Spiral in / Spiral out – Contact workshop (Amsterdam) – 16.9.2017

Spiral is one of the key aspects in Contact Improvisation and in movement in general, it can be found in any living being: from our double helix DNA to our patterns, movement’s formation and structural building.

In this workshop we will learn to harness this structure, to better understand it and to build with it a stronger, more fluid way of movement. We will discover new hidden pathways that lay dormant in our body, that once opens will transform our dance into higher levels.

downloaddownload (1)This workshop is intended for beginners dancers in the form of Contact Improvisation and for advanced practitioners and people who have vast experience in Contact Improvisation.

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• When: Saturday 16.9.2017 – 14:00-16:00 (with an open 2 hour jam afterwards)
• Where: Wittenstraat 100, Amsterdam
(use the bell “Studio 100”)
• Price: 15 Euros (includes free entrance to jam)
• For whom: Anyone. All levels of experience are welcome.

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The voice of your Body, the Body of your voice – 13-14.10

The voice of your Body, the Body of your voice –
A weekend workshop with Tom Goldhand & Danielle Dinka. 13-14.10

 

In this weekend workshop we will explore and go into a journey – weaving two modalities: vocal &voice work with movement & dance.

The workshop will allow you to deeper understand and connect to your movement and your voice, to realize how they are connected and to manifest and embody them in a new way.

We will work individually with partners and in group, a sound scape can be created and an inner voice can be found.

We will come to explore our truly unique voice, our own organic movement, our own inner rhythm. Join us for two days of journey inside our body trough listening, dancing, singing creation, playfulness and fully truly expression of your own unique you.

The workshop will be led by two artists and teachers that have specialized in their field and now combine their knowledge to lead and share it on a new level.

We will be gathering for the weekend in a very special place to conduct this workshop – the Odessa ship, a place that will hold us as we go into this journey. It has a magnificent and warm inner deck and a beautiful upper deck with room and view into the Amsterdam water.

 

Day 1 –
9:00- arriving and landing on the ship deck – registration.
10:00- 13:00 Acquaintance with integration of voice & movement, exploring our voice, learning technique to express it.
13:00-14:30- Lunch break – rest& digest – (bring/ share your food)
14:00- 17:30- Research working – a laboratory and research into creating from our body with voice & movement.

Day 2 – 
10:00-13:00 – Movement & Voice class, learning to encourage our self-Authentic creation, moving from Solo, to duet and group work.
13:00-14:30- Lunch break – rest& digest – (bring/ share your food)
14:30-17:30 – Using our new tools to create an instant composition of both modalities.

Practicalities
Date – 13-14.10.2017
Time 10:30-17:30
Place – Odessa ship – Veemkade 259, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Investment – 125 Euro,
Early bird (before 3.10.2017 – 110 Euro)

Number of places is limited and registration is required by sending a mail to Sadhana.improdance@gmail.com

The workshop will be facilitated by –
Danielle Dinka is an explorer of voice-body-movement. Teacher/Therapist in the method of voice & movement integration. Musician (singer, player) and a curios mover.

Tom Goldhand is a Dancer, movement teacher and holds a M.A in Dance Movement therapy. Tom teaches in Europe for the last 10 years and specialize in Dance Improvisation, Contact Improvisation and instant composition.

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Leading & Following, Flying & Landing – Day workshop in Eindhoven 29.10.2017

In this contact improvisation workshop we will explore different ways of listening to our partner.
The first part of the workshop will take us through the journey of leading and following – From leading the dance with different parts of the body, to being led through space with a partner.
In the second part of the workshop we will play and address another beautiful subject in the world of Contact Improvisation – flying and being lifted by a partner and landing safely back on the ground.
This is a one day workshop and is suitable for beginners and people with Contact Improvisation experience. We would love to welcome you to this creative and playful day!!!

– Practicalities –

Number of participants is limited and registration is required by sending a mail to
Sadhana.improdance@gmail.com  or Jannekebexkens@gmail.com

Date -29.10.2017
Time – 10:30-17:30 (incl. tea, fruit and some healthy snacks)
Price – 60 Euro
(Early birds till 19.10.2017 – 50 Euro)
Address – Studio 19, Plan B, Hurksestraat 19 te Eindhoven

For more information see www.tomgoldhand.com and www.jannekebexkens.com

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Contact Meets Massage – weekend workshop (Amsterdam) 2-3.9

Massage therapists know the body of their clients,
dancers know their own body.
A contact improviser must know both.

Where does a meeting of two bodies’ ends and a contact improvisation dance begins? Where does a bodywork therapy ends and a journey of two bodies begin?

