9-15 September 2019
Portugal Contact Festival
You are invited to spend this gathering with your international contact improvisation family in a private country house by the warm costs of Algarve, Portugal. We will Iive, eat and dance together in a nourishing rural environment between hills and the sea. The Portugal Contact Festival will be held by portugese and international teachers, live musicians and food prepared by local cooks.
With Itay Yatuv (ISR), Vega Katri Luukkonen (FIN), Rita Vilhena (PT), Marielle Gerke (GER), Guru Suraj (IND), Matthieu Azul (FR), Kabeção (PT), Baltazar Molina (PT).
The gathering continues 17-22 September with the Underscore Meeting a six days immersion in the world of the Underscore facilitated by Christine Mauch (GER) and Malcolm Manning (UK)
We, Monica, Samuel and Surya, invite you to Quinta Braz – an original country side house nestled in typical Portuguese farmland at the Algarve coast close by Faro.
We have been building in new ways, with respect for the tradition, our grandfather’s farm into an organic ecological home. This two weeks gathering gives us time to be together connecting with nature and being part of the country side life during the blessed harvesting time of September.
Information coming soon
Food prepared by local cooks with fresh vegetables from market
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380 € Regular Price, own Tent
430 € Rental Tent
500 € Bed in Double Room
630 € Single Room
Regular Price includes all program, accommodation in own tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. You also can get a rental tent, or rent a bed in a room in our Villa.
Meet Your Facilitators
Baltazar Molina is a Portuguese multi-instrumentalist, sound explorer, composer and teacher. The influences of middle-eastern music, rock, experimental music and free improvisation are rather evident in his playing techniques and musical expression. Besides playing percussion instruments such as frame-drums (tar, bendir, douf, riqq, ramana, etc), darbuka, doholla, tombak, cajon, udu, rav-vast, tibetan bowls and gong, to name a few; Baltazar also plays electric guitar, exploring the sonic dimensions through alternate tunings and fx. In 20 years as a musician the list of projects and collaborations is immense and it’s also worth mentioning his compositions for theatre, dance, new-circus and performance. This translates into an eclectic discography and a vast list of venues played in Portugal, Germany, Spain, France, Estonia, Belgium,Poland, Czech Republic, Netherlands,Mexico, Chile, Canada, Croatia, Morocco and Greece.
He is living in Chennai/India is a Painter, dancer, theatre artist, Yoga trainer and more. Graduate from one of the most established Art Institutions in India – The Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai. Has a Masters in philosophy in Yoga. Has a 200 hr of Yoga Alliance from U.S.A in LILA Yoga. Confident and savvy, Suraj is also a contact-improvisation dancer with experience in organizing yoga camps, C.I Workshops and art exhibitions around India and Abroad .He is exposed to the vibrant creative milieu of musicians, dancers, Painters, and actors of this artistically conscious South Indian city and Traveled around Asia with sharing C.I and art work. Worked as a Teacher in Goa Contact festival. Worked with the Goa contact festival team for 8 years now. This year in continuation of the Goa Contact Festival, our intention is to sow seeds of CI India in various parts of the country. As a team he wanted to extend this wondrous journey from the beach into our cities, from dancers to all people.
Artistic director of the Hakvutza Dance School, Itay has been practicing and teaching CI worldwide for 13 years. Trained as a contemporary dancer in New York, Italy and Israel. Choreographing independently for the last 10 years, Itay has been leading international projects of improvisational performances. Itay has been training in Aikido for the last 6 years, a practice he integrates into his CI research. In the last few years Itay has been conducting CI workshops for little children and their parents and developing the ContaKids method.
“Kabeção is a widely sought after multi-instrumentalist, master handpan player (and teacher), who plays all around the world, creates inspiring music, and performs in various settings with talented musicians from all walks of life. Kabeção’s road to stardom has been painted with memorable milestones. He was a finalist on Portugal’s “Got Talent” and his highly anticipated album, “Touching Souls” (released in September 2017), was long awaited and completely crowd-funded by music lovers and players from all around the world. “Touching Souls” exceeded expectations and goals during its conception and the album holds true to its name. It is like nothing you have experienced before. With his gentle spirit, playful nature, and emotive playing, Kabeção’s music seems to transcend time and space. He is a standalone player in terms of combining the skills of a percussionist with the great essence of a melodic storyteller, encapsulating experiences through the channels of singing steel.”
is born in Berlin, living in Witzenhausen near Kassel (Germany) since 2010. There she discovered her passion for dancing – especially for Contact Improvisation in 2012. Since then she is continuously fascinated by this unique and exciting dance form. She loves the playfulness that lays in it and the diversity of movement options that become available when moving together with shared weight. For her is remarkable how clear nonverbal communication can become if both dance partners allow their bodies to truly fall into each other while listening to the proposed directions of movement under the skin. In her practice as a dancer and teacher the exploration of developmental movement patterns, principles of leading and following over the soft tissues of the body and water work are very useful and exciting. She is interested in exploring anatomical structures in hands on work and while dancing.
My story with music starts with african drum s when i was travelling in west africa. After sometime my hands started to hurt !!! So i started playing guitar to learn old french songs. Then, one day, i met an angel in the south of france who introduced me to mantra (sacred songs) singing and a few months later i joined the rainbow family at a gathering. The rainbow and mantra songs are a simple way to connect people on a very deep level. I feel a lot of joy and unity to share the music Everywhere i go, So come and join us in Portugal! During the summer months i travel around Europe with other musicians in a band we call jedapama. We are a rap, reggae, french fusion band playing more than 100 live shows in Europe. Please check out our website for future events. www.jedapama.fr
Rita Vilhena is a choreographer and researcher on dance and movement in cultural or religious events in different communities and the body as culture or sacred place; walking through different ethnic and historical realities. Professional dancer since 2003 whose main motivation is the idea of transformation and participation, driven by intuition. Established in 2005 the Baila Louca Foundation (Rotterdam / The Netherlands). She is a dance teacher, is part of Contact Improvisation Amsterdam and in Lisbon, Modern Dance School of Theater (Amsterdam), Arnhem Dance Academy – ARTEZ, Dansateliers in Rotterdam, Dance for professionals in Station Zuid Tilburg and several international festivals. She is a Master in Performing Arts at FCSH and works as a scholar at the Center for Scientific Research of Dance and Musicology INET-md. www.ritavilha.com/www.bailalouca.com
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…
NGO Board (IN) I am spiritual traveler spreading happiness around the world. After a long and successful stint as a cyber wiz-kid, who has given consultancy to numerous clients across the globe, one day I realized that something is missing in my life. Life was more then money, name and fame. Perhaps the inner self had a strong conviction that humanity and diversity are missing and making me a not so complete human being. Tt was then I decided to start a fresh in a quest to become more enlightened and a person with human touch. The great Guru Osho paved the way to a new journey of life. Further involvement with Osho International Meditation Resort at Pune and Osho Humaniversity, Holland has provided new meanings to the life. A life that belongs to many more then me. A life which is a golden opportunity for love, peace, knowledge and humanity.