The Netherlands Contact Festival will take place for its 5th time in 2024, and you are all welcome to join us.
The festival will offer 2 intensives morning classes to choose from, and afternoon classes with Dutch and international teachers and musicians.
Throughout the festival, alongside the scheduled classes, there will be invitations to participate in labs, open spaces, and offer classes from participants.
Our aim is to create a festival with around 100 people, which can be seen as neither too big nor too small - or as we say in the Netherlands - 'Gezellig.'
During this festival, we celebrate Contact Improvisation as it was originally developed by a group of dancers centered around Oberlin College in the early 1970s. We will focus on technique-oriented classes and celebrate what we've practiced, learned, and shared in our evening jams.
We will be dancing in an amazing location with nature around us, and we aim to make it as accessible as possible for all levels of dancers.
We have intensives with two international teachers, one for beginners, one for experienced. We have workshops by our national teachers, and we invite participants to share their ideas in the form of a lab, workshop or something else. The jams in the evening allow for free exploration of Contact Improvisation
Intensives, workshops, jamming
De Uelenspieghel is een plek waar het festival heel goed tot haar recht komt. In de bossen van Drente, een stiltegebied en een community wat vanuit een ecologisch verantwoord perspectief events host.
De Uelenspieghel in Uffelte
And for three years in a row he managed to surprise us with his food
Our cook is Danny
Connecting through dancing, we facilitate sharing groups to process our experiences, we invite the people who want to share something to have a place on the schedule and we have the helper structure.
Dance, connect, help and share
In this festival we celebrate Contact Improvisation as it was originated by a group of dancers which included Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Danny Lepkoff, Lisa Nelson, Karen Nelson, Nita Little, Andrew Harwood, and Ray Chung. The essence of Ci is where the magic is.
Contact Impro from the ground up
We have two live musicians
The dance gives the inspiration to connect and create a community. We hope to promote a stronger CI community with our events. Getting dancers, teachers, facilitators together to support each other in any which way