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Goa Contact Festival

20 – 27 Jan 2023    Goa, India

Contact Improvisation * Jams * Singing Circles * Movement Research * Community Building * Performance *

With Vega Luukkonen, Guru Suraj, Sergio Palomares, Shifu Ash, Prem Tara, Adrianna Michalska, Maria Rutanen, Ivan Gurianov and more.

 

It is time to reconnect and recharge our dancing bodies and hearts in the warm embrace of mother India. We are happy to invite you to the 12th edition of the Goa Contact Festival. In the paradise beach of Arambol in Goa.

Experienced teachers explore different aspects of dance, improvisation and performing arts. They offer skill building intensives, classes, labs, theoretical & practical research. All levels welcome!

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Artistic Vision

In close collaboration with the Indian contact dance community, the arambolian musicians and artists we create an unique festival with in- depth somatic education, strong sense of community and colorful artistic exchange.

Especially together with the InContact Collective, we are developing a program that focuses on hidden racism and consent in contact improvisation community.
There will be series of events within the festival dedicated to these themes. In particular, we are transforming our Scholarship Program into the Fellowship Program in order to establish a more dedicated, detailed, and long-term relationship with a wider community of dancers in India.

Our proposal

Please notice that rather than a short -time visit we want to encourage you to stay for the whole season of events. This opportunity ‘the India immersion’ includes the trainings, jams, festivals for the whole month of January. The more you participate, the stronger the involvement with the community.

Together we are working towards a sustainable and stable contact improvisation scene in India, inviting Indian dancers and performers to the festival and providing a platform for community exchange. We are supporting and following the InContact collective’s plans for trainings, festivals and jams in different parts of India.
We would like to have a cross-border cooperation with the possibility to invite Indian artists to Europe.
VENUE

Forgotten Land

Program


Time

Fri 20

Sat 21

Sun 22

Mon 23

Tue 24

Wed 25

Thu 26

Fri 27

9.00-10.00

Singing/Yoga

Singing/Yoga

Singing/Yoga

Singing/Yoga

Singing/Yoga

Singing/ Yoga

10.15- 12.45

Vega & Tara

Vega & Tara

Vega & Tara

Free Day

Vega & Tara

Underscore

Morning Jam

Guru & Adrianna

Guru & Adrianna

Guru & Adrianna

Guru & Adrianna

Jam

Good Bye Ceremoine

12.45-13.15

Sharing

Sharing

Sharing

Sharing

Sharing

13.30-14.30

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

16.30-18.00

Registration

Ivan

Ivan

Sergio

Labbing

Trio Feedback Score

Shifu

Shifu

18.30-19.30

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

Dinner

19.30-20.00

Welcome Circle

Newcomer Talk

Indian Dance Community

Bodywork

Concert

Performace Score

20.00-22.30

Jam

Ecstatic Dance

Ecstatic Dance

Ecstatic Dance

Forgotten Land

Jam

Jam

Team

Vega Luukkonen

Adrianna Michalska

Guru Suraj

Prem Tara

Volker Eschmann

Sergio Palomares

Ivan

Shifu Ash

Maria Rutanen

Julian Schmid

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Fellowship Program

GOA CONTACT FESTIVAL FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM

Goa Contact festival has been offering Scholarship program for indian dancers from the beginning of the festival -that is over 11 years. The aim of the program is to enable Indian dancers, ci practioners all around India to join the festival through a special monitored process regardless their financial situation. Throughout the years hundreds of Indian dancers have been able to participate in the program.

This year we are joining with Guru Suraj and Adrianna Michalska (co-founders of InContact – a collective for Contact Improvisation in India) in taking new steps towards creating a more sustainable scene of Ci in India. We are restructuring the program (with the new title: Fellowship) – in order to have a more long-lasting engagement with the Fellowship participants.

Objectives of the Goa Contact Festival Fellowship

The purpose of the Fellowship program is to support the artists interested in Contact Improvisation in India and to bridge the international and local ideas. Our vision is to work towards a sustainable Contact Improvisation scene in India and support the active members. We wish to create links between Contact Improvisation and practitioners of other dance and art forms to expand the future possibilities of collaboration.

