Teachers (2015 edition)

Angela Doniy (RUS) – intensive 12 h

Angela Doniy (RUS) – intensive 12 h

I have studied to be a choreographer, I´ve been taught various skills of training and means of teaching the body of another person. In my “archive” there are many stage pieces from folk dance to ballet miniatures. My work in the Theatre has been the tastiest. The actors, direction and dramaturgy broadened my mind and my image of the dance art form. I began to see how the art of charming the audience is created. Since I´ve met contact improvisation and the first CI teachers, I practice the art of de-educating the body of another person and disentangling the illusions […]

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Thomas Mettler (CH) – intensive 12 h

Thomas Mettler (CH) – intensive 12 h

Thomas Mettler (Switzerland) – Work in THEATRE & DANCE through on-going research for 35 years. Teaching over 29 years, 4 years full-time at professional acting or dance schools in London and Paris, and over 140 intensive workshops brought him to Columbia, France, England, Italy, Germany, USA, India, Greece, Portugal, Finland, Spain, Israel, Palestine, Poland, Czech Republic, Ukraine and Switzerland. With his international performances all around the world and by inviting artists from all over the world to his home-country Switzerland he continues realizing his dream of a world without borders. “UN-doing” – Essentials of fluid dancing & partnerwork in Contact-Improvisation – […]

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Eszter Gál (H) – intensive 12 h

Eszter Gál (H) – intensive 12 h

Eszter Gál is a dancer, teacher, working at the University of Theater and Film Arts in Budapest, co-directs the program of the Kontakt Budapest Studio and works as a project manager for the EU project LEAP (Learn Exchange Apply Practice). She has been organizing the annual International Improvisation Festival in Budapest since 2002 (www.kontaktbudapest.hu). She is a certified Skinner Releasing Technique teacher at the Introductory and Ongoing level and has been practicing, studying and teaching releasing work and improvisation including CI for 20 years. She is a member of Co. Tánceánia, a Hungarian mixed ability group, setting up performances, creating […]

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Ramon Roig (E) – afternoon intensive 9 h

Ramon Roig (E) – afternoon intensive 9 h

In 1976 begins his training in classical and traditional dance and in 1990 was about contemporary dance with  Pepe Evia, Jordi Cortes, David Zambrano, Carol Diley, Laurens, Mayer, etc., and  Contact-Impovisación with: Cathie Caraker, Frey Faust, Ray Chung, Karl Frost, Martin Keogh, Scott Wells, Daniel Lepkoff, Benno Voorham, Adrian Russi, Jess Curtis, Mirva Makinen, etc. In 2001 he gave his first workshop of CI and since then has taught intensive in Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Santander, San Sebastian, Ibiza, Menorca, Malaga); Argentina (Cordoba, Buenos Aires) Chile (Santiago, Concepcion); Germany (Freiburg, Berlin) France (Paris, Bordeaux), Netherlands (Amsterdam), Morocco (Knifhra), and Finland (Helsinki). […]

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Katja Mustonen (D/FIN) – class 3 h

Katja Mustonen (D/FIN) – class 3 h

Is a Finnish dancer, teacher and dance maker, who currently works and lives in Frankfurt, Germany. She graduated from the Vocational Dance School in Outukumpu, Finland 2004 as dancer, and holds a MA degree in “Contemporary Dance Pedagogy” from the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany. Since 2008, she’s been teaching Contemporary Dance Technique, Improvisation and Contact Improvisation both in Frankfurt and abroad. She is curious about the unknown as a source for creativity, and considers it to be the best teacher for change and growth. States of presence and the body’s ability to transform, embody, and transmit […]

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Alyssa Lynes (USA) – class 3 h

Alyssa Lynes (USA) – class 3 h

Alyssa Lynes is predominantly a dancer and teacher interested in how communication and creative expression play out in partner dance forms. Alyssa grew up in MA, dancing many performative dance styles (Jazz, musical theater dance, Horton, Limon, Ballet). She received a BA in Contemporary dance and a MS in education in New York City where she worked as a freelance dancer and bilingual (Eng/Span) elementary school teacher. In 2010, her Contact Improvisation training with Nancy Stark Smith catapulted her off on a CI devoted trip to Europe where she has lived ever since. She has added Salsa and Tango to […]

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Lior Ophir (IL) – class 3 h

Lior Ophir (IL) – class 3 h

Lior Ophir (Israel) is a Dancer, Improviser, Performance Artist, Musician, Shiatsu therapist, Engineer, Teacher, Student. Since the late 90’s Lior practices and explores various forms of movement, dance, body/mind and awareness, including: Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Butoh, Contemporary Dance, Shiatsu Therapy, Yoga, Vipassana Meditation, Tai-Qi, Qi-Kong. His performance work and teaching are influenced by these disciplines. He has been teaching and performing in Israel, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Netherlands, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, Argentina, Brasil, and more. Wu-Wei – doing in non-doing In this class we will do nothing But something will surely happen.. Wu-Wei is an important concept […]

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Robert Anderson (UK) – class 3 h

Robert Anderson (UK) – class 3 h

Robert Anderson is an independent dance artist based in London. He teaches improvisation and contact improvisation in Higher Education and in a variety of settings in the UK and abroad. Robert has been passionately involved with contact improvisation since 1996 studying with leading teachers from the US and Europe (including Nancy Stark Smith, Kirstie Simson, Martin Keogh, KJ Holmes, Andrew Harwood and Ray Chung). Robert has taught at international contact festivals in Germany, Israel, Poland, Russia, Spain and Italy and participated in co-teaching gatherings in Estonia, Sweden, Finland, Scotland, England and Austria. He was part of the organising team for […]

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Juha Viitamaki (FIN) – class 3 h

Juha Viitamaki (FIN) – class 3 h

Juha Viitamäki is an improviser from Helsinki with a passion for contact improv since 17 years. He loves the squeeze, the float, the cutting into the space, the yielding to no-mind foolishness and flow. Initially his contact was influenced by aikido, capoeira, and contemporary dance, in this order. During the past two years Juha has fallen in love with couple-dancing, especially with Brazilian Zouk. Capoeira-influenced Contact Capoeira-influenced Contact is a melting and weaving together of two movement forms, until all there is left is an in-and-out breathing dance: all the depth, sensitivity and juicy weight transfer of good Contact Improv […]

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Linda Bufali – class 3 h

Linda Bufali – class 3 h

While I was trying to study acting, in 1998, l bumped into…and against this “weird dance”. After few years I realized I was still there, sweating, falling, laughing and feeling. So I decided to go deeper into it, entering the phantasmagorical world of workshops and festivals, bumping into and against strange teachers who helped me sweating, falling , laughing and feeling even better. I’d give anything to forget all that so to start again, off for the journey again! But you can’t. I’ve been teaching since 2008 and it is a bit as make the journey from the start, knowing […]

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