14-20 September 2020
Portugal Contact Festival
You are invited to spend this festival with your international contact improvisation family in a private country house by the warm costs of Algarve, Portugal. We will Iive, eat and dance together in a nourishing rural environment between hills and the sea. The Portugal Contact Festival will be held by portugese and international teachers, live musicians and mostly organic 100% local food.
With Itay Yatuv (ISR), Rita Vilhena (PT), Samuel del Bello (PT), Barbara Ramos (PT), Matthieu Azul (FR), Kabeção (PT), Howard Sonenklar (PT) and more
We, Monica, Samuel and Surya, invite you to Quinta Braz – an original country side house nestled in typical Portuguese farmland at the Algarve coast close by Faro.
We have been building in new ways, with respect for the tradition, our grandfather’s farm into an organic ecological home. This week long gathering gives us time to be together connecting with nature and being part of the country side life during the blessed harvesting time of September.
Dear participant of the Portugal CI Gathering 2019
We are very exited you are coming and make this happen with us. Its going to be a very international group of dancers. All teachers, musicians, cooks, helpers, special helpers, organisers and hosts alike preparing to be ready for you when you come.
In order to make it a smooth and lovely gathering we ask you to organise and communicate your journey well. Please read the follwing information carefully and feed back to us if something changed in your plans!
Quinta Braz, Sitio da Igreja, 156-c, Santo Estevao 8800-506
IMPORTANT TO BRING, FOR EVERYONE (as well those sleeping in the house):
-light jacket and sweater nights can get chilly in September
-a bottle (to be filled with drinking water)
-Towls for swimming.
-Bathing suite, Bikini etc.
People in rental tents, tents and camper please bring aditionally;
-your own dishes, plate, bowl, cup
-knife, falk, spoon etc.
-cushion to sleep
People in own tents please bring aditionally;
-sleeping bag (and bedsheet)
Its about time to buy your flight or train ticket.
You can arrive to the gathering grounds for the Festival 9-15 Sept. If you coming for the Underscore Meeting please make sure you arrive ONLY on 17th Sep until 4 pm. You should not come a day before. For those joining both events its possible to stay during pause time 15 afternoon - 17th morning in the venue.
You need to leave the gathering grounds the day your CI Festival or Underscore Meeting ends. Thats September 15th for the CI Festival and September 22nd for the Underscore Meeting.
SORRY BUT CANT STAY A DAY LONGER AND WE CAN NOT MAKE EXEPTIONS.
Make sure you send your deposit of € 100 for each booked event is paid. We can not hold your place if you didnt confirm buy paying the deposit. Some of you coming from far away and we made an agreement that sending us a copy of your flight ticket it is the confirmation.
CI Festival Monday 9th Sept 2 p.m. Underscore MeetingTuesday 17th Sep 2p.m. Bring the rest of the fee in cash to your registration.
We recommend to rent cars and be open for sharing them. It will be self organized. If you have the possibility to rent one please do it and we share later a list to be able to get in touch with each other.
You have to take care of your valuables all time by your own. Best is not to bring unessesary valuables like Labtops, expensive cameras. We can lock up valuables in the house, which you can get only during a special time a day. There is Internet, but its slow!
Use this days to live the new luxury of being UNPLUGGED and RELAXE competely
For more information and conversation please use this mail.
WE ARE LOOKING VERY MUCH FOREWARD TO WELCOME YOU IN QUINTA BRAZ AND CELEBRATE LIFE TOGETHER.
MONICA, SAMUEL & VOLKER
Healty alive food prepared with love and fresh vegetables from the local market, by our great team of chefs!
Single Tent, with air matress and blanket.
Bell Tent tripple occupation, with 120cm airmatress and blankets
In the main house are 5 rooms available with terrace and shared bathroom.
You can choose between double or single occupancy
in queen size
and single beds
If you are a couple the rooms with king size beds are just perfect. (Click each of you
kingsize bed together and mention you come with a couple)
Please let us know if you have questions about it.
