Contact Festival Portugal

Quinta Braz, Portugal

Quinta Braz, Portugal

We invite you to original country side house nestled in typical Portuguese farmland at the Algarve coast.

This two week gathering gives us time to be together – connecting with nature and being part of the countryside life during the blessed harvesting time of September. Time to collect carobs, figs and almonds while celebrating the gifts of nature in our dance.

The Contact Festival 9-14 Sep will be help by Portuguese and international teachers together, with delicious local nutrition and Portuguese music. In the Somatic Flow Journey 16-21 Sep we will be working a lot in the pool and ocean, discovering where movement arises and invite the healing elements of nature into our research through exercises on the beach. An evolutionary journey from water, to land & onto the dance floor!

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What's Included:

All prices are economical. Accommodation possibilities in your own tent, a rental tent or room. House with 5 rooms, big land, garden and swimming pool. Next Airport is Faro/ Portugal. Easy Jet & Ryan Air offer roundtrip from big cities in Europe for low prices of about € 120 .

Meet Your Facilitators


Kira Kirsch (GER)

Kira is a movement artist born in East-Berlin and after many years of nomadism and living abroad she is now returning with her family to Berlin as new residents of Lake Studios – an artist run dance, production and performance place. She is deeply invested into creating, questioning and improving spaces for people to experience,learn about and sensitize their mind-body-movement continuum. She has pioneered, taught and continuously researched through the lens of the Axis Syllabus (AS) for over a decade, is a co-organiser of the Nomadic College at Earthdance, leads teacher trainings and has build a platform for AS research in the Bay Area, California. In 2014 she started curating a new annual dance festival called “SENSING IN” happening in Berlin. Recently she taught at Impulstanz, CmC-Goettingen, TQW-Vienna, Transformation, 303-Montreal , SEAD among many other institutions, festivals and private initiatives.

Vega Katri Luukkonen (FIN)

I am dancer, dance-teacher, performance-artist and bodyworker made in Finland, but currently based in Berlin, India, and nomadic temporary moments in time and space. From the formal side of my life I have studied in Finland – in Theatre Academy of Finland (TEAK) and Metropolia AMK, graduated from TEAK 2008 as dance- and theatre-teacher (MA). Though – I guess my dearest high-school and university in dance and contact-improvisation has been finnish contact community, where I have learned so much, by sharing the dance and rolling point with the other spiralling beautiful finns…

About 15 years I have been teaching contact and dance all around the world, on many internationally acknowledged festivals and retreats, and especially recent years more focused on organising my own workshops, events and festivals. I am one of the organisers of Goa Contact Festival since 8 years, and that has become big part of my life – to live in India, to create platforms and possibilities for cultural exchange, dance and learning – throughout the whole season in Arambol, as I have spent my last 13 winters in India.


Pedro Paz (PT)

Pedro started to dance as a young boy on the street.
Was soon studding ballet until becoming graduated by the National Conservatory of Portugal. After dancing with some companies around Europe, he came back to Portugal, called a beautiful crew and founded Amalgama Dance Company, where he was artistic director for 7 years. Meanwhile, he became a guest teacher at the Traditional Chinese Medicine College in Lisbon, where he started developing Energetical and Creative Practices for the students. Seeing how it was unfolding, soon he realized that this work should be spread out! From this academic Lab was soon released what is now his primary research – Reconnect Dance, a group work based on meditation, Taiqi / Qigong, contemporary dance approaches, contact improvisation and real time creation. With several cultural associations and collectives he plunges in art research, as well in social and ecological activities, linking performance, self development and ecology. Pedro is a Rainbow Warrior, traveling regularly for the sharing of experiences and knowledge… for all our relations.

Howard Sonenklar (PT)
Marielle Gerke (GER)
Hugh Spanier (UK)
Matthieu Panassie (FR)
Kabeção (PT)
Dolores Dewhurst-Marks (UK)
Baltazar Molina (PT)