Chris Aiken has devoted his dance career to the practice, performance and teaching of dance improvisation and contact improvisation. He has collaborated extensively with Angie Hauser, Andrew Harwood, Kirstie Simson, Ray Chung, and Peter Bingham as well as with Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith. His work seeks to connect the ecological with the poetic, linking what we have come to understand through science, design, aesthetics, dance making and the study of collaboration and community building. In addition to touring internationally, Chris is an Associate Professor and MFA Director in the Department of Dance at Smith College and the Five College Dance Department.
Angie Hauser is a performance maker, choreographer and teacher. Her work is grounded in improvisation and collaboration. She is a principal collaborator with Bebe Miller Company (USA) contributing to the creation and performance of a 20-year body of work. Along with long-time collaborator Chris Aiken, she creates performance works, and workshops throughout the U.S. and internationally. She is a sought after teacher who creates classes on performance, choreography, contemporary dance technique, contact improvisation and other forms of making and sharing. Angie is an Associate Professor and Chair in the Department of Dance at Smith College and the Five College Dance Department.
[The Unrepeatable Moment]
Where am I when I am dancing? Who and what am I in dialogue with? How do I make creative and sensitive choices in relation to myself, others and my surroundings? This workshop is for those who wish to immerse themselves in the practice of learning, making and exploring improvisational dance and contact improvisation. Drawing on our many years of performing and teaching, we will offer specific compositional and technical exercises that are designed to support embodied dancing, witnessing, compositional awareness and choice making. We will consider how action, perception and imagination are at play as we explore our poetic sensibilities through movement and touch.
CI Dancer, Improviser, Choreographer
He is the Member of AIAE Korea and with Celine Bacque co-directs of ET AUSSI Dance Company 2007-2013. he is active both locally and internationally; teaching dance contact improvisation in dance centers and festivals in Europe and in Asia He is particularly interested in supporting and expanding improvisation networks in Asia. He is the organizer member of the i-Dance Korea Asia Improvisation Art Exchange since 2008-2016, a biennale held in South Korea
[Flow and circulation (CI workshop)]
This class understands the cycle of energy and learns how to listen through contact with the body, and develops a sense of improvisation to practice traveling the space through your own movements. With your own 'Smiling Ball'
(*Smiling ball: it has a gravity and has a multiple meaning; the center of the body, where our minds are, the beginning of the changes etc. and each one of us has a different shape and color ) If to much no need this
Katarina Skår Lisa was born and raised close to the capital of Norway, Oslo, but she has sea Sami roots from Buorresarkú / Bergeby in Varanger, at the very north of Norway. She is a dancer and choreographer, and has, among other things, been a choreographer in Nordland Theater's production "Fuglane" by Tarjei Vesaas, directed by Bård Lie Thorbjørnsen. Her latest independent project Gift of Stone was shown at Varanger Sami Museum and at The Oslo Academy of the Arts in Oslo, spring of 2019. Here she explored the relationship between landscape, human and culture in the Varanger area. Gift of Stone relates to our intangible cultural heritage through landscape understanding, and anchors us to a place through building relationships.
Lisa's artistic practice consists of performance art, dance, choreography, sometimes photography and poetic reflectiosn that are presented in different contexts and formats. Practices such as deep listening, restorative yoga and conscious touch are also important components in the continuation and development of a work. She emphasizes interdisciplinary collaborations.
At the festival iDance Japan, Katarina wish to invite the participants for an experience together outdoors. Here we will for a short while connects us to that which is around us and look at the notion of the gifts we are surrounded by. She invites the participants to join a workshop that including both practical tasks as well as reflection tasks about how we can perceive and interact with the landscape through our dance. Katarina herself questions how we can embody understanding of our surroundings through our dance, and is it possible to build a stronger connection with the environment by our dance? In case how would we do this individually – and or as a community?
The workshop will encourage deep listening in whatever ways it may meen for the individual and thoughts on ‘good relations’ will be put in light.
Kyuja Bae is an interdisciplinary artist, crossing the fields of art such as choreography, dance, performance art, theater, writing and installation. She is based in Norway originally from South Korea. She studied theater and creative writing at Nordic Black Express, Norwegian Theater Academy and Korean National University of Arts and choreography at Oslo National Academy of the Arts. Her recent artistic research concerns the meditative body, combining dance with meditation to understand the flow of energy in the body and around the body, focusing on how to response to the force from outside and as well
inside. Kyuja Bae has a holistic approach to dance art, seeing dance art as a path for the spiritual practice to open up the space for self-awareness and collective consciousness. She is interested in shamanic practices, rituals and meditation.
I would like to invite people to a space where we can meditate in sitting and as well as moving while we create an imaginary ritual for inner connection and connection to each other through silence and dance.
After the workshop session, I would like to bring the dance that will be found during the workshop to a public space or nature and share it with audience as an option for the participators.