After registering you will receive a mail with our bank details. CHECK your SPAM filter! You need to pay 100€ deposit to our association account within the next 5 working days to confirm your participation. In need of cancellation, we will keep 50% of your deposit before June 15th 2020, if your cancellation happens after June 15th 2020, we will keep the full deposit. Participation is on your own risk. Please note that if you are under medication, or are suffering from any severe physical injuries, please let us know before registering
The organizer reserves the right to cancel the festival, even at short notice, if there is a danger to the well-being of the visitors and organizers, such as viral infections (corona epidemic), storms or natural disasters (fire, hurricanes, floods). In this case the organizer cannot be held liable for private failures. Deposits will be refunded at 100%. To prevent further personal loss, we recommend to take out a travel cancellation insurance.
We reserve the right to refuse your participation, if necessary without giving a reason. In any case you will get your deposit back.
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
Após o registo, receberá um e-mail com os nossos dados bancários. VERIFIQUE o seu filtro de SPAM! Você precisa pagar 100 euros de depósito na nossa conta de associação dentro dos próximos 5 dias úteis para confirmar a sua participação. Em caso de necessidade de cancelamento, nós manteremos 50% do seu depósito antes de 15 de junho de 2020, se o seu cancelamento ocorrer após 15 de junho de 2020, nós manteremos o depósito completo.
A participação é por sua conta e risco. Por favor, note que se você estiver sob medicação, ou se sofrer de qualquer lesão física grave, por favor nos avise antes de se registrar.
O organizador reserva-se o direito de cancelar o festival, mesmo a curto prazo, se houver perigo para o bem-estar dos visitantes e organizadores, como infecções virais (epidemia de coroa), tempestades ou desastres naturais (incêndios, furacões, inundações). Neste caso, o organizador não pode ser responsabilizado por falhas privadas. Os depósitos serão reembolsados a 100%. A fim de evitar cancelamentos pessoais, recomendamos que você faça um seguro de cancelamento de viagem.
Reservamo-nos o direito de recusar a sua participação, se necessário, sem dar um motivo. Em qualquer caso, você receberá o seu depósito de volta.
Você pode nos contatar em email@example.com para qualquer pergunta.
Nach der Registrierung erhalten Sie eine Mail mit unserer Bankverbindung. Prüfen Sie Ihren SPAM-Filter! Sie müssen innerhalb der nächsten 5 Arbeitstage 100€ auf unser Vereinskonto einzahlen, um Ihre Teilnahme zu bestätigen.
Im Falle einer Stornierung behalten wir 50 % Ihrer Anzahlung vor dem 15. Juni 2020, bei einer Stornierung nach dem 15. Juni 2020 behalten wir die volle Anzahlung.
Die Teilnahme erfolgt auf eigenes Risiko. Bitte beachten Sie, dass Sie uns vor der Anmeldung informieren, wenn Sie unter Medikamenten stehen oder schwere körperliche Verletzungen erleiden.
Der Veranstalter behält sich vor das Festival notfalls auch kurzfristig abzusagen, wenn eine Gefahr für das Wohl der Besucher und Veranstalter bestehen, wie zum Beispiel durch virale Infektionen (Corona Epidemie), Unwetter oder Naturkatastprophen (Feuer, Hurikane, Überschwemmungen). In diesem Falle kann der Veranstalter nicht für private Ausfälle haftbar gemacht werden. Anzahlungen werden zu 100% zurückerstattet. Um persöhnlichen Ausfällen vorzubeugen empfehlen wir eine Reiserücktrittsversicherung abzuschliessen.
Wir behalten uns das Recht vor, Ihre Teilnahme zu verweigern, falls erforderlich auch ohne einen Grund nennen zu müssen. Selbstverständlich erhalten sie in jedem Falle ihre geleistete Anzahlung zurück.
Bei Fragen können Sie uns unter firstname.lastname@example.org erreichen.
Registration 2020 is open
€ 380 Regular Price, incl. three meals a day. In your own Tent or camper van.
€ 430 Rental Tent, single occupation
€ 450 pp. Bell Tent, triple occupation
€ 550 pp. Kingsize Bed together for couple
€ 550 Single bed in Double Room
Regular Price includes all program, accommodation in own tent, breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. You also can get a rental tent, or rent a bed in a room in our Villa.
