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KATYA BASALAEVA

AUSTRALIA
 

ANOUK LLAURENS

BELGIA
 

NICOLE BINDER

USA

KATYA BASALAEVA

RUSSIA


ANOUK LLAURENS

BELGIUM
 

NICOLE BINDER

USA

NICA PORTAVIA

ITALY

PAWEŁ KONIOR

POLAND

 

NATALIA ONIŚK

POLAND

KATYA BASALAEVA

RUSSIA

Dancer, performer, choreographer, teacher. Organizer of the Contact Improvisation Festival at Altai. CI practice and teaching – 20 years. Her background experience includes contemporary dance, physical theatre, aikido, climbing, somatic practices, axis syllabus etc.

“At the moment contact improvisation, ideokinesis and performative art nurture my interest in personal exploration inviting me to doubt what is already known and creating space for further transformations. I wonder how CI practice can develop nowadays, absorbing discoveries and experiences from other related practices that explore movement and body/mind. I am interested in finding answers and again questioning them. Currently, my interest in CI practice has been balancing somewhere on the border of physics and metaphysics”

ANOUK LLAURENS

BELGIUM

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.

NICOLE BINDER

USA

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.

NICA PORTAVIA

ITALY

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).

PAWEŁ KONIOR

POLAND

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.

NATALIA ONIŚK

POLAND

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.lasses, 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).