Program is a rare opportunity to experience a full spectrum of aspects of Contact Improvisation focusing on research, practice and performance with experienced teachers from all over the world. The festival context is a possibility to integrate in the larger international contact improvisation community and create a platform for cultural exchange. Fellowship facilitators will lead discussions and sharing structures during the festival to encourage a fruitful sharing of dance, knowledge, learning possibilities and performances. The long-term objective for the Fellows is to create the platform for local and international collaborations.

The Fellowship program allows a discounted rate to participate in the Goa Contact Festival.

The topics of the Fellowship:

– Community creation and collaboration – Contact Improvisation in the current, post pandemic moment – what are the needs and possibilities for the spaces of       Contact Improvisation – International collaborations – how to travel, – CI network locally and internationally – Finding mentors – Research and development opportunities

Facilitators

Guru Suraj was one of the first Indian Contact Improvisation dancers to become associated with Goa Contact Festival. In 2016 he co-created Contact Improv India organisation that has gathered the first generation of Indian CI dancers to travel across India and teach Contact. Since then many new generations of CI dancers have emerged and new movers started to practice the form.

Adrianna Michalska

is a Contact improvisation dancer, facilitator, traveller, and independent artist with background in somatics, contact improvisation, creative writing, and various improvisation methods studied across the globe. Adrianna has been collaborating since four years with Contact Improv India and InContact – organisations that foster the development of contact improvisation scene in India through movement arts residencies, workshops, regular classes, jams, performances, and discussions.

InContact collective is a company created by Guru Suraj, Adrianna Michalska, and Harmandeep Singh, which aims to support current and future practitioners and facilitators of CI, continuously develop the current dance scene in India, and foster the cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary dialogue.

Eligibility

The fellowship program is for Indian nationals only, 18 years old and above. introduction part is 18-19/01 and the actual festival from 20-27/01. Please note that participation throughout the duration of 18-27/01 is necessary. The deadline for application process is Dec 18th 2022

Dates

18-20 January – Fellowship meetings

20-27 January – Goa Contact Festival

Application

To apply please fill the form and submit your CV.

Copy and open this link and it leads you to the application form: https://forms.gle/V8aXvZYo5EsjSUUFA

Arrival

Economical Flights from Europe to Dabolim Airport Goa you can find on the following website http://www.momondo.com There are no direct flight to Goa from Europe. Best to travel through Mumbai or Dehli.

VISA is required and easy to get an E-VISA online.

TAXI
Getting to Arambol Beach from Dabolim Airport best way by taxi (about 2200 RS, appr. 90 min). Krishna a befriended driver can arrange to pick you up ( call or whats app 0091 77769 18678) or government regulated taxi’s are available at the airport.

Accommodation

Accommodations are not inclusive in the Ticket. Beach huts, rooms and apartments are available this time of the season in a price range from 20 –30 Euro a night for 1-2 persons. If you come earlier it might be easier to get a better deal. The Festival is in the high season and for the first few days after your arrival you should definetely reserve a room in a hostel. Check booking.com
Arambol is a sweet village with ATM, Cafes, Shops, Postoffice all you need.

* * * We advice you to reserve a room for your arrival the first days from where you can find your unique hut, apartment or room. See guesthouse adress below. You can use this adress also for your VISA application form!

* * * God’s Gift Guesthouse Arambol. Call or write a mail to James and he will tell you rates. Girkar Waddo, Arambol, Pernem – Goa, 403524 INDIA, James +91 9923427570 Email : godsgiftarambol@yahoo.in

* * * Ivons Guesthouse, Girkar Waddo, Arambol, Pernem – Goa, Martin +919822127398

* * * Lost Monk Beach Huts Girkar Waddo, Arambol, Pernem – Goa, 403524 INDIA, Cal +91 88940 05242

WIFI

We recommend to buy upon arrival a SIM card with big enough data packet. Prices are about 8-10€ monthly. Never the less there is usually in every beach restaurant WIFI as well at Forgotten Land

Food

Our wonderfull team of chefs prepare indian vegetarian and fresh fish dishes, with love and taste. We buy organic food from local farmers as much as possible.

Ticket Infos

310€  SUPER EARLY BIRD pay your deposit till 20. October 2022

340€ EARLY BIRD pay your deposit till 10. December 2022

370€ LAZY BIRD pay your deposit last minute –

18500 INR Indian nationals / limited amount.

Helper €80 discount

Registration

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