Meet Your Facilitators
“Kabeção is a widely sought after multi-instrumentalist, master handpan player (and teacher), who plays all around the world, creates inspiring music, and performs in various settings with talented musicians from all walks of life. Kabeção’s road to stardom has been painted with memorable milestones. He was a finalist on Portugal’s “Got Talent” and his highly anticipated album, “Touching Souls” (released in September 2017), was long awaited and completely crowd-funded by music lovers and players from all around the world. “Touching Souls” exceeded expectations and goals during its conception and the album holds true to its name. It is like nothing you have experienced before. With his gentle spirit, playful nature, and emotive playing, Kabeção’s music seems to transcend time and space. He is a standalone player in terms of combining the skills of a percussionist with the great essence of a melodic storyteller, encapsulating experiences through the channels of singing steel.”
Sophie de Lacaze
Sophie de Lacaze is trained in Core Energetics and Somatic Bodywork. She is working with individuals, couples and leading therapeutic process groups for the last 6 years. She is passionate about guiding people to fully express themselves and bringing their unique gifts to the world. Together with Nuno Salema she leads the Holistic Embodiment for Authentic Leadership (H.E.A.L.) Program, which is a one year Self-Empowerment Process starting in February 2020 consisting of 6 weekends. Participants will explore and experience the main Principles of Core Energetics – a body oriented psychotherapy – and the Authentic Leadership Model. www.sophiedelacaze.com
Rita Vilhena is a choreographer and researcher on dance and movement in cultural or religious events in different communities and the body as culture or sacred place; walking through different ethnic and historical realities. Professional dancer since 2003 whose main motivation is the idea of transformation and participation, driven by intuition. Established in 2005 the Baila Louca Foundation (Rotterdam / The Netherlands). She is a dance teacher, is part of Contact Improvisation Amsterdam and in Lisbon, Modern Dance School of Theater (Amsterdam), Arnhem Dance Academy – ARTEZ, Dansateliers in Rotterdam, Dance for professionals in Station Zuid Tilburg and several international festivals. She is a Master in Performing Arts at FCSH and works as a scholar at the Center for Scientific Research of Dance and Musicology INET-md. www.ritavilha.com/www.bailalouca.com
Alicja Gladysz has Polish roots and nomadic soul. Following her instincts and catching the opportunities on the way she is exploring cultural and natural diversity of this planet. She got her diploma in Sociology of Culture, master degree in Sustainable Rural Development and years of work experience in non-governmental sector, coordinating and implementing social, educational and cultural projects. For the last ten years she is involved in food sovereignty movement and agroecology as organic market gardener and researcher. Since she moved to Portugal in 2016, she has been collaborating in permaculture projects: Biovilla, Projeto 270, Equivicentinos and Quinta do Vale de Lama, building up her local experience, skills and very precious network of inspiring change-makers.
My story with music starts with african drum s when i was travelling in west africa. After sometime my hands started to hurt !!! So i started playing guitar to learn old french songs. Then, one day, i met an angel in the south of france who introduced me to mantra (sacred songs) singing and a few months later i joined the rainbow family at a gathering. The rainbow and mantra songs are a simple way to connect people on a very deep level. I feel a lot of joy and unity to share the music Everywhere i go, So come and join us in Portugal! During the summer months i travel around Europe with other musicians in a band we call jedapama. We are a rap, reggae, french fusion band playing more than 100 live shows in Europe. Please check out our website for future events. www.jedapama.fr
Artistic director of the Hakvutza Dance School, Itay has been practicing and teaching CI worldwide for 13 years. Trained as a contemporary dancer in New York, Italy and Israel. Choreographing independently for the last 10 years, Itay has been leading international projects of improvisational performances. Itay has been training in Aikido for the last 6 years, a practice he integrates into his CI research. In the last few years Itay has been conducting CI workshops for little children and their parents and developing the ContaKids method.
Barbara Ramos graduated as a Clinical Psychologist in 2009, where she began exploring therapy through movement. This interest was later compounded after a casual encounter with ethnic and middle eastern dance, which led to a professional and artistic practise developed over the following ten years. This journey then led Barbara to aerial acrobatics which she studied for over two years, this in turn fed her curiosity for more free movement expression. For the next five years Barbara studied contemporary and acrobatic dance and in her current research and personal practise now focuses on contact improvisation, partnering composition, instant composition, flying low and capoeira. Working under the inspiring guidance of teachers such as Pia Kramer ( movement psichoterapist ), Prashant More ( contemporary dance and flying low), Abhilash Ningappa (instant composition), Magalie Lanriot ( contemporary dance ), Kira kirsch ( CI and Axis Sylabus ), Maximiliano Sanford ( Acrobatic dance), Vega Luukkonen and Hugh Stainer (Contact Improvisation ), Shura Baryshnikov and Sarah Konner (Contact Improvisation).
