Movement & Contact Improvisation Festival

24 – 28 September 2024

This Festival arose from the desire to celebrate bodily expression, the exploration of authentic movement and human connection through dance and contact improvisation. We wanted to bring this together in a meeting in the center of the country, expanding this type of event outside the major centers. Throughout our editions, we want to dive deeper and deeper into the infinite possibilities of the body in movement, which is why we invite you to intensive and progressive practices over four days.

What to expect!

Our journey begins with a morning practice that honors contemporary dance, inviting us to explore the body’s potential through conscious and natural movement.

In the afternoon, we indulge in the magic of contact improvisation, where dance becomes an intimate dialog between bodies, an invitation to discover new forms of connection, trust and fluidity.

At nightfall, the dancefloor becomes a space for sharing, where every step, every gesture is a unique expression of who we are. Together, we will create a symphony of movement, emotion and learning, in a jam open to all who wish to explore the freedom of the body in movement.

Join us on this second edition of our journey.

We will continue to be drivers of this vibrant and ever-evolving community, united by a love of dance, authentic expression and human connection. We look forward to sharing this experience with you and making this meeting even more memorable!
Register here!

Our Facilitators

DIANA PINTO (pt)

Curious about the body, art and expression through movement from a very young age, she has a strong background in ballet and contemporary dance, graduating in Dance from the Escola Superior de Dança (Lisbon, Portugal). She sees herself as eternally curious and apprentice, always available to experiment and expand her area of action and training in the various types of approach to movement, such as Contact Improvisation, Movement, Flying Low and Moving Through, Fighting Monkey, to name a few. Her history as a dancer and performer includes work with various companies and independent projects in the field of contemporary dance, as well as dance festivals and competitions. In recent years, she has also discovered her interest as a choreographer, having created her first piece in 2022, “Corpus Vibratum”. In addition to her work as a dancer-performer, creator and teacher, she is co-founder of InnerCore – Festival of Movement and Contact Improvisation, together with Pedro Magalhães.

Classes

Seeing the body as a biological, individual, social, intellectual and spiritual whole, which is vulnerable to all internal and external processes of change and is constantly permeable, it proposes exploring the knowledge of this organic being that resides in all of us as something under construction and constantly adapting – “Permeable Bodies”. Her classes are an invitation to celebrate feeling and being alive, through dynamic exercises and practices, full of rhythm, where the discovery of the individual body, the body together and the body in space are guided by infinite love.

Funda & Levi

FUNDA GUL (Türkiye)

Funda is an adventurous explorer of movement who has been studying martial arts as part of her spiritual and intellectual journey. Aikido, was the key that ignited her path in 2005, which ignited a passion that shaped her path. Along the way, she also immersed herself in Systema, where she honed her skills as an instructor-in-training, and later she dive into the Yoga philosophy, where during her teacher training, she discovered the power of personalized and adaptable practices. Since 2016, Funda has been deeply involved in Contact Improvisation as a student, teacher, and facilitator.

Classes

Funda has been searching diverse methods to uncover and locate one another’s center and recognize its pivotal role in the dance. She is particularly drawn to the idea of mutual support and the exploration of the common center when two bodies meet in the art of dance. Her goal is to create an inclusive space for movement exploration guided by the profound philosophy that “Function Creates the Form”. Due to her versatile background, Funda includes in her practices all the techniques that inhabit her body.

LEVI GERSHKOWITZ (USA)

Levi is an improvisational dancer and musician, invested in the details of movement, including the layering and removing of silences. As a long term member of Earthdance, a CI-based community located in western Massachusetts started in 1986, he has had the opportunity to dance and study with some foundational teachers of the form.

Levi’s mutual care for people and the natural world are felt in his presence and his approach to facilitating workshops that help to maintain focus on the quality of our relational bodies and ensure we are moving wisely and with purpose.

