TEACHERS AND ARTISTS
USA / GERMANY
By experimenting with aleatoric processes, Andrew Wass formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious processes of composition that are the generative source of much of his works. Influenced heavily by his undergraduate studies of Biochemistry at U.C. San Diego, Andrew works by creating a defined, almost crystalline palette in order to generate a myriad of possibilities. His performance work has been shown in San Diego, LA, San Francisco, Marfa, Tijuana, Berlin, Seattle, Tokyo, and New York. He has been investigating Contact Improvisation for over 20 years and taught at festivals, studios, and universities in Europe, Asia, and the United States. Along with his colleagues of the Lower Left Performance Collective, he organizes March 2 Marfa, a performance lab for experienced dance makers. More: www.andrewwass.com
I am a dancer, dance teacher, performance artist and bodyworker made in Finland.
Last 10 years I´ve been based in Berlin, India and Portugal. I have studied in Helsinki, Theatre Academy of Finland, holding papers of dance-teacher and theatre-teacher ( MA ). Though – I guess my dearest high-school and university in contact-improvisation has been Finnish contact community, where I have learned so much, by sharing the dance and rolling point with the other spiralling fins for 20 years…
Contact Improvisation has been part of my life since I was a teenager! So it’s always been my lifestyle, hobby, passion and profession. Last 15 years I have been teaching contact and dance all around the world. I have a special love for India, as I have been spending my last 16 winters there, in Goa, Arambol. I am one of the co-organizers of Goa Contact Festival, and that has been a big part of my life – to live my winters in India and create platforms and possibilities for cultural exchange, dance and learning.
My dance is informed by aikido, capoeira, developmental movement patterns and axis syllabus. Cultivating intelligence of the body. Organic, fluid and effortless movement. Bringing awareness to our breath and liquids in the body creates time, and brings me naturally into moments of momentum, falling, flying, swinging and bouncing.
For me, dance is a combination of technique and expression. Form and freedom. Composing and Flowing. I try to find ways to explore and teach technique by understanding the underlying principles of movement so that we can stay connected to our dance and expression, and learn in the spirit of exploration. Where our curiosity can stay alive, and we can always find new details on the way.
Isabelle undertakes music and dance projects considering first of all that the body is a ZAD, a zone to be defended and rehabilitated. After 5 years of medical studies, Isabelle obtained a Master in Performing Arts. For nearly 20 years, she has been involved in contact improvisation and instantaneous composition, which she has actively developed, notably through the Chorescence association, which she founded in 2005. A recognized teacher, she transmits her taste for poetic experimentation, always starting from the sensitive body, movement, voice and relationship. She has been invited to numerous events in Grenoble, in France and abroad (socio-cultural venues, conservatories, universities, festivals). As a performer of gesture and voice, she creates pieces and participative projects that explore the body in its musicality, its relationship to time, its earthly experience. Breathing and altered states of consciousness are at the heart of her creation and transmission projects. They are based in particular on the practices of meditation, Authentic Movement or Tuning Score. A recent experience of illness has only made her work more precise. She recently graduated as a hypnosis and eriksonnian communication practitioner.
Dance artist, photographer, bodywork practitioner, and teacher. He was introduced to contact improvisation and contemporary dance in his twenties, becoming so involved that he went to study dance for three years, graduating from the vocational school of Outokumpu, Finland. He works as an artist performing solo works, and with different improvisation groups, choreographers, and video makers such as Ronja Verkasalo, Hanna Lappalainen, Mathilde Monfreux, Mirva Mäkinen and Lena Muchnaya.
As a teacher he has been working in Eastern and Central Europe, South America and Asia, and has been on the organizational and teaching team for Skiing on Skin – a large and diverse improvisation festival in southern Finland since 2008. In his teaching he emphasizes tactile sensory perception as a point of reference and learning. His interests revolve around power and hierarchies, politics, structures, language and the relationships between beings, ideas, and categories.
During past years he has also been working as a substituting kindergarden teacher when not teaching dance or performing. He holds MA in Contemporary Dance Education (2015). works as a teaching assistant for the ‘Piecemaker Software’ for current students of MA CoDE, holds a BA in Social Work (2001) and an MA in Contemporary Dance Education (2015).
She combines choreography with the practice of dance improvisation. Her solo “Starting with Action” has been presented in over 40 versions in galleries, theatres, community centres, as well as in independent art spaces and open air. Maria Stokłosa is also the author of such shows as: “The Queen of Water” (as part of the “Other Dances” exhibition at U-jazdowski in Warsaw), “Golden Demons” (premiere at the Nowy Teatr MCK in Warsaw), “Wylinka” (premiere at Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw). She collaborates with choreographers: Meg Foley and Peter Pleyer, as well as with the theater director Wojtek Ziemilski. She has also appeared in “Tuning Scores” by Lisa Nelson and “Tribes” by Sarah Shelton Mann, et al. She graduates form a choreography degree (School for New Dance Development SNDO in Amsterdam) and the department of contemporary dance at the London Contemporary Dance School at The Place.