is an artist who positions his artistic work in the context of society. He develops and realize successfully concepts, strategies, and ways of working in the framework of various life-worlds. In relation to systems of expertise he understands non-artistic questions, problems, and prejudices, to respond to these professionally, and ground the relevance of his own work. He studied anthropology in J.W.Goethe University Frankfurt/Main with focus on rituals in traditional communities. Practical anthropological studies with the Griot (trad. mythteller) Nago Koite from Senegal/Berlin in african dance, music and storytelling He has bases in Berlin, Algarve and Goa. Volker is in the directors team of Goa Contact Festival, Goa Ecstatic Dance Festival, Body Love Festival, Ecstatic Dance Festival Germany, Portugal CI Gathering and Ecstatic Dance Festival Portugal. He is the founder of “Forgotten Land” and “Little House of Arts” at Arambol beach and a co-founder of the Yoga & Dance Retreat “Ibiza Moving Arts”, In Touch Festivals international and an original member of Spacewalk. Spacewalk works with interventions in social and spacious areas of conflict by using means and methods of theater, dance, music, video and visual arts.
He is living in Chennai/India is a Painter, dancer, theatre artist, Yoga trainer and more. Graduate from one of the most established Art Institutions in India – The Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai. Has a Masters in philosophy in Yoga. Has a 200 hr of Yoga Alliance from U.S.A in LILA Yoga. Confident and savvy, Suraj is also a contact-improvisation dancer with experience in organizing yoga camps, C.I Workshops and art exhibitions around India and Abroad .He is exposed to the vibrant creative milieu of musicians, dancers, Painters, and actors of this artistically conscious South Indian city and Traveled around Asia with sharing C.I and art work. Worked as a Teacher in Goa Contact festival. Worked with the Goa contact festival team for 8 years now. This year in continuation of the Goa Contact Festival, our intention is to sow seeds of CI India in various parts of the country. As a team he wanted to extend this wondrous journey from the beach into our cities, from dancers to all people.
Fluent Body, Bodies have their own language. They tell a story, and constantly seek to feel as alive and fluid as possible. Uncovering this fluidity gives us the potential to enrich our senses and imagination, to experience lightness and power, and to raise our self- awareness and the capacity for self-healing. How can we reconnect to our body’s language and fluidity? We will take a journey through movement, connecting and feeling, to explore the intricacies of our stories. Connecting conscious and unconscious movement, we will uncover delicate, pleasurable and powerful movements, without self-judgment. We will open doors to new places, awakening physical sensations, which can also work on an emotional level. This workshop could help you navigate through feeling tired and heavy, feeling disconnected from your body or too much in your head, feeling blocked, suffering from chronic pain, or simply wanting to learn, move and explore. Florencia brings 20 years of dance experience, primarily training and performing with Ohad Nahrin of Gaga Movement, with having worked as a somatic practitioner since 2011. Florencia has been traveling the world teaching unique workshops combining her extensive knowledge of movement, her choreographic research and her somatic healing approach.
Hugh is a Contemporary Dance Artist specialising in Contact Improvisation. He has over 12 years of teaching & performance experience. He began dancing when he was 15, training in Break dance and Contemporary. He went on to train at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2008. Since then he has worked with companies such as 2Faced Dance, Tom Dale, STAN Won’t Dance, and most recently Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez. He has taught internationally at the Goa Contact Festival, Goa Dance residency, Thailand Contact and ecstatic arts festival, Berlin Contact Festival and Portugal Contact festival and for National Dance company Wales (NDCW) as well as organising his own workshops and retreats in Portugal, Germany and Israel. Within his teaching practice he combines his experience in Breakdance, Contemporary and Contact Improvisation to create a highly physical, technical and intuitive approach to movement exploration. He has collaborated and choreographed with Danceworx Delhi on an international 360 degree dance film, and creates his own work focusing on collaborative improvisation with Musicians. He is also a qualified TMW (Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing) facilitator. The principles of Tai Chi and Qi Kung underpin his approach to teaching and sharing movement.
