Offerings

Common ground

To make this journey as rich and safe as possible, we will start the festival with ensuring a common ground through a full day of consent work and Contact Improvisation technique. Once we feel more grounded and connected we invite you to dive deeper and into more experimental forms of connection. Throughout the week we will offer participants material and experiences that help cultivate a more conscious self, a more profound connection to nature and more authentic and compassionate relations.

During the week there are many different formal and informal proposals.

When you do the registration you can choose one between three intensive workshops. The intensive is a close content that gives an opportunity to deep the work and cultivate complicity with the folks throughout the week.

In the afternoon there are single classes and you can choose on the moment wich one you want to go.

In the evening there are different open proposals and introductions to open spaces such as jams, the sexy tent, ceremonies or the dungeon.

intensives

Groundwork

In this intensive you are invited to forget who you think you are, your name, sex, gender & profession, to be born again in nature. On this journey we will return to our primary senses, to explore through movement, touch and play, our evolutionary growth, from basic organisms, to animals and humans. Drawing on aspects of Yoga, Contact Improvisation, Body-Mind Centering and Authentic Movement this journey will equally involve movement with the environment and each other to discover more sensual, receptive ways of being in and dancing through the world. We will begin in water where we will investigate what it means to yield and be held. As we then resurface on land, we will investigate the developing strength and flexibility along our spinal axis. Exploring transitions in and out of the ground, we will further play with the great substance of our centre, including our weight, placement, hierarchy and the fluid dynamics of dancing in contact. Finally embracing our human development rising into higher hemispheres, we will come to the expansiveness of space and directness of vision, investigating how it feels to meet others, move towards and express our desires from a place of earthbound sensuality.

Rosalinda Holgate-smith

Rosalind is an Artist, Dancer and Choreographer from the UK, currently based in Berlin. She creates performances, immersive installations and visual artworks that investigate touch, exploring intimate experiences between people, place and the environment. She takes inspiration from her engagement with Contact Improvisation, Somatic practices and moving in the environment both on land and in water. She holds a Masters in Dance Creative practice and a BA (hons) in Fine Art & Choreography. Over the past 10 years she has taught Dance, including Contact Improvisation, performance and somatic practices at a number of UK Universities, she had led workshops in France, Germany, the USA and India and has worked extensively with diverse groups, ages & abilities. Rosalind also teaches Yoga and Swimming with the Alexander technique. www.rosalindholgatesmith.com

Natural lovers – Exploring our common erotic body

This body is alive – so is this earth. How do we relate with a sensual body to our own inner erotic landscapes and the ones which are surrounding us?

Connecting to the natural movement of this existence, the waves and tingles of streaming breath, our liquids and waters, our deep resources of pleasure and desires, the ones we know and the ones that want to be explored, the expression of the wonder that is our body, can bring us into a realm beyond identity. We can tap into the beauty of what it means to experience this body in connection to the planet, a flourishing, lush, queer paradies from whom we can learn and become a curious, playful version of ourselfes and even deeper – open to a erotic lovestory with this ground.

I wanna cocreate a container for us to play with and in nature, exploring our senses to open and deepen the intimate relationship to our own and the bigger body of the earth. Movement, ritualistic playgrounds, diving into clay, exploring the dynamics of gender, following the red thread of our pleasure to open our heart and the lust that is in every part of our body, unfolding the spectrum of relating to other bodies and beings will be our baseline.

Lets learn together to befriend ourselves with the unknown to create a culture that is life&love enhancing.

Clara Tengler

I have been exploring topics such as body, love, relationship, consciousness and eros/sexuality for several years and try to open and maintain spaces for playful self-awareness with a high degree of attentiveness. I am happy about the wondrous in life and above all I am excited about the experience of embodiment and expansion of consciousness, as well as being embedded and deeply connected to nature itself. I experience myself as a peace-oriented life artist, I am a researcher, curious and listen to the magic of being. On the way to experience my individual natural erotic being, I move in fields such as self-awareness, bodywork, meditation, shamanic work, spiritual practice, constellation work, transpersonal experience spaces such as Holotropic Breathing, intuitive dance, performance and music. I find my own artistic expression through tattooing, ritual work, as well as the exploration/experience of authentic sexuality, relationship forms/constellations in self-initiated group work. In 2019 I completed my training as Sexological Bodyworker (somatic sexual education). I have no explicit trauma-therapeutic training, but I describe my work as trauma-sensitive.

