May 16th – 21nd 2023
Enjoy 6 days of movement research and somatic exploration in Portugal, just 40 min. south of Lisbon.
We offer a structure with workshops, lab time and jams that will carry us as a group through the festival days. Whenever you have a need to rest, walk or be on your own, there is plenty of nature to do so. We will dance in the studio and outside, inspired by the landscape of Arrábida Nature Park and the beautiful sandy beach.
The festival welcomes all bodies and genders.
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Angela-Mara Florant had her first experience with CI during her performance arts studies in Besançon, France. In 2005 she moved to Hamburg. She teaches several regular contact classes, gives workshops and organizes jams and festivals (NORDTANZ Festival). Since 2015, she is co-director of the dance studio “Triade” in Hamburg.
When Angela-Mara is not dancing or teaching CI she is teaching Pilates, directing independent theater productions, choreographing dance pieces (mostly based on CI) and teaching theater and dance to children. In 2022 she created the Contact CompanI, a dance companie based on Contact Improvisation.
Teachers that have inspired her work are: Nancy Stark Smith, Jörg Hassmann, Nita Little, Anjelica Doniy, Heike Pourian, Daniela Schwartz, Eckhard Müller, Mirva Mäkinen, Martin Keogh, Frey Faust, Scott Wells, Andrew Hardwood, Daniel Lepkoff…
“For me CI is an art form. I love allowing my dance to be inspired by the composition of the room.”
Listening with the body
Jennie’s desire to create mindful settings of interaction has led her to engage with embodiment practices and Contact Improvisation.
Based in Berlin since 2001 she studied naturopathy focused on different bodywork approaches and herbal medicine, followed by an artistic lifestyle full of voice and movement improvisation, contemporary dance studies and physical theatre.
She is part of the Contact CompanI and Phyla, where she uses movement improvisation, somatic practice, filming and the development of sound scapes as performative elements.
She teaches Contact Improvisation with an explorative curiosity on anatomy and is about to finish her Somatic Movement Educator training at the school of Body Mind Centering®.
Together with Jo Bruhn she organizes Contact Time.
Poet in motion
Aude trained for stage acting in France and in London (2005-2009). They reconnected with dance, thanks to Mira Mansell, Entity Dance Company, Sydney. From 2011 Aude delved into the contemporary dance world with Stella Zannou, Britta Pudelko and Rakesh Sukesh, at Tanzfabrik, Berlin. They eventually joined Atsushi Takenouchi’s Jinen Butoh School in Tuscany (2016-17).
One of their focus as a dance artist is landscape. Aude is especially interested in the spirit of the place, and its impact on human beings. When they are not performing or writing poetry, Aude facilitates Contact Improvisation jams and classes, butoh-inspired dance journeys and dance with nature sessions.
Aude launched Cie Amako! in 2020, an association based in Marseilles, supporting their poetic and dance performances. This videoclip gives an idea of a recent production.
Jo Bruhn is a passionate dancer, performer and CI teacher.
Since 2001 he dedicated his life to performing arts in various facets. As acrobat, fire show artist, as
stilt walker, as actor*, choreographer and most important – as dancer.
The intense work with Nancy Stark Smith inspired Jo’s teaching, dancing and his artistic approach
Jo took part in the Contemporary Dance education “Dance Intensive” at the Tanzfabrik Berlin and
in countless workshops in CI, Axis Syllabus, Klein Technique, acrobatics with various teachers like
Jörg Hassmann, Frey Faust, Britta Pudelko amongst many others.
Recently deep inspiration came from Atsushi Takenouchi and his work with Jinen Butoh.
Jo is part of the “Contact companI” and co-organizer of CI festival “Contact Time” and works as a
solo artist and in collaboration with others like Aude Fondard (Dance – theater „Designed to Die?“),
Jennie Zimmermann (mosaique, Contact Time).
I’m a Hungarian contemporary artist. Teacher, performer, director, puppeteer; based in Lisbon. As a teacher I was working 4 years in an elementary school, 3 years in a dancing specialised high school and I was holding many workshops in the Balkans, in France, Germany, Netherlands, Italy, Portugal, Dubai, Armenia and Iran.
My last 20 years in theatre helped me to travel the world, my last 15 years in contact improvisation helped me to understand it. Or at least to ask better questions… Important CI-teachers include Eszter Gál, Péter Lipka, Tamás Bakó, Anya Cloud, Alex Guex and Scott Wells.
Francisco is a beautiful, humble, curious, simply complicated and eccentric human being born in the Azores Islands [PT] who loves to dance. His first contact with Contact provoked a sudden revolution in his life. It was love at first sight(touch?). He studied/practiced mainly at TOWARDS: center for practice and research of Contact Improvisation in Thailand. He’s a founding member of the Human Garden project, eco-somatic performance artist, videographer, dancer, poet, philosopher, freediver and musician. Since 2020 he dedicates his life to the practice, research and teaching of CI around the globe.
His work is inspired by Aikido, Zen, Butoh, San Pedro, Dzogchen, Vipassana, Advaita, Babies, Cats, Whales, Mindfulness, Yin Yoga, Dance, Somatics, Body-Mind Centering, Being Nature, Practicing Beings, Human Garden, Freediving, OceanDance, etc.
Despite our efforts to learn Portuguese and due to the linguistic diversity of guests visiting SerVivo, international English will be used to teach during Contact Time. The webpage and descriptions are therefore all in English. Thanks for your understanding and let’s blend languages and cultures once together.
Apesar dos nossos esforços para aprender português e devido à diversidade linguística dos convidados que visitam o SerVivo, o inglês internacional será utilizado para ensinar durante o Tempo de Contacto. A página web e as descrições estão, portanto, todas em inglês. Obrigado pela vossa compreensão e vamos misturar línguas e culturas uma vez juntos.
The costs for the whole festival, accommodation and food are 380-330€ depending on how much you can pay.
Yentl, our wonderful cook, will prepare delicious vegan and vegetarian meals from mostly organic and locally sourced ingredients.
The festival starts on Tuesday May 16th at 5pm. We invite you to arrive, from noon on and take your time to land in SerVivo. The first common meal will be dinner.
If you come from abroad you might want to arrive a few days earlier in Portugal since travel prices vary a lot. This could be an opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Lisbon.
The festival ends on Sunday May 21st afternoon.
You can stay one extra night for additional 15€, check out is Monday 10:00 am. We kindly ask you to respect this time since the team of SerVivo needs a clear ending of the event to have a happy rest after.
You are welcome to bring your own tent, sleeping bag and mat and camp outside.
If you would like to sleep in the house, we can offer you a space in a dormitory (bunk beds for 6-8 people per room).
- Comfortable clothes for movement in- and outdoors
- Sun protection
- Mosquito repellent
- Swimming suit
- Bottle for drinking water
- A food box to take lunch to the beach
- Enough clothes we cannot do laundry!
- Warm cloth, yes it might get chilly at night…
To register please click on the link above.
After having sent the registration form please pay a deposit of 50€ to:
Jennie Zimmermann, Johannes Bruhn
IBAN: DE70 2802 0050 8227 7419 00
Subject: Contact Time
If the transfer costs you a big fee, don’t do it and let us know, we will find a different solution.
Should you cancel until two weeks before the festival (which we do not hope, of course), we will transfer you 40€ back. Should you cancel later, we keep the deposit.
If you cancel less than 48 h prior the festival, you are obliged to pay the full festival price.
Before the festival we will send out more information.