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TEACHERS & ARTISTS

 

KATYA BASALAEVA

AUSTRALIA
 

ANOUK LLAURENS

BELGIA
 

NICOLE BINDER

USA

CAROLINE WATERS

UK


ANOUK LLAURENS

BELGIUM
 

NICOLE BINDER

USA

PAWEŁ KONIOR

POLAND

 

NATALIA ONIŚK

POLAND

 

NICA 

PORTAVIA

ITALY

 

RICHARD SARCO-THOMAS

UK

KIRSTIE
SIMSON

UK

ANDRZEJ WOŹNIAK

POLAND

CAROLINE WATERS

THE UK

Caroline Waters is Freelance Performer, Organiser and Arts Educator currently based in Brighton UK. Originally trained in Mime and Physical Theatre, She has constructed a body of work located in the use of improvisation in performance as a context for physical research. She first trained with Steve Paxton, Mary Fulkerson, Katy Duck, Kirstie Simson etc whilst obtaining a Degree in Theatre at Dartington College of Arts. Mainly drawing from CI and New Dance practices, She teaches, performs and directs in various situations ranging from the performic to the therapeutic, working with both professionals and non-professionals. The work often focuses on collaboration and working with other Art forms, which includes experience of working with a range of non-theatre spaces as a locus for performance.
 
Caroline curates International Improvisation events, which has included 5 European CI Teachers Exchanges in the UK, Hungary, Belgium and Russia. She was an Artistic Director of Contact Moscow for 5 years, as well as being on the team of Dance Connect in St Petersburg. She has also completed many tours of Siberia with performance Collaborators Kipling Dance based in Yekaterinburg. She has also developed a 20-year performance relationship with Terrance Luke Johnson based in Los Angeles. Caroline has performed at many International Improvisation Festivals across Europe, America and South America. Amongst all the travelling Caroline was an Associate Lecturer at Dartington College of Arts UK for 11 years. And is currently an Associate Lecturer on the Dance Degree at Chichester University, She continues to develop her own body of work internationally as a freelance improviser in performance, as a Dancer, Teacher/Director and Musician.

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.

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).

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).

RICHARD SARCO-THOMAS

UK

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

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.

www.kirstiesimson.com

ANDRZEJ WOŹNIAK

POLAND

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