Returning to our moving being | Contact improvisation weekend
This contact improvisation weekend combines workshops and jams that bring us in touch with the inner and outer spaces. Whilst moving together with others we attune our inner felt sense with that of our fellow dancers and the environment. We harness our senses into movement, dynamic, fluid, strong and visceral!
We have chosen the eco camp Gea Viva on the Croatian island Brač for a special contact improvisation experience. Located in a tranquil Mediterranean garden with stunning sea views, it is an ideal place to delve deeply into nature, unwind, relax, meet like-minded people and find inspiration.
This weekend will investigate initiation from the centre of gravity, and the flow of movement through structures, condensing and expanding internally and externally, following pathways into space. We will travel between and through our tensile bodies, sensing and feeling the breath, weight, space and time. We will explore internal support for movement in space, external stimuli for movement in relationship with others and widen our range of movement with and against gravity.
The tools for CI are drawn from introspective and physical, perceptual awareness of our bodies in space. Exploring and embodying the moving body in the incredible natural environment around us promises to be integrative, energising, and recuperative. We welcome you to join us on the Island, a new venue and ideal place to balance the body-mind.
The Gea Viva camp is 15 minute walk from the sea and the harbour village Milna on the beautiful Croatian island Brač. Giving people the opportunity to experience living in harmony with nature, it features a geodesic dome where our event will take place, a stone circle, a beautiful pavilion to relax, a shady Summer kitchen, a permaculture garden, compost toilets, solar showers, a straw bale eco cabin and a giant mosaic dragon. See more about it on the official website.
Katy Dymoke is a Body-Mind Centering® BMC® practitioner and Teacher, she is program director of the licensed programs in the UK. As director of Touchdown Dance she has co-created performances and dance film with the company and delivers dance to all ages and abilities. The line of enquiry in her PhD is the use of touch in dance movement psychotherapy as an integrative and integral aspect of human communication.
Katy considers Contact Improvisation as more than a movement form, it establishes a realm in which bodies enact the unspoken and allow inner ‘voices’ to express. With BMC content the movement experience enables the self to relocate in the corporeal – it is like going to the source and finding an infinite palette of possibilities. She has taught CI intensives at Freiburg, Ibiza, Warsaw, Sri Lanka, and many others. See more information here.
Robert Anderson is an independent dancer based in London. He teaches contact improvisation for actors and dancers in Higher Education (Trinity Laban and Rose Bruford College) and in a variety of settings in the UK and abroad. Robert has been passionately involved with CI since 1996.
Influential teachers have included Kirsty Simson, Nancy Stark Smith, Martin Keogh, Ray Chung and Rick Nodine. Robert has taught workshops in Austria, La Reunion, South Korea, Sri Lanka, France, Switzerland, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Poland, Czech Republic, Russia, Spain, and Italy. Robert has been a company member of Touchdown Dance since 2002 performing in their works TACT, Closer and Apparently Normal.
In teaching dance improvisation Robert seeks to help students find deeper connections through the senses, inviting play and poetry for the dancing body. As an organiser Robert has directed London Contact Improvisation since 2001. He was part of the curator team for CI36 in Pennsylvania (2008) and the European Contact Improvisation Teachers Exchange in Ormskirk, England (2009).
There is a choice of accommodation:
1.) Camping on site for four nights is 240 Kunas/35 Euros. Please bring your own camping gear.
2.) Glamping in our accommodation tent with single and twin canvas rooms, camp beds, blankets, pillows and bed linen is 360 Kunas/50 Euros for four nights.
3.) Eco cabin with one raised double bed, 900 Kunas/120 Euros for four nights. Check out the photos of the camp.
Staying on site, gives you a deeper experience of the course vibe, however, if you would like more comfort, we can book accommodation for you in the village: a single room for 800 Kunas/110 Euros for four nights or an apartment for two for 1100 Kunas/150 Euros for four nights) Please pay for your accommodation in cash (Croation Kunas or Euros) on arrival.
Food and practicalities
There is a fully equipped kitchen on site and lunch will be served. We will prepare breakfast and supper jointly, and share the washing up for all meals. It will be delicious vegetarian food with some vegetables from the garden. If you have any special dietary needs, please let us know in the registrations form. The village Milna has grocery shops, restaurants, bars, cash points, a currency exchange, a doctor and a post office.
