Elske Seidel (Berlin)                     Nature as Teacher:Contact Improvisation in Nature and Water

3 sessions in nature, 1 in warm water


This intensive is a deepening practice, experiencing Contact Improvisation in nature and warm water, allowing nature to teach us.


In Contact Improvisation presence with the earth is our first partner. Fine-tuning our sense of listening to gravity through touch we are continuously responding to and communicating with all the surfaces supporting us. When dancing in nature the realm of possibilities is widening and changing. A three-dimensional landscape of different textures and shapes is welcoming us into its specific language. In communication with what we are touching, we sense and absorb its inherent quality in all its aspects. The forces of gravity are moving through the environment, a truth of which we are part. From this place movement unfolds, takes us and passes through us informing our research and releasing our play.


During our journey through the festival we can harvest essential core principles from our experience in nature and water into our movement on land. Rooted in the depth of this experience, our movement qualities and techniques can develop organically from within, guiding us into deeper knowledge and understanding. This resonance can open our play into a field of inspiration and learning for blissful dancing.


Also see video about Elske's work:
Interview with Elske Seidel about Nature as Teacher


Elske Seidel, 
is a passionate CI dancer and teacher, deeply committed to CI and its community internationally. She has been teaching dance full time and wholeheartedly for over two decades, CI since 2004.
Based in Berlin, she travels extensively, teaching CI in Europe, Canada, the U.S., Argentina, Israel, Russia and Japan.
She holds a degree, equivalent to a masters (Lehramt Oberstufe) in Sport Science, Education and English from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Her main research question 'The essence of dance and how to teach it' motivates the heart of her work from her early days at University until the present.


Her work recognizes nature as a core source for knowledge, understanding and inspiration. She explores and teaches CI in the studio as well as in nature and in water, each informing and enriching the other.


She enjoys creating formats which bring together CI, Nature, & Community as well as Life, Art and Practice. She is the artistic director and co-founder of the 11th Annual Contact Festival & Camp Fuerteventura/ ESP and the North Sea CI Camp/DEU.

Her endless fascination exploring and researching Contact Improvisation in all its depth and subtleties, inspires her workshops and ongoing classes as well as the following projects: Dance Your Questions: CI Research Week for Experienced Contact Dancers, ECITE - European Contact Improvisation Teachers Exchange (Ponderosa/ DEU), CI Training Program and CI Workshop Series BASICS in Berlin & Hamburg/ DEU.