Sharing resources

Dear Colleagues,


I look for a page on this website to post the reports of the previous 3 teacher + support meetings. I would also like to add:  links music, scores/classes/exercises, email list teachers in Belgium, .. Like a ‘file’ called resources and that can have subtitles discussed and decided with you.

How can I do that or who is the host of the website so I can already talk with him or her?


With lots of love and energy,


CI Antwerp

Dear Dancers,

Every Wednesday we meet in Antwerp to JAM. For those who are new or want to meet the basic’s of CI again, inscribe yourself for the little serie of 4 classes in March! I do advise for those who it is challenging to enter in physical contact to start with us the first day.

19.30h – 21h les (sliding scale 12€/15€/18€ Incl. Jam)

21.00h – 22.30h jam (6 €)

data: 6/03-13/03-20/03-27/03

for the full serie: 45€/55€/65€
@ studio carwash, Sergeyselsstraat 42, Antwerpen

Looking forward to see you!


STEVE PAXTON : SWIMMING IN GRAVITY // Exhibition, workshops, lecture, encounter

Steve Paxton : Swimming in Gravity – 23.03 > 31.03.19

Event organised by Contredanse in collaboration with BOZAR, Charleroi Danse and TICTAC art centre, in the framework of Brussels, dance !

Steve Paxton’s visit to Brussels is a precious opportunity to meet this dancer, choreographer and teacher whose work has been of such influence in the world contemporary dance and who continues to inspire generations of dancers and choreographers today. Steve Paxton’s presence is in response to the invitation from Contredanse to celebrate 15 years of collaboration that have led to the release of Paxton’s first book Gravity and its French translation La gravité as well as Material for the Spine, a movement study, now available online. The event Swimming in Gravity will be governed by gravity and our relationship to this physical force – the central theme of Steve Paxton’s work.

In collaboration with several cultural venues in Brussels, the program includes an exhibition, a lecture by Steve Paxton as well as a round table, within the LEGS festival, on inheritance and transmission. To complete the week, a series of workshops and times for exchange will be organized at La Raffinerie and at the TICTAC art center. Like an outstretched hand, this event is an invitation to enter the dance, with Steve Paxton.



Phantom Exhibition – 23.03 > 31.03.19

By Baptiste Andrien and Florence Corin for Contredanse in collaboration with Steve Paxton.

At the heart of the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, Phantom Exhibition lifts the veil on the fascinating universe of the dancer and choreographer Steve Paxton. Just like a reading room, Phantom Exhibition gives you the chance to walk around, sit down and dream in the midst of books which you can take a look at, interactive tablets you can have a go with and an immersive video installation, revealing a life spent questioning gravity, this physical force which acts on each and every one of us.

Free entrance


Workshops – 25.03 > 29.03.19

La Raffinerie, Charleroi Danse and at TICTAC art centre
With : Ray Chung, Patricia Kuypers, Charlie Morrissey, Otto Ramstad et Scott Smith.

This event offers the opportunity to discover varied aspects of Steve Paxton’s work through a series of workshops — Contact Improvisation, Material for the Spine, movement laboratory and dance improvisation. Teachers are artists who have experienced working with Steve Paxton and have integrated it in their own way into teaching and performing practices. All participants will have the opportunity to attend all the workshops, two master classes will be given by teacher during the week. Moments of exchanges, discussions and informal performances are also planned during the week, a jam/party will celebrate the end of the workshop.

For more details >>

Price: 230 € for the week, lunch included.

Send your CV and a letter of motivation at

The application is for the full week only.


Swimming in Gravity – Lecture by Steve Paxton – 25/03 – 20:00

BOZAR – Horta Hall                                                                                                                                     With Steve Paxton

Steve Paxton’s conference at BOZAR celebrates the recent publication with Éditions Contredanse of his first book Gravity. In it, he looks back on a life inhabited by this natural physical force, and the memories of his first steps run alongside metaphysical meditations and views on the present-day world. With lucidity and humour, Steve Paxton investigates what is at the bounds of our conscience, and invites our senses to enter into the dance.

