Goa Contact Festival

We explore different aspects of dance, improvisation and performing arts in skill building intensives, classes, labs, theoretical /practical researches. Nightly dance jams take place in an outdoor marquee, beside the ocean, inspired with eclectic live musicians. Weaving the web of this international artistic community!

Arambol Beach, Goa

Welcome to our movement oasis, located at Arambol Beach, North Goa, India. Built by the community, for the community; Forgotten Land is where we come to learn, play, and connect. Our unique ocean-side dance floor is the perfect place to sing, dance, and perform together.

Singing Circles

The Singing Circles serve to build community within the group and provide opportunities for deeper integration of the core material. We will invite lovely musicians for this heart opening circle in the mornings before classes start.


Most mornings during the whole Goa Contact Festival you join one Intensive course you choose with your online registration. This gives the teacher the possiblity to build up the material and develop a deeper process into the form.


Sharings are a daily practise and space in small groups of 4-5 people where you witness and express what is going on in this particular moment, with in your body, mind or emotional system. It can be a shared as well in silence or you can ask for feedback and support.

Lunch & Dinner

Forgotten Land Beach Resort offers including in the festival fee delicious vegetarian lunch & dinner including mineral water. Breakfast can be easlily ordered „al la carte“.


Daily classes in the afternoon with different teachers you can choose day by day. Most of the teacher teach twice in the festival to be able to share more of their knowlegde.

Beginners support

In CI Festivals can occur challenging situations which may trigger certain voices in our head that make it difficult to stay connected to ourselves, the other and the community. The timetable offers a variety of supportive formats such as the jam skills class, the CI basics classes, the reflection time, breaks for relaxation or singing circles.


In the laboratory we explore the unique quality of CI as a practice and as a form of performance.


Nancy Stark Smith originated this practice. The Underscore is a vehicle for incorporating Contact Improvisation into a broader arena of improvisational dance practice; for developing greater ease dancing in spherical space—alone and with others.

Performance night

The performance at the end of the Goa Contact Festival provides a ground for fruitful intercultural and interdisciplinary dialogues. Curated by contemporan dancers and choreographers in collaboration with indian, american & european dancers, performers and teachers.

Scholarship program for Indian dancers

The scholarship supports young dancers from India in their participation to the CI Goa Festival. The Festival offers them a introducing in the full spectrum of aspects of Contact Improvisation.

Choose Your Intensive

Registration for the festival includes your choice of intensive. Each intensive is led by one of the three primary facilitators.

Important: When you register for the festival below, please include which intensive you wish to participate in. Use the message field to choose your facilitator. Thank you.

Kira Kirsch

Touch Membranes & Tissue Talk

“Ethicality entails hospitality to the stranger threaded through oneself and through all being and non/being.” – Karan Barad, physicist and scholar of the philosophy of science and feminisim.

“Touch can suspend boundaries and binaries between self and other, forming an act of self-creation of empathetic social untiy: “through touch, the toucher and the touched become a new ensemble… a new entity.” (Ginsberg qtd. in Kampe)

The body is one’s personal harbour of sensation. Energetic layers, skin or fascial membranes, enveloping and weaving through the body, are sensitive and malleable interfaces with the worlds outside of ourselves and the worlds within. Via stimuli it helps us understand with evermore refinement our relationships between our own body and to all other life and objects that we entangle with and at the same time differentiate from. We will use touch and sensing to communicate and extend our understanding of our own anatomies (physical and energetical anatomies) to that of another. We will build presence and skill for a response – able touch that provides opportunities for the organism to respond with agency. Anatomies and principles of the Axis Syllabus* will be referenced in guided explorations and lead into dances that touch upon multiple dimensions.


Malcolm Manning

Language Of Sensation

A workshop for those who love to dance contact improvisation and are interested in exploring somatic approaches to expand the possibilities of their dancing. We will move between exercises aiming to clarify the sensations which lie at the heart of CI and exploring scores that point towards different types of CI vocabulary.

The idea of this approach is to minimise the teaching of set material (moves, tricks, etc) and instead to maximise the opportunities of participants to discover material for themselves through their own research and exploration.

Very simply, I set up calm and simple experiments in which we can experience a range of sensations without any demand to move very much. And then we dance a lot. Often there are unusual rules for the dances. Sometimes there are none and you can improvise freely.

While the workshop aims to support the development of our CI movement vocabulary, it does so through enriching the sensory skills that enable us to improvise with each other.


Tom Goldhand

From fear of falling to free form flying

The fear of falling and hitting the floor is innate to us, it is a born reaction that everyBODY shares from birth.

As soon as the floor hurls towards you, your body’s reflexes kick in – your muscles tension rise and you embrace yourself for the impact. Tension rises not from falling but from the fear of it. In this intensive workshop we will learn to see, feel, experience this and go beyond the fear of falling into a different place.

When the fear of falling is gone the joy of flying can be experienced, and with that comes the free form dancing of Contact Improvisation.

In this Intensive we will experience and explore how we can learn to override our reactions into a freeform dancing and extending it into flying, we will work with Tension, Intention and Attention to different bodily cues and movement pathways.


More Information at www.goacontactfestival.com

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What's Included:

• Singing Circles
• Intensives
• Sharings
• Lunch & Dinner
• Beginners Support
• Labs
• Underscore
• Performance Night

The Forgotten Land kitchen prepares meals for us during both lunch and dinner. A nutritious breakfast is separately available from 7 am. Accommodations are not inclusive in the Ticket. Beach huts, rooms and apartments are easy to find during this time of the season in a price range from 5 –15 Euro a night for 1-2 persons.

Meet Your Facilitators


Kira Kirsch (GER)

Kira Kirsch is a movement artist, community organizer, mother and initiater/curator born in East-Berlin. After many years abroad she now works and lives with her family in Berlin as residents of Lake Studios – an artist run dance, production and performance place.

Malcolm Manning (UK)

I think of myself as a somatic movement researcher, educator, mentor and artist. In my classes, I share my inquiry of what it is to be a thinking, feeling, moving subject in this world through developing a dialogue with ourselves and our environment in which we are empowered to be our own experts.

Tom Goldhand (ISR/NL)

Tom is a dancer, dance teacher and group facilitator, co-founder and facilitator of Ecstatic Dance Amsterdam, owner and manager of Sadhana Dance School.

Tom has been teaching and creating dance for over 12 years.

Guru Suraj (IN)
Marielle Gerke (GER)
Vega Katri Luukkonen (FIN)
Antoine Ragot (FR)
Ma Prem Tara (FIN)
Matthieu Panassie (FR)