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When and where I teach is on the homepage and in the CI Global Calendar.

When I first encountered Contact Improvisation, I was fascinated by its infinite different facets. The intensive feeling of the own body, the trustful release of weight and control, the non-verbal communication, the often authentic way of moving, flowing acrobatic movements, all this made me very curious.

Over the years I developed a great interest and pleasure in the principles of Contact Improvisation and how they can be used to create forms that require more than one body. By this I mean for example lifts and jumps with a landing on top of or on other bodies. The intresting part for me is not only to train the form, but to play with the principles. Using them to  explore with joy the dance and improvisation.

I find it sometimes helpful to examine some specific "forms" very detailed. Also the exploration of statics of the human body can be very useful to lift and move with little effort bodies heavier than the own.
This research resulted in the workshop "Jump into Contact", which is always given different titles and contents, but generally deals with lifts and jumps without much effort.

Again and again I am impressed by the communication. In Contact Improvisation, this usually takes place on a non-verbal, physical level. I also find it very enriching to occasionally bring it to the verbal level - after the dance.
I am convinced that if we take these communication skills out of the studio and into our lives, we can change something for the better in ourselves and in society.

This motivates me to teach and to be involved in numerous festivals and workshops as a teacher, organizer, coordinator and supporter. For examples the Fuerteventura Contact Festival, Nancy Stark Smith Longdance, Osterimpro, Contact Time @ Steigemühle.