Classes

With 14 years of Contact Improvisation experience, paired with the somatic vocabulary of various bodywork modalities, his approach revolves around the question: How can we increase risk and care in proper proportion to each other? Recognizing that doing so often leads to developing skills that enable us to abandon governing thought patterns, and the limitations they carry.

movement lisboa

Movement practice lies in the contrast of exposing the body to unknown situations, chaos and complexity that are transformative to the moment and the structure. In this confrontation, we learn to deal with the interconnectedness of seeing and doing, doing and feeling, feeling and being through paradigms, questions and puzzles while creating situations of mobility, organic strength, balance, coordination or locomotion. All in all, the practice of Movement empowers and enables forms of global development of a body that moves in an increasingly intelligent and, above all, more human way.

ANDRE DIAS (PT)

With a degree in Sports Science, a father and an eternal curiosity about everything that involves the human body, he defines himself as an eternal student. As a practitioner and teacher of Movement and Martial Arts, he is above all a trainer in subjects related to organic strength, contact with the environment, working in suspension and in partnership. In 2016, he got to know Ido Portal’s method, which made him fall in love with this practice and he never stopped looking for educational paths with other teachers such as Marcello Palozzo, with whom he has studied more closely. In 2016, he became Co-Founder, together with Tiago Martins, of Movement Lisboa.

TIAGO MARTINS (PT)

A former top-level gymnast, expert exercise coach, performer and dancer, he finds himself a complex student of various languages linked to Movement – looking at the body as a whole. The practice of Movement has such a presence in his development that he has become a teacher, while working as a performer who understands the body as a vehicle for physical, intellectual and artistic expression. He is an applied student of a wide variety of disciplines – Ido Portal, Tom Weklser, Nil Tiesnier, Shai Faran, Almog Loven, Karin Avi, to name a few. Co-founder, together with André Dias, of Movement Lisboa.

natalia vik (NOR/PT)

Natalia Vik received her dance education at Copenhagen Contemporary Dance School, Denmark. She is a certified teacher of Gaga after completing the Gaga Teachers Training Program in Tel Aviv in 2012 and she continued to live in Israel until 2016 working as a dancer and teacher. Natalia lives since 5 years in Palmela, Portugal where she is sharing her work as a teacher, dancer and creator. She is also traveling around Europe to bring movement classes to dance educations, dance companies, festivals and Gaga people classes open for the public. Besides dance practices Natalia is a practitioner of Taijiwuxigong and holds Nature as a great inspiration for her work.

Move through morning practices

Natalia will offer a blend of her movement practices in Gaga, contemporary dance and improvisation. Since the aim is the morning sessions during the Innercore Festival, there will be added the element of qigong more then contemporary dance, and soft stretches to awaken the body together.

Pedro Paz (PT)

Dancer. Pedro is the founder and curator of Arrábida Dance Labs, was born in Portugal and grew up in China. Dancing since childhood, he choreographed his first “full-length performance” for 30 dancers as a young teenager. Graduating in classical and contemporary techniques from the National Conservatory of Portugal, he danced in several companies before founding his own, where he began incorporating somatic approaches into his work. Researcher on the “Unified Field”, Pedro has almost 30 years of professional experience as a dancer, teacher, and director. Being a guest teacher at the Traditional Chinese Medicine School in Lisbon brought him closer to Qigong and self-awareness. Contact Improvisation expanded his embodied and creative interactions.

The Collective Body

We are an intrinsic part of a Collective Body – the Earth – as well part of other temporary Common Bodies. When we are aware of this connection – arising from our uniqueness – we take significant steps towards our full vitality.

Pedro’s approach to dance, movement awareness and contact improvisation is highly appreciated in the Portuguese dance scene for his special way of leading sessions and for his inclusive methods that make everyone feels like being a Dancer.