In this workshop we will try to see the similarities and differences between contact improvisation and a session of bodywork and massage. Traditionally a workshop or a jam of contact improvisation ends with a bodywork session, the dancers and participants, many of them professional body therapists, share their knowledge of relaxing the body and massaging the muscles and joints.In this workshop we will learn and explore the principles of moving another body without effort and being moved without unnecessary tension.

This workshop is not about the high physicality or acrobatic side of contact improvisation, nor is it about the “choreography” of a specific massage session, but rather on the exploration of what happens in the body when it is being touched in different ways and manipulated into movement, what are the principles behind a treatment and what is the meeting point between two bodies – therapist and patient. What happens in the body of our partner, but also and as important, what happens in our own body as we move into physical contact.

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For body-workers this workshop will add some insights into movement, manipulation and relaxation in a moving body. Seeing yourself and your partner (either dancer or client) as one unit in dance.

This workshop is a great experience for body-workers and therapists that have not yet encountered the world of contact improvisation and is also a wonderful opportunity for contact improvisers to meet another side of this beautiful dance.

The workshop comprises of 2 days, you can join one day, however it is advised to join both of them and a priority will be given to people who wish to attend to both of them.

Day 1 – feeling, sensing and exploring different tissues and movement in the body. Bodywork session going into dance.

Day 2 – manipulating, moving together, and relaxing inside the session. Contact impro as a massage and body therapy.

This workshop is being offered with collaboration from “De Akademie voor massage en beweging” in Amsterdam and is credited as school points.  For their website – Click Here

Tom 1Tom Goldhand has been working in the field of movement and somatic over the last 10 years, he is a dancer and teacher in the field of improvisation and contact improvisation, a group facilitator and a certified body therapist (Ilan Lev method). Tom holds a Master degree in Dance Therapy. For the last 4 years he has been the movement teacher for the 1st and 2nd year in the Massage Akademie in Amsterdam.


REGISTRATION:

THE NUMBER OR PARTICIPANTS FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS LIMITED
AND A REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.
(last time the workshop was full 2 weeks in advance).

FOR REGISTRATION SEND A MAIL TO:
SADHANA.IMPRODANCE@GMAIL.COM
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PRACTICALS:

DATES & TIME:
weekend of – 2-3.9.2017
10:30-17:30 (With a lunch break)

LOCATION:
Wingerdweg 32, Amsterdam, Netherlands

 

INVESTMENT :
  140 Euro.
(Early birds – until 20.8)  120 Euro.

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From soft touch to strong lifts – class before Jam 12.8 (Amsterdam)

Contact improvisation is a dance form with a partner while sharing the movement and weight in physical contact.

In this workshop we will experience and explore different ways of going into physical contact – from the soft touch of skin level, to the strong lifts using our muscles and bones structre.

This workshop is a great oppurtunity to dive deeper into our body and explore movement, connection, physical communication and contact dance.

This workshop is for all levels of contact practitioners.

Place – Zaal 100, De Wittenstraat 100, Amsterdam
Class 14:00-16:00
Investment – 15 Euro  (Jam included in price)
Jam 16:00-18:00

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From Fear of Falling to Free Form Flying 10-14 July (Amsterdam) – 5 days intensive Contact workshop

5 days intensive Contact workshop – 10-14 July – in Amsterdam

From Fear of Falling to Free Form Flying

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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.

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

 

To register send a mail to sadhana.improdance@gmail.com

 

Practicalities:

Schedule:
Monday 10.7 till Thursday 13.7 – (10:30 till 17:00 with a break of 1.5 hours).
Friday 14.7 (11:00-15:00 and after that ending the workshop into an open jam)

To register send a mail to sadhana.improdance@gmail.com

Investment: 
195 Euro – fully waged.
(Early bird – before 10.6 – 170 Euro)

165 Euro – for Students, Students of Sadhana Dance (who has a 10 lessons), low waged, and people who arrive from abroad. (Early bird before 10.6 – 145 Euro)

The price includes – workshops, jam, tea and refreshments.
(It does not include meals and lodging)
Sleeping in the studio during the workshop is possible for additional 25 Euro.

Place: Studio Single, Eerste Nassaustraat 7, 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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BACK SIDE OF THE MOON – EXPLORING OUR BACK SPACE – 28.5 Groningen

CONTACT IMPROVISATION DAY-WORKSHOP IN GRONINGEN
In this workshop we will address our back side, see how we can use it to carry people, lean on, give weight and all other possibilities we usually forget that we can do with it.
Our back is the largest surface we can offer for our partner, yet we usually don’t have so much attention to it as we cannot see it.
In this workshop we will explore many ways on how to better work with our “back side of the moon”, the side that is never seen but always there.
 
