Contact Improv Intensive Training: Basic

Arambol Beach, Goa

The home of the Goa Contact Festival is our place Forgotten Land at Arambol Beach, north Goa, India. Here we will play, eat & workshop during the day, in the evenings and nights we will jam and celebrate on our big dancefloor directly on the beach.

This CI intensive training is focused on both building a solid ground of basic and advanced contact improvisation skills and develop understanding of underlying physical principles of CI. Our approach is dance & somatics, flavoured with some heart and soul.

Our background and experience in dance is build on understanding the moving body from inside out, creating and cultivating organic and economical ways to move and dance. We will build the common movement language from solo movement, diving into floor-work, developmental movement patterns, building tools to spiral up & down, understanding the function of our joints and skeleton – and how we can move efficient ways without waste effort. We will look at very basic principles of CI, as “rolling point of contact”, support, following & leading, falling, use of momentum, swing and suspension. Backspace, counterbalancing, in & out of contact – concepts of spine and center as leading forces of our movement, and all the 6 limbs being “in the service” of our core…

We will also have space for self-directed learning, labbing, writing, talks and sharings, exploring questions and having discussions on different themes. Various  improvisation scores and structures help us to integrate the technical material in our dance.

 

Early Bird Price: €220 - Deadline October 15th

Cost of Event: €250

Indian Nationals Cost: 13.200 INR

What's Included:

• Basic Training December 15-18, 2018 Saturday to Tuesday 10-17 Daily. ***
• Lunch Provided

There are a limited amount of full and partial scholarships for indian nationals available. Please apply with a letter of motivation and a description of what kind of support you need.

INFO & REGISTRATION
Tara – iirisraipala@gmail.com

Meet Your Facilitators

Vega-luukkonen

Vega Luukkonen

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.

Prem Tara

I am dance artist; performer and teacher living in Helsinki, Finland. I graduated in 2004 as Master of Arts in dance from the Theatre Academy of Finland. I also studied dance in School for New Dance Developement (S.N.D.O.) in Amsterdam and in many workshops around the world. I’ve been working closely with improvisation and contact improvisation in several performing groups. I am one of the organizers of Goa contact festival and Skiing on Skin -festival in Finland. I graduated recently as certified iyengar yoga teacher. The combination of exact alignment of yoga and free flowing movement of contact improvisation brings balance for my practice as well teaching. At the moment I am in the middle of my studies as therapist and holistic counselor, which has affected my approach to teaching dance into more accepting and encouraging people for their own expression and truth, as well as exploring how dance can truly empower and transform our state.