CBF’18

Dance your way to CONTACT.

13-16
June
2018
Pre-festival
performances
and masterclasses
17-24
June
2018
Festival
intensive classes,
labs and jams+
25-30
June
2018
Post-festival
dance retreat
in wild nature

/Welcome

This festival started from the idea that "Contact improvisation has been a performance form since its inception" (Steve Paxton).

Over time, CI events and festivals around the world have brought the attention on social, philosophical, therapeutic, somatic, ecological, developmental, lifestyle, educational and other implications and questions that came out organically from this practice.

In Romania Contact Improvisation is still at its inception, so we would like to focus our event on CI as art and dance form for improvisation and performance practice. If you resonate with this approach or miss it in your CI experience, we will be happy to have you with us.

The main purpose of our festival is a pedagogical one - CI intensive classes, movement technique and real time composition practices, interdisciplinary activities (video making). Watching and being part of performances before and during the festival is part of our didactic intention - how can you apply what you are learning here, in your own dance/artistic practice? This requires from participants full engagement in the programme and prior registration. The registration is available 4 months before the festival and closes 2 weeks before it starts.

We have invited internationally renowned teachers to facilitate, support and be part of this active learning process. They are specially dedicated to performers and dancers that are searching for new sources of inspiration in their dance practice and all curious humans that want to open to their poetic side.

We offer the option of attending separately to each 3 parts, plus to all the performances before and during the festival. But we do not offer the option of partial participation inside each part.

13-16
June
2018
Pre-festival
performances
and masterclasses
/ performances with international artists that practice dance improvisation and CI principles on stage
/ masterclasses for professional dancers and passionate amateurs
/ lecture on dance composition (Echo Echo Dance Theater Company, Ireland)
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17-24
June
2018
Festival
intensive classes,
labs and jams+
/ performance lab for the participants that want to develop their (instant) composition skills
/ video making lab for participants that want to explore the poetics of dance and video
/ single classes with guest teachers for beginners that want to deepen their experience in CI basics
/ practice space / focused jam sessions
Discover
25-30
June
2018
Post-festival
dance retreat
in wild nature
/ dance workshops and jams
/ walking in nature together
/ singing circles and eating around the fire
/ research and practice space
Discover
13-16
June
2018
Pre-festival
In this part we invite you to watch two performances with dancers that use CI and improvisation practices on stage, participate and learn from them in two master-classes, join a lecture and ask question on the practice of Poetic Movement.
Prices:
80 EUR until 1st of April
100 EUR after 1stst of April
// Full access to performances and masterclasses
13 JUNE
19:00 - 21:00
Performance > Emperor's clothes/ How do we watch dance

14 JUNE
10:00 - 14:00
Masterclass > Poetic Movement with Steve Batts
18:00 - 21:00
Lecture > On Poetic Movement practice with Steve Batts

15 JUNE
19:00 - 21:00
Performance > Intimacies by Alexandra and Serghey

16 JUNE
10:00 - 13:00
Masterclass > Gravity free point with Alexandra and Serghey
14:30 - 17:30
Masterclass > Gravity free point with Alexandra and Serghey
18:30 - 21:00
Jam Session > Open to Everybody

/Teachers & Events

“How To Watch Dancing – looking away from the naked emperor...”

PERFORMANCE 13 June 19h00-20h30 - Steve Batts

Part the lyrical dance of a middle aged man, part polemical rant, part analytic lecture, part stand-up comedy.

This new work, many years in the making, is Steve Batts’ response to the feeling that dancing has been kidnapped... torn away from its roots in the natural poetic capacity that everyone has in their movement. Disconnected from the fundamental organic ways that people understand, and are moved by, other people movement.

