Dancing Date

This is a festival of Contact Improvisation that brings together people from all over the world and unites
various types of contemporary art.

Sound, text, color and form are going to be embodied in us during an unforgettable week spent in the City of Love.
Morning Intensives
3 Contact Improvisation workshops in relation to pedagogy, philosophy and urbanism
Daily Scores
Dancing Date, Round Robin, One-to-one and other contact games in stunning locations
Evening Jams
Silent, music and focus jams
in 500 sq m gallery of Zereteli Museum
Contact Workshops
10:00 - 13:00
Christine Cole
Asaf Bachrach
Dorte Bjerre Jensen
Poet director Maya Wuytack brings her solo poetry performance 'NOTHING CHRONIC (EXCEPT LOVE) in the Museum of Modern Art Tbilisi. With simplicity and surrender, she creates a poetic multiversum with only her voice, words and body.

There will be multiple performances on multiple locations.

Dorte Bjerre Jensen
"Relational Fields".
Contact improvisation and process philosophy.

As a dancer and teacher I am interested in our body ́s innate ability to respond physically to the environment and to trust its own physical intelligence.

Our body creates space and is space. It is in a constantly relational becoming and un-becoming while extending its skin out in space. And how do we address touch and relation

In this intensive I will take point of departure in my latest research, Relational Fields: touch and relation in the frame of process philosophy and contact improvisation.

Process philosophy identifies metaphysical reality with change, and regards change as the cornerstone of reality. Reality consists of processes rather than material objects, where everything constantly, relationally, becomes and un-becomes.

"when I touch you, I reach toward the you that is constantly changing,
I reach toward the you that you are becoming".

With this focus on becoming (which is related to the unknowable, the unpredictable),
then how can we address and get a grasp of the topics touch and relation?

In this intensive we will work with material that will enhance our solo dancing, our duets and finally it will take us into moving within trios.

Trios are sometimes considered to be difficult constellations; therefore tools will be given to become more comfortable and creative within this structure. In duets and trios we will use each others' structures in clear and powerful ways: to move with and through, to pour weight into, to push against, to levitate and to get the sensation of moving in a spherical way.

With a sense of subtle readiness and playfulness, we will meet each moment together with other sensing moving bodies, with our senses open and enhancing our sensation of: our responding skin, the air around us, the relations we create, and the power of moving together in and out of physical contact.

I will include articles, books and some of my own writing. We will write, share thoughts, discuss, read our notes aloud like passionate poets, we will flesh our words and embody what we read and what we write! In other words: by letting words and practice work together, a living vocabulary will become steppingstones where each one will enable further articulation in body/words/practice.

Bring your notebook, pens and an open curious bodymind.


Dorte Bjerre Jensen is a dancer/performer, researcher, teacher and organizer, and she is deeply interested in bodily movement and expression as an art form both in practice and in theory. As an artist she creates, direct and perform.

Dorte holds a 2-year postgraduate education for professional dancers: Dance partnership; research, performance/dance and facilitation, at the Danish National School of Performing Arts. Her final research project was in the frame of process philosophy and contact improvisation.

Furthermore Dorte is an educated school teacher, yoga teacher, Rosen Method therapist, Conscious Touch therapist.

She teaches contact improvisation nationally and internationally, in dance and acting schools, at festivals and in open workshops. She offers her work to professional dancers, actors, people in leadership roles, and to the general public.

Dorte is the author of two chapters: Contact improvisation and Dance fight, in
"The Anthology of Dance" (being released this autumn).

Dorte has also journeyed through life as a soccer player, martial artist
(Taekwondo) and as a circus artist.
Christine Cole
Jam Culture
Radical Embodiment for Contact Contact Improvisation is the ability to be present in the moment in our body while making moving choices with another body. In these classes we will be doing anatomical studies of Body-Mind Centering into our dance. We will open up anatomy books and use skeletal and other models to learn about our capacity to source from our living organism. Each day will be a different topic, like bones, organs, nerves…we will arrive more deeply into our own self. Then we will play!

