TEACHERS & ARTISTS
I am a dance artist, teacher and researcher. After graduating from CNDC Angers in 1992, I have worked for several dance companies before dedicating my life to Instant Composition. The encounter with Lisa Nelson work in 1999 was decisive. Since then my dance practice shifted from exercising the body to exercising the attention. I experience dance, as a poetic experience/space that emerges from a deep listening activity.
Since 2013, I have been conducting research on Poetic Documentation of Lived Experience. The research gives form to collective practices/paradoxes where players and witnesses are invited to consider their present experience as a document (Live documents (2015); The breathing archive (2016); The wave (2019)).
Some of the research has been published in MIND THE DANCE an online publication that motivates dance artists/ teacher in finding their own ways into creative documenting.
I am a long-term collaborator of Belgium choreographer and visual artist Julien Bruneau (phréatiques 2010-…). As a pedagogue, the (un) learning environments I compose, in dialogue with the context I am invited, are mainly informed by Lisa Nelson’s work, the various cross-disciplinary artistic collaborations I have passed through, my own research, practice of shiatsu and study of Kashmir Yoga. I am teaching Improvisation and Composition at KASK School of Arts Gent, Royal Conservatory of Antwerp in Belgium where I am based and sharing my work in international festivals like ImPulsTanz, Vienna and Freiburg Contact Festival. I graduated from a.pass post-master program, Brussels in 2016.
She is a Philadelphia-based dance-maker, somatics practitioner, educator, writer, and activist. She has practiced contact improvisation for 23 years and is a Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®. Her performance work and teaching have been presented at festivals, conferences, and intensives throughout the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Europe, and in Tokyo, Beirut, Bethlehem, Mexico City, and Quito. Her current projects include teaching about consent culture and disability justice in contact improvisation; somatic research on the embryology of the genitalia from a non-binary perspective; and collaborations with Diyar Theatre in Bethlehem, Palestine. She has recently organized with Jewish Voice for Peace-Philadelphia and as a member of Earthdance’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Her writing on dance, somatics, and politics has been published in Critical Correspondence, Contact Quarterly, Emergency Index by Ugly Duckling Presse, Jewish Currents, BMC® Currents, Curate This, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, Somatics Toolkit, American Jewish Studies Perspectives, and thINKingDANCE.
Performer, dancer, choreographer. After graduating from Physical Education and Salzburg Academy of Dance, Paweł began working in dance, theatre and performing arts in the Netherlands and Belgium. He has versatile interests both in the field of sports, theatre and dance. By combining those, Paweł can express himself in motion, movement and performance. Iwona Olszowska, Tomasz Wygoda, Pedro Goucha, Einat Tuchman, More Shani, T.R.A.S.H company, Ugo Dehaes are just some of the people Paweł worked with. Before he began dancing, he trained tennis, gymnastics and running, which greatly influenced his way of moving and thinking about movement. His classes are based on several principles: organic movement, flow, intuition, subtlety, surprising yourself, partners and the viewer, and breaking all the rules. Improvisation permeates with technique, body awareness and play.
He is inspired by tai-chi, martial arts and improvisation contact, which he learned from various people, including Iwona Olszowska, Ray Chung, Andrew Harwood, Nancy Stark Smith, Tal Avni, Joerg Hassman, Daniel Werner.
Educator, dancer, performer and dance activist. Runs workshops and classes in contact improvisation, improvisation and body awareness. Participant of many movement workshops and coaching sessions in somatics, improvisation and choreography. Studies Body-Mind Centering (Somatic Movement Education Program). Practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method and Authentic Movement. Completed a course in experimental choreography organised by Centrum w Ruchu. As a performer she collaborated with Renata Piotrowska-Auffret, Magda Ptasznik, Maria Stokłosa, Paulina Święcańska. Scholarship holder of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in (Culture in the Internet) and the Alternative Dance Academy.
She was born in Fano, Italy seaside, and she started to dance as a child. When she moved to Bologna to attend the University of Modern Letters for Philology, she discovered Contact Improvisation that became her body language. She studied with different teachers and was inspired the most by Charlie Morrisey, K.J Holmes, Daniel Lepkoff, Anya Cloud, and some years ago she started to share her material.
She’s teaching classes, workshops and taught in many Festivals around the world. Since two years she has been practising and studying deeply Material For the Spine (Steve Paxton), finding this practice one of the best resources for her body. She’s a performer, currently working with a project called ‘Resistant bodies’, where the performative moment happens in the urban space. She’s travelling with a solo performance called ‘Undersalt’, last summer performed in Russia. She’s one of the organizers of ItalyContactFest (Italian Festival of Contact Improvisation).
Richard Sarco-Thomas is an Aikido teacher/ practitioner, Kiatsu therapist and contact improvisation (CI) teacher from the UK. He has studied Japanese martial arts including Aiki-Jujitsu since 1989, and teaches ki principles through Ki Aikido, Kiatsu bodywork and partnering work. Richard has taught CI at festivals in many countries. With Malaika Sarco-Thomas, he has been active in the development of CI in the UK and Europe via platforms such as Contact Festival Dartington (2010-2016) and Contact Improvisation Malta (2014-2018).
Kirstie Simson (UK) has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Called “a force of nature” by the New York Times, she is an award-winning dancer and teacher who has “immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance” according to Time Out Magazine, London. Kirstie is renowned today as an excellent teacher, a captivating performer and a leading light in the field of Dance Improvisation. She is a professor at the University of Illinois, and continues to teach and perform all over the world.
Poet, dancer, contact improvisation teacher, occasionally performer. He is interested in the relationship between linguistics and movement. His artistic interests include working with touch, movement and text. He learned from Sarah Shelton-Mann and Nancy Stark Smith, among others. He published poems in Fabularie, Stonerze Polski and on the Odra website. He is studying Body Mind Centering.
During festival Andrzej will play music and lead a jam. Photo credits: Aga Wiśniewska, Bartek Bartosiński
MAGDALENA I MAJA BRZOZOWSKIE
Gaining experience in various dance techniques, she seeks answers to the source of movement as a tool of interpersonal communication. For several years associated with improvisation, she looks for truth and naturalness in the body, “here and now”. Working with images, she relies on high awareness, harmony of body and mind. Since the birth of her daughter, she has been interested in the natural and free motor development of a child.
Performer, choreographer, architect. A graduate of the University of London – Birkcbeck, performance and dance major (Univercity of London, Birckbeck – Performance Studies: Dance), dance instructor and personal trainer (PAS – Polish Sports Academy in Warsaw), a graduate of the University of Ecology and Management, Architecture. She shaped her experience and dance practice at international festivals and workshops, incl. in Great Britain, Germany and Israel. She participated in many conventions and performances on the national and international stage, such as, “Move it show” – Olympia Kensington, “Collabo” – Stradford Circus Theater, Great Britain. “(Not) seriously feminine” – Mazowiecki Instytut Kultury, Warsaw, “Performative Project for Dancers” with choreographers Keith Hennessy and Ilona Kenova – Warsaw Flow Festival. An original performance improvised in collaboration with an intuitive musician and drummer – Piotr Dąbrowski – “Air Whirl”.
A joyful and energetic 7-year-old who loves movement and crossing her own barriers. Always eager to joint “rollers”, frolics, jumps and flips. In her free time, between jumping from the couch to the bed, she will be happy to braid a bracelet or sew a puppet.