Contact Improvisation and Video Lab – “Poetry of the movement”


Contact improvisation and Video Lab

Anjelika Doniy (RU), Leonardo Lambruschini (IT), Nikitin Sasha Film (MD)

A workshop about dance and the things in it that are visible and invisible

30,31 March – 1,2 April 2018

Spazio Seme – Arezzo (Tuscany, IT)



Friday 30 March at 20.30 warm up and Jam

Saturday  and Sunday: 7 hours class end video lab. – aftet dinner jam

Monday 02 April: classe + jam – dinner in the city

….everything can change with you



Vision is our way of seeing things. We will experiment with vision and stretch our ability to see from safety to aesthetic pleasure.
We will also look at what happens if vision is not our only way of looking and seeing. We will learn to trust this knowledge with our eyes open and closed.
We will practice CI and its relationship with the composition of space, time and place.
We will work with time and understand movement principles.
We will discipline the capacity to stay focused in the chaos and spontaneous in the clear boundaries of the form.
I am interested in seeing dance from the point of view of time, quantity, space, dimensions, pressure, gravity, temperature.
Like baking a cake.
Or calculating the weather.
Or telling fortune in the coffee grounds.

We’ll research the questions:
What is visible, predictable, teachable?
What is hidden, unpredictable and unteachable?
Can we see a jam as an art work in progress?
How does a witness influence a dancer? And how does a dancer influence a witness?
We will always start with ourselves and return to ourselves through dance, awareness, attention, silence.

CI is a perfect way to research different questions about dance, creativity, living through whatever is there.

We invite you to walk the ladder from “real” to “magical” and back =)
Our rivers will climb mountains.
Life will surely become clearer!


Anjelika Doniy (RU)
I have studied to be a choreographer, I´ve been taught various skills of training and means of teaching the body of another person. In my “archive” there are many stage pieces from folk dance to ballet miniatures. My work in the Theatre has been the tastiest. The actors, direction and dramaturgy broadened my mind and my image of the dance art form. I began to see how the art of charming the audience is created.
Since I´ve met contact improvisation and the first CI teachers, I practice the art of de-educating the body of another person and disentangling the illusions about movement and dance.
I think that the human being is already perfect the way it is created, and I believe in nature and it´s laws. I dance, investigate and live in accordance with this vision.
I´m prompted in life by the ability to fall in love unconditionally and undoubtedly with people, movement, mountains, journey, ideas. This ability has helped me to learn everything that forms me right now. This is what teaches the others.
CI is the only dance that helps me leave the limits of personality and transform my consciousness. In this sense I´m the student, not the teacher. The better I learn, the more chances have the others to learn something near by me.
My special interest in contact improvisation is clarity. Clarity towards the practice. Honesty towards how do I move my weight in the space of Gravity. Attention towards clearing the dance from the personal. Letting things happen as they do.
I´m grateful for meeting such teachers as Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Danny Lepkoff, Benno Voorham, Lisa Nelson, Esther Gal, Alexandr Girshon, Yaniv Mintzer, Yorg Hassman, Martin Keo and many others.


Leonardo Lambruschini (IT)
Actor, dancer and performer.
My journey in the performing arts started with the theatre, dance came afterwards. But then, when I encountered the Contact Improvisation, it was magic at ‘first sight’. Acting, playing and dancing were finally melting together as a whole. I dance as a student, as a teacher and as a performer with an unquenchable “thirst” for exploration and… for the ‘wonder’ on what happens in that ‘middle-land’ that is created in the process of receiving and returning, of uttering and listening to. I love the creative process that leads people to formulate plans and actions that promote the movement as a form of artistic and personal evolution and social expression.
Contact, confidence, movement and reliance are the central focus around which the teaching and the practice are developed, both for adults and children. Above all the reliance on the present moment as a fruitful and complete source of inspiration and meaning.
I’m appealed by the places and contexts where several art forms meet, communicate and create something new, transcending languages and differences.
I am also the co-founder and Art Director of Spazio Seme (, an international cultural Arts Center in Arezzo (Tuscany) . There, we create opportunities for research, organize and manage festivals, intensive workshops, performances, artistic productions and residencies. In particular I develop and lead classes for children (ContaKids, PlayContact) and I teach Contact Improvisation for adults and students at Art Schools and Universities.
I am one of the organizers of the ItalyContactFest – – an international festival of Contact Improvisation.
I am grateful to have met artists and masters like Angelika Donij, Nita Little, Leilani Weiss, Esther Gal, Claudia Schnürer, Itay Yatuv , Steve Batts, Martin Keo and many others.


Video Lab with Nikitin Sasha Film (MD)

Can we look at ourselves from the outside?
Can we convey our feelings to others?
Is it possible that the camcorder become a partner in the dance?

I’m a video maker from Moldova who definitely knows that everything is possible. Experiments are my passion and my task during the shooting is to turn everything upside down and maximize the truth that is reflected in my lens
Most of all in people I like their scripts. Everyone has it’s only. And the most amazing thing is that all the scenarios for a moment can intertwine and outgrow into a spectacular film that I manage to mount!
Traveling and meeting new people is my favorite. Every time I’m looking for a new dancer who wants to tell the world his story and I’m the one who with pleasure retells it!



The workshop takes place at Spazio Seme ( Via del Pantano, 36) in Arezzo – Tuscany (IT)
You can stay in Spazio Seme even for the night, with the sleeping bags. If there are some special needs (especially about food), let us know and we’ll try to manage at best!

Bring your swimsuit Saturday from 19:00 to 20:00 we can dance in the pool.

The workshop is 180 €

Special price for people who come from abroad – 140 euro.

Accomodetion, vegetarian food and a lot of dance… included!

(only monday dinner in the city iit not included in the price).


for info and subscriptions: – – +393383366049

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Video Lab Contact Improvisation, Poetry of the Movement” – Moldova Festival Contact+ 

21 – 28 sept. 2017

Anjelika Doniy, Leonardo Lambruschini, Nikitin Sasha Film 

Music performance by Jordina Millà Music by Rise Studio