3rd Intensive – offered if the group is big enough

More info in the future

Single classes

A corporal view of radical authenticity

Let me invite you to a workshop on dialogue in touch. I would like to propose you a journey through elements of contact, and free and forced mobilizations within the safe ground of consent. We will start in the body and then research to intensify our ability to perceive, feel and be in deep dialogue with self and the other. I am interested in the conversation occurring on the level of sub-conscious and primal human ability to produce and receive before verbalizing or even conceptualizing. That way the class is an excuse for an intimate meeting with yourself and other people on the level rarely experienced in daily life. I can promise you a time of beauty and intensity

Filip Wencki

Contact improviser, physical actor, director and art researcher. Co-founder of the physical theater/dance company The line of night. His work is providing a unique combination of soft, somatic approach combined with intense physicality of contact improvisation and physical acting. In the past occupied with traditional martial arts and modern fight systems. For years now occupied with movement and its relationship to physical experience and touch. Performs and teaches internationally all around Europe and world.

Morning Portals of Negativity

Portals of Negativity involve a traditional practice from the Kogi people (Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia) that cultivates the co-creation and mutual work with Aluna, the Great Mother. Through meditation and breath, we experience our human (and bodily) ability to transform negativity (any force that doesn’t serve us or the world) into life force, love and gratitude, returning it back to Sé Nenulang, the Earth. You are welcome to participate or observe during the daily ritual. (ca. 15 minutes every morning) .

Daniela Reina Téllez

Daniela Reina Téllez guides classes of breath-work and yoga, and holds and co-holds workshops and circles on self-determined gynecology, herbal medicine, female sexuality, self-love and self-determination, consent and human relating. As a fine artist, she works as a translator between histories, movement and form. In her performances and installations, stories are told, danced and setup in-space. She has dedicated the last seven years to the reflection of the implications and outcomes of imperialism, patriarchy and colonialism in the land, the flora and on the (female*)body. Her practice has manifested in the last years into workshops and laboratories that are also understood as artistic material. She is right now striving to get an artist visa, while finishing her training as Sexological Bodyworker.

Dancing with Flogger

I am inviting you to discover the world of conscious flogging where we will explore the relationship between you and the power of the flogger, you and your partner, and the space ”in between” in which magics happen, if you dare to enter. Let’s have a close look how a direct impact on the body can deepen our body awareness, and how breath, movement and sound can enhance the bodily sensations as well as to intensify the flow of energy in the body. (Nudity Optional).

The Mouth

What does your mouth mean to you? How much are you aware of it? Do you use its full potential? Can you imagine your life without it? In this workshop we first engage in a discussion and then dive into the mouth/jaw exploration. We will be looking at various faculties such significant body entrance and exit point has to offer, relaxation techniques, bitting, sucking, and dragging.

Sharka Rey

I am a Czech born and Basel-based alternative sexuality educator, bodyworker, yoga teacher, international retreat and workshop organiser with experience in and passion for body mechanics, movement, dance, contact improvisation, theatre improvisation, and martial arts. I like to inspire people sharing my varied experiences and perspectives on living life. I like exploring limits of different intensities, both subtle and extreme.

Tools & Toys in Contact Improvisation

In these first sessions of the festival we intend to give us as a community the chance to share a vocabulary in CI technique and a toolkit for boundaries and consent to have a base to explore and play with. My part in this will be preparing a juicy cocktail of Contact principles and tools for enjoying this amazing danceform together throughout the festival and beyond. It might be flavoured with some ingredients from acting and NVC (non-violent communication) to give us more skills and freedom to express and enjoy together.

