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.

Frey Faust

Axis Syllabus



Marion Sperber and Alan Fuentes-Guerra

Shared Levitation

This unique workshop provides training in both Contemporary dance technique and Partnering:

1. Contemporary training: From Inside to Outside with Marion Sparber

2. Contemporary training: espaciocontinuo with Alan Fuentes y Guerra

3. Partnering Workshop: Shared Levitation with Marion and Alan

Marion Sparber

Originally from South Tyrol in Italy, Marion is a professional dancer/instructor based in Berlin, Germany. She received her professional dance training at Varium in Barcelona and Iwanson Contemporary Dance School in Munich.

As a teacher she has been working in several schools and festivals in Italy, Spain, Costa Rica, Russia, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland, Austria and Germany a.o at B12 Festival Raumstation Berlin, Cyrkulacje Festival Poland, Munich DancePAT, Iwanson School Munich, Profitraining Freiburg, Profitraining Leipzig, Profitraining Köln, Ballettförderzentrum Nürnberg, Kari-Tanzhaus, Deltebre Dansa Festival, Academy Dancer Russia, University of St. Petersburg, Crimea Summer Dance Festival: Summer for friends (Russia),

DASS Summer Workshop (Portugal), Varium (Barcelona), Marameo, Dock 11, Etage, Seneca, Danceworks, Tanzfabrik (Berlin), Performact (Portugal), Tanzhaus Zürich, Tanzbüro Basel, Vim Vigor (New York), Flow Movement (Colorado), Athletic Playground (San Francisco), Diavolo Company (LA), Nomada Festival El Salvador, Guatemala (Rambla Festival), Espacio Nómada (Costa Rica), La Cantera (Mexico City), Encuentros Mutantes Festival (Queretaro, Mexico) a.o.

Marion has collaborated as a dancer with choreographers and companies such as Francisco Córdova, Physical Momentum in the piece “To be”, Stella Zannou in the piece “Strange”, Sonia Rodriguez, performing “Mabel”, ADN-Dialect in the pieces “Zeitzone”, “Urban Shaman and “L’affaire Wettstein”, Eldon Pulak in “The Wetting Party” and as a guestdancer of Weedance Company.

Her solo-work “The Ripe and ruin” and her group-pieces “Shell Shock” and “Impromptu” have been performed at several theaters and festivals in Costa Rica, Greece, Spain, Switzerland, Italy and Germany.

She is co-founder of the KpiqA-Collective and CuerpOCOllectivo and performed the duets “Eight”, „Porzellan-Haus“, „Acacia confusA“ and the trio “Nefelibata” in Spain, Italy, Poland, Switzerland, Russia and Germany. Recently Marion got invited as a young emerging choreographer to “Certamen Coreografíco de Madrid, Paso a 2” to present “Eight”.

For her last pieces „Impromptu“ and „Shell Shock“ with performances at Tanzherbst Kempten and Alps Move Festival Italy she received funding and support from “Amt für Kultur Südtirol” and „Region Trient- Südtirol“.

In 2014 Marion was part of “EX-IN”, a one month intensive workshop with David Zambrano learning Flying Low and Passing Through Technique and took many years seminars practising and teaching this technique.

Alan Fuentes-Guerra

The mexican dancer and teacher received his education in dance at the academy SEAD Salzburg, Austria, studying at the post-graduate program BODHI Project and at the EPDM in Mazatlán, Mexico receiving his Bachelor in Contemporary dance. Currently he is based in Berlin and is researching in improvisation and theater showing a strong connection with physical dance and movement.

After graduating he could gather performing experience with several choreographers and companies: in the pieces Shell Shock and Impromptu by Marion Sparber, performed at Tanzherbst Kempten (Germany) and Alps Move Festival (Italy), performing All Things Considered by Ralf Jarochinsky at TanzHerbst Kempten, Fragile Matter by Christine Gouzelis at the Battery Dance Festival, New York, Ubuntu by Sita Ostheimer at the Arab-Jew Community Center, Tel Aviv, Israel, in the piece Zeit-Bild by Etienne Gilloteau at the Tirol Festival, Hall, Austria, 4 visiones de paraíso by Cecilia Lugo danced at OC OHTIC, Merida, Mexico and in the piece Cristalino 9o cielo by Miguel Mancillas, Onésimo González shown at Guadalajara, Mexico and the duet „Porzellan-Haus“ with Marion in many venues and festivals around europe.

Alan was teaching espaciocontinuo in following schools and festivals: Kirov and St. Petersburg (Russia), Dock 11 (Berlin), Marameo (Berlin), TanzRaum Wedding (Berlin), Cyrkulacje Festival (Poland), Profitraining Freiburg (Germany), Espacio ZM (Seville, Spain), C.C. Barceloneta (Barcelona, Spain), Fabrik Potsdam (Potsdam), Yizong Bagua (Cologne), Kari Tanzhaus (Kempten, Germany), La Cantera (México), Flow Movement (Colorado, USA), Athletic Playground (San Francisco, USA), Diavolo Company (LA, USA), Nomada Festival El Salvador, Guatemala (Rambla Festival), Espacio Nómada (Costa Rica), Encuentros Mutantes Festival (Queretaro, Mexico) a.o.


Hugh Stanier & Vega Katri Luukkonen

“Unknown Landscapes”



More Information at www.goacontactfestival.com

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Opens Juli 2019

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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

Frey Faust

Marion Sperber (IT) & Alan Fuentes-Guerra (MEX)

Hugh Stanier (UK) & Vega KAtri Luukkonen (FIN)

Guru Suraj (IN)
Marielle Gerke (GER)
Ma Prem Tara (FIN)
Matthieu Panassie (FR)