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CDIFF- Riding a Wave of Humanity


40 Films
32 Filmmakers from 16 countries
17 Workshops
5 Film Screenings
3 Theatres
4 Dance Jams
1 Premiere Dance Performance
2 Parties

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 (Japan) and Tom Weksler (Israel) 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.

Harriet Waghorn and Andre Kamienski,, from Edifice Dance Theatre in the the UK, will also be teaching their 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 cityscape in his outdoor workshop.

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

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
$240 -  Early-bird Full Festival (available until June15, 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

$170 - Early-bird All Tom Weksler Pass (available until June 15, 2017)
$195 - 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

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SCREENING PROGRAMS

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - Screening

Toronto Spins

Cost: $10
Time: 9:00 pm

Location: 805 Dovercourt Rd. Toronto (three flights up with no elevator)

Description: An evening of short films made by Toronto dancers and filmmakers as well as a documentary on the
Israeli Contact Festival.

FILMS

30 Days of Contact (Kim Simons and Olya Glotka)

Momentary (Suzanne Liska)

Magic-making (Vanessa Faria and Eric Liu)

I see You ....? (Vivek Patel and Tanya Williams)

Never Grow Up (Alina Kouvchinova, Paul Barton, Olya Glotka, Kim Simons)

Israeli Festival (Eugene Titov)

Movement Research: Floor-work and Libertango (Tom Weksler and Annie Rigney)

Oliverance (Olivia Proudfoot and Ferenc Szabo)

Contested Landscapes (Puja Jones, Amy Tessler, Chris Aimone)

Farewell to Honest Ed’s (Olya Gotka, Allen Kaeja, Karen Kaeja)

Social CI Action (Kathleen Rea, Vivek Patel, Jeff Moskal)

Gazebo (Kim Simons and Caroline Joyal)

Sphere (Ariel Brink and Jane Husak)


Thursday June 29, 2017 – Performance and Screening

Zen and the Art of Dance Mechanics

Cost: $25

Time: 8:00 pm

Live performance by:

Headliners Tom Weksler (Israel) and Mayumu Minakawa (Japan) performing Saru. Saru refers to two words in japanese pronounced the same: 猿 - monkey and 去る - to leave

Evening also includes:
Screening of screening of Tom Weksler’s and Mayumu Minakawa’s  film Shinrin-yoku /森林浴.  Shinrin-yoku is a Japanese word which refers to taking a short trip or a visit to the forest. Literally, it means "Forest Bathing".

Evening also includes guest performances by:

Malcolm Shute and Alexander Short (Human Landscape Dance, Washington)

Andre Kamienski and Harriet Waghorn (Edifice Dance Theatre, UK)

Location: Betty Oliphant Theatre, 404 Jarvis Street (Wheelchair Accessible)


Friday, June 30, 2017 - Screening

Rotating View Points

Cost: $10

Time : 5:30 pm

Location: Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (Wheelchair Accessible)

Description: 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.

FILMS

Is CI Performable? - Martin Keogh (Canada/USA)

CAR - Tara Brandel (Ireland)

Violators will be Towed Away - Kathleen Rea, Nils Clifford, Olya Gotka (Ukraine/Canada)

Los Mundos Lisergicos - Javier Cardenete (Spain)

Embraced - Irene Sposetti (Germany)

Chinese Pole Duo - William Underwood and Heloise Bourgeois (USA)

To One - Tiina Jääskö (Finland)

Welcome to Nio - Sharon Fridman (Spain/Israel)

Sur ton dos - Spectacle(s) In-situ - Frédéri Vernier and Justine Berthillot (France)

Lajka - Johan Planefeldt (Sweden)

Edifice - Silva Rogerio, Carmine De Amicis, Harriet Waghorn (UK)

C30 Days of Contact Compilation - Kim Simons, Olya Glotka (Ukraine/Canada)


Saturday, July 1, 2017 - Screening

An Intimate Dance: Journeys Through Movement and Touch

Time: 2:00 pm

Cost: $10

Location: Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (Wheelchair Accessible)

Description: 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.


