16-20 September 2020
Portugal Contact Gathering
Portugal Contact Festival is being adapted to the restrictions of the epidemic needs.
We designed a program from Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th. We make space for individual choice to be heard and a hygiene protocole to be respected.
You are invited to spend these days with your 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 teachers, live musicians and mostly organic local food.
With Rita Vilhena (PT), Samuel del Bello (PT), Barbara Ramos (PT), Matthieu Azul (FR), Kabeção (PT), Alexa Papa (Ro), Howard Sonenklar(US), Moshe Zehavi (ISR), Pramod (PT), Tiago (PT), Johhanna Wyss (Swiss) and more
Nancy Stark Smith died in May 2020 when social distance was mandatory in Portugal. Never Contact Improvisation has been a radical practice like it is now.
We like to honor both, the life’s practice of Nancy Stark Smith and instigate CI in COVID times. How radical became CI, how much are we available to explore this dance, and how much is at stake when we do so are questions we start from.
Portugal Contact Festival is being adapted to the restrictions of the epidemic needs. We designed a program from Wednesday 16th to Sunday 20th with the morning workshop intensive with Rita Vilhena
and classes of movement exploration on land in water with Bárbara Ramos, Alexa Papa and Samuel Del Bello.
We make space for individual choice to be heard and a hygiene protocole to be respected, day by day. The negotiation between feeling safe and the need to dance in contact will be made collectively and individually.
The festival is the start of a tribute to Nancy Stark Smith that Portugal Contact Festival and Extravagante CI Jam are starting together. This collaboration wishes to look into the heritage of CI, means of inclusion and expansion of Contact Improvisation in the Portuguese community.
We, Monica & Samuel, invite you to 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 2020
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!
you receive in the info letter after you registered
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.
- wetsuit if you have for water sessions. We have as well some.
People in rental tents, tents and camper please bring aditionally;
-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 Gathering 16-20 Sept. You should not come a day before.
You need to leave the gathering grounds the day your CI Gathering ends. Thats September 20th.
SORRY BUT CANT STAY A DAY LONGER AND WE CAN NOT MAKE EXEPTIONS.
You will be ask in the info mail for a deposit of € 50 to pay upfront as a confirmation of your participation.
REGISTRATION UPON ARRIVAL
Wednesday 16th Sept AT 2 p.m. Bring the missing part of your fee in cash that day 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.
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 AND CELEBRATE LIFE TOGETHER.
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.
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. 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.
You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.
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. 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.
Você pode nos contatar em email@example.com para qualquer pergunta.
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. 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.
Bei Fragen können Sie uns unter firstname.lastname@example.org erreichen.
The gathering is full, you can sign up in the form and will be on the waiting list.
€ 290 Regular Price, incl. three meals a day. In your own Tent or camper van.
€ 340 Rental Tent, single occupation
€ 360 pp. Bell Tent, triple occupation
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.”
Rita Vilhena is a choreographer and researcher about dance and movement in cultural or religious acts in different communities and the body as culture or sacred place. Professional dancer since 2003, her main motivation is the idea of transformation and participation, driven by intuition and pleasure. Her latest works #VIBRA #DOR and CORPO SANTO are a mark of her artistic journey with interest in Ritual and Performance. In 2005 he created Baila Louca improvisation and performance in Rotterdam. BL was born from an individual challenge, to give visibility and make collaborations with artists who inspired her such as Meg Stuart, Vania Rovisco, Julien Hamilton, Bruno Listopad, Jeremy Wade and many others. She teaches dance at the Escola Superior de Dança, and is part of the national and international community of Contact Improvisation. She has a degree in the Dance School, Rotterdam Academy of Dance and a Master in Performing Arts; she was awarded a scholarship at the Centre for Scientific Research in Dance and Musicology of 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
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” 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.
My name is Alexa Papa and I’m a passionate dancer and artist. I was born in Romania and currently living in south of Portugal. I started to move consciously about 6 years ago, also the time I’ve experienced my first Contact Improvisation workshop. This was a moment that opened a new world for me, full of new concepts, a new understanding of my body and what it can do if I just allow it (decompress). In the past years, I’ve been attending classes of Creative Movement, Contemporary Dance, Ideokinesis, Axis Syllabus, Butoh and other movement practices as well as Contact Improvisation workshops, Festivals and Intensives. I’ve shared amazing dances with many beautiful people and learned from many international teachers. CI became my main practice and focus and I’m always searching ways to share what I’ve learned, to share dances, to explore and to discover together with other bodies how to move/be and to do what I love. Since I begun my dance journey, I’ve been part of dance performances in Romania and Portugal, co-creating a performance, co-organizing 2 editions of Arrábida Dance Gatherings and finally sharing my passion.
Tiago Rouxinol born in Portugal in 1977 and moved to Brazil in 1999 where he became a Capoeira teacher. Traveling around Latin America he fell in Love with music and went to Cuba to study percussion. Looking for the roots went several times to West Africa to learn traditional and tribal instruments such as djembe, kora, balafon. Became a multi instrumentalist and created 2 bands of world music that still exist, Yemadas and Onda 9. Also he has been making a research on how to include everybody into the music and started to study Body music with a great master Keith Terry- Cross Pulse. Some years ago he created and facilitated the Music for All workshop based on Body percussion and Circle Singing, where people can learn many music games and different forms of developing rhythm and coordination in a very playful way without using instruments , but simply their bodies!
Samuel del Bello
Samuel del Bello is a mover and life explorer. A vagabond who loves to play, to experience, to integrate and get inspired from diverse people and disciplines. Deeply rooted in his own body and somatic experience outgrows the desire for connecting with the other, authenticity express and communicate, listen, move together, support, dance and rise each others up. Low gravity field – water sessions – I offer this as an invitation to explore ourselves in relation to the water element. Coming from our own bodies and inner waters, tapping in our cellular and embryological memory. We go on to explore movement and its qualities in this familiar and unique environment. Be water my friend.
Howard Sonenklar has been involved with movement studies, contact improvisation, dance, theatre and somatic integration techniques for the past 40 years. He has taught and performed extensively throughout Europe and South America since the 1980’s. He is highly respected for his teaching and most well known for his integration of innovative movement research combining principles of perception, touch and alignment therapies, with] self inquiry. In the last 16 years he has been a professor at the National Conservatory of Theatre in Lisbon, Portugal, specialising in sharing his work for stage actors.
Pramod, Miguel Bento
#Pramod #Miguel #Bento was born in Portugal. He works as a bioenergetic bodywork psychotherapist and teaches Osho active meditation, martial arts and Easy Motion, his synthesis of dance-theater-performance. He draws inspiration from Osho and his own experience with Amazonian Indians and other ancient cultures. Its Vision is to walk and support the discovery of the Total Body, one capable of feeling, expressing and communicating in its full potential. Graduated in Bioenergetics at the Namaste center in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and behavioral psychology at the Humaniversity therapeutic center, in the Netherlands. Practices and teaches martial arts since 1975 (Judo, Kempo, Taido, Kung fu), and Dance-Contact-Improvisation since 1992.
After an education in physical theatre Johanna worked for 10 years as acrobatic and circus teacher for children and as actress/dancer in several projects. Then live decided that she should become a gardener and tango teacher in Portugal where she lives since almost 6 years. Since 12 years she dances contact improvisation and explores the similarities and differences between contact, acrobatics and tango.