5€, reservation/ticketing :


Legacy, Transmission and Sharing – 28/03 – 19 :00

La Raffinerie, Charleroi Danse
With Steve Paxton, Baptiste Andrien, Ray Chung, Florence Corin, Patricia Kuypers, Denise Luccioni, Charlie Morrissey, Otto Ramstad et Scott Smith.

Teachers, editors and dancers will share their points of view on the issues surrounding transmission of Material for the Spine and Contact Improvisation. Organized by Contredanse, in collaboration with Charleroi danse, in the frame of LEGS festival, at La Raffinerie.

Free entrance, reservation/ticketing:

                         / / +32 (0)2 550 13 07 

Contact Impro Classes / Explorations


Contact Improvisation explorations

When: Wednesdays 7, 14, 21, 28 November and 5,12 December. Open doors at 18:00hs, class from 18:30-20:30hs.

Where: Espace Mutin: 140 chaussée de Haecht, 1030, Schaarbeek

Price: 6 classes period for 70 euros. Try out class 7/11 for 12 euros.
Info and registration:

During these encounters, we will develop techniques and tools for improvising in contact. We will be building and exploring a common language and corporeal awareness from which to move and be moved safely –understanding that with the practice our notions of when and how do we feel safe in movement will be changed ;). We will work on techniques that allow us to increase our potential ways of moving, multiplying our possibilities of movement. Moving and being moved by the environment and by stimuli, by the other and with the others, in duo and in the whole group, by and within the space.

PRE-COMMANDE du livre : Les Corps en Vie

PRE-COMMANDE du livre : Les Corps en Vie

Soyez les premiers à découvrir notre Carnet de voyage au pays de la Danse Contact Improvisation

Pré-Commande à 10€

Les Corps en Vie
Ce livre est un voyage au pays de la Danse Contact Improvisation où l’on vous partage nos expériences à travers des poèmes, dessins, histoires personnelles et réflexions. C’est une invitation à découvrir une nouvelle pratique ou à gagner de nouvelles perspectives sur un terrain connu afin d’explorer les possibilités infinies de la Danse Contact Improvisation qui traversent aussi votre corps, votre vie.

Auteures : Sarah Guilleux et Liesbeth de Jong // Page de couverture : Dessin Alice Bohard 100 pages- noir&blanc.

Pré-Commande : 10€
A VERSER avant le 2 OCT 2018
sur le compte du Collectif Karda :
Quai Mativa, 49- 4020 LIEGE / BE85 5230 8068 7406 / Bic : TRIOBEBB

Vous pouvez envoyer un e-mail à
nous vous contactons fin novembre lorsque les livres arriveront.

Pourquoi une pré-commande?
– Le livre est en auto-édition, ainsi le fait d’avoir une petite estimation du nombre de personnes intéressées nous aide beaucoup à prévoir la quantité de livre à commander.
– Le livre coûte 10 € en pré-commande, 12€ en prix de vente normal.

une version en anglais sera disponible fin janvier

Petits extraits en exclusivité :


AT STUDIO MUTIN on 7 th & 8 th October 2017 


EASY TONE. On this workshop we are researching the basic things: support of the earth, easy fluid movement, using support of the partner, offering support to our partner. And doing this all as efficiently as possible with an easy tone.

Variations in tone is preferable, how ever, often we are using much more tone and tension than we really need. We are using the outer muscles instead of the inner ones, and that is making us easily tired and heavy. In this workshop we are looking for a low tone, but not relaxed. How to let the energy flow through ourselves instead of making it.


60 € before the 2nd october /  70 € after the 2nd october / 40 € one day

The workshop is 5 hours a day with a pause 

OTTO AKKANEN  is a dance artist, photographer, bodywork practitioner, and teacher.
He was introduced to contact improvisation and contemporary dance in his twenties, becoming so involved that he went to study dance for three years, graduating from the vocational school of Outokumpu, Finland. He works as an artist performing solo works, and with different improvisation groups, choreographers, and video makers.