We’ve been persuaded to think that dancing is about bodies, shapes, athletic tricks, static sculptural measures. We’ve been told that the aim is to perfect the body, make the perfect shape, achieve the most spectacular trick and look artfully sculptural in cleverly lit photographs. Apparently these are the measures of good dancing and they condition our thinking, judgement and taste... but these measures and the values they represent create a dissonance in relation to the fundamentals of how we make, discover, treasure meaning in movement. They underlie so much in the main forms of training, the language the social interactions in dance that even when there is an explicit commitment to different ethics and aesthetics these values creep themselves into the creative practice; into the movement, the disposition, the presentation, the framing of the dance.

Somatic practices are proposed as an alternative but the undoubted riches contained in the wide variety of such approaches tend to be enclosed in a bubble of individual private experience which can easily turn from self-development into random wiggling and self-indulgence while never really becoming activated as poetic resources.

This piece is about a different way to watch dancing.

MASTERCLASS on Poetic Movement

14 June 10h00-14h00 - Steve Batts

This masterclass will give participants the opportunity to begin to engage practically with some of the ideas presented in the performance and lecture/talk. We will place the intuitive desire to create movement meaning alongside rigorous exploratory processes focused on disposition, time and space. We will touch on phrasing, proximity, vertical space and the idea of harmonics.

Bio

Steve Batts

"At the centre of the work is my experience of how disciplined attention and research can lead us to a great depth of complexity and mystery. The point is not so much to explain things as to appreciate them more deeply." Steve Batts has been dancing and teaching Contact Improvisation and related practices for around 35 years. He creates work, performs and teaches internationally as well as being artistic director of Echo Echo Dance Theatre in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
www.echoechodance.com

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17-24
June
2018
Festival
One week of CI intensive classes, video-making and performance laboratories,
jam sessions, discussions and meals together
+ towards the end, open events for public:
// street performance
// video projection of the films created in the festival
// participants performance
// teachers performance.
Prices:
220 EUR until 1st of April
260 EUR after 1stst of April
// Full access to all intensive classes, laboratories, two meals/day and other activities

/Teachers & Classes

Poetic Movement

Intensive classes - with Steve Batts!

The intensive will be about improvising in contact. The contact will include direct physical touch but also contact of other sorts:
/ Attention to the relation between what one does and what others do across time and space.
/ Attention to how we create and interpret purpose and meaning in movement.
/ Attention to the process of collaborative real-time composition.
The intention is to connect the inquiry into how to do things to questions of why we do them. To understand better what we watch for when we try to make sense of movement. To become better at understanding the movement of our dancing partners and, through better embodied understanding, to become an enriched improviser.
The course will be of interest to actors, acrobats, dancers and musicians as well as to people with a background in Contact Improvisation. It is also open to complete beginners.

Steve Batts has been dancing and teaching Contact Improvisation and related practices for around 35 years. He creates work, performs and teaches internationally as well as being artistic director of Echo Echo Dance Theatre in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
www.echoechodance.com

Poetry film LAB

Poetrymovies laboratory - with Claus Springborg!

Poetry films are short films (1-3 minutes) supporting the reading of a poem. Many poetry films are animations, however, in this lab we will work with creating poetry films where dance and poetry work together to transport the viewers into small atmospheric universes. They can be funny, poetic, grotesque, meditative, peculiar, or whatever you wish. Bring your favorite poetry, your cameras, and a good portion of curiosity and openness. On the last day we will hold a viewing of the poetry films created.

Claus Springborg (Denmark) has worked with dance since 1995 when he began studying modern ballet. He’s been studying tango since 1999 and CI since 2010. He has taught tango and CI in workshops and festivals in many countries across eastern and western Europe. He has also worked with composing and producing music and writing poetry/song lyrics. His style of teaching is highly experiential, relaxed, and humorous.

Inner Landscape

Intensive classes - with Mirva Mäkinen!

