February 16-23, 2019

Contact Improvisation Retreat

with Moti Zemelman

Come to the magical rainforests on Caribbean coast of Costa Rica to play, improvise, and enhance your contact skills. Your host and teacher, Moti Zemelman, brings 27 years of contact improvisation experience to share. We’ll improvise in the studios and do site specific dance explorations with the trees and on the beaches.  Nightly jams will include live improvised music. During this week long intensive we will be exploring contact as a way of connecting with self, nature, spirit, and community. 

What is contact improvisation?

Contact improvisation is a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight. And most importantly, following a shared point of contact. The form was founded in 1972 by Steve Paxton. He developed contact improv by integrating his background as a modern dancer and his studies in the martial art form, Aikido. This dance practice explores the skills of falling, rolling, counterbalance, lifting using minimal effort, and how to make ourselves light when being lifted. Additionally, centering and breathing techniques, and responsiveness to our partners and surroundings.

About the Teacher

Moti Zemelman, MFA, has been practicing Contact Improv for 28 years. He has taught and performed across the USA, Canada, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Mexico, Europe, and Israel. For two years, he taught as Dance Professor at the Instituto Naciónal de Bellas Artes, in Mexico City. Moti has been both a teacher and a board member at Earthdance Retreat Center in Plainfield, MA. He was an original member of  Wire Monkey Dance Company (Holyoke, MA, USA). Furthermore, he is a featured dancer in Sanford Lewis’ soon to be released documentary film about CI “An Intimate Dance.” As a musician, Moti plays vocal-electronic music for contact jams and in 2007 released his debut CD, Doorwaves.


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Costa Rica Contact Improv Retreat

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