risky territory –  not necessarily breathtaking acrobatics, but who knows?

    Not knowing as an option. When do you say “NO”, set a boundary?

    Multi-directionality – How direct can you be?

    Going into details, different directions and extremes: …
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  • From Pawlow to wow wow - Alice Godfroy

    transforming sensations into emotions

    I am interested in highlighting the emotional face of CI, which usually remains hidden beyond our attention for the physicality of our dance. Motion and Emotion are etymologically and intrinsically connected, and all kinds of dance – especially improvisation – rely more or less explicitly on emotional flow. Acknowledging this allows us …
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  • Re discovering relationships deep within civilization - Angela Doniy

    Training research of contact improvisation
    (For experienced participants)
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    The basic material for these classes will be working with deep bodywork and developmental movement patterns focusing on the hips and shoulders with a partner.

    Observing my dance I discover my endless curiosity for spirals in movement, and my aspiration to be light, to fly. I have recovered my childhood …
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  • Undefining ‘Contact Improvisation’ – Daniel Hayes

    In the 70’s when CI was created it was named but never copyrighted or defined. This for me is paradoxically one of Contacts most defining characteristics. Its non existence gives space for all our 10.000 manifestations which in turn come together to create The One. Without a goal is there anywhere to be except here? …
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  • Sensual Politics - Daniel Mang

    The workshop will start with a sensory warmup, move into contact improvisation, followed by a discussion of specific questions in small groups, then, if there is time, a mix of moving and talking, followed by a final round for exchanging impressions.

    These are the basic ideas that will be up for reflection and discussion:

    * The boundary between sexuality and …
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  • Resistance Play - Felix Ruckert

    A controlled loss of control

    In any physical contact with another human being it is important to master clear communication. It is crucial to read, accept and show your feelings, be aware of your and your partner’s possibilities, to respect your fears and limits.

    This workshop provides a safe playground for the practice of saying NO, …
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  • The Art of Submission - Julie Mona Hunger

    (german version below)

    The moment of submission to a situation which I have helped shape, is the moment where I become aware, I get involved, I do not flee. Out of this arises devotedness and tenderness. In“The Art of Submission” we will learn to overcome situations where we are insecure, anxious or frightened by our own …
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  • Inner Journey - Gregor Weber and delta RA'i

    CI and an inner voyage type Butoh workshop

    Without perception there is no communication, the contact arises at the edge, though we can find the expression of the moment by the dialog with another body. By dancing we turn into story-tellers whose bodies create an affair of the between, clasped by moments of spirituality.

    Gregor Weber …
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  • Playing with Yoga – Flor Gama & Federico Finamore

    Our lives are so busy and stressful that we forget to take time out to simply relax. Quality time with your lover is often the first thing that is neglected. Like anything else in life, your relationship needs care and attention to grow.

    Yoga is an incredibly rewarding way to spend time with your loved one. …
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  • Pain Processing - Felix Ruckert

    Pain can warn and protect you, but it can also guide and advise you, it may bring your attention to places that crave for it. Pain can be a teacher.

    Above all, Pain is relative, is primarily a question of context. If you feel warm, relaxed, safe and loved, your body can take a tremendous amount …
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  • Relational Awareness Practice - Lindsay Sworski & Kim Nelson

    EXPLORING THE SUBJECTIVITY OF RELATIONSHIP

    Move and be moved along the continuum of creative impulse between self and other, inner to outer awareness. This laboratory/workshop draws from the essence of Authentic Movement to practice and strengthen subjectivity. Subjectivity is explored in Authentic Movement through deep inner listening and cultivating patience in waiting to follow an impulse …
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  • Deepening the Dance - Lindsay Sworski & Kim Nelson

    INFUSING CONTACT IMPROVISATION WITH AUTHENTIC MOVEMENT

    Please join us as we explore the magic chemistry of Contact Improvisation and Authentic Movement. In this workshop we will track between inner and outer, self and other, body and soul – as we open to the dance that dances us! Here we will explore making love with impermanence, physically …
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  • Experiencing Symbiosis as a Creative Source - Irmela Kästner

    Lecture & Movement Experiment by Irmela Kästner

    To explore creativity in symbiotic relationships we will investigate the development of creativity from the perspective of psychoanalytic theory and movement analysis.