Playfight
In this system I combined my desire for intensity and dynamic play from martial arts with the awareness and softness of Contact Improvisation. From 25 years of experience in different martial arts forms (Judo, Aikido, Kickboxing, Boxing and Muay Thai) and Playfighting I created many exercises, which also enable fewer sportive people to explore and enjoy their warrior energy in a safe environment. Since 2011 I’ve been offering this work countless times in workshops and festival settings all over the globe and the reactions never were less than enthusiastic. One side effect of this work is replacing old stereotypes of violent conflicts (or even trauma) with a joyful and playful togetherness, to experience intensity with presence and respect. Enjoy the opportunity to integrate this powerful aspect of being human!

Playfight

In this system I combined my desire for intensity and dynamic play from martial arts with the awareness and softness of Contact Improvisation. From 25 years of experience in different martial arts forms (Judo, Aikido, Kickboxing, Boxing and Muay Thai) and Playfighting I created many exercises, which also enable fewer sportive people to explore and enjoy their warrior energy in a safe environment. Since 2011 I’ve been offering this work countless times in workshops and festival settings all over the globe and the reactions never were less than enthusiastic. One side effect of this work is replacing old stereotypes of violent conflicts (or even trauma) with a joyful and playful togetherness, to experience intensity with presence and respect. Enjoy the opportunity to integrate this powerful aspect of being human!

Ulli Wittemann

A passion for movement and growth has drawn Ulli to new directions since he was a child.
From practising Ballroom Dance and Hip Hop as a teenager and 25 years of studying different Martial Arts forms (Judo, Aikido, Kickboxing, Boxing and nowadays Muay Thai)

he finally fell in love with Contact Improvisation in 2001 during his actors studies at the University of Performing Arts in Frankfurt, Germany. After eight years of performing more than 1000 shows in the German State Theater system he decided to change his focus from performing to sharing his love for Contact Improvisation, Acting, Awareness and Communication in Munich and abroad. In the last years he taught Workshops, Classes and Retreats in China, Japan, India, Thailand, Bali, Israel, Palestine, Russia, Crimea, USA, Canada, Turkey and many European Countries. He is one of the Founders of the Tempelhof Contact Festival in Germany and the Conscious Flow Festival in India and co-organized four editions of the Touch & Play Festival. His latest creation, the BODY MIND SOUL Festival is happening in May 2019 in South Germany.

“In myself I feel a deep longing for connectedness, healing and joy. I seek for depth and lightness in everything I do and so also in the spaces that I open for people, no matter if it’s teaching a class or a workshop or creating a festival. By growing a network of motivated humans I want to give us the chance to learn and enjoy together and work towards peace and harmony with each other and our planet.”

 

Instant Gratification and Hidden Jewels

We spend some precious time together. Within that timeframe I want to plant some seeds that will grow in different directions, depending from wich angle each one of us illuminates them. During the past years in my movement research I found a lot inspiring material. Some of it made me wonder, shiver, ecstatic, excited and feel very rich. I believe that every pleasure has it´s unique timing. There might be ways of moving together that we find joyful right now but a big turn off if we try it again tomorrow or with another partner. During our class I will suggest bodywork and Contact Improvisation material that connect the world of dance and erotic playgrounds. Within a clear suggestion I will always offer a range of pathways to tryout different intensity and intention. So we can always decide how far we want to go inbetween pure CI dance, eroric and BDSMish play. I encourage us to stay curious. What do I actually enjoy – right now? Can I find pleasure in a place I did not expect? Be prepared to play with your comfort zones. Be ready to say Yes and No. Be ready to explore what you want – right now.

Katya Dikowa

My journey through researching on movement, body-mind alignment, music and art is inspiring me every day. Nourishing connections, creating spaces, moving others and being moved are my main focus right now. Since many years of Dance and Contact Impro practice I am curious to witness and create body qualities and inner states. Identifying as a non binary person I am on a pathway to learn and integrate. Our bodies, words and decisions have the power to form reality in a new way, hopefully in a way that is more whole.
I believe that opening up and let some light shine on our dark aspects has the potential to deep healing. Let´s open our eyes to see the bridges that are already build for us. Let´s dig into the questions that frightens us the most right now to discover what we may find beyond.
In trust. Together. In tenderness.