陳代樾 Sean is a current dance research doctoral student and lecturer at Taipei National University of the Arts. His research interests include practice as research, presence in performance and somatic self-construction. Currently, his research is in the crossing zone of the Feldenkrais Method, neuron science and consciousness study. Sean is currently a member of Ku & Dancers, performed in Sadhu, Decode 2018, and i-dance Taipei. He teaches the Feldenkrais Method and contact improvisation, trying to rethink dance pedagogy from a synergetic point of view.
Jean-Jean is currently an improvisation dancers of Ku & Dancers, and is a dancer , performer, improvisation teacher in Taiwan. She received her MFA in Dance Choreography from TNUA. Chang joined Ku & Dancers in 2008, performed in Memory Puzzles, Decode2010, Voltar, Moon Light, Wonderland in i-dance Taipei 2013 & 2017, and other outdoor improvisation dance performances. In recent years, Chang began to develop parent-child contact improvisation dance performances and courses with her daughter.
[Perceptual Transformation and World Making]
All animals perceive the world in their unique way, some with compound eyes, some with sonar and some with heat and vibration. The world is so abounding that we humans can only grasp a tiny part of it. Even so, every individual are all perceiving the world in their unique way. Thus I am always wondering, how can I not see what I saw and seeing something differently? In this workshop, we want to propose the possibility of perceptual transformation by dancing Contact Improvisation. Thus dance can be an active way of world making. Yes, we can change the world by dancing!
Tomohiko Tsujimoto was born on December 10th in 1977. He had not started dancing during his childhood, but was absorbed in basketball. He started dancing and snow boarding when he was 18 years old. In 1997, he moved to the US and had been traveled around all over the world. In 2004, he joined <Noism04> as a first member which is directed by Joe Kanamori. In 2007, he was chosen for the first Japanese male dancer for Cirque du Soleil. Through 2011-2014, He traveled 27 countries and performed 485 shows for Cirque du Soleil’s “Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour”. He came back to Japan in 2014, and has been performing in different varieties of dance programs and also choreographing for music videos and movies.
【Stage】 Pink Floyd Ballet, (At Tokyo, Chor. Roland Petit) (2004)
BO.LE.RO, (At Tokyo, Japan, Prod. C/Ompany)（2016）
【Choreograph】RENT, Musical, Lead. (Dir. Erika Schmidt, Originated with Broadway)（2008）
Dr.Coppelius, Ballet, Holography (Music Isao Tomita, Dance HATSUNEMIKU)（2016）
Sia『Alive』Japan ver. MV (Dance: Tao Tsuchiya)（2016）
2009~2019、元フォーサイス トニーリッツーの作品Bad Habits にドイツ公演、日本公演にてゲスト出演。
現在 奄美を起点に 国内外で公演、振り付けや 身体の使い方を理解することによって日常生活の自然な動きで年齢を重ねれば重ねるだけ動けるようになれる
ET , Pei-Yuan Chen Is a musician , explorer of sound universe .
Based on the flowing impromptu performance , and multicultural music tradition .
Through the vehicle of sound and vibration ,
Diving into primordial sensation , conciousness of nature , spirit , space .
Music is a language to manifest his universe .
He received Bachelor's degree of Communications Design from Shih Chien University.
Afterward , ET shifted his passion to the realm of music , which is related ethnic , aboriginal , shamanic and ritual music tradition around the world .
During past ten years , he has been traveling to remote and isolated countrys to do his research and fieldwork .
Trying to capture inspiration and timeless beauty from the ancient music tradition ,
In order to recreate sacred music in contemporary context .
Developing borderless musical language which can connect human , nature and universe in harmony .
[Explore sound and space]
Sound , pure energy form in universe ,
Which is deeply connecting human’s body and mind .
Through exploring our primordial voice , we are able to reconnect with ourselves , space , environment .
In this workshop , I will also introduce different technique of overtune singing , in order to develop multiple dimension of our voice and energry .
[Music and synchronization]
In the ancient times , music and movement are sacred mediums to synchornize human consciousness with nature , existance and spiritual world , from individual to oneness .
After modernization , our culture separated human from nature as an independent being ,
In this evolution direction , wholeness fragment into pieces .
During this workshop , we are introducing the concept of music synchronization .Trying to learn and explore sound techniques , which is inspired from sound healing and sacred music tradition.
Piano teacher based in Kagoshima. Her motto is “Music is a tool of communication” . With her husband and son, she made a music group [Mi-no], she is a charge of piano, vocal and songwriting.
Since 2016, she has started improvisation performance with C.I.co. Her work include the performance for the baby and the parents called「Krunkoron」, also at Kirishima Open-Air Museum (Kagoshima) or Miyakonojo City Cultural Center (Miyazaki), she takes the audience with her lively and graceful voice.
In 2018, she was invited for i-Dance Korea in Seoul.
With completely improvised and original sound record, she has released her first improvisation album 「Music and Dance」.
