From Fear of Falling to Free Form Flying 13-17 August – 5 days intensive Contact workshop

5 days intensive Contact workshop – 13-17 August – in Amsterdam
From Reactions to Repsonds

From Fear of Falling to Free Form Flying

The fear of falling is innate in us, it is a born reaction that everyBODY shares from birth.

As soon as the floor runs towards you, or you run/fall towards the floor ,your body’s reflexes kick in, your muscles tension rise and you embrace yourself for the impact.

Tension rises not from falling but from the fear of it. In this intensive workshop we will learn to see, feel, experience this and go beyond the fear of falling into a different place.

25Once the body learns to go beyond this reaction a numerous pathways opens up, and the way to higher levels of dancing is opened – dancing with and over your partner, sliding on and off a body in different heights, and flying higher.

When the fear of falling is gone the joy of flying can be experienced, and with that comes the free form dancing of Contact Improvisation.

In this workshop we will experience and explore how we can learn to override our reactions into a freeform, dancing and extending it into flying.
jam_31By the end of the workshop we will see how we will be flying on a partner in a safe way, and how to feel secure and to ride this flow even in a less secure situation, which in the past might have brought our reflexes and reactions to burst out.

In the first two days of this intensive workshop we will practice and investigate how to increase our physical abilities in Contact Improvisation – Sharing weight, different pathways, lifting and flying.

7Once we will have our Contact Improvisation language on a higher level we will start to challenge our reflexes and reactions our fears and our tendencies and see what physical sensations arrive.

We will learn to be light as a feather and to land quietly on the floor, we will learn to use our entire body – muscles, bones, joints and connective tissue in order to achieve this not so easy task.

This workshop is intended for all levels practitioners of Contact Improvisation from beginners to very experienced practitioners.



Places are limited and registration is required –
(In the last 4 years we were fully booked weeks in advance, so if you wish to join be sure to send us a mail soon)


To register send a mail to



Monday 13.8 till Thursday 16.8 – (10:30 till 17:00 with a break of 1.5 hours).
Friday 17.8 (11:00-15:00 and after that ending the workshop into an open jam)

To register send a mail to

215 Euro – fully waged.
(Early bird – before 13.7 – 195 Euro)

185 Euro – for Students, Students of Sadhana Dance (who has a 10 lessons), low waged, and people who arrive from abroad. (Early bird before 13.7 – 165 Euro)

The price includes – workshops, jam, tea and refreshments.
(It does not include meals and lodging).

Place: Studio Vredenburg, Vredenburgersteeg 31-35
1012 DZ Amsterdam.


In the workshop we will address as well the following 4 concepts –

Tension, Intention, Attention, Extension 

Tension – How does our body move? what mechanism and physical forces drive our muscles? and how can we play with the tonus of our body? what intention do we give to our muscles and movement and how does it change it.

Intention – Our will to move, direction chosen, speed decided. Our intention is the driving force for movement manifestation in the body, yet how much of it are we aware of at any specific time and how much is “just” a reflex, or a pattern that the body has acquired over the years without giving it the proper attention.

Attention – Finding the gap between Intention to Tension, the moment where our will become physical body movement. By adding awareness to our will we can create attentive movement that is not merely a reflex to an outside signal. Our attention can go inside the body, to our partner and even far into the extended surroundings.

Extension – Spreading the limbs to the far ends of the Kinesphere, and our movement to the far end of space. Extension is one of the most used qualities in Contact Improvisation, we use it when we reach high over our partner, or when we reach down towards the ground. Despite the strong physical movement to the far edges of our body’s kinesphere, when a “full and true” extension is being made we try to stay with the minimum amount of tension in our body as possible.

Learning how to do that requires all of our attention and intention.

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