55This workshop is intended for all levels practitioners of Contact Improvisation from beginners to very experienced practitioners.
PRACTICALS
Time – 10.30-17.00
Investment – €45 – €60 (according to your financial capabilities)
Wear comfortable clothing, and Bring a pot-luck dish for lunch to share.
 
REGISTRATION & TICKETS:
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More info about & registration: info@contactimpro.nl – 0615524911 (Wanda)
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From Touch to Contact and in between – 6.5 – Zaal 100 Amsterdam

meeting point of contactContact improvisation is a dance form with a partner while sharing the movement and weight in physical contact.

Your body relies on several senses to cue and understand what and where the dance will evolve – from the eye of the skin (touch), to the listening of your proprioceptive nerves that allows you to see where your body parts are and where is the weight going to be next.

In this workshop we will be exploring in a fun and playful way these two realms, relying on our skin and other senses to explore different possibilities in the dance.

55This workshop is for all levels of contact practitioners.

Place – Zaal 100, De Wittenstraat 100, Amsterdam
Class 14:00-16:00
Investment – 15 Euro  (Jam included in price)
Jam 16:00-18:00

 

 

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Fly like a bird, land like a cat – 1-2 April – Copenhagen

IMG_0525One of the best compliments a contact dancer can receive is – “you are light as a feather”, another good indication to one technique is how we land on the floor, both these partners (the human one and the floor beneath our feet) teaches us how to refine our movement and dance.

In this workshop we will practice and investigate how to be light as a feather and to land quietly on the floor like a cat, we will learn to use our entire body – muscles, bones and joints in order to achieve this not so easy task.

By understanding different pathways in space and inside the body one can learn to refine his/her movement capabilities. Seeing spirals pathways as a way up to the air and down to the ground, realizing that one can influence the “heaviness” quality of his/her body and change it in order to be grounded or to be lifted.

25This workshop is intended for all levels practitioners of Contact Improvisation from beginners to very experienced practitioners.

1st April : 10:00 -17:00
2nd April 9:00- 16:00

For more tickets – Click Here
Places are limited and your place is secure only after registration and payment.

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THE SOFT EDGES OF CONTACT IMPROVISATION 4-5.3

THE SOFT EDGES OF CONTACT IMPROVISATION –
THE ART OF NOT GRABBING 4-5 March 2017

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– The meeting point of touch, contact, & sensuality in dance.

In this 2 day workshop we will explore the edges/borders of Contact Improvisation, the psychological effects of movement and touch – motion into emotion, and emotion into motion.

Contact Improvisation is said to be the exploration of physics, the physicality of the forces that guide us through the dance, however in the meeting point of two bodies much more information is being transmitted – emotions, wants, wills, state of mind and many more things and ideas to be explored and experienced.

In this workshop we will learn to trust ourselves and our partners and from that point of contact dance together searching and discovering our edges, softening them and making our borders wider.
12108847_10153022314421621_6497356459821799358_nThis workshop is for everyBODY who has some dance and contact experience and wants to go into a deeper level of its meaning, or for people who don’t yet have a lot of experience but dare to jump into the deep water of this art form.

Tom Goldhand is a dancer and a dance teacher in the field of Dance Improvisation and Contact Improvisation, he is a certified body therapist (Ilan Lev method), and works as the movement teacher in the “Akademie voor massage en beweging in Amsterdam”.
Tom holds a Master degree in Dance Therapy and facilitates dance and self-awareness groups and retreats.

The workshop comprises of 2 full days, you can join one day, however it is advised to join both of them and a priority will be given to people who wish to attend to both of them.

Day 1 – feeling, sensing and exploring different tissues and movement in the body. The meeting point of two bodies, and the meeting points of two persons.
Day 2 – Going deeper into awareness of what happens when two bodies join in touch and in movement. Putting attention into the intention, wants and wills, tuning the ability to sense and experience sensuality in a mutual dance.

PRACTICALITIES:

REGISTRATION –
THE NUMBER OR PARTICIPANT FOR THIS WORKSHOP IS LIMITED AND A REGISTRTAION IS REQUIRED BY SENDING A MAIL WRITING YOUR INTERESTS IN THIS WORKSHOP.
(last time the workshop was full 2 weeks before with a waiting list).

FOR REGISTRATION SEND A MAIL TO:
SADHANA.IMPRODANCE@GMAIL.COM

INVESTMENT
You can join both days or if you can only one day, than you can join only for the first day of the workshop – Saturday.
Saturday only: €75,- (€60 for low income or students)
Both days: €110,- (€90for low income or students)
Saturday (4.3) & Sunday (5.3) from 10.30 till 17.00.

BRING
– (Pot-luck) lunch-dish Saturday/Sunday
– Water bottle
– Comfortable clothes for movement
– Notebook and pen

LOCATION
Single Studio – Eerste Nassaustraat 7, Amsterdam

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