As a teacher he has been working in Eastern and Central Europe, South America and Asia, and has been on the organizational and teaching team for Skiing on Skin – a large and diverse improvisation festival in southern Finland since 2008. In his teaching he emphasizes tactile sensory perception as a point of reference and learning. His interests revolve around power and hierarchies, politics, structures, language and the relationships between beings, ideas, and categories. He works as a teaching assistant for the ‘Piecemaker Software’ for current students of MA CoDE, holds a BA in Social Work (2001) and an MA in Contemporary Dance Education (2015).










L’éloge de la lenteur – C.I avec Alain Montebran


L’éloge de la lenteur, thème inspiré de l’oeuvre de Carl Honoré


….ralentir pour sentir
….ralentir pour savourer

….l’écoute de soi permet l’écoute de l’autre
….l’écoute du silence

……polarité, lenteur, vitesse
……..comment le vide devient le plein

Stage ouvert à tous les niveaux.

Au studio BAMP, ici

Samedi 24 septembre / 10:00 -18:00

Dimanche 25 septembre / 11:00 – 17:00

85,00 € tarif réduit jusqu’au 11 septembre.

100,00 € tarif régulier.

contact inscription :

à propos d’Alain Montebran

“Dans la danse contact improvisation la rencontre de l’autre dans toutes ses dimensions offre une multitude de voies d’exploration. Le plaisir de cette rencontre multiplie les possibles : soi, l’autre et la relation elle-même, c’est-à-dire l’interaction qui nous emmène dans un univers à découvrir.

Nous cherchons à nous affranchir du poids de la répétition si nous sommes attentifs à ne pas toujours reproduire ce que nous connaissons déjà. Pas de mouvement nouveau sans esprit nouveau : la vulnérabilité devient ici un matériau d’expression. 

À la lisière des deux mondes – intérieur et extérieur – surgit le désir et peut-être même la nécessité de se surprendre, de se “décaler”. À ce moment-là, nous sommes prêts à accueillir le vertige, la fissure, le déraillement ou “l’accident” qui révèle, en vue de créer.

C’est en pénétrant dans l’infiniment petit de soi-même qu’émergent de nouvelles formes, de nouvelles directions qui nourissent notre créativité. Peu à peu, nous allons laisser l’inconnu apparaître, à travers nos sensations. Ainsi, allons-nous faire de nos particularités une oeuvre dans l’acceptation des différentes facettes de notre personnalité.” A.M

Plus d’infos —> par ici !


About Contact Improvisation (CI)

About Contact Improvisation (CI)

There are many ways of defining the dance form Contact Improvisation. Here are two:

Contact Improvisation is an evolving system of movement initiated in 1972 by American choreographer Steve Paxton. The improvised dance form is based on the communication between two moving bodies that are in physical contact and their combined relationship to the physical laws that govern their motion—gravity, momentum, inertia. The body, in order to open to these sensations, learns to release excess muscular tension and abandon a certain quality of willfulness to experience the natural flow of movement. Practice includes rolling, falling, being upside down, following a physical point of contact, supporting and giving weight to a partner.

Contact improvisations are spontaneous physical dialogues that range from stillness to highly energetic exchanges. Alertness is developed in order to work in an energetic state of physical disorientation, trusting in one’s basic survival instincts. It is a free play with balance, self-correcting the wrong moves and reinforcing the right ones, bringing forth a physical/emotional truth about a shared moment of movement that leaves the participants informed, centered, and enlivened.

—early definition by Steve Paxton and others, 1970s,
from CQ Vol. 5:1, Fall 1979

Contact Improvisation is an open-ended exploration of the kinaesthetic possibilities of bodies moving through contact. Sometimes wild and athletic, sometimes quiet and meditative, it is a form open to all bodies and enquiring minds.

—from Ray Chung workshop announcement, London, 2009