Liquid Love

 The Liquid Love Experience is a collective journey of the senses.

It is an exploration of sensuality in its purest form and can invoke a strong feeling of love for oneself, one’s community and for life itself! Through the use of copious amounts of our liquid love potion (e.g. organic olive oil, coconut oil or similar substitutes) we are, for a while, able to eliminate friction from our lives allowing for incredibly smooth flowing encounters with ourselves and others. The concept is simple: we pour warm, fine, neutral oil on to your skin, from where it will spread over your whole body and form a lubricious substance, which allows you to engage in flowing skin to skin contact and float in a sea together with other oily bodies. Everyone is invited to respect their own rhythm and limits to touch and nudity. Allow yourself to be moved without intentions or sexual orientation. Be present with erotic sensations and thoughts but rather than act on them, relax into the energetic flow of the bodies around you. This is a place where you can love and be loved in an impersonal and unbound manner and above all a place to super charge your soul.

Daniel J. Hayes

Daniel is the founder of the Touch&Play Project. He is also a Medical Doctor, public health scientist, eco-anarchist and practical idealist.

Eros Hides Among the Trees

Rediscovering and developing an erotic relationship to ourselves and others, exploring our innermost intimate needs in the process of deep listening and consent, are vitally important and can be truly liberating. What happens when we extend this exploration of deep listening, presence and consent to non-human interactions? Are we invaders who penetrate with little regard for nature’s needs or do we sense our way in, opening up and adapting? How do we sense the needs of our surrounding environment when explicit verbal communication isn’t available? Through simple excercises of embodied presence, in movement or in stillness, we will delve deeper into human-to-nature nature-to-human love-making, meeting the trees, shrubs, grass, soil and creatures we come across along the way. Come prepared to meet the elements.

Making Love Inside My Dark Room

You, me, my camera: a threesome; or more. But surely by erotic photography you mean porn??? Pornography is a loaded term, originally describing art which depicts prostitutes – a 19th century concept from a time when a person allowing another to view them naked in a sexualised context was considered a whore. Are you ready to discard this notion? Contemporary society has become obsessed with covering nipples and genitalia as if there hides the root of all evil. Let’s celebrate our raw nakedness, tender and powerful, vulnerable and beautiful. Between being seen and feeling shame lies a universe of discovery. How do we navigate the two, the desire to be seen with the threat of rejection? We will explore indoors and outdoors. Scheduling sessions in solos or in groups.

Dan Farberoff

Artist. Filmmaker. Dancer. Body-mind researcher. Free-diver. Water-dancer. Erotic explorer.

The Breath of Life

I want to offer you a journey into our constantly moving breathing body. Based on the wisdom of the Cranio Sacral system, we will explore the moving liquids in our body. The Cranio Sacral rythms are connected to a profound impulse of life starting in the watery home of the womb, expanding and contracting us throughout our entire life. Allowing our body to sink into a state of deep relaxation, we will allow biodynamic reactions to release tension and free ourself from limitations. This allows us to explore natural movements that appear, find back to the natural flow of our body system and gain more freedom on many levels. After diving into our own system in a phase of solo exploration, we will invite a listening quality of touch and sensing each others fluid bodys in movement. Connecting to the pure life energy we can dive into a group journey of liquid bodies. The Breath of Life can be integrative and deep, sensitive and nourishing, connecting us to the source of life and the experience of coming home in a tribal gathering what started out as a watery existence in the warm embrace of the womb of our mothers. Qualities to be found and experienced in this workshop – feedback of participants “no wanting but simply being”, “a deep state of listening”, “no words, no mind”, “nourishment in touch and connection”, “feeling safe and home in a shared movement exploration”.