[Voice healing to yourself]
Voice has power and energy, and connect to your body, mind and the world around you. You can heal yourself with your voice.
It is like active meditation with using voice and movement in the fresh air in the morning.
Hanano Teshirogi studied C.I. at "CIco" from 2008 to 2011.She founded "CI-bu", a Dance Company based on the C.I.
Maho is interested in how we can all co-exist joyfully. Maho was deeply inspired by the moment to moment co-explorational approaches in CI when she first worked with C.I.co in ’09. She traveled the world and researched with many dancers, especially influenced by Chris Lechner, Yaniv Mintzer, Pilar Echavarria, Daniel Werner and Chico Katsube.
Maho co-founded CI Aichi in ’14, runs “Lab & Jam” and WS in Nagoya, organizes and facilitates CI Camps / Retreats in nature. She likes swimming with wild dolphins. She is a practitioner of Yoga, Meditation, Advaita and Aguahara & Water Dance - the art of movement in water.
During travel to improvise vegan food and sweets through the atomosphere and the enegy from the earth.
Live in harmony of nature Dance with the space light water and sometime with human beings.
For me,every moment is beautiful dance.
Every moment is contact improvisation.....
I started dancing the way i like since I was little. I studied street dance since I was a high school student, and studied contemporary dance, Butoh, Tai Chi, Meditation, Japanese Tranditional dance from there as play. Learning, do not Learning, Getting, Releasing, Drifting days. I have a memory like a goldfish.
Contact Improvisation Group CIco
Chico Katsube is a dance improviser, a teacher and representatives of C.I.co. from Osaka, Japan. She received her B.Ed. and M.A. degrees in 1989 at the Dance Education Division of Ochanomizu University in Tokyo, where she studied Modern Dance and Choreography. From 1990-94, she studied and danced in New York City as a company member with many talented choreographers such as Joy Kellman and Ruby Shang. She has also developed her own style of choreography and performance.
After coming back to Japan, she began her foray into contact improvisation under the influence of Nancy Stark Smith who visited Japan and taught the workshops in 1997. In 2000, Chico founded “Contact Improvisation Group C.I.co.” as a forum for Contact Improvisation in Tokyo. Since then, she has been a leading figure in teaching, organizing and performing contact improvisation in Tokyo and throughout Japan. As the founder of C.I.co., she has danced and organized project with Ray Chung, Daniel Lepkov, Natanja den Boeft, Michael Schumacher, Katie Duck and Shoko Kashima among other talented improvisation artists.
She has also participated and taught workshops in many international festivals, such as Israel Contact Improvisation Festival, the Magpie Collective Workshop, Echo Echo Festival of Dance and Movement, i- dance Taipei, i-Dance Hong Kong and AIAE in South Korea.
In 2012, she moved her base and C.I.co. from Tokyo to Kagoshima with Shoko Kashima. They started the activity with the focus on exploring and integrating Asian culture into improvisation, as well as to establish the art community in the countryside of Kagoshima. They became the organize member of “I-Dance”which is the Asian Contact Improvisation network with HongKong, Taipei, Seoul since 2011, and is organizing i-Dance Japan from 2013.
Contact Improvisation Group CIco
Shoko Kashima is a dancer, improviser, photographer and teacher based in Kagoshima. She received her Master of Arts in Dance Education from Ochanomizu University in Tokyo. In 2000 she created the partnership “Duo unit” with Ryoko Sugimoto, while also being awarded a one year scholarship from the Japanese Government Overseas Study Program for Artists to study dance in New York. As a dancer, she collaborated with Michael Schumacher, Katie Dack, Ray Chung, Natanja den Boeft and other many artists. After returning to Japan, Shoko began working with Chico Katsube as a member - and co-director - of Contact Improvisation Group CIco. In 2006, She founded the CIFJ (Contact Improvisation Festival Japan) with Chico and continues to organize and create the international CI festival to exchange culture, people, essence of CI in Tokyo and some regions in Japan. She has been teaching CI at kindergartens, elementary schools, universities, public theaters and museums. She is a seed member of Asian Improvisation Art Exchange (Seoul, Korea), creating networks and researching improvisation among artists in Asia.
She is fabulously known as a photographer, and has a good feeling for taking dance pictures.
In 2012, she moved from Tokyo to Kagoshima with Chico Katsube, and started activities of cultivate arts community in sparsely populated area. She organized “i-Dance Japan” which is International Contact Improvisation Festival in Kagoshima from 2013.
Shoko and Chico presented for TEDxKagoshima, Pecha Kucha Kagoshima, and showed up on TV programs, radio programs as an artists who are doing interesting activities in country side. http://ci-jp.2-d.jp
From Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture.
I moved to Isa city with i dance japan2017 joined.
While enjoying Isa city with contact improvisation eye.
First term of Isa city Local Vitalization Cooperator.