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«IMMERSION», with Eckhard Müller and Daniela Schwartz
July 10-13, Workshop for all levels

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Schedule: July 10, 11 - from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
July 12, 13 - from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Location: Lyalin substreet 3A, room 44, Moscow.

Teachers Performance in Meyerhold's Theatre

Schedule: July 17th, starts at 6 p.m.
Location: Novoslobodakaya st. 23, Moscow. Closest metro station - Mendeleevskaya.

The Festival - July 18-25

To find out who leads INTENSIVES, CI Classes in each specified day and what are the classes for adults and children, click at the following words in timetable!

time 18.07 (Sun) 19.07 (Mon) 20.07 (Tue) 21.07 (Wed) 22.07 (Thu) 23.07 (Fri) 24.07 (Sat) 25.07 (Sun)
0800 - 0930 1700 - 1900
Participants Arrival and Registration

1800 - 1900


2000 -
Open circle

0930 - 1230 intensives

Morning JAM
Workshop for adults and children
1200 - 1330

(13.30 - 16.30)
Workshop for adults and children

LUNCH AT 13.00

14.30 – 18.00 - Performance research labs


17.30 - 18.30

19.00 - 22.30

intensives 1000 - 1300
1230 - 1430 LUNCH LUNCH 13.00 - 14.00
Packing our own stuff, cleaning space where we lived (sleeping rooms)

14.00 - 15.00
Cleaning Space of the festival

15.00 - Participants departure
1430 - 1630 CI Classes CI Classes CI Classes One2One sessions
1630 - 1700 break break
1700 - 1930 Performance research labs Performance research labs +
Workshop for adults and children
Performance research labs Performance research labs Performance research labs
1930 - 2030 Dinner Dinner
2100 - JAM JAM Underscore explanation

Performance and feedback

Performance and feedback

Closing circle

Sweet JAM

«Playing with the body’s intelligence», with Ester Momblant Ribas
July 28 - August 1, Workshop for advanced level

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Schedule: July 28 - 31 - from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
August 1st - from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Location: Lyalin substreet 3A, room 44, Moscow.

«State of Grace». Project with Nancy Stark Smith and Mike Vargas
July 28 - August 5

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You may choose one of the following:

Charlie Morrissey

Contact improvisation. As if it hadn’t been invented yet.

Eckhard Müller & Daniela Schwartz

Intuitive Systems For Contact Improvisation

Ilanit Tadmor

Center calling Earth

Nancy Stark Smith & Mike Vargas

Contact Improvisation: Deepening the Form


Classes on 19th are lead by:

Caroline Waters

Catching a Glimpse

Alexandra Bezrodnova

On sensitive paws

Elske Seidel

Leaning and Listening

Robert Anderson

Reach in – Open out


Classes on 20th are lead by:

Adrian Russi

Off balance

Ilanit Tadmor


Lior Ophir

Looking for Relaxation and Awakeness

Alexey & Anastasia Saevich

Lightsome Pelvis


Classes on 23rd are lead by:

Jean-Hugues Miredin

Mass in motion

Manuela Blanchard

Dance with the Earth

Mike Vargas

Listening to Each Other: Improvised Music and Contact Improvisation

Alexander Girshon

Bodywork into Contact

festival program

July 10-14 - Workshop
for beginners and all levels with
Eckhard Muller & Daniella Shchwartz;

July 17th - Teachers performance & the festival project in Moscow Theatre;

July 18 - 25 - Main part of The Festival
8 days of dancing in the countryside;

July 28 - August 1 - Workshop
for advanced level with Ester Momblant-Ribas;


The longest and the most important workshops at the festival. Four teachers do their classes separately during five days. On 19, 20, 23 and 24th of July intensives begin at 9.30, on 21st they start at 1330.


On 19, 20 and 23rd of July we have Contact Improvisation workshops/classes. They start at 1430.


The performance research laboratories are meant to become a basis and tool for participants who want to take on the opportunity to perform at the two performances that are happening at the festival site. A lab can be the chance to carry out one small project with a constant group of people or to investigate different themes around performance each day. You can participate in laboratories one or more days.
We would like to create the freedom for the participants to develop ideas and find ways to use them in performance. We want to invite everybody, participating in the festival, students as well as teachers, to propose their ideas and questions for a performance research lab. Ideas could contain how improvisational forms and contact improvisation are a performance art. Including possible themes like trio, site specific, spontaneous composition, how do we communicate within an improvised piece, working with props, the use of voice, sound, music, texts/poetry, relationship to choreography...
These labs can happen only once or continue for several days, depending on demand. People, who feel confident about facilitating group work and enjoy it, are welcome to offer themselves as facilitators, even if they don’t have a personal performance research theme that they want to investigate.

Labs will start on the first day of the festival. Themes will be chosen from a pool of ideas and questions about improvisation and performance, proposed to us in advance before the festival. We will create a system (i.e. blackboard) for this pool to be added to, so that ideas that come up during the festival can be included in the labs, by a new timetable each day.


These are 20 min long individual sessions with teachers. In the begining of the festival there will be list of teachers and time where you can write your name to reserve this time for your lesson.


An introduction to the Underscore, a long jamming/contact/improvisation score that Nancy has been developing since 1990. The Underscore guides us through a progression of “changing states” of body and mind—from solo sensitizing to gravity and support, into group circulation and contact improvisation engagements, opening out into whole-room compositional awareness and interaction, and back to rest and reflection.
“The Underscore talk” (required for participation in the practice) will give some background and will outline the structure in detail. After this concentrated instruction on the nature of the Underscore, participants will be ready for the physical practice itself, which will include periods of silence and periods of live music improvised/composed by Mike Vargas.