Dancing Date

This is a festival of Contact Improvisation that brings together people from all over the world and unites
various types of contemporary art.

Sound, text, color and form are going to be embodied in us during an unforgettable week spent in the City of Love.
2 Contact Improvisation workshops
Dancing Date, Round Robin, One-to-one and other contact games in stunning locations
Silent, music and focus jams
in amazing space by the sea
Katya Basalaeva
Asaf Bachrach
All stars Immersive Laboratory

More info TBA
Alicia Grayson & Tim O'Donnel
Rock the Contact Point!
Alicia and Tim team up to share their love of contact improvisation during this intensive.
Our intention is to support more ease, embodiment and delightful discovery in our contact improvisation explorations. Through demonstrations, language and touch we open doorways into some of the areas of contact improvisation we are most passionate about. There will be plenty of space for individual feedback and support. 
We will draw from Body Mind Centering, Idiokenises, Functional Anatomy and inspiration form the natural world as we explore practices ins solo, duet and ensemble. Specifically we will focus on floor work, fluidity and flight to expand our dancing from the gentle and subtle to the acrobatic and fluidity athletic.

Alicia Grayson has been passionately involved with dancing, teaching and performing Contact Improvisation for the past 32 years. She has taught CI as an adjunct faculty at George Washington University, University of Denver, Naropa University and Shenandoah University. She teaches CI, yoga and pilates classes in Boulder, CO and regularly travels nationally and internationally to teach. Her long time practices of authentic movement, yoga and pilates and her love of nature are important influences on her dancing and teaching. She is a certified Hakomi therapist, certified perinatal somatic attachment therapist and certified Feminine Power transformational coach and facilitator. She is currently training to be a biodynamic breath and trauma release practitioner. She delights in exploring and discovering new depths to contact improvisation and related disciplines and is particularly interested in the intersection of physics and expression and the mind/body relationship. She is dedicated to supporting her fellow humans to be the most amazing embodied beings that we are! www.aliciagrayson.com

Tim O’Donnell is a New York based dance artist who has been studying, teaching, and performing in both the United States and Europe. His exploration in dance and movement is strongly rooted in a deep physical listening and a sense of adventure. His classes range from the gentle and subtle to the acrobatic and fluidly athletic. He holds an MFA in Dance and has maintained a private practice in therapeutic bodywork and somatic movement since 1991. Currently he is on faculty at Movement Research and Arizona State University.

Asaf Bachrach & Katya Basalaeva
Asaf Bachrach (France)

Dance Experience:
Regular practice and teaching of contact improvisation (CI, a contemporary dance technique) as well as other types of dance (Butoh, release, tuning score)since 1994 years. Studied in Tel Aviv, New York, Paris and Boston. Among his most influential professors are Steve Paxton, Kirsty Simson, Lisa Nelson, Min Tanaka. Since 2000, he has taught in Europe, in the USA, in Buenos Aires and in Israel. In 2012, he organized an international conference in Paris around CI and 'mindfulness' (http://mindthepoint.wordpress.com/). Founder of the ME-lieu collective (2015). Since 2016 he is a certified Rolfing® practitioner. Asaf has been co-leading, since 2016 the F.A.R nomadic somatics school, a trans-somatic (Feldenkrais, ALexander, Rolfing and CI) experiential research group.

Katya Basalaeva (Siberia)

Dancer, performer, choreographer, teacher. Organizer of the Contact Improvisation Festival at Altai. CI practice and teaching – 18 years. Her background experience includes contemporary dance, physical theatre, aikido, climbing, play-fight, axis syllabus etc. At the moment contact improvisation, ideokinesis and performative art nurture her interest in personal exploration inviting to doubt what is already known and creating space for further transformations.


In ancient greek sym-ptoma, literally fall-with, means ‘happening’. Over the last few years I have been exploring in my research and teaching how the practice of falling with, or falling together (my understanding of what CI is) allows for something to happen, something that is inherently collective or transubjective. Exciting stuff.
In our time together in Gomarduli this year, I would like to explore the antidote, sym-a-ptoma, or non-falling together. How can non-happening be a shared experience/state. What happens when nothing happens?
20:00 - 23:00
Spacious Galleries of Tsereteli Museum
Silent Jam
Music Jam
Focus Jam
Monday, September 27
15:00 - Registration
18:00 - Intro Circle
19:00 - Performance
20:00 - Jam
Tuesday, September 28
Wednesday, September 29
09:00 - Breakfast
11:00 - 13:30 - Intensives
14:00 - Lunch
16:00 - 18:30 - Classes
19:00 - Dinner
21:00 - Jam
Thursday, September 30
Day Off

Friday, October 1
Saturday, October 2
09:00 - Breakfast
11:00 - 13:30 - Intensives
14:00 - Lunch
16:00 - 18:30 - Classes
19:00 - Dinner
21:00 - Jam
Sunday, October 3
11:00 - Closing Circle and Jam
Fantastic cozy venue by the sea with 200 sq m studio and 400 m roof terrace, sea with black sands beach and a pine forest around
Delicious vegetarian food
Spacious studio
100 m to the sea
Cozy home with a beautiful rooftop
Including Workshops, Jams and Scores,
accommodation and food
You are welcome!
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