    The Structures in rhythms and flow of shapes within our touching bodies build the bridge between the state of symbiosis (where everything is one) and object relation (the relation …
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  • Authentic Eros - Jorgos Fokianos

    Authentic Eros

    We invite you to come and play in a group of erotic explorers. Open up the amazing potential that lives within your erotic self. Identify and cultivate the spark that stirs within you, trusting it to lead you to your erotic fire. Interrupt the patterns of habit, judgment, or comparison that block your …
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  • Rituals of Intimacy - Felix Ruckert

    Sex and Sensuality. Relating our intimacy to Improvisation? Improvising our intimate relationships? Do we have tools and techniques here just as we have in the dance? Do we have rules and regulations? Do we want them? Can we let fears and desires enter the dance as we do when we love. Do we love …
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  • Oilaction – Michael Hartenfels and Maren Emde

    (german version below)

    warm-cosy-slippery

    Do you fancy a collective experience of sensuality? We offer an oilaction in a protected, intimate space. How does it feel to be a body between bodies, with closed eyes, free from our head and its judgments? Where does your body want to go?

    An oilaction is a very feminine way of getting in …
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  • Deep Contact - Mo Herzinger

    The pressure-points of the human body can be used in different kinds of body-work. They can help you explore the limits of your partner or to make them move in a very specific way. An individual’s reaction to activation of a pressure-point tells a lot about that person and can lead to …
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  • Playfight - Mo Herzinger

    Playfight

    means scuffling, tussling, romping, to move, it means sweat and body contact.
    To feel and be aware of your own body and the body of your partner.
    To experience physical and mental borders.
    It’s an erotic game using physical strength.
    As in every game, there are rules to follow this workshop will thus have a practical and a theoretical …
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  • Tantric Contact - Sabine Sonnenschein

    (German version below)

    Sexual energy can nourish our dance in a very specific way. In this workshop I will introduce energetic breathing and reaching a climax through practicing the “big draw.”

    Belly breathing and its observation are the basis for all meditations, dances, and movements. I find a very deep connection to my dance partner by concentrating …
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  • Extras
  • Lomi Lomi Nui massage and bodywork – Ancsa Zsófia Überhardt and Reka Balogh

    Ensuring a free energy flow.

    Lomi Lomi Nui (the art of the healing touch) is a sacred Polynesian art form that helps us return to, “the lost paradise”, our original harmonious states. It is a healing massage that originates in Hawaii and is based on ancient, ritual-like motions. Its objective is to enable us to reach …
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  • Video Documentation - Andrea Keiz

    We have invited Andrea Keiz to come and video document this first edition of the Touch&Play Festival. Through her camera she will attempt to capture the essence of the content and energy we create leaving behind a record for those wishing to continue investigating the human chemsitry in Contact Improvisation.

    Biography Andrea Keiz

    While finishing her biology …
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  • Touch&Play Party

    The final night of the festival we will hold a big celebratory art bash. The Doors of the Schwelle (threshold) will open to improvisers and alchemists of all walks of life. Integrating our new found chemical bodies with our well known and trusted physical ones we will create an energetic climax for this first Touch&Play …
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  • Open Labs

    During the festival there will be an open space for participant directed lab work. Contact Labs are semi-structured learning situations which focus more specifically on the development of the practice than Jams. As such, there is more explicit attention on discussion and feedback at the Lab. Labs at the T&P Festival will be both theoretical …
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  • Schedule

    Here is the schedule of how the festival days will be filled. Please note that this page is subject to change without notice. Workshops listed have however been confirmed.

    Touch&Play Festival Schedule (5th February, 2010)

    Thursday

    Schwelle7

    08:00-10:00

    10:00-11:30

    11:30-12:00

    12:00-13:30

    13:30-15:00

    15:00-16:00Arrival & Check-in

    16:00-17:30

    17:30-18:00Opening Circle

    18:00-19:30

    19:30-21:00Dinner

    21:30-00:00Opening Jam

    Friday

    Schwelle7Ufer StudiosCarpet roomWhite Room

    08:00-10:00Federico Finamore & Flor Gama (Playing with Yoga)

    10:00-11:30Daniel Hayes (CI, Undefining contact)Angela Doniy (CI, Rediscovering …
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  • About Touch & Play

    Contact Improvisation from its conception in the early seventies focuses largely on the physical body and its relationships to other bodies and the space around it. Emphasis on the object-body in our practice helps us create a physically and emotionally safe place from where we can learn and investigate this form. As the dance evolved …
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