2019-10 Irene Sposetti und Frederic Holzwarth

with Irene Sposetti and Frédéric Holzwarth


Event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/378812612777309/
Weekend Ocotber 4-6th
Open Jam Sat 5th

Photo credit: Lauge Brixvöld 2014

We invite you to share with us a concentrated time of learning and practice of Contact Improvisation over a weekend. For a public of experienced dancers and people familiar with CI and its fundamentals.

Main themes

  • explorations into tone modulation
  • lightness and balancing
  • cultivating a self-regulating system in order to move safely, with endurance, avoiding strain and loss of energy
  • compositional mind-set in CI
  • playfulness, raw forces and risk taking
  • group scores
  • accessing ease and joyful states

Following questions guide us along this exploration:

  • How can we read and adapt promptly to changing of forces and positions in a CI dance?
  • How can we modulate the body tone in order to respond efficiently to the weight moving in the space and between partners?
  • How can we be soft while being clear, strong and active, ready to either yield or resist?
  • Do I access states of joy in dancing?
  • Which qualities do I cultivate in order to be satisfied?
  • How can I cultivate a compositional mind-set while improvising and practicing?

The program will be co-facilitated in English with the possibility of German

Registrations: Frédéric solego[AT)posteo.de


  • Friday 4th: 19:30-22:00 Opening and Jam
  • Saturday 5th: 10:30-18:00 Workshop, 19:30-22:00 Open Jam with live music
  • Sunday 6th: 10:30-17:00 Workshop


  • All prices are defined with a sliding scale
  • Regular price: 120-180€ (guiding value 150€)
  • Early birds until September 1st: 95-180€
  • Early birds until September 15th: 110-180€
  • Bring one friend, all get a 10% discount
  • Bring two friends, all get a 20% discount
  • Professionals: 60-100€
Venue: Helmholtzhalle, Helmholtzstrasse, Leipzig

For any further query and needs regarding registrations please get in touch with us.

Our facilitators:

Irene Sposetti

Facebook channel : www.Facebook.com/BeingMotion
Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/inlightinlove/videos?view_as=subscriber

Irene is a multidisciplinary performing artist, educator and choreographer.
While originally from Italy she has spent the last 19 years traveling and living in Europe, India and China.
Her formal training is in dance, classical music (flute and voice) and theatre.
Her artistic path has been influenced by many different cultures and is deeply intertwined with her self-inquiry, spiritual practices and philosophy. Her dance practice is mainly inspired by Contact Improvisation, Instant Composition Techniques, Experiential Anatomy, Body-Mind Centering, Body Work, Yoga, Meditation and Singing Practices.
The main theme of her movement research is improvisation. Through her practice she aims for a heightened state of presence, increased awareness in the body, effortless motion, and a broadening of the technical and investigative skills of the mover. She has a particular interest in intuitive learning processes, empowering individuals, and promoting independent research and artistic projects. She explores inner and outer ecology – believing that a healthy and creative relationship to the body can generate awareness, trust and authenticity in our lives as individuals and as a collective.
In 2011 she created Being Motion, a platform for sharing her artistic practices, research, creations and educational projects. @BeingMotion

For the last fourteen years she has traveled as an independent freelancer artist offering dance trainings, performances and lectures in universities, schools, cultural institutes and private associations throughout Europe and Asia.
Irene is deeply engaged in the research and spreading of Contact & Improvisation by teaching, organizing dance events and promoting the growth of new CI communities, especially in China and India.
She regularly attends international gatherings of teachers and practitioners investigating further the practice and its development.
Since 2009 she has been involved with the Goa Contact Improvisation festival, particularly engaged in the making of the Dance Exchange Program and its performances.
She is a performer and director using mainly improvisation and instant composition, investigating and combining movement, live music and text. Her choreographies are performed in theaters, site-specific, galleries, dance festivals, video projects and fashion shows.

Her latest choreographic works and performances:
“Anima” dance video directed by M.Belin, choreography-casting by BeingMotion, Shanghai 2018
“You” dance peroformance with I.Sposetti and Xindi Chen, Beijing 2017-2018
“Conversations” site-specific dance performance with I.Sposetti, Yu-Chien Cheng and Jess Seetoo, Improvisation Festival, Shanghai 2017
“ The scenes of the street” Dance theater performance directed by Yu-Chien Cheng, Inch Dance Company, Insideyuz, Shanghai 2017
“WuWei” Dance theater performance co-directed by Irene Sposetti and Zhao Xi, the New festival, Beijing 2016
“Conversations” site-specific dance performance, directed by I.Sposetti, Nanchang 2016
“Hong” dance performance directed by Zhao Xi, Beijing 2015
“Nanachang Normal Uniersity” dance performance, directed by I.Sposetti, Nanchang 2015
“Beijing Design Week” site-specific dance performance, directed by I.Sposetti with seven dancers and live music, Beijing 2015
“Rise” dance performance, created by BeingMotion with Irene Sposetti and Johan Nilsson, Sweden/India, 2012-2013

Frédéric Holzwarth

Facebook Channel: https://www.facebook.com/MovementContactPlay
Website: www.movement-contact-play.de

Since 2013, I teach regular classes and several workshops in Leipzig and other cities and classes on festivals. I have a deep trust in the form, which to me is a transformative and emancipatory practice that can empower people. In practicing CI, we can update our self and body images, rethink our social roles and gender relationships and also research any kind of individual questions.
In teaching, I want to create an environment, an experiential space that may allow unusual experiences. Gestalt therapy and the philosophy of the mind influence my view on teaching.

In my research, I am influenced mostly by, among others: Nancy Stark Smith, Jörg Haßmann, Daniel Werner, Alessio Trevisani, Frey Faust, Martin Keogh, Ray Chung – and my students. Most importantly, I have learned and continue to learn from so many inspiring dancers in the vibrant and challenging local and worldwide ci community.

Dancers I’ve worked with and who inspired me include: Christin Schmidt, Dieter Heitkamp, Elisa Ghion, Eva Janotta, Eva Kreuter, Florian Busch, Heike Pourian, Srik Narayanan, Ulrike Christl.
In 2014 I finished the Dance-Trainee Program for Contemporary and Classical Dance at the Leipzig Dance Theatre. I am learning and dancing Tango and Lindy Hop.

Apart from dancing I am doing research on Biodiversity.