Saturday, July 1, 2017 - Screening

Gala and Award Ceremony

Cost: $15

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: Revue Cinema, 400 Roncesvalles Street, Toronto (Wheelchair Accessible)

FILMS

Wake me up - Celine Poon (Screening Permission Pending)

Human Landscape New Dance - Malcolm Shute (USA)

Dancing Around Helsinki - Tiina Jääskö (Finland/Spain)

Valtari - Christian Larson (Sweden)

Contact Tango Underwater - Clara Groezinger and Javier Cura (USA/Argentina)

NOOS - Justine and Frederi (France)

Rest - Tom Weksler, Olya Glotka (Israel/Canada)

Extant - Ines Von Bonhurst (UK/Portugal)

Wild Horses - Reka Szucs (Russia)

Sur Ton Dos - Justine and Frederi (France)

Flesh and Stone - Kathleen Rea, Nils Clifford, Olya Glotka (Canada)

Contact Tango  - Clara Groezinger (USA) and Javier Cura (Argentina)

Parcon NYC - Andrew Suseno (USA)

Contact Dance Every Body - Luke Anderson, Laura Storey, Olya Gotka (Canada/ Ukraine)


THURSDAY TO SATURDAY WORKSHOP SERIES

The Thursday to Saturday dance workshops series are at: Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto (Wheelchair accessible)


Movement Archery Workshop with Tom Weksler (Workshop Series)

THURSDAY June 29 to Saturday July 1, 2017

Daily 9:30 am to 11:20 am

Description: Tom’s technique of floor work serves as a “risk management” mechanism which ultimately, leads to freedom in a much larger scale than usually experienced by performers of a single discipline. Tom introduces dynamics of falling, rolling, collapsing, flipping and melting down to reduce and eventually eliminate the type of actions we usually refer to as “failure” in dance, athletics and martial arts. This approach allows a blend of influences from the Animal Kingdom, Capoeira, Gymnastics, Tae Kwon Do, Parkour, Brazilian Jiujitsu and the practice of functional movement.

Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $80

Trailer: https://youtu.be/HXaPTeSzu9M


Contact Dance with Mayumu Minakawa & Tom Weksler (Thursday to Saturday Workshop Series)

THURSDAY June 29 to SATURDAY July 1, 2017

Daily 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Description: This workshop is designed on the idea that a solo dance is a relationship between a person and his own imagination and that a partner dance is a relationship between a person and reality. From there a skillful dancer would be the one who manages to lose the line between the two and allow them to flow into each other.
Based on this idea the workshop will focus on the two extremities which are many times left out and left out due to lack of context - Realness and Imagination.
1) In order to introduce Realness we will explore contact interaction through weight management and shifting while making sure we follow motions which has enough physical volume to initiate or suggest a reaction. We will then examine balancing, counter balancing or just following the motions in order to create an authentic flow. Important to note that the search for "realness" would lead many times to doing "less" rather than addition of new ideas.
2) Imagination will be practiced through clear observation of what is the trigger of any action or touch of our own limbs or of a different body. The body will be reckoned in animalistic forms, concepts from nature and abstract forces and drifts of our mind set in a specific moment. We believe that meeting of more than one imagining body can lead to endless possibilities of dance.

Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $65


Contact Dance with Harriet Waghorn and Andre Kamienski from Edifice Dance Theatre (Thursday to Saturday Workshop Series)

THURSDAY June 29 to SATURDAY July 1, 2017

Daily 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Workshop description:
EDIFICE’s workshop is divided into three sections. Section one will include warm-up and learning key characteristics within ballroom partnering. We will cover connections in Rumba, Swing (Jive) and Paso Doble. Section two will explore how we can use these new tools in combination with contact improvisation to give new qualities to our partnering language. Section three is dedicated to learning set movement material including company repertoire. The class focus is to create new textures and dynamics within contact improvisation. We will explore the notion of building and releasing energy within partnering- creating elasticity, change of direction and change of speed within connection. Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $65

Trailer: https://youtu.be/VUjGkPwfWGE


ONE OF CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS

Wednesday Pre-jam Class

WEDNESDAY, June 28, 2017

6:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Pre-Jam Workshop Class with teacher Tom Weksler

