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“Fall in CI” is an intensive gathering in and around Contact Improvisation (CI), where we will research and exchange experiences. Every year we come together with different disciplines that feed Contact Improvisation!
We would be exploring and discovering with Feldenkrais Method into Contact Improvisation in 2024!

Feldenkrais into Contact Improvisation

Sensing new pathways into reinvigorated dancing

With the Feldenkrais Method, we direct our attention to internal sensations, without judgement, acknowledging the intelligence of the body and curious about new possibilities. We identify habits and clarify choices to promote efficiency, freedom and a sense of ease that involves our whole selves.

This specific way of tuning in with what we are experiencing magnify our senses, affecting the quality of our presence and alertness, bringing us to the present moment while engaging in self-discovery and authenticity. The group’s shared somatic process creates trust and support experimentation and imagination while working with larger and more complex movement in solo, duet, trios and group. 

 When we engage with touch and weight we find more sophistication in sensing, reading, and communicating during the physical conversation. We use specific movement patterns from Feldenkrais to underpin principles of Contact Improvisation – specifically spirals and centre-to-limbs connections. The possibility emerges to refresh our CI vocabulary and to explore it in more depth, by experimenting with hidden and unfamiliar pathways, or looking at the more familiar CI vocabulary from another perspective in order to enjoy authentic, unpredictable and reinvigorated dancing.

About Fall in CI

As the core team of ci-turkey, we have been collectively studying Contact Improvisation and deepening our understanding of movement research in the past years. We have been working with pioneers and graceful followers of the form here in Turkey and via visiting dance festivals, gatherings, meetings around the world. Besides, we have been inquiring other dance forms and methodologies to connect to our own body-minds, and attend to our partners’. Through our quest we have realized the importance of inter-relational, multi layered pedagogic formation and methodologies of CI and the interdisciplinarity of the CI communities. Some of us have been part of research inquiries in and around CI, i.e. ICI, CIRP, ISSC…

We have been working at our best for sharing our resources with the developing community here in Turkey. Now, we wish to invite to our land, many more informed body-minds of this multi-layered form. We wish to shed light to CI in-forming bodies of knowledge (BMC, Aikido, Alexander Technique, Skinner Releasing Technique, Axis Syllabus, Meditation, Authentic Movement,…), we wish to make visible the collaborative aspect of the learning and teaching of CI, we wish to keep on researching together. 

We have been inspired by many organisational formats and made a selection of that we found effective. 3 mornings of intensive, informed by the movement forms which influenced  CI,  holds place as a grounding for the 7 days of the Fall in CI. We will than have combinations of co-teachings by the teachers. These “Tact of Teaching”s  – meaning pedagogical thoughtfulness – are an invitation for teachers to find a point of contact for teaching together. Finding their individual teaching inquires and follow that together with their colleagues’. Assuming that practical knowing-in-action requires pedagogical sensitivity, vigilance, and tact we hope to challenge and inspire the teachers as well as the participants of these sessions.

There is a space for diving into some research in and around CI, sharings and also LABs offered by any interested participant on the spot. 

There is lots of time and place for jamming, one2ones and other forms of sharings in the studios and the nature. Each night we have jams of different concepts, such as Music Jam, Silent Jam, Research Jam etc. We will be under eucalyptus trees, accompanied by a little creek, surrounded by orange and lemon gardens in an eco farm, 10 mins away from the Agean Sea. 

We are looking forward to “fall” together!