SOLD OUT Fall Into Contact - 4-Day Immersion at Finn Hall, Berkeley


Fri Sep 01 2023 at 02:00 pm to Mon Sep 04 2023 at 04:00 pm


Berkeley Finnish Hall | Berkeley, CA

Sept 1-4
Berkeley, CA
at The Finnish Hall
CI Workshops with Sabine Parzer (Austria) & Ezra LeBank (Los Angeles)
Ground Grooves Floorwork with Arletta Anderson (Los Angeles)
Plus Viewpoints with Olivia Treviño
Evening Jams, Naps & Snacks Galore!!
September 1-4, 2023
Friday 2pm - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am - 8pm
Monday 11am - 4pm
Register Here: (also lists prices)
Early Bird registration by July 1.
Start each day with Ground Grooves Floorwork taught by Arletta Anderson. After rolling, sliding and getting upside down, we'll have a technical contact improvisation class with Sabine Parzer (somatics) or Ezra LeBank (flying & falling). After a relaxing lunch, we'll have space for a nap, a stretch and a snack, followed by dancing scores and ensemble play with Sabine or Ezra.
We'll take another stretch and snack break, and cap each day with a jam (silent or live music). And we are excited to welcome Olivia Treviño who will facilitate a Viewpoints jam warmup to bring us into ensemble space.
Our intention is to dance dance dance until 8pm and then enjoy our evenings together or apart, take an easy morning and start again at 11am the next day.
This sweet 4-day dance immersion is created for contact improvisers who have been engaged in the practice/form/play for six months or more.

Sabine Parzer (AT)
Is head and founder of the Holistic Dance Institute (founded 2010). In 2012 she also created the Contact Festival Austria, which she has been the artistic director of until 2017. Her professional experience spans 30 years of teaching, performing, choreographing and researching in the USA, Europe, Russia, Israel and Brazil.
Sabine has a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College Chicago in Modern Dance, and an education in Systemische und Integrative Bewegungslehre® (an extended Feldenkrais® Training). The in depth practice of Contact Improvisation and Authentic Movement begins 1997. Ongoing trainings since 1995 in Kleintechnique, ZenBodytherapy®, Yoga, White Crane Silat, Rosen Method®, Kashmirian Massage, Psychotherapy and family constellations a.o. She is currently studying Visionary Cranialsacral Work with Hugh Milne in.
Sabine is a dancer, choreographer, dancepedagogue, bodyworker, organizer and businessowner. In her institute dancers, artists, bodyworkers, social pedagogues and psychotherapists are trained in Holistic Dance Teachers Trainings, Advanced Teachers Trainings, Retreats and open workshops. She teaches regularly at international dancefestivals such as Impulstanz Vienna, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Tanzquartier Wien, Potsdamer Tanztage and has taught intensives at many contact festivals such as Israeli Contact Festival, Moscow Contact Festival, Kontakt Budapest, Contact in Rio de