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CDIFF- Riding a Wave of Humanity

The Contact Dance International Film Festival returns for its third season, June 28 to July 2, 2017. This festival, produced by REAson d’etre dance productions, celebrates films featuring momentum-based dance created by some of the top creators and dancers in the field of Contact Dance Improvisation. Five different screening programs will be presented alongside dance workshops, jams and parties!

The festival is a unique opportunity for both film and dance lovers to experience the joy, chaos and intimacy of human connection through physical movement. From the iconic Honest Ed’s in Toronto, to Helsinki's Market Square to the New York Subway, dancers fly and bodies collide with force, grace and tenderness.

This year, the Festival is thrilled to bring Mayumu Minakawa and Tom Weksler to Toronto. Tom will be teaching his Movement Archery workshop. Mayumu Minakawa and Tom Weksler will be performing and teaching a contact improvisation workshop as well as presenting their film work.

Filmmaker and dancer Harriet Waghorn, from Edifice Dance Theatre in the the UK, will also be teaching her unique fusion of ballroom and contact improvisation and New York filmmaker and Parcon dancer Andrew Suseno will have you spinning and hanging off of the Toronto city scape in his outdoor workshop.

This year, the festival is also excited to announce that 80% of its programming is in accessible spaces. There are two films on the program that showcase dancers using a wheelchair. Luke Anderson stars in the film Contact Dance Every Body by Olya Glotka. Luke dances using his wheelchair to gracefully lift his partner, Laura Storey in a tender dance. They intertwine their bodies and our hearts into a rocking lullaby to love. Eugene, an all-star athlete, stretches his physical and social limitations from his wheelchair in the documentary Intimate Dance: Journeys through Movement by Sanford Lewis. This screening will be dedicated to the memory of Eugene

There are also inclusive workshops and jams lead by an all abilities team of dance teachers that are designed to be welcoming to people of all training levels and abilities, those new to the form and dancers using wheelchairs.

Please note CDIFF has its own web site at http://contactdancefilmfest.com/






Film Fest Details

PRICING
$235 -  Early-bird Full Festival (available until May 15, 2017)
$265 - Full Festival Pass
EASY-READ GRID SCHEDULE

$100 – Welcoming Pass:
This is a partial festival pass that gives you a taste of the festival. Includes the most accessible parts of our programming. Great for those new to contact dance who want to get their first “taste” of the form. Purposely set at a relatively affordable price so that cost becomes less of a barrier. Wheelchair accessible and welcoming to people of all abilities and dance training levels.
See what is in this partial pass

$145 - The All Tom Weksler Pass
This pass includes all classes, workshop, screening and performances that Tom Weksler is involved in.
See what is in this partial pass

To see prices for individual classes, workshops, jams and screening see
http://contactdancefilmfest.eventzilla.net/


REGISTRATION
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SCHEDULE - DAY BY DAY

WEDNESDAY June 28, 2017
805 Dovercourt (Third Floor), Toronto. (This space is not wheelchair accessible)

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Pre-Jam Workshop Class with teacher Tom Weksler

7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Contact Jam

9:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Film Screening - Toronto Spins
A mixed program of short films that celebrates the explosion of dance films made by Toronto based film-makers and dancers. Also, included is a documentary on the Israeli Contact Festival 10:00 pm wine and cheese: meet and greet with the filmmakers

THURSDAY June 29, 2017
Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto.

9:30 am to 11:20 am
Movement Archery Workshop Series (runs June 29 to July 2, 2017)
Teacher: Tom Weksler
or
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Contact Improvisation Workshop
Teacher: Malcolm Shute

11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Contact Improvisation Workshop Series (runs June 29 to July 2, 2017)
Teachers: Mayumu Minakawa & Tom Weksler
or
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Contact Improvisation Workshop Series (runs June 29 to July 2, 2017)
Teacher:  Harriet Waghorn  (from Edifice Dance Theatre, in the UK)

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Inclusive Contact Improvisation Workshop
Teachers: Luke Anderson, Laura Storey and Kathleen Rea

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Inclusive Contact Improvisation Jam
Facilitators: Luke Anderson, Laura Storey and Kathleen Rea
Musician: Joel Schwartz

THURSDAY June 29, 2017
Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis Street, Toronto.
8:00 pm
Film Screening/Live Performance - Zen and the Art of Dance Mechanics
Performers: Mayumu Minakawa & Tom Weksler plus guests

FRIDAY June 30, 2017
Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto.

