For the fourth time this year, Contact Improvisation fans invite us to experience Crete though expressive movement, contact with fellow humans, and the unique nature and tradition of the island of Crete. The meeting for 2014 is in the city of Heraklion from the 20th to the 27th of September with Contact Improvisation* practice sessions led by accomplished instructors from Greece and abroad, yoga, parent & kid contact, modern & Cretan dance, jam sessions, video projections, practice next to, or...inside the sea! The full program is available here.
This is a unique meeting that combines movement, education, and tourism; organized by a beautiful company of people who gather in a wonderful place and live in the way they believe we should always live: with good company, communication, thoughtfulness, inspiration, sharing and above all… DANCE!
This year CI Crete includes a contact practice for all (the date will be announced in late August!), inviting all those who dare and want, to a spontaneous dance along with the team of CI Crete 2014! You are all welcome!
Finally, after last year's successful organization, CI Crete 2014 welcomes again “touring Crete” from the 28th of September to the 2nd of October. The organizers believe that art and culture should be an inextricable part of tourism, and this time the tour will take you to the wild beauty of southern Rethymnon, to paths and rocky coasts, offering outdoor activities involving movement, dance, nature and the history of Crete!
CI Crete is organized by a locally based dance group, Fysalida Dance Company, founded by Georgia Petrali in 2006, known for its inspired community dance projects, street art & performances, among others! The meeting is part of a larger effort to attract visitors from all around the world, to continue the long dance tradition of the island and –most importantly- to bring people together!
For more information, to read the full program and registrations, please visit the official website:
and their page on facebook
* Contact improvisation (CI) is a dance technique first developed by Steve Paxton in USA, in which points of physical contact provide the starting point for exploration through movement improvisation. The basis of this technique is the physical (and mental!) interaction between two or more persons, motored by the laws of physics, gravity, controlled impetus, continuous flow, action-reaction and the unpredictability of each and every moment.
CI is a form of dance improvisation where bodies function as one entity, creating a web of movements which are constantly evolving and reforming, changing shape within space and time. As a form of movement and expression CI is extremely human, genuine and psychoanalytical at the same time!