ItalyContactFest 2020 – 8° Edition

29 May – 7 June 2020 | Pre-festival WORKSHOP + FESTIVAL


29th-31th May – Pre-Festival Workshop – lead by Karen Nelson

We are really happy to have with us Karen, dancer, performer, teacher, that was since the very biginning of the form researching about Contact Improvisation.This is a great possibility to study 12 hours with one of the first reasearcher of CI and to dive deep into her dance world.

by Karen Nelson (USA)

Bringing together two unique and related systems—Material for the Spine (MfS) and Tuning Scores—we will dive deep and fast into the slow-time speedless body.
MfS sensations including pointing (the magical action that indicates imagination and physicality intertwined), locating and distinguishing centers of mass: pelvis, rib-shoulder-arm system, and skull, offer a sense of length, reflexive balance and expansion into space.
Tuning Scores, in unison with sensing, particularly physicalizing seeing, partnering with the environment, and calibrating attentional/compositional desire, offers us “single image” medicine— the antidote score to a busy world. The pre-workshop is a sampler slice into these two amazing systems given to us by Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson, respectively, and mixed by me and you.

Karen Nelson (USA)

Karen Nelson 40+ years in the field brings classic approaches and evolutional admittance, somatic and embodied insistence, curiosity and willingness to learn on the job. Karen continues to inhabit a crossroad of dance improvisation in the US’ Pacific Northwest and abroad. A longtime dance explorer, teacher, maker, touring performer, author/contributor to Dancing with Dharma and Contact Quarterly, she has been a mutator of the form Contact Improvisation (CI) since 1977. She co-founded mixed-ability experiments Dance Ability and Diverse Dance Research Retreat and integrates Material for the Spine (Steve Paxton) and Tuning Scores (Lisa Nelson) into her practice along with interrogating whiteness and intersectionality within her own embodiment and larger community.

1st-7th June – ItalyContactFestival 2020


Teachers intensive

Karen Nelson (USA)
Mirva Mäkinen (FIN)
Malcom Manning (UK)

Teachers class
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