The event will run every day from 9.00 a.m.- 1.00 p.m. with a break, and from 6.00 – 8.00 p.m. Optional morning meditations are from 7.45-8.15 hrs. The long lunch breaks allow a rest or time to go swimming during the hot hours of the day. The course starts on 25th May at 6.00 pm and finishes on 29th May after breakfast.
Teaching including vegetarian food is 240 Euros/1730 Croatian Kunas full price and 195 Euros/1400 Croatian Kunas for unemployed/student/low waged.
To secure your place on the course, please transfer fee to the following bank account:
Gea Viva | Prodolina 864 | 21405 Milna | Island Brac | Croatia
To minimize charges, you can use transferwise.com.
For cancellations up to two months in advance of the event, we will deduct a handling fee of 50 Euros, and return the remainder of the deposit to you. For cancellations later than two months before the event, the deposit is non-returnable and for cancelltations later than one month before the event, the entire fee is due.
The nearest city is Split, which can be reached by plane, ferry, rail, coach and car. From there, you can catch a passenger ferry directly to Milna on Brac, or travel via Supetar with the car ferry (more frequent) and onwards by bus or taxi. Please allow 1.5 hrs for transfers from Split airport to Split harbour. The coach and rail station are directly in the ferry port. Click here to see the detailed directions.
What to bring
Please bring comfortable clothing, dance shoes (for dancing at the beach), a sun hat, torch and sunscreen.
Registration and questions
To register, please paste this link into your browser and please contact Sabine Engelhardt, firstname.lastname@example.org , tel + 385 99 749 3711.
CP: Sabine Engelhardt
00 385 (0) 99 749 37 11
Frequently asked questions
Ok, so I got to the island. What now?
Ah, our favourite question. 🙂 Here are just some ideas!
We’ve gathered only the best of the best restaurants, taverns, farms etc. to give you the opportunity to enjoy only the best island food, made from fresh, local ingredients. Check out our selection at gastronomy section of our website.
Do as locals do – eat well, sleep well! Again, only the best of Brač accommodation awaits you on our website, gathered under Accommodation section. Feel like royalty while you’re here!
#3 HAVE FUN.
There’s so much to see and do, all around Croatia, this truly amazing country. But, there’s even more of this awesomeness on island Brač! Here you’ll find dragons, Hercules, night sailing, poetry reading, electric dancing, graffiti painting, and that doesn’t even begin to cover it! So, here’s an idea. Browse through or culture section, plan some morning activities, go swimming in some of our beautiful villages, and the check the calendar to plan your night!
#4 AND MORE FUN.
You want more? Glad to hear it, cause there’s always something else to do on Brač! Choose your adventure, book a boat, safari tour, sightseeing or something more dangerous – Brač has it all!
#5 GET BRAČ PASS.
To enjoy yourself to the fullest, get yourself a copy of Brač Pass – interactive tour guide, with lots of discounts, interesting facts and prizes you can win!
* For getting around the island, we suggest using the local transportation. Click here for online booking with a discount!
I really want to visit Brač! How do I do that?!
Brač is an island which can be reached by sea and air. Here are some basics.
BY SEA ///
There are two ferry lines connecting Brač with a land.
First is in Supetar, connecting Brač with Split, and the second is on Sumartin, connecting Brač with Makarska. There is a third port that can be reached by regular local boat lines, and that is Bol, on the south part of the island. Here, you can reach Brač from Split, or from a neighbouring island Hvar. More information about ferry lines and timetables you may find here.
Also, if you own or rent boats, you may just sail into any place on island Brač. We suggest Brač Deluxe for transfers!
BY AIR ///
Brač has its own small airport, situated in the middle of the island. More and more flights are introduced each year, and all the necessary information you may find on the airport’s website. If you need transportation from the airport to any other place on the island, may we suggest contacting some of the #bestofbrac service providers, such as Taxi Peša, Brač Deluxe, Rent a Motorino or M&B rent. Check them out!
Once you’re on the island, rent a car, use taxis or local transportation. For online booking with discount, click here.
All the emergency numbers you might need but we hope you won’t!
POLICIJSKA POSTAJA BRAČ // POLICE STATION BRAČ
Mladena Vodanovića 25 – 21 400 Supetar
+385 21 631 145 / 112
DOM ZDRAVLJA SUPETAR, HITNA POMOĆ // HOSPITAL, ER
Mladena Vodanovića 24 – 21 400 Supetar
+ 385 21 640 014 / 112
HRVATSKA GORSKA SLUŽBA SPAŠAVANJA // CROATIAN MOUNTAIN RESCUE SERVICES