Christine Cole, RSMT, the founder and director of Somatic Body Training Program, is an expert in the embodiment of human development. On the leading edge of research about somatic movement education and therapy, she displays a radical trust in embodied experience as the primary way for groups to co-create knowledge. As a result of 30 years of engaging deeply in learning and teaching the somatic body practices of Body-Mind Centering®, dance/movement, and bodywork, Christine clearly embodies the material she has evolved and models a deep understanding of how the body's systems change in various developmental stages. A teacher of Body-Mind Centering®, and Practitioner of Integrative Acupressure and Infinity Healing, she has taught at the School for Body-Mind Centering® in Amherst and Amsterdam, Holland, and runs her own trainings in Boston, Vermont, Montreal and Northampton, MA. She also maintains a private practice in Developmental Bodywork in downtown Northampton, MA. In addition, Christine has long term practices in Contact Improvisation, Post-Modern and Improvisational Dance, Authentic movement, Improvisational Theater, writing and vocal training. Contact Improvisation dancer since 1981.
Asaf Bachrach
Wonderful wanderings: A nomadic intensive for a nomadic dance.
And what if we are not bodies after all? Or put differently, what if what I call "my body" is a nomadic dwelling, a dialogue of forces (affects), life meeting gravity (as Paxton might put it). So rather than having a body, I am constantly bodying… my sense of physical self constantly re-invented through my meeting with the other. Space not as a predefined geometrical volume in 3 dimensions, but 'spacing', an assemblage of affordances (potentials for inter-action) which reinvents itself in a continuous dialogue with my own bodying. So let's dance! Adopting the situationist practice of the 'dérive', we will spend the the week drifting ('deriver') in our real and imaginary space-time. By not pre-determining the path of exploration we will allow the vanishing line (ligne de fuite) of the event emerge from our interaction. With our practice of bodying meshing with the collective practice of city-ing, we will not put up a spectacle but rather embed our dances in the spectacle of the city.

Dance Experience:
Regular practice and teaching of contact improvisation (CI, a contemporary dance technique) as well as other types of dance (Butoh, release, tuning score)since 1994 years. Studied in Tel Aviv, New York, Paris and Boston. Among his most influential professors are Steve Paxton, Kirsty Simson, Lisa Nelson, Min Tanaka. Since 2000, he has taught in Europe, in the USA, in Buenos Aires and in Israel. In 2012, he organized an international conference in Paris around CI and 'mindfulness' (http://mindthepoint.wordpress.com/). Founder of the ME-lieu collective (2015). Since 2016 he is a certified Rolfing® practitioner. Asaf has been co-leading, since 2016 the F.A.R nomadic somatics school, a trans-somatic (Feldenkrais, ALexander, Rolfing and CI) experiential research group.
Daily Scores
15:00 - 18:00
Literature Museum
Dancing Date
* Put your name in the table (1st day of festival)
* Can be 1, 2, 3 or more dancers
* 15 minutes (can be less, but no more)
* Audience and camera witnessing
* Dance is happening
Round Robin
Everyone sits in a circle while two people dance a contact duet in the middle. After some time someone from the circle enters the space and a transitional trio emerges until one of the duet people leaves the dance and goes back into the circle.
One to one
There are 15+5 minutes blocks during a score. Partners dance in duos, then giving 5-minutes verbal feedback to each other. Good opportunity to catch teacher that you want to learn from but not necessary.
Evening Jams
20:00 - 00:00
Spacious Galleries of Zereteli Museum
Silent Jam
Music Jam
Focus Jam
Day Off
Wineyards of Kakhetia
Sulphur Baths
This is a place, where things are happening.
Ancient city, capital of Georgia, is known for its hospitality,
big heart, and romantic eclecticism of the meeting of modernity and antiquity.
Dancing in Museums and Galleries
Living in historical centre of ancient city
Performing in exiting places
Enjoying variety of local food and wine
Yes, we love it!
Where to live?
Good question. We recommend to live close to historical centre where most of our dancing spaces are located. Price for hostel 5-8 euros/day, double room in a hotel 20-40. Also there is a good option to rent a flat with other participants. If you want us to help with that, tick the button during a registration.



Where to eat?
Get ready to bring few more kilos from Georgia. Feeding guestі is a kind of national sport here. Food is very tasty, a lot of restaurants everywhere. We will send our recommendations by email to all the participants.


Tits and Dragons
Marco Polo (Shota Rustaveli 42)

What else is interesting?
- "Tbilisi" literally means "warm spring". There is still ancient quarter of sulphur baths called Abanotubani. One of the evenings we will spend there swimming, singing, sweating - that's something you really have to experience in your life.

- "Bassiani". World's top-10 techno club. What about crazy Friday night?

- First week of October is "Tbilisoba" - Day of Tbilisi, rooted in ancient tradition of harvesting grapes, making wine, inviting friends and celebrating life! The best time to be here.
How to get to Tbilisi?
Take a flight.
Also there is an option to take a cheap Wizzair flight to Kutaisi, and take a bus from there.
There is Silent Contact Festival happening
on September 23-29 in a mountain forest of Ajara.
If you are interested, check this out

Enjoy the Silence
Including Jams and Daily Scores, excursions and snacks
May & June
90 without intensive
July & August
110 without intensive
130 without intensive
After September 20
150 without intensive
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