THE ORG TEAM

  • Diana Pinto

    Organization
    Curious about the body, art and expression through movement from a very young age, she has a strong background in ballet and contemporary dance, graduating in Dance from the Escola Superior de Dança (Lisbon, Portugal). She sees herself as an eternal curious learner, always willing to experiment and expand her area of action and training in the various types of approach to movement. In between her work as a dancer, creator and teacher, she is co-founder of InnerCore - Festival of Movement and Contact Improvisation, together with Pedro Magalhães.
  • Pedro Magalhães

    Organization
    His connection to the body and movement naturally meant that dance was always present in his life, leading him to learn about Contact Improvisation, “an art form of dance where one, two or more individuals flow into a different dimension of movement and connection. Where being a child and being an adult are the same thing”. Currently, as well as specializing in creating web pages (thus remaining connected to his area of training and interest in webdesign/webdevelopment), he is a member of the cast of CORPO - Inclsuive Dance Company and is always continuing to devote his energy to researching movement through tools such as Contact Improvisation.

Program

Programa INNERCORE movement and contact improvisation festival 2024 edition

Info

Where?

RECANTO PAZ & AMOR – ALCOBAÇA – PORTUGAL

The Recanto Amor & Paz was built with the aim of serving as an integrative space where people can find practices for personal growth and development, self-knowledge, pleasant accommodation, as well as restorative and movement practices.

The practices will take place in a geodesic structure measuring 152 m² in area and 14 m in diameter.

Located in Alcobaça, right in the center of Portugal.

There is public transport via Rede Expresso to Alcobaça, which is a 13m drive from Recanto Paz & Amor.

Check the timetables here: rede-expressos.pt

You can also take the train to Famalicão da Nazaré, which is an 11m drive from Recanto Paz & Amor.

Check the timetables here: www.cp.pt

Closer to the dates of the festival, we will create a WhatsApp group for participants so that we can arrange the possibility of sharing our own transport.

Accommodation?

You can bring your tent and/or van to rest during our event. We’ll have flat spaces for your vehicle and a garden full of grass where you can pitch your tent. The Recanto amor & Paz also has chalets available, with shared rooms, for participants who prefer to stay in a beautiful wooden house.

Each chalet has two bedrooms and can comfortably accommodate 6 people (3 to 4 people per room in bunk beds).

The cost of staying in a chalet is 30Euros per person/night. This amount is non-negotiable and will be paid in full to Recanto Paz & Amor.

Food?

In this 2024 edition, Innercore has food included. Sofia Andrade will dedicate all her dedication, love and art in the kitchen to preparing delicious vegetarian meals exclusively for our participants. If you have any dietary restrictions, talk to us and together with Sofia we’ll find the best solution for you.

This is Sofia Andrade – our Chef for INNERCORE 2024:

Hello, my name is Sofia and I’m an explorer of human life.
This Sol e Arcoíris project is an experimental laboratory where I cultivate a love of food and the pleasure of serving. It all started with the study of nutrition and the behavior of our digestive system, then came the joy of working in the kitchen and all the surrounding alchemy of the senses and, without realizing it, I was sharing and expanding all this taste with the world around me.

The path began in 2010 and since then it has been strengthened by experiences and learning. The kitchen is a place where I am happy and where there are always possibilities for expansion and evolution. Basically, that’s my message: we are beings in constant transformation and development and with love we grow better, so why not spread love through food?

That’s the main objective: that food should be our medicine, just as Hippocrates said! I only specify: medicine for the body and the soul.

Music?

Of course, our Jam’s will feature live music. Here you can find all the information about who is going to be our sound designer.

Prices

Super early bird Pass
250€
Registrations received and confirmed by May 31 and limited to 10 participants.
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Yearly Bird Pass
300€
Entries received and confirmed by June 30th.
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Regular Full Pass
350€ - 420€*
(price varies) If you feel like supporting innovative projects and can give more than the minimum, please support us with your offer.
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Join us on this second edition of our journey.

We will continue to be drivers of this vibrant and ever-evolving community, united by a love of dance, authentic expression and human connection. We look forward to sharing this experience with you and making this meeting even more memorable!
Register Here!

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