Embodied Process I have always felt drawn to the mysteries of Life. Throughout the years, I have explored different fields such as Psychology, various meditation methods, several expressive arts and I have deepen my Spiritual practice. I experience life and Nature as an embodiment of pure creative expression, where the free flow of energy within ourselves connects us with the free flow of energy in the Universe. My interest and research around self-awareness and personal growth, have led me to explore the connections between Psychology and Creative Expression. Over the years, I’ve developed projects in very diverse social and institutional realities. As a Core Energetics practitioner, I feel passionate to support people to find their way to self-healing. To guide them to face their shadows, work through their negativity towards life and reconnect to the uniqueness of their being. I experience the transformative power of this work in my own life and I am committed to share it with others. Men’s Circles The ritualized gathering of men is deeply rooted in the history of humanity. In our circles the aim is to create a shared space of trust and unity so that all emotions, needs, desires and wishes may be expressed. It may be very challening to be vulnerable in front of others but to realize we are not alone and that others share similar experiences and wounds has the ability to shift the way we view and act in the world. www.nunosalema.com
Nicole is a dance artist living, learning, and teaching nomadically. She studied contemporary dance and psychology at Concordia University and has spent the last five years working on various projects developing dance and education programs for people with special needs. Her current movement research involves an intermingling of elements from contemporary dance, acrobatics, contact improvisation, axis syllabus and capoeira.
ZinnDa: means to be alive! A free spirit and a bundle of pure joy, there is nothing this happy soul isn’t capable of! His evolution has been quite a journey, from being a techie to transforming into an Osho sannyasin. He was born with the heart of a nomad and has been a traveller for most of his life now. What’s his purpose? one might wonder! He has been closely working with the Osho Communes, spiritual festivals all around the world and the Contact Dance Community to help in bringing spiritual awareness and spreading peace in communities everywhere. This was the thought that lead him to create his NGO: Global Cultural Exchange Organisation that brings communities around the world and people from all walks of life together in a peaceful and harmonious environment of sharing and learning. Navgrah Shanti Yagna or The Fire Pooja for Peace and Prosperity: A Yagna or Havan is a traditional Indian Pooja ceremony that involves the recital of Vedic Chants and holy offerings(Samagri) made to the fire. The combined effect of these chants and the fire together cleanse and purify the air and aura. You are free to participate or observe during the ceremony. A brief explanation about the Havan, its scientific and spiritual benefits will also be discussed.
Jorien van Dam
Our body is a wise wonder. It speaks to us. Guides us. Tells us truth. Yoga helps me to listen to and understand its language. Conscious movement and breathing can be medicine! Simple yet profound. Three years ago I followed a Hatha Yoga Teacher Training. It gave me the opportunity to share my passion with others; adults as well as children. I have been teaching in the North and South of the Netherlands (Maastricht and Groningen) and organised two yoga retreats in Portugal and Switzerland. Here I could bring my love for nature, community building, music, and body-work together.
Farafi a nomadic duo, whose music is based on authentic vocals and percussive sound. Joy and Darlini have drawn inspiration from their travels to create an eclectic collection of sounds inspired by traditional African, Middle Eastern, Indian and Western contemporary music. Their songs vary from heartfelt to upbeat dancing styles. Farafi sing in their own language as well as several African languages, showcasing limitless ways of creating, to reach the depths of all humans. https://www.facebook.com/Farafimusic/
Las Lloronas is a Brussels-based trio that merges world music with slam poetry. Three voices assert their intimate lyrics, they soak in harmonies and melancholic melodies. In their performance, Las Lloronas share a moment of powerful vulnerability, on the verge of lament, daydream and battle cry.
Laboratorium Pieśni – Song Laboratory is the group of female singers from Poland, created in 2013. Using traditional, polyphonic singing they perform songs from all over the world, mainly: Ukraine, Balkans, Poland, Belarus, Georgia, Scandinavia and many other places. They sing a capella as well as with shaman drums and other ethnic instruments (shruti box, kalimba, flute, gong, zaphir and koshi chimes, singing bowls, rattles etc.), creating a new space in a traditional song, adding voice improvisations, inspired by sounds of nature, often intuitive, wild and feminine.