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The Netherlands Contact Festival will take place for its 5th time in 2024, 9th till 14th of July, and you are all welcome to join us.

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.

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.'


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.

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.

video by Lody Meijer

  • 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 a beautiful farm dedicated for activities and community building. It is a situated in a quiet nature area close by to a lake and forest.

    De Uelenspieghel in Uffelte

  • Danny is the Chef of the week.

    Co owner of SJEFF cateringcompany


    Connected to the festival for 3 years now and will serve you lunch and dinner for the week.

    With mostly bio ingredients creating a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes.

    Looking forward to cook for you again!

    Our cook is Danny

  • Connecting through dancing, we facilitate sharing groups to process our experiences, we invite the people who want to share a topic of their own interest to have a place on the schedule and we have the helper structure, which is the backbone of the festival

    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. We see and believe that the essence of Ci is where the magic happens.

    Contact Improvisation from the ground up

  • Two live Musicians

    Midas Mazairac (NL) & Antonio Alemanno (IT)

    See their description in the Teachers/Musicians webpage

  • 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 in creating events for CI and in creating meaningful connections with each other.


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9 July

14.00  - 18.30

Arrival & Registration​


18.30 - 19.30




20.30 - 23.00

Opening Circle & JAM 

10 - 13 July 

8.00 - 9.00

Studio 1: Open studio


9.00 - 10.00




10.00 - 13.00

Classes & Practice​


13.00 - 14.00



14.30 - 15.30

Bodywork / 1 on 1 / labs / jamming / free time


16.00 - 18.00

St 1 & 2: Workshop

Outside: Workshop





20.30 - 23.00


14 July

8.00 - 9.00

Studio 1: Open studio


9.00 - 10.00



10.30 - ...

Ending Jam and goodbye ceremony

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