Andrew Wass (USA/Berlin)                 "1 + 1 + 1 + 1…"

1 + 1 + 1 + 1…


Contact Improvisation is a duet between the self and the other(s). This class will examine the relationship between the solo and the duet/trio/quartet, etc., using conceptual triads such as resist/follow/break, location/duration/operation, floor/contact/floor. The simplicity of the concepts affords the dancer the ability to layer the actions, creating a chaotic yet comprehensible dance.

Andrew Wass has been studying, teaching, performing, researching CI for 20 years. He has taught at festivals, universities, and studios in several different countries. Wass has had the opportunity to perform with Nancy Stark Smith, Nina Martin, Ray Chung, Scott Wells, and Jess Curtis among others. He graduated with an MA in Solo/Dance/Authorship from the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum für Tanz Berlin and is currently pursuing his doctoral studies in dance at TWU in Denton, TX. A member of Lower Left and a certified Ensemble Thinking teacher, he has lived in Berlin since 2009.

Andrzej Woźniak (Poland)             Small dance - an unfinished song

I have an on&off relationship with small dance. At most times i find it a brilliant practice to examine your inner vibrations, sometimes it makes me struggle.

Steve Paxton's small dance guidance from 1977 is a piece of good, raw poetry. And since i am deeply interested in words and how they can affect your perception of body-self i started looking at the small dance through the lense of images and metaphores. This class will be an attempt to share my work with you.


Please bring a pen and something to write on. Let's small dance.

Andrzej Woźniak

I am contact improvisation practitioner and teacher from Warsaw, Poland. I love dancing, it has been transforming me as a human being and keeps me alive and curious. 
I am interested in subtleties of touch and weight, topics of power and politics in dancing and its relationship to music. 
I write pretty bad poetry.

Dorothée Däster (CH)                 Spaces between Contact und Improvisation(where am I?)

Following the dance, letting the pull of our improvisation play with the body.
Finding our "comfort-zone", playing with it, learning to respect it and 
find creativity through it. 
The space from silence, meditation to the jump into the unknown.

Dorothée Däster has studied Somatics and Contact Improvisation since 1993. She has studied with Alito Alessi and Emery Blackwells of Danceability, „Diverse Dance“ Research Retreat on Vashon Island with Karen Nelson, Kinetic Awareness with Francis Becker, Intensive with Contraband and Sara Shelton Mann in 1995, martial arts in Indonesia, 2012 with Steve Paxton and Karen Nelson, and numerous Breitenbush jams throughout the years. Adding to the list of teachers is Daniel Lepkoff, KJ Holmes, Rusty Lester, Rochus Schmucker, Nancy Stark Smith and Kirstie Simson.


Ether Berias (Hannover)          Inspiring Spirals

In this class we will explore the spinal head-tale connection in ordert o find beautiful, ecomomic and fun movement patterns, which consist of spirals.
These spirals will help us to move more easily into contact wirh a partner and also into lifts.
We will be inspired by animal movements. Also we will look at the theatrical aspect of a „spiraling“ approach to a partner in comparison to a linear approach. Both are fun!



Choreographie & Postmodernen Tanz (Diplom) an der Hogeschool voor de Kunsten Amsterdam S.N.D.O., Niederlande (1997-2001)



Integrative-Tanzpädagogik am DIT (Deutsches Institut für Tanz-Pädagogik), Köln (1995-1997)



Arbeit als freischaffende Künstlerin:


Seit 2001 freischaffende Tänzerin und Choreografin in den Niederlanden, Schweden, Dänemark, Frankreich, Mexiko und Deutschland u.a. bei Festivals und an freien Theatern wie „Eigenarten Festival, Hamburg“, „Tanz Bremen“, „Oerol Festival, Niederlande“, „Dansscenen Kopenhagen“, „Danscentrum Väst Göteborg“, „Projekttheater Dresden“, „Muiderpoorttheater Amsterdam“.





Seit 2006 Dozentin an der Hochschule für Musik, Theater & Medien Hannover, Schauspielabteilung. Lehrgebiet: Bewegung, moderner und postmoderner Tanz



Irina Hortin (Düsseldorf)       Tensegral Creatures

Tensegrity is a terme coined by R.B. Fuller, a word and a concept of an omnipresent principle in nature: integrity through tension, a phenomenon appearently expressed in all living structure - the synergetic interplay of solid and elastic or tensional elements that create a structure`s integrity. Balanced tensegrity enhances a bodie`s potential for resilience, stress distribution all over it`s structure and the adaptability to organise appropriate responses to our physical context.

I am intrigued by the idea of ourselves as a tensegrity system in motion, of our bones floating in an ocean of myofascial tension, and I invite you to explore a bit of that in our body and it`s everchanging relationship to gravity - and to other body*ies (creating common bodies?) in our dance.

We will play with models and some focussed improvisation to invite a felt sense of the phenomenon behind the concept – and then let our dance evolve out of that research.

An essential resource for my research is the Axis Syllabus*; i feel deeply inspired by it and am a candidate in the certification process to become an AS Teacher. 

Irina Hortin 

studied contemporary dance, linguistics and literature and works as a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher. Becoming a certified Iyengar yoga teacher was part of her process, although she abandoned teaching Yoga. Born in Rumania, she grew up in Germany, lived and learned in France, Argentina, Senegal and Switzerland. During her studies in Argentina she got in touch and involved with Tango, that is part of her path ever since.

Currently based in Düsseldorf with her 8-year-old daughter, she is teaching in Tanzhaus NRW, at Contact(Tango)-Festivals and co-directing the project 1001Tropfen (, creating dance performances in nature and urban contexts. Irina is a member of the ASIRN (Axis Syllabus International Research Network, and in the certification process to become an Axis Syllabus teacher. (