Isabelle Pyttel

Isabelle Pyttel is a creature dedicated to movement, healing and nature, born and raised in Bavaria. Since a young age she gained experience dancing on stage and as a choreographer. She studied Fine Arts at the Academy of Arts in Munich with a focus on Performance. A deep longing for finding her purpose fueled by a profound curiousity in the human body and energy system led her to an intense yoga practice, the study of various massage and healing techniques connecting to the subtle energies of nature, intuition and holistic movement. She is a certified Cranio Sacral Therapist and got an examination as a Naturopath (Heilpraktiker). After practicing Hatha Yoga and a gentle form of Iyengar Yoga for several years, she focused her Yoga teaching on the heart opening Anusara Yoga. Isabelle believes in the wisdom of our human heart and keeps researching different approaches like CI, free movement and dance. For her life-long learning is a key quality for finding our path as humans in coexistence with nature.

Connect with yourself- Building a bridge between our body and mind

We are only able connect to others in an free and authentic way when we are deeply connected to ourselves. In this workshop we explore where and how we feel different emotions in our bodies. Do we feel it? Is there any numbness, pain, vibration? This is where we bring our awareness to and listen to the story our body tells us. What do I like? What are my bodies desires? How can we find peace and pleasure in our bodies? We explore all of this alone or in partner exercises through dance and movement as well as through a witnessed mind-body dialogue, inspired by authentic movement. We are stripping off the layers of society labels and discover who we are without them to show up as our true selves in order to attract the connections we really want to have in our lives. .

Sylvi Troeger

Sylvi has been a dancer, teacher, choreographer, body and movement researcher for more than 25years. She loves all different styles of dancing- solo or in connection. It has always been her way to express her feelings and it’s where she comes alive. Through an education in teaching, she studied the psychology of learning. Physiotherapy and massage added the scientific knowledge about Physiology and Body structures behind the art. Her second passion is massage and bodywork. Her backgrounds in different massage Styles and Tantra provide a wide variety in intuitive massages as well as healing sessions to re-awaken the intelligence of the body. By combining all her skills, Sylvi is creating more and more concepts that focus on the wisdom of the body as a teacher and healer and on a healthy relationship to sexuality as life energy to help people reconnect to their source and power.

Singing Circle

” The Singing and Sounding together will attune our hearts to the group heart and the heart of the moment.

The Vibration of our Voices will support us ground in our centre and in the circle to get ready for the day.

The Circle Songs I’m going share with you are coming out of different traditions and backgrounds: Sufi, Yogic, Shamanic,

Indian, African, Rainbow, South American, German – all with the intention to bring healing and love into the present moment

and to open up the quality of listening with all of our cells.”


Subtle Pleasures and Rare Treasures

The multidimensional pathways to and with joy in CI Dance are saturated with insight and learning which is why its depth to me, is endless.
This workshop aims for two treasures:
1. To provide for some dance tools that feel juicy and enabling to further play with the form
2. To open up curiosity and the inner scientist for the subtle pleasure that underlies every single move that we make with our dancing bodies: alone and in touch.
There will be some time to connect to our oldest intimate dance partner: the floor. We will release and melt into it, move with other dance partners and alone, roll, enjoy compression, go with and in counter directions, share weight and playtime and dance with the pull of gravity and outer space weightlessness!

Anir Leben

Anir graduated in Dance, Improvisation & Performance in 2013 and has been holding and creating spaces for Conscious Dance, Contact Improvisation, Music, Singing & Ceremony for over 10 years now. She teaches, coaches and performs mostly in Berlin, her homebase. Under her brand “Agile Arts” she founded the “ScoreJAM Berlin”, a CI Jam Format with the focus on research and nonverbal jamming, the Conscious Dance “AbunDance”, the Sonic Temple “Sonic Sensuality”, the Work “Earthmothers” – a quest for women without children and the Nature Retreat “ATTUNE”. Find more info on: www.anirleben.com

 

Embodied Feminism for All

In this workshop we shall reflect upon the role of male allies. How can women and other genders feel heard, respected, and supported by men? How can men feel like they are actively fighting against sexism? We shall be discussing and exploring practical tools to embody inclusive feminism. This workshop invites people of all genders to come together to work towards deconstructing patriarchal attitudes and to develop greater care and understanding.

