Contact Improvisation

Contact improvisation has been my primary movement practice since 1986. I have studied with Bruno Stefanoni, Dieter Heitkamp, Ka Rustler, Kurt Koegel, Howard Sonenklar, Nina Martin, Benno Voorham, Nancy Stark Smith, K J Holmes and many others. I also practice aikido and am strongly influenced by the Feldenkrais method, Body Mind Centering and ideokinesis.

My teaching is informed by my background as a professional bodyworker, my studies in physiotherapy and osteopathy, my experience with different approaches to communication, and by my politics. I see my interest in radical social theory and my love of contact improvisation as two aspects of the same desire. One of my main projects is making contact improvisation available as a way of exploring body politics, as a tool for communication and personal change, to radical left, feminist, queer and antiracist activists.

I have been teaching the form since 1990. I am fluent in English, German and French; I regularly teach in English and French, rarely in German. I participated in “European Contact Improvisation Teachers Exchanges” (ECITEs) in Denmark, the Netherlands, the UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Finland and Spain. I co-organised ECITE 1999 in Germany and ECITE 2015 in France.

1990 – 2005 I taught mostly in Germany, but also in Belgium, Britain, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Spain and Sweden. 2005 – 2011 I was part of a small network of contact improvisation teachers in Toulouse that organised jams, classes and workshops locally.

2011 – 2014 I mainly taught in London, but also in Bristol, Brussels, Göteborg, Malmö, Paris, Stockholm, Toulouse and Umeå. I was centrally involved in organising four week-long contact improvisation festivals in London (over the New Year 2011/2012, in the summer of 2012, over New Year 2013/2014 and 2014/2015).

Since March 2014 I have been based in Sweden. 2014 – 2017 I was involved in the Göteborg contact improvisation collective, which organises weekly jams, beginners’ courses, weekend workshops and exchanges with other Scandinavian contact improvisation communities.

In recent years I have travelled further afield and taught in Beijing, Xi’an, Chengdu, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Singapore, Manila, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phnom Penh, Darwin, Perth and Melbourne.