Main question in this workshop is choice making in contact improvisation. What kind of choices I make when I dance? What is my inner landscape? How do I connect with somatic presence, environment and nature while I dance? We will explore how somatic experiences of contact improvisation affects the choice making. We will also explore some of the main technical principals of contact improvisation, like moving with shared weight, spherical space and disorientation. We will explore floor work, movement through the space and by using experimental anatomy that hopefully will support the dancing.
Once we start exploring our questions about the choice making, we then can look at how this applies to our values in contact improvisation.Are we allowing the other person to see our bodily environments and our inner landscapes? Can we still have our sensations alive while being seen? Can we still connect to listening, seeing and sensing?

Mirva Mäkinen (Finland) graduated (MA) from the Dance Department from the University of Arts, Finland in 2000, before that she did masters of Physical Education from University of Jyväskylä. 2010 she start to do doctoral studies in University of Arts in Helsinki, her artistic research is about Somaesthetics of Contact Improvisation.

From Zero to Flying

Intensive classes - with Scott Wells!

Starting with contact as our foundation, we’ll traject towards a space that supports freedom of flight and expression. I’d like to inject some body systems material (BMC and Alexander Technique). For example: Jumping ≠ Flying because jumping is a muscular action, whereas flying is in the bones and is affected greatly by emotions and attitude. For the acrobatic maneuvers everyone will work at their own level and will learn best by building group safety and trust-- everyone will do something new.
I like feedback and will see what the group is up for. We’ll be doing my favorite contact exercises and current curiosities. Created or learned over the decades investigation and indulgence.

In 1981 Scott Wells (USA) discovered the pleasure of contact improvisation shortly after becoming obsessed with the struggles of modern dance. He stuck with both, received an MFA in dance from the University of Illinois (1991) and currently directs a company in San Francisco.
Scott’s style of contact is athletic and emphasizes freedom of movement, flying, fluid acrobatics (easy to advanced), safety, precision, pleasure and technique.

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25-30
June
2018
post-festival retreat
Join us five days in a secluded place in Transylvania for a twelve hours intensive workshop, walking trips, relaxing, eating, singing by the fire, individual practice space, jam sessions, camping space +all that nature can offer.

Poiana is located far away from any road or village, on top of a hill, bordered by an enchanted forest, merging wilderness and civilization, solitude and communion, welcoming all.
Prices:
120 EUR until 1st of April
150 EUR after 1stst of April
// Accomodation in your own tent, local guidance and care, 3 vegetarian meals/day, space for research and practice, dance workshops
max. 20 participants
25 JUNE
17:00 Arrival
17:00 - 18:30 Walking trip to Poiana
18:30 - 20:00 Eating, Relaxing, Sitting by the fire
20:00 DanceJam and singing around the fire
26 - 29 JUNE
09:00 - 10:30 Breakfast
10:30 - 12:30 Morning Practices / Jam
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
15:00 - 18:00 Tuning Scores - workshop
18:00 - 20:00 Dinner time, Relax, Fire making
20:00 DanceJam and singing around the fire
30 JUNE
09:00 Breakfast
10:30 Closing circle and Jam
Departure

Tuning Scores

Instant composition workshop in nature setting - with Nóra Hajós!

Composition, communication and the sense of imagination in real-time composition, a method developed by Lisa Nelson.
Tuning Scores offer a multi-sensorial approach to the questions: what do we ‘see’ when we look at dance? what do we ‘see’ from within the dance?
The scores offer inner and outer communication tools and practices that make apparent the ways each of us sense and make sense of movement.
Initiating a playful and rigorous dialogue-in-action about space, time, movement, and the innate desire to compose our experience.

The workshop will be held by Nóra Hajós (HU/USA), dancer performer, teacher, who has been studying working, performing with Lisa Nelson for over 25 years.
Nora has been practicing and teaching Tuning Scores in nature setting for an extensive times in different countries. Her choices are made by her deep interest in search of authenticity in dance. As an improvisational performer she is interested in sensation-rooted movement-explorations, action painting, and juxtaposition with words, voices, imagery and motion.

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/contact

Virginia Negru
0742773830