Enjoy the Silence
We are happy to invite you again to Georgia.
Again - to a mountain forest
To share your presence and silence.
To listen. To dance. To be.


Everyone is a message

This idea directed the course of events at the first festival and was firmly rooted in the basis of the second one. As we enter our 3rd year and lovingly craft the upcoming festival, we continue to expand the very same philosophy.

In silence, unable to verbally construct and project our usual self-image onto the social fabric of the festival group, we surrender to the unity of contact dance, allowing ourselves to dissolve in it and acquire a new identity. We observed that by limiting one mean of expression and giving full rights to the body to communicate, we become more attuned with our intuition, heighten our awareness and deepen our sensory perception.

As a consequence, we allow the world, and ourselves in it, to simply be and things to happen. Without really expecting this, we think we tapped into spiritually transformative potential of contact improvisation. Needless to say, we cannot wait to dive into the silent depths of contact dancing with everyone who will choose to be present at the festival this year.

Alicia Grayson
Tim O'Donnel
A Journey through the Energy Centers with Alicia
Embodiment in Contact Improvisation

The intention is to support more ease, integration and delightful discovery in our contact improvisation explorations.

Without the medium of language our offerings will be transmitted through demonstrations, imagery and of course touch.

Using the 7 energy centers as a framework for discovery we will drawn from some of the original CI solo practices, Body Mind Centering and inspiration from the natural world. as we explore practices in solo, duet and ensemble. 

 We will experience how the co-creativity of contact improvisation is exponentially amplified when each individual is deeply anchored in their own embodiment.

Specific skills include:

  • listening practices, especially attending to the breath, to open more choice and surprise in the dance
  • organizing the body around the point(s) of contact
  • continuously finding the ground through own and partner’s bodies so there is the freedom to dance with space
  • using spacial reach to create lightness and potentiality in the dance
  • tools for delightful falling and flying
  • whole body integration 
  • techniques for incorporating ensemble dancing with contact improvisation


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

Floor-work, Fluidity and Flight with Tim

With a strong grounding in contact improvisation, we will experiment with the below three concepts to expand our dancing from the gentle and subtle to the acrobatic and fluidly athletic. Class exercises are strongly rooted in functional anatomical principals that emphasize clarity, momentum and release in order to build the kinesthetic awareness necessary for the dancing that follows. Due to the nature of a silent workshop/retreat, photographs, video, models and demos will be used as points of departure in this unique experience

FLOOR WORK: The floor is our first partner. How can we move on the floor efficiently and effectively in solo and with our partners, exploring large, broad contact points and finer ledges at varying speeds?     

FLUIDITY: Utilizing our full physical volume – including the role of the skeleton – we will explore the flow of gravity and how to direct and redirect momentum within our own structure and with our partners.        

FLIGHT: With the lightness of laughter we will experiment leaving and returning to the ground, removing the ceiling and any notion of a stopping point in our sense of boundless sky. On a more concrete level, how can we improve our timing to catch the waves of another’s up, meeting them at their peak or joining them in their descent.

Tim O’Donnell discovered CI in 1995 and continues to teach at various universities and festivals throughout Europe and the USA. His exploration in the form 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. 

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 Bachrah

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.
Ady Elzam

Ady Elzam (IL/BE) is a dancer, teacher and choreographer, with a deep technical background in contemporary dance, improvisation and performance. Ady believes art should challenge and inspire, both the artist as well as the spectator. As a preforming artist he’s motivated to cross borders and question the norm in relation to the audience, and its roll in art.

For many years Ady has been exploring movement dynamics in partner work, his main interest is in the communication that creates clear understanding between partners, as if no words are needed. This applies also to the relationship of the observer and the observed. As a performer he’s interested in the artist’s ability to expose oneself, evoke emotion in the audience, and the connection between the two.

Ady started dancing and preforming at age 10 in the Israeli folklore dance school "The Iris of Nazareth" .

He met modern dance in 1997, and embarked on a journey to explore the dance world until 2005 when he dedicated himself to the art of contemporary dance, improvisation and movement exploration.

He trained at the modern dance academy in Haifa and continued to dance in Vertigo Dance Company and DeDe Dance. Over the years he worked with many different choreographers such as; Ofra Idel, Elad Shecter, Matan Levkowich, Yuval Goldshtain, Sharona Floreshaim, Dafi Altabeb, to name a few.

Dorte Bjerre Jensen

Dorte Bjerre Jensen is a dancer/performer, researcher, teacher and organizer, and she is deeply interested in bodily movement and expression as an art form in practice and in theory. As an artist she creates, direct and perform.

Dorte holds a 2-year postgraduate education for professional dancers: Dance partnership; research, performance/dance and facilitation, at the Danish National School of Performing Arts. Her final research project was in the frame of process philosophy and contact improvisation.

Furthermore Dorte is an educated school teacher, yoga teacher, Rosen Method therapist, Conscious Touch therapist. She teaches contact improvisation nationally and internationally, in dance and
acting schools, at festivals and in open workshops. She offers her work to professional dancers, actors, people in leadership roles, and to the general public.

Dorte is the author of two chapters: Contact improvisation and Dance fight, in "The Anthology of Dance" (being released this autumn).

Dorte has also journeyed through life as a soccer player, martial artist (Taekwondo) and as a circus artist.
Katya Basalaeva


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.