Feral Encounter

This workshop is a laboratory of human rewilding. How can we move away from preconceived ideas and judgments about physical appearance, gender differences, or sensory hierarchy? How can we retrieve some of our more basic instincts and primal sensations? Through a slow exploration of senses that are not those used most frequently in our culture, we shall endeavour to change our perception of other individuals. Our ultimate goal is not mere sensation, but authentic connection. The space we hold is intended to be one of experimentation and vulnerability that empowers us to connect with each other as well as with ourselves as playful human animals. We aspire to witness, embody, and celebrate the beauty of human diversity.

Swan Aleon

Swan is a queer and anarchist performer, writer, and activist. They trained in physical theatre and humanist psychotherapy and hold degrees in philosophy and religion. They co-founded the LIIC, a queer and feminist laboratory of intimacy and sex-positivity in Montreal. Their work deals with the body as a prime site of individual and spiritual reconditioning. Though the tantra,
drama, and somatic workshops they organize, they strive to rewild our everyday life and to recover our shared human animality.

House of Neurotic Womxn

Some of the most transfixing images from cinema, history books or performance art show women losing their shit – or finding another state of mind – in obsession, hysteria, ecstasy. This workshop will be a tribute to the aesthetic qualities of these twilight zones, like the subway scene from Andrzej Żuławskis “Possession”, photographies of the contortions of the hysterics from Charcot’s Salpêtrière, myths of eerie witches or phantasma of exorcistic rituals. We will investigate the often neglected grotesque, slimy, monstrous, weird elements of eros. Acknowledging, that we might have trained to have the perfect seductive bedroom-look, but it could be more rewarding to allow ourselves to go into (supposedly) ugly grimacing. Together we will hold the space for you to let it out, pose strangely, swear, drool, speak in tongues, scream demonically and NOT be the soft, neat and quiet female* that is usually the only version society accepts, so we can all say “This is horrible! Please don’t stop!”
Drawing inspiration from Butoh dance, exhaustion work, Grotowski method and horror movies, we will share our wishes, phantasies and ideas to create little scenes of freakouts and breakdowns for everyone who wants to tap into the powerful sources of the psychotic womxn.

On Creepy Old Mxn - and Beyond

Se+positive spaces have their archetypes: the caretaker, the clown, the seducer… and those who make us cringe with their inappropriate shoulder rubs, sharing too much information, staring – but then avoiding eye contact, their aura of neediness, greediness, of both self-righteousness and uncertainty. What happens if we don’t complain about and avoid them, but see them as a fascinating part of the party, a reminder of our own awkwardness, a chance to empathize and an inspiration for play?

We want to question prejudices and look for more creative ways to deal with creepiness, by unfolding our own weirdo and using awkwardness as an open source and a possible turn-on. Couldn’t it be excitingly intimate to follow one person around, fall into childlike begging for closeness to the unreachable or approaching a creep confidently to either find something for our own pleasure or to confront them about their unsettling behavior?

Let’s understand what exactly freaks us out and how we can communicate with people perceived as troubling. Let’s question why behaving ’normal‘ should be more desirable and ask, how dealing with what gives us the chills can make us feel stronger, honest and empowered.

 

Beate Absalon

As an academic in cultural theory Beata writes and teaches about sexual education and the aesthetics of “other” states of being, e.g. hysteria, birth, sleep, mourning, collective joy or sadomasochism. This interest is fed by practical experience, as she likes to playfully put herself and others into ecstatic states. Under the label “luhmen d’arc” (www.luhmendarc.de) she creates experiential spaces such as workshops, playspaces, performances, sessions – dedicated to the manifold aspects of intimacy & desire, inventive forms of encounter & communication and the discovery of new sensitivities & limits. Their approach is infused with queer theory, artworks, pop culture and historical material. It’s arranged as a shared experience in which seemingly stupid questions are desired, where failure is allowed, the search for one’s own style is encouraged and where the messiness of kink is met delicately without taming its potential. Her essays reflecting creative sexuality appear on www.luhmendarc.blog

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