9:30 am to 11:20 am
Movement Archery Workshop Series (runs June 29 to July 2, 2017)
Teacher: Tom Weksler
or
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Contact Improvisation Workshop (teacher TBA)

11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Contact Improvisation Workshop Series (runs June 29 to July 2, 2017)
Teacher: Mayumu Minakawa & Tom Weksler
or
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Contact Improvisation Workshop Series (runs June 29 to July 2, 2017)
Teacher:  Harriet Waghorn  (from Edifice Dance Theatre, in the UK)

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Inclusive Contact Improvisation Workshop
Teachers: Luke Anderson, Laura Storey and Kathleen Rea

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Inclusive Contact Improvisation Jam
Facilitators: Luke Anderson, Laura Storey and Kathleen Rea
Musician Nilan Perera

5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Film Screening - Rotating View Points
A mixed program of short films that see contact improvisation in an underground parking lot, in theatrical storytelling, on a circus pole, in an abandoned building and through philosophical discussion.

6:30 Onwards is a free night on the town to do whatever you choose

SATURDAY July 1, 2017
Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto.

9:30 am to 11:20 am
Movement Archery workshop Series (runs June 29 to July 2, 2017)
Teacher: Tom Weksler
or
9:30 am to 11:20 am
Parcon workshop with Andrew Suseno and team

11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Contact Improvisation Workshop Series (runs June 29 to July 2, 2017)
Teachers: Mayumu Minakawa & Tom Weksler
or
11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Contact Improvisation Workshop Series (runs June 29 to July 2, 2017)
Teacher:  Harriet Waghorn  (from Edifice Dance Theatre, in the UK)

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Film Screening: An Intimate Dance: Journeys Through Movement and Touch
A feature-length documentary following the lives of three people on and off the dance floor. Eugene, an all-star athlete, stretches his physical and social limitations from his wheelchair. Albert, a skeptical beginner, is drawn to the embodied presence and connection of a dance form called contact improvisation. Rythea, a professionally trained dancer, is catapulted into a journey of self-discovery and healing.

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Inclusive Contact Improvisation Jam
Facilitators: Luke Anderson, Laura Storey and Kathleen Rea
Musician: Michelangelo Iaffaldano

SATURDAY July 1, 2017
The Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Ave, Toronto
8:00 pm Gala Film Screening and Awards Ceremony
Dancers roll up and roll down in the Niagara escarpment, water towers, abandoned factory, farmer’s field, Helsinki Market Square, The New York subway, Toronto financial district. Luke Anderson and Laura Storey close the evening with their film Contact Dance Every Body  by Olya Glotka – Luke dances using his wheelchair to gracefully lift Laura in a tender dance. They intertwine their bodies and our hearts into a rocking lullaby to love.

9:30 pm After party location TBA

SUNDAY July 2, 2017 - POST FESTIVAL WORKSHOP
Various locations, starting in the Roncesvalles/High Park area.
3:30 pm till dusk
Filmmaking workshop with Olya Glotka Filmmakers and dancers who wish to partake in a film are welcome to stay an extra day to make dance films under the tutelage of filmmaker Olya Glotka. Our base will be a home in the Roncesvalles area in Toronto. Films will be made in various locations in High Park and a rented studio. SCHOLARSHIP
Participants in need of a scholarship, please contact Kathleen at kathleen.rea@reasondetre.com

BILLETING
Participants traveling to the festival from out of town who are in need of accommodation, please contact Olya at olya.glotka@gmail.com

ACCESS INFO
Most of the locations are wheelchair accessible:
Dovercourt House - 805 Dovercourt Rd. 3rd floor, Toronto (not wheelchair accessible)
Celia Franca Centre - 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible)

Betty Oliphant Theatre - 404 Jarvis Street, Toronto (wheelchair accessible)

Revue Cinema - 400 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto (wheelchair accessible)

VOLUNTEER
Would you like to be a bigger part of the Festival? Lend a hand to make sure the festival is the best it can be. Contact kathleen.rea@reasondetre.com