in Contact Improvisation with Daniel Werner and Joerg Hassmann 




Half Year Program Berlin

in Cooperation with Tanzfabrik Berlin


This Training focuses intensively on the principles of Contact Improvisation. We (Daniel and Joerg) try to understand this unique dance form in a systematic way. We believe this brings clarity to the dance and increases the choices available to us. By focussing on the technical foundations of CI we invite to also open the doors to the emotional, psychological and philosophical aspects, which are a natural part of Contact Improvisation.

The foundation of what we teach is based on early developmental movement patterns - drawn from Body Mind Centering - as maybe the deepest root of human movement. Additionally we use specific partner body work to understand the anatomically efficient movements of the body with a focus on bones and joints in relation to gravity. From there we take these priciples further to develop efficient movement patterns for the dance by offering pathways (exact movement sequences with a partner) or explorative dance scores.

In the Basic Training we work on developing a solid technical basis: „Following the point of contact with shared weight“ is the technical centre of our approach in Contact Improvisation. Some important elements belonging to this approach are listening, knowledge of the necessary activity in leading and following, centre to centre connection, leaning with the acceptance of possibly falling off balance, und the three forms of touch in the point of contact: roll, slide, or simply touch (no roll nor slide). Our goal is a centre to centre duet that enables a true three dimensionalty. Lifts are naturally a part of this experience.

Backspace, use of eyes, in & out of contact, counterbalance, momentum & slow motion as well as the general search for increased choice in contact based dances are also elements of the Basic Training.

Participants will receive a certificate documenting the contents of the training to assist them with current or future employment opportunities.

The actual dates for this program you'll find in our calendar.


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Experienced Intensives in Berlin


The Experienced Intensives are designed first of all for people, who participated in the basic training program. In these more advanced workshops we will revisit and deepen our understanding of the foundation principles. The vocabulary we developed in the basic training provides a common base to directly dive into the depth and complexity of this dance form. From here we approach in each workshop a specific CI related theme. In general, there will be more room for self directed learning in the form of Labs, explorative scores, and individual feedback. As teachers we use especially these Workshops to explore questiones and curiosities that came up in our other teaching settings and to develope new material.

In each workshop we keep a limited number of places available for 'external' advanced contacters, who haven't participated in the basic training programme. The teaching language is english, but also german if required.

It is possible to sleep in the studio for 5€/ night.

The next experienced Intensive is planned for spring 2018 or 2019.

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Condensed Systematics - Contact Improvisation Intensives in Europe

Once or twice a year we are offering this kind of workshop in varying european cities. Within four or five days we will give a condensed insight into our systematic approach to CI that we have developed throughout the last five years in our basic training program in Berlin.
"Following the point of contact with shared weight" is - in our understanding - the technical core of this multi-layered dance form.
We use certain ideas of developmental movement patterns to find an adequate modulation of body tone and structural organization of the body. This will give a foundation for solo movement technique as well as for working with shared weight. Specific anatomy based explorations will support the efficient and flexible use of our bodies in a way that also experienced dancers will find deeper insights into the assumed known.
Precise partner work, specific pathways and feedback will show ways to understand and overcome personal movement habits and limitations and will guide the way into a truly three dimensional dance. Our technical focus aims to feed the improvisational part of the dance by creating more choice.

Basic skills in CI are required. In doubt contact us. Advanced contacters with an interest in a systematical approach to CI are very welcome.

We are planning the next Condensed Systematics Intensive in Toulouse in June 2018.

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Compact Training programmes

As in the condensed systematic workshops we share our main material in a compact way, but with the advantage of having some time in between the workshops. The information has time to sink in, participants can continue exploring the material in their own practice. Gathering again gives the opportunity of repetition, allows deeper questiones and gives time for the core movement priciples to be intergrated


This training programme is designed for people who want find a deeper understanding of the technical side of this multilayered danceform - on a physical and also mental level. In a compact way we'll share the material that we have been developing in the last seven years in our Training Programme in Berlin.
Developmental movement patterns - as the foundation for human movement par excellence - are our anchor to teach and explore Contact technique in a systematic way. The center of the body, the spine and the elastic, three-dimensional fascia web are the core structures with which we will engage. We want to give an experience how ones own movement as well as giving and taking weight in a CI duet can feel more efficient, rich and connected.
Our goal is a centre to centre duet that enables a true three dimensionality.  Lifts are a natural part of this.
A very fine and clear communication is an essential part of our CI specific technique and ensures that we are present in a holistic way.
The learning process will be supported by a constant group, where trust and a common understanding of what we do can grow. And there will be enough time to revisit and deepen some of the core exercises and concepts.
Participants should be familiar with CI. A continuous movement practice in between the workshops is compulsory, so that the body has a chance to integrate the new material.

2017 in Amsterdam - for details see our calendar

2018 in Munich between March and June

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