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ABOUT FESTIVAL

Warsaw CI Flow is a festival that has developed under the influence of trends shaping contact improvisation over the last 11 years. The next two editions of the festival will attempt to create space for exploring contact improvisation as a cultural and social phenomenon. When building the festival program, we think holistically and address various needs to create a space for the practice of CI and study of interpenetrating approaches and methods. We perceive contact improvisation as a complex phenomenon which, as a communication system, becomes a tool of self-exploration and of change at the level of perception. It is an instrument of creation and learning about relationality. We strive to create a space for science, research and experiment, both in the area of CI and in a wider context.

 

This was the case during the 11th edition:

ABOUT FESTIVAL

Warsaw CI Flow is a festival that has been developing and evolving under the influence of trends shaping the Contact Improvisation technique over the last 10 years. The next three editions of the festival will create a space for exploring the technique of contact improvisation, as a cultural and social phenomenon. When building the festival program, we think holistically to create space for research of interweaving trends, practices and various dimensions of CI. We perceive contact improvisations as a comprehensive phenomenon, that as a communication system becomes a tool of self-discovery and change at the level of perception. We strive to create space for research and experiment, both in the area of CI technique itself and in a broader context.

And so it was on the previous, 10th edition:

ABOUT THIS YEAR'S EDITION

The 12th edition of the festival is organized in an atmosphere of awakened sensitivity and readiness, which is a consequence of uncertainty and constant changes. Despite the extraordinary time and in response to the need to find new channels of communication, we try to create the possibility of dancing regardless of the difficulties caused by the global pandemic. We want to enable the continuity of creative research and deepening the practice of CI. By listening to our intuition, increasing self-awareness and deepening our perception, we want to support transformation at the individual and group level.

The number of festival participants will be limited in order to maintain safety and due to the official regulations. We will ensure the highest possible level of safety in the practice space, but we believe in a sense of solidarity and responsibility for each other. ​We will have the choice and the chance to dance solo and duo, in small or large groups, outdoors and indoors. Together, we will consider what we need to feel safe and how to use CI resources in the current situation.

This festival is open to all levels of experience. We strive to be as inclusive as possible and will make every attempt to accommodate those who approach us with accessibility needs.

ABOUT THIS YEAR'S EDITION

The 12th edition of the festival is organized in an atmosphere of awakened sensitivity and readiness, which is a consequence of uncertainty and constant changes. Despite the extraordinary time and in response to the need to find new channels of communication, we try to create the possibility of dancing regardless of the difficulties caused by the global pandemic. We want to enable the continuity of creative research and deepening the practice of CI. By listening to our intuition, increasing self-awareness and deepening our perception, we want to support transformation at the individual and group level.

The number of festival participants will be limited in order to maintain safety and due to the official regulations. We will ensure the highest possible level of safety in the practice space, but we believe in a sense of solidarity and responsibility for each other. ​We will have the choice and the chance to dance solo and duo, in small or large groups, outdoors and indoors. Together, we will consider what we need to feel safe and how to use CI resources in the current situation.

This festival is open to all levels of experience. We strive to be as inclusive as possible and will make every attempt to accommodate those who approach us with accessibility needs.

PROGRAM INCLUDES:

PROGRAM INCLUDES:

A week of intense work deepening the understanding of CI in the artistic, social, historical and political context. It is dedicated in particular to people professionally associated with dance, choreography, performance, interested in deepening their CI practice.

Public sharing at the end of the performance project.

Morning CI workshops for a closed group of participants at all levels.

Classes for people at every level of experience with the possibility of joining one workshop path (in case of vacancies).

A path focusing on exploring the ways in which somatic practices support the technique of movement and dancing in contact, expand sensitivity and imagination, sense of composition. It is open to all interested people, dedicated in particular to people professionally related to dance and movement.

Evening jams on various topics, incl. focused jam, live music jam as well as performative jam.

A time and place to research, follow curiosity and share. Open space is time for participants’ initiatives.

A space where you can find books, publications and magazines  related to CI. Do you have interesting materials, books or an article, or maybe you write about CI yourself and want to share your work with others? Please send us the copy or bring it with you to the festival.

Film screenings during the festival. Artistic films and archival materials documenting the history of CI will be presented.

During the talks, we will place our practice in the theoretical context, we will consider together the topics that are interesting to us and questions that bother us. People involved in learning, theory and practice will tell us about their research and experiences on CI.

A space dedicated to exchange of experiences, designing the most creative, safe and inclusive space for people participating in the festival and introducing good practices to the community.