Goa Contact Festival

We explore different aspects of dance, improvisation and performing arts in skill building intensives, classes, labs, theoretical /practical researches. Nightly dance jams take place in an outdoor marquee, beside the ocean, inspired with eclectic live musicians. Weaving the web of this international artistic community!

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.

Singing Circles

The Singing Circles serve to build community within the group and provide opportunities for deeper integration of the core material. We will invite lovely musicians for this heart opening circle in the mornings before classes start.


Most mornings during the whole Goa Contact Festival you join one Intensive course you choose with your online registration. This gives the teacher the possiblity to build up the material and develop a deeper process into the form.


Sharings are a daily practise and space in small groups of 4-5 people where you witness and express what is going on in this particular moment, with in your body, mind or emotional system. It can be a shared as well in silence or you can ask for feedback and support.

Lunch & Dinner

Forgotten Land Beach Resort offers including in the festival fee delicious vegetarian lunch & dinner including mineral water. Breakfast can be easlily ordered „al la carte“.


Daily classes in the afternoon with different teachers you can choose day by day. Most of the teacher teach twice in the festival to be able to share more of their knowlegde.

Beginners support

In CI Festivals can occur challenging situations which may trigger certain voices in our head that make it difficult to stay connected to ourselves, the other and the community. The timetable offers a variety of supportive formats such as the jam skills class, the CI basics classes, the reflection time, breaks for relaxation or singing circles.


In the laboratory we explore the unique quality of CI as a practice and as a form of performance.


Nancy Stark Smith originated this practice. The Underscore is a vehicle for incorporating Contact Improvisation into a broader arena of improvisational dance practice; for developing greater ease dancing in spherical space—alone and with others.

Performance night

The performance at the end of the Goa Contact Festival provides a ground for fruitful intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogues. Curated by contemporan dancers and choreographers in collaboration with indian, american & european dancers, performers and teachers.

Scholarship program for Indian dancers

The scholarship supports young dancers from India in their participation to the CI Goa Festival. The Festival offers them a introducing in the full spectrum of aspects of Contact Improvisation.

More Information at www.goacontactfestival.com

Early Bird Price: € 320

Cost of Event: € 350

Indian Nationals Early Bird: INR 17.000

Indian Nationals Cost: INR 18.500

What's Included:

• Singing Circles
• Intensives
• Sharings
• Lunch & Dinner
• Sharings
• Beginners Support
• Labs
• Underscore
• Performance Night

The Forgotten Land kitchen prepares meals for us during both lunch and dinner. A nutritious breakfast is separately available from 7 am. Accommodations are not inclusive in the Ticket. Beach huts, rooms and apartments are easy to find during this time of the season in a price range from 5 –15 Euro a night for 1-2 persons.

Meet Your Facilitators


Kira Kirsch (GER)

Kira Kirsch is a movement artist, community organizer, mother and initiater/curator born in East-Berlin. After many years abroad she now works and lives with her family in Berlin as residents of Lake Studios – an artist run dance, production and performance place.

Malcolm Manning (DK)

I think of myself as a somatic movement researcher, educator, mentor and artist. In my classes, I share my inquiry of what it is to be a thinking, feeling, moving subject in this world through developing a dialogue with ourselves and our environment in which we are empowered to be our own experts.

Tom Goldhand (ISR/NL)

Tom is a dancer, dance teacher and group facilitator, co-founder and facilitator of Ecstatic Dance Amsterdam, owner and manager of Sadhana Dance School.

Tom has been teaching and creating dance for over 12 years.

Guru Suraj (IN)
Marielle Gerke (GER)
Vega Katri Luukkonen (FIN)
Antoine Ragot (FR)
Ma Prem Tara (FIN)
Matthieu Panassie (FR)