9-15 September 2019
Portugal Contact Festival
You are invited to spend this gathering 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 food prepared by local cooks.
With Itay Yatuv (ISR), Vega Katri Luukkonen (FIN), Hugh Stanier (UK), Rita Vilhena (PT), Marielle Gerke (GER), Guru Suraj (IND), Matthieu Azul (FR), Kabeção (PT), Baltazar Molina (PT). Nicole Jacobs (CAN)
The gathering continues 17-22 September with the Underscore Meeting a six days immersion in the world of the Underscore facilitated by Christine Mauch (GER), Malcolm Manning (UK) and Baptiste Sejourne (FR)
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 two weeks 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 Couple occupation, with double 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.
380 € Regular Price, incl. three meals a day. In your own Tent or camper van.
430 € Rental Tent, single occupation
470 € pp. Bell Tent, couple occupation
500 € pp. Kingsize Bed together for couple (fully booked)
500 € Single bed in Double Room (fully booked)
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
I am dancer, dance-teacher, performance-artist and bodyworker made in Finland, but currently based in Berlin, India, and nomadic temporary moments in time and space. From the formal side of my life I have studied in Finland – in Theatre Academy of Finland (TEAK) and Metropolia AMK, graduated from TEAK 2008 as dance- and theatre-teacher (MA). Though – I guess my dearest high-school and university in dance and contact-improvisation has been finnish contact community, where I have learned so much, by sharing the dance and rolling point with the other spiralling beautiful finns…
“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.”
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
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
Marielle discovered her passion for dancing – especially for Contact Improvisation in 2012. Since then she is continuously fascinated by this unique and exciting dance form. She is investigating somatic practices such as Body-Mind-Centering and the Axis Syllabus as a point of departure for solo movement and Contact Improvisation in water and on land.Teachers she mainly feels inspired and influenced by are Jörg Hassmann, Daniel Werner, Kira Kirsch, Antoine Ragot, Friederike Tröscher, Jens Johannsen and Otto Ramstad. Marielle teaches Contact Improvisation and Watercontact in regular evening classes, different workshop-formats and on various Contact Impro festivals in Germany and internationally in Austria, India and Portugal. She is organising Jams in Kassel, Witzenhausen and Göttingen, teaches CI and Somatics in the school for contemporary dance Sozo Visions in Motion in Kassel and is involved in a couple of different performance projects. Watercontact Class “Breathing Beings” In this class we explore our movement options – alone and together – as well as Contact Improvisation in water. We take time to arrive in the water, to hang out in there, to breathe, to sound, to fall and float, to sink to the bottom of the pool, to let us being carried by the water. In partner work we explore moving in the water with the least necessary effort, spiraling, turning, transitioning from vertical to horizontal and vice versa, expanding and condensing. We explore using our skin and the layers underneath for orientation, communication and contact. We investigate building structures with support value, using and resolving them again. We allow our Contact Improvisation practice to inform our explorations in the water. We allow the water explorations to change our Contact Improvisation practice on land. Bring swim wear, wet suit (highly recommended !!!), noseclip, goggles, towls. You can buy or borrow a noseclip from me for 5 € and there are very cheap wet suits to buy at Decathlon in Portugal for around 15 €.
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.
Baltazar Molina is a Portuguese multi-instrumentalist, sound explorer, composer and teacher. The influences of middle-eastern music, rock, experimental music and free improvisation are rather evident in his playing techniques and musical expression. Besides playing percussion instruments such as frame-drums (tar, bendir, douf, riqq, ramana, etc), darbuka, doholla, tombak, cajon, udu, rav-vast, tibetan bowls and gong, to name a few; Baltazar also plays electric guitar, exploring the sonic dimensions through alternate tunings and fx. In 20 years as a musician the list of projects and collaborations is immense and it’s also worth mentioning his compositions for theatre, dance, new-circus and performance. This translates into an eclectic discography and a vast list of venues played in Portugal, Germany, Spain, France, Estonia, Belgium,Poland, Czech Republic, Netherlands,Mexico, Chile, Canada, Croatia, Morocco and Greece.
Hugh is a Freelance Dance artist specializing Contact Improvisation and Contemporary Dance. He trained at Northern School of Contemporary Dance and has worked as a performer and teacher for over 10 years. Throughout the past few years he has been training in different movement disciplines- from Contact Improvisation and Yoga, to Circus and Tai Chi – to gain a deeper understanding of the body and the power of moving with presence and awareness. He teaches with a variety of different approaches to all ages and abilities, with a focus on creating an inclusive and open environment in which participants can feel free and able to discover new ways of moving. A space of ‘serious play time’!
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.
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.