Mini-Festival 1.- 4.11.2018

Contact Improvisation MINI-Festival! / Wien:
1.- 4.11.2018 Prana-Yoga Studio 1 + 2, Mariahilferstr. 82, 1070 Wien

Teachers / Workshopdescriptions:

Ursula Fink: We are in this together now_

What currently interests me is how we can improve our listening skills and the „art of waiting“ to constantly sense where the shared weight wants to move. When thentensional network and tissues are communicating on the level of skin and deeper, there might be a tendency to escape the point of contact. That might be connected to the fear of committing, as committing to something seems to limit our freedom.
How can we constantly fall into each other while supporting ourselves with reaching towards the sky and connecting to the center of the earth? How can the commitment to a shared balance create a new freedom of moving together?

Gina Battistich: Of falling and suspense

In an interplay of flowing movements, impulses and letting go we will explore the notion of swing and suspension and the momentum of our own body in relation to gravity. We use listening and pausing as important elements to expand our awareness of floor contact, musicality and rhythm as partners that inform our dance.

Melody Shantala Sacco: Between rest and action

This class investigates how our Nervous system supports us in the process of receiving and responding while we move, dance and encounter with others. We will experience the ongoing balance between expanding and condensing, internal and external focus.
We will explore different qualities of touch, be sometimes in contact with ourselves and sometimes with other.  The main influences of this class are Body-mind Centering and Somatic approaches.


Claudia Springer (Lui): From Feldenkrais into Contact

We will practice body awareness with principles of the Feldenkrais Method to encounter new pathways of motions and therefore gain more freedom in both: movement and decision. The focus will be the connection from feet to head and arms. We will then use our awareness of how we act to let our movements in our contact dances be more smooth, comfortable and filled with ease.

maRia Probst

thu 1.11.2018: 

19:00 - 22.00 Opening + Jam


fr 2.11.2018:

13.30 - 15.30 Workshop 1

16.00 - 18.00 Workshop 2


sat 3.11.2018: 

13.30 - 15.30 Workshop 3

16.00 - 18.00 Workshop 4

19:00 - 21.00 Jam


sun 4.11.2018:

13.30 - 16.00 Workshop 5

17:00 - 22.00 Extended open Jam (Studio 1 + 2)



120 € application and payment until 19.10.2018

150 € application and payment from 20.10.2018

Bankaccount.: IBAN: AT54 3200 0000 1701 2717, BIC: RLNWATWW, Verein rollingpoint

About the teachers.....

Ursula Fink ( A ) is a movement researcher and lover working in the field of self-awareness, Somatics and Dance. Trained as a psychologist, holistic coach and dancer, she is passionate about Contact Improvisation. As an artform of sharing weight in movement as well as a rich source of knowledge about the mechanics of life and encounter.

Gina Battistich is working as performer and Feldenkrais Practitioner. She received her education at the modern dance department in Amsterdam and the Feldenkrais Studiengesellschaft in Vienna.

Claudia Springer (Lui) is a passionate contact dancer, holistic dance and movement pedagogue and studying the Feldenkrais Method. She is inspired by the possibilities to learn through movement and dance.

Melody Shantala Sacco is a community dance artist and teacher. She graduated in the UK at Laban and the school of Body-Mind Centering as a Somatic movement educator. Improvisation, CI and authentic connections are her background of interests and influences.