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
Google coordinates 37°07'28.1"N 7°43'08.0"W
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!
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
500 € pp. Kingsize Bed together for couple
500 € Single bed in Double Room (fully booked)
630 € Single Room, Queensize Bed
Early Bird discount 20€ if you register and pay your deposit till June 20th.
Helper places available for a € 80 discount in exchange of 8-10 hours help during the festival.
If you are a Portuguese resident ask us for the Locals discounted Ticket!
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
is born in Berlin, living in Witzenhausen near Kassel (Germany) since 2010. There she 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 loves the playfulness that lays in it and the diversity of movement options that become available when moving together with shared weight. For her is remarkable how clear nonverbal communication can become if both dance partners allow their bodies to truly fall into each other while listening to the proposed directions of movement under the skin. In her practice as a dancer and teacher the exploration of developmental movement patterns, principles of leading and following over the soft tissues of the body and water work are very useful and exciting. She is interested in exploring anatomical structures in hands on work and while dancing.
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.
He is living in Chennai/India is a Painter, dancer, theatre artist, Yoga trainer and more. Graduate from one of the most established Art Institutions in India – The Government College of Fine Arts, Chennai. Has a Masters in philosophy in Yoga. Has a 200 hr of Yoga Alliance from U.S.A in LILA Yoga. Confident and savvy, Suraj is also a contact-improvisation dancer with experience in organizing yoga camps, C.I Workshops and art exhibitions around India and Abroad .He is exposed to the vibrant creative milieu of musicians, dancers, Painters, and actors of this artistically conscious South Indian city and Traveled around Asia with sharing C.I and art work. Worked as a Teacher in Goa Contact festival. Worked with the Goa contact festival team for 8 years now. This year in continuation of the Goa Contact Festival, our intention is to sow seeds of CI India in various parts of the country. As a team he wanted to extend this wondrous journey from the beach into our cities, from dancers to all people.
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).