Daniel Werner and Joerg Hassmann together:
2005 we connected through teaching a CI class together at the Easter Improv Festival in Goettingen and were fascinated by each others attempt to find words and concepts to understand the technical essentials of CI. This journey led us to founding dancecontact.de - our platform to mainly teach and explore CI but also to use it on stage. The extended training programmes in Berlin are the heart of it. We also started working on a trio together with Sebastian Garcia Ferro that we still perform and develop. Last summer we initiated the "contact-meets-contemporary" Festival in Goettingen. An highly inspiring attempt to enrich CI based dancing with the knowledge of contemporary dance, which we'll develope for this summer... (www.contact-meets-contemporary.de)
Joerg Hassmann (* 1970, Berlin/ Germany):
CI was the starting point for my dance passion in '92. Soon I was driven by creating dance and theatre pieces, bringing improvisation on stage. Anatomy based movement explorations, contemporary dance, ideas from BMC, Capoeira, play and the joy of discovery became my main influences. I got deep inspirations from Lilo Stahl, Julien Hamilton, David Zambrano and Frey Faust. But labbing and teaching have been my main teachers and I have been fortunate enough to teach all over the world. In 1995 I started teaching CI and dance improvisation. 2000 I noticed that dance had become my full time occupation and I happily imagine to continue another 20 years.
Daniel Werner (* 1972, Heckenbeck/ Germany):
I teach CI since 1997, and love to continuously discover new dimensions of this amazing dance form on stage, in teaching and in the jam. My teaching is nurtured by the passion to systematically understand and categorize the underlying principles in CI. I studied contemporary dance at the North Karelia College in Finland and enjoy to work internationally as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Essential influences for my work also come from Body-Mind Centering, Release-Techniques and Asian Movement Arts. Further I am involved in the following projects: www.easterimprofestival.info andwww.body-mind-presence.de.