«I wonder how CI practice can develop nowadays, absorbing discoveries and experiences from other related practices that explore movement and body/mind. I am interested in finding answers and again questioning them»
Katya Basalaeva
Asaf Bachrach
Olivia Court Mesa
Yochai Ginton
Vadim Shirobokov
Music Man
Vadim Shirobokov - musician, sound artist, audio performer and shaman from Udmurtia, Russia.
Collaborations with contemporary art, performance and dance therapy.

Currently does research on sound impact phenomenon and authentic music teaching method.

Monday, September 20
12:00 - Registration (in Batumi)
15:00 - Bus to the place
17:00 - Arriving, taking places
18:00 - Dinner
19:00 - Introduction Circle. Silence starts
20:00 - Jam
Tuesday, September 21 Wednesday, September 22
09:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Single Class
13:00 - Lunch
15:00 - Intensive
18:00 - Dinner
20:00 - Jam
Thursday, September 23
Day Off
Hiking, reading, swimming, resting
Jam in the evening
Friday, September 24
Saturday, September 25
09:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Single Class
13:00 - Lunch
15:00 - Intensive
18:00 - Dinner
20:00 - Jam
Sunday, September 26
09:00 - Breakfast
10:00 - Jam & Closing Circle
13:00 - depart to Batumi
15:00 - Arriving to Batumi
The essence of silence in a middle of nowhere

Wooden chalet, surrounded by mountains and autumn forest.
There are 2 halls for dancing, with wooden and linoleum floor,
rooms for 2-4 people, dorms for 8, a dining room
and a chillout for snacks and relaxation
How to get there?
The festival bus will depart at 15:00

Best flight is to Batumi airport
If you arrive to Tbilisi - we'll take a train to Batumi at 8:00
If you arrive to Kutaisi - take a bus to Batumi train station

Bus website (from Kutaisi)
Train website (from Tbilisi)

Your best friend in Georgia: +995 591 01 77 22 Melek
Price include accommodation, food and program

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Enjoy the Silence!
international format
Experience in Contact
Can we display your name in a list of participants?
Are you going to confirm your registration with prepayment within 3 days?
How to register?

Fill the form, get a letter on email, pay 50 % deposit or full amount within 3 days, get the confirmation email - congratulations, you're in!

Can I get a discount/come for work exchange?

No. There is a team of 10 people that does and coordinate all the work. It is important for us to keep this team core and we are happy to do this job for you.The food and cleaning is done by the place staff.

Can I come for part of the festival and pay less?

No. But you can come for 3 parts of the festival - Silent retreat, Dancing Date in Tbilisi and Contact Journey - and get a discount :)

Can I bring my sleeping bag/refuse to eat to save money?

No. We care about your experience)

Can I come with my children?

Better no. We care about silence in space. For children it's better to be free and do whatever they want. Come take a rest from them)

Can I work on internet during a festival?

No. This time all internet devices are not allowed to appear in space.

Can you say yes?

Yes. Register, come and enjoy dance and silence. This is the best choice!
How to get to the festival
The festival buses depart from Batumi Train Station on September 21, at 15:00

- Take a flight to Batumi
- Take a flight to Tbilisi and come to Batumi by train
- Take a flight to Kutaisi and come to Batumi by bus
- Go by land via Turkey or Russia

We organize buses to and from the retreat center. Price 5 euro for round trip. If you are late - take a taxi for 30 euros. Being late is an exception.
Being at the festival
What does it mean Silent Contact festival?

On the first day of the festival there will be a 2-hour circle, during which we will give all instructions. Also, all this will be written on the information board. After that, we remain silent from the first to the last day of the festival. Yes, all classes will be held without words. Yes, it works. Yes, it's amazing.

I have not dance CI before. Can I come?

It is a festival in full silence. We don't need you to be technically/acrobatically skilled but you should have at least basic understanding of Contact Improvisation. Read about it, watch videos, attend a workshop or few weekly classes and write to us. According to experience of last year we found that Silent festival can be a great place to learn even for beginners, but let's discuss it first.

What about safety?

In contact improvisation we are responsible for our own safety. This practice includes falling, rolling, jumping, upside down positions. Don't take unnecessary risks and be aware of your body and surroundings. Take care of insurance if needed.

How do we communicate with other participants/organisers?

Without words. Last year people spent time touching each other, cathing the sight, feeding each other, dancing, using gestures, sometimes writing letters. We have "suggestions/complains boxes at information board, that we check every few hours. In a case of need you can write a message on paper and put in a box or give it directly to us.

I am vegetarian/vegan/raw. Will I survive?

Definitely. Every meal will have options for vegans, some raw fruits/vegetables/salad as well as some cheese/eggs/fish/meat.

Any shops around?

No. Please, bring your chocolates with you. Otherwise hunt the Snack Station

What will the weather be like? What to wear?

Mostly temperature during day/night is about 25/15 C. Bring one light sweater and a light jacket.
Pictures from the past
2018 - 2019
Photo by Jacob
Photo by Leio
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Photo by Marion
Photo by Jacob
Photo by Shifaaz
Photo by Mike
Photo by Jason
Photo by Sven
Photo by Ed
Photo by David
Photo by Hal
Photo by Jacob
Photo by Leio
Photo by Jacob
Photo by Marion
Photo by Jacob
Photo by Shifaaz
Photo by Mike
Photo by Jason
Photo by Sven
Photo by Ed
Photo by David
Photo by Hal
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