Location: 805 Dovercourt Road, Toronto

Cost: $10


Dance & Cinema: Complementary languages with Javier Cardenete

THURSDAY June 29, 2017

9:30 am to 11:20 am

Description: I started to have interest in dance when i discovered the Choreographer and dancer Chevi Muraday; My artistic way of expression has been always cinema and visuals. When i had to film a live performance in scene from Chevy I realized that i need to move the camera and take a closer shot of all this expressive movements, details and emotions and show them in the screen. In two hours i will try to introduce the participants in the way i see the dialogues and interaction between the dancers with no words, only the emotional language of body movement trying to tell a further story and with a narrative intention on screen. Use of the camera, planning the shots with a planned choreography or getting ready for improvisation and rebuild the dance in the editing room to get a dance film.

Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $25


Inclusive Contact Improvisation Workshop with Luke Anderson  and Kathleen Rea with music by  Laura Storey

THURSDAY June 29, 2017

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Description: Contact Dance training for all abilities and levels. Focus will be placed upon dancing in relationship with another through sharing weight and the practice of “listening” to where another person’s movement can lead you. Workshop is inclusive of people with physical disabilities. People dancing using a wheelchair are welcome.

Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $15


Contact Improvisation Workshop with Malcolm Shute

FRIDAY June 30, 2017

9:30 am to 11:20 am

Description: In Contact Improvisation, we are called upon to orient and center ourselves through the body of another person, as well as through the space we occupy. In this class, we will explore ways of integrating the self into the environment, including partners. Malcolm approaches the form with attention to somatic experience, blending experiential anatomy with luxurious movement. Malcolm has also trained in Contact's antecedents, Tai Chi and Aikido, and is certified in Laban Movement Analysis. Working through these lenses, participants will experience greater ease and confidence, and open new avenues of movement.

Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $25

Trailer: https://youtu.be/S1mXF0ipqT0


Inclusive Contact Improvisation Workshop with Luke Anderson  and Kathleen Rea with music by  Laura Storey

FRIDAY June 30, 2017

2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

Contact Dance training for all abilities and levels. Focus will be placed upon dancing in relationship with another through sharing weight and the practice of “listening” to where another person’s movement can lead you. Workshop is inclusive of people with physical disabilities. People dancing using a wheelchair are welcome.Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $15


Parcon Workshop with Andrew Suseno (New York)

SATURDAY July 1, 2017

9:30 am to 11:20 am

This Saturday morning workshop will be taught Andrew Suseno from New York. He and his team will teach parcon, a fusion between contact improvisation and parkour. Group will meet at the Celia Franca Centre at 400 Jarvis Street and then move to an outdoor location from there. Please do not be late other wise you will miss the pick-up.

Location: Meet at 9:15 am at Celia Franca Centre or meet at 9:30 am Allan Gardens  (south side of Carlton Street between Jarvis and Sherbourne Streets

Cost: $25

Trailer: https://youtu.be/hK1PHAil_xs


Post Festival Film Workshop

SUNDAY July 2, 2017

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.

Cost: Free


CONTACT DANCE JAMS

The Wednesday Dance Jam

Wed, June 28, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

805 Dovercourt Road, Toronto (third Floor)

Contact Dance Jam with Teacher Tom Weksler and Musician Jennifer Gillmor

Cost: class $10, jam $10, Class and jam combo $15


Inclusive Dance Jam

Thursday, June 29, 3:30 - 5:00

Facilitated by: Luke Anderson, Laura Storey and Kathleen Rea

Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto. (Wheelchair accessible)

Description: Inclusive Contact Dance Jam with music by Joel Schwartz

Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $10


Inclusive Dance Jam

Friday, June 30, 3:30 - 5:00

Facilitated by: Luke Anderson, Laura Storey and Kathleen Rea

Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto. (Wheelchair accessible)

Description: Inclusive Contact Dance Jam with music by Nilan Perera

Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $10


Inclusive Dance Jam

Saturday, July 1, 3:30 - 5:00

Facilitated by: Luke Anderson, Laura Storey and Kathleen Rea

Celia Franca Centre, 400 Jarvis Street, Toronto. (Wheelchair accessible)

Description: Inclusive Contact Dance Jam with music by Michelangelo Iaffaldano

Location: Celia Franca Centre

Cost: $10

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

¾ 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


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