Maria Stokłosa is involved in many activities for the development of experimental choreography – as an initiator of educational projects and a teacher, as well as president of the Burdąg Foundation and a member of Centrum w Ruchu. She conducts original workshops and lectures, among others at the Mozarteum University in Salzburg or LaSalle College of The Arts in Singapore.
Currently, she is finishing her studies in cultural studies at the Institute of Polish Culture at the University of Warsaw and is this year’s laureate of the Grażyna Kulczyk Research Scholarship.
ANN COOPER ALBRIGHT
A dancer, scholar and veteran Contact Improviser, Ann Cooper Albright is Professor and Chair of the Department of Dance at Oberlin College, where she is currently busy organizing Critical Mass: CI @ 50. Combining her interests in dancing and cultural theory, Ann Cooper Albright teaches a variety of courses that seek to engage students in both practices and theories of the body. Her latest book, How to Land: finding ground in an unstable world, offers ways of thinking about and dealing with the uncertainty of our contemporary lives. Albright is also the founder and director of Girls in Motion, an award-winning afterschool program at Oberlin’s Langston Middle School, and is co-director of Accelerated Motion: Towards a New Dance Literacy in America, an NEA-supported website that teaches dance studies as a humanistic discipline. The book, Encounters with Contact Improvisation (2010), is the product of one of her adventures in writing and dancing and dancing and writing with others.
Influenced by different international Contact Improvisation and contemporary dance teachers in she deepened her embodiment practices. Axis Syllabus in contact improvisation, as well as the Underscore, are her main areas of interest in dance at this moment. Zuzanna started dance at the age of 4 and continued her embodiment practices through martial arts, ballet, yoga, modern dance, Body Mind Centering and axis syllabus.
She is passionate about the impact of connection between body and mind which she continues to discover through her work in coaching, IT, dance and yoga.
Teaching dance, co-organizing the Thailand Contact & Movement Arts Festival and working as an IT Consultant gives her the balance between headspace and movement art.
“My calling is to find the bridges and the spaces in between both worlds”.
Dancer, improviser, choreographer and dance teacher. She is certificated Somatic Movement Educator in Body-Mind Centering; founder and artistic director of Experimental Dance Studio EST in Kraków, Poland. She dances, performs and teaches on festivals and workshops all over Europe. She performed at Improvisation Festival at Judson Church in New York, at George Washington University and at Dartington College, England. Currently, she teaches in institutions such as Hurtownia Ruchu, Academy of Music in Cracow and Łódź, and other. Her artistic and teaching practice draws from contemporary dance techniques and somatic movement practices. She studied extensively with Milan Kozanek, Rey Chunk, Eckhard Muller, Yaniv Mintzer, Benno Voorham, Steve Bats, Joerg Hassman, Adrian Russi, Nancy Stark Smith. She also took classes at George Mason University, the University of Alabama and the University of Calgary. Her artistic practice includes making choreographic works, improvisation projects, site-specific works, as well as collaborations with musicians. Recently she has collaborated with musician Marcin Janus and multimedia designer Grzegorz Kaliszuk and cooperated on improvisation projects with Renata Piotrowska, Michael Schumacher, Natalia Iwaniec, Anna Haracz and Pawel Konior.
Contact improvisation teacher, poet, with a personal and professional relationship with Warsaw. He studies bmc at the Moveus school. He is a finalist of the project ‘połów’ of the literary office.
Ali works with systemic body therapy and dance as emancipatory practice in Leipzig. She is part of the queer mixed-abled performance collective POLYMORA Inc. CI-related projects include Radical Contact (a meeting for body politics and CI in Sweden), Consent in Contact in Context (monthly global online study group) and the Consent CI Jam Leipzig.
EMMA BIGE, PhD
Digs, writes about, translates, curates, and improvises with contemporary experimental dances and queer& trans*feminist philosophies. She lives and teaches and researches nomadically in and out of Larret (Périgord), Aix-en-Provence (South of France) and other destinations reachable by train. She fell in dance in North America and Western Europe with Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Nancy Stark Smith, Matthieu Gaudeau, and many others. She recently published Steve Paxton: Drafting Interior Techniques (Culturgest, 2019), an anthology of inquiries around Paxton’s legacies, & she currently investigates the somatopolitical potentials of dance for celebrating wyrd and rare forms of tenderness between humans and other critters of Terra.
Born in Kiev, based in Warsaw, studied in Finland, connected to Israel.
Kseniia Opria is a CI dancer, Ilan Lev Method practitioner, movement facilitator, interweaving somatics practises into her work.
She is curating and producing somatic-based events for people with diverse backgrounds and experimenting with self-organised structures.
She is part of Moving-into-Soft-Skills project.
“Contact Improvisation has been and continuously is an unlimited source of experiences, learning and practice for me. Recently I am fascinated by the way the movement is creating forms and patterns. Invisible unseen architecture of life”.
choreographer, improvisational performer, videographer, and editor/publisher of Contact Quarterly dance journal is intrigued by dance behaviors, systems of transmission and translation, patterns of surviving culture and the sense of imagination. Her practice of Tuning Scores is an approach to real-time editing and communication. She’s grateful for encouragements from Bessie Dance & Performance Award, Alpert Award in the Arts, and United States Artist Award, and lives in Vermont, USA.
photo: Kacper Lipinsk
Improviser, dancer, dance researcher. A research fellow at the University of Plymouth. She facilitates regular workshops in ‘open score’ group improvisation and contact skills. In recent years, she has lived in Plymouth (UK), although she is residing in Warsaw this year. She wrote an interdisciplinary PhD, between psychology and performing arts, on creativity and flow experience in group dance improvisation
She continues her research on dance improvisation as part of ColLab Bristol (Institute for Study of Somatic Communication, funded by Nita Little).
A research fellow at the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Warsaw, a Human Interactivity and Language Lab member. He conducts research on the border of psycholinguistics and artificial intelligence. He is fascinated by the dynamic aspects of interpersonal interactions and explores people’s ability to coordinate on many levels and time scales. He treats movement coordination that occurs spontaneously between people as the key to understanding the basic social mechanisms that determine the formation of language and culture. He dances CI and practices Chinese martial arts.
She works in the areas of movement and sound, mainly improvising. For 5 years she has been working with dreams as a creative material. Together with Józef Buchnajzer, she forms the Józef and Zofia duo. She collaborates with Aga Nowacka together creating sound and visual landscapes. Her solo album “Otulenie” was released by the “Ciche Nagrania” publishing house in the form of a matchbox. The album is a collage of feelings externalized in the form of recorded sounds, which reads like “Breaking into pieces, crowding and closing your eyes, exhaling, empty spaces, cutting hair, exhale, sitting on the wall, smell of rain, exhale, open eyes, exhale, night, wrap up”.
A graduate of the Academy of Music. St. Moniuszko, in Gdańsk and Koninklijk Vlaams Conservatorium, in Antwerp (viola).
She also plays the violin, sings and composes her own music.
She takes part in both classical music concerts and those related to other music genres.
She has worked with bands such as The Frozen North (post-rock), Ba Bu (original cover arrangements for 3 voices and looper) and with Emma Bonnici (folk, traditional songs).
Shee also collaborates with artists from other fields of art – she creates music for dance performances (series of performances ‘Connected’ / Fundacja Sztuka Ciała) but also inspired by painting and sculpture.
In 2014, at the Museum of Modern Art, she presented, together with a group of independent artists, a series of concerts inspired by the exhibition of the sculptor Maria Bartuszova.
In 2015, she created music for the radio play based on St. Barańczak (Studium Teatralne), and in 2017, together with Dominika Jarosz, she played music for a concert inspired by Angelika Kauffmann’s painting “Ariadne Abandoned by Theseus” (at the exhibition of one painting, Łazienki Królewskie).
She regularly collaborates with dancers, creating live music for improvisations.
Currently, she is also working on solo material. She is passionate about baroque vocal music, which she explores under the eye and ear of Dr Agnieszka Budzińska Bennet.
BEZ I NADZIEJA (tr. Eldeberry & Hope)
Warsaw songwriting duo: Kasia Kalinowska (electric guitar, vocal) & Agnieszka Kocińska (vocal, electric ukulele). The band exists since November 2019. During the previously played chamber concerts in Warsaw (Chłodna 25, Młodsza Siostra, Zaczarowany Ogród in Jazdowie, Bielański Culture Centre) the band captivated the audience with the miracle of vocals running in harmonies, oneiric songs, emotional singing and catchy melodies.
On June 20, 2021, the band’s first single was released
This indie-pop, oneiric song is a love song about the hardships of a relationship between two women – a relationship that can be sweet as raspberries to then become dry and dying like brushwood. The pictures for the new edition was shot by Marianna Klein, a student of the Film School in Łódź. This single is the debut release. It precedes the recording of the entire record, which will be created in collaboration with the arranger Maciej Pepłoński from the band Hage-o and the Warsaw-Lublin Brass Band, with the support of the Zamek Culture Center in Lublin.
You can also listen to the piece “Raspberry brush” on:
Multi Instrumentalist. Improvisor. For many years, present on stage as a musician or performer. Participant in experimental theater group inspired by art of Tadeusz Kantor. For Few years, Inspired by Contact Improvisation as a form of self-identifying and psychotherapy used individually and on stage . Musician in Domowe Melodie and experimental duo Kubatwice Improwise .Composer of music for live-act, performances and contemporary dance.
He creates improvised music, using various instruments and basing it on being mindful of people participating in the event. For three years, he has been learning about contact improvisation, BMC and other forms of mindful movement and body awareness. He tries to incorporate music into those experiences. In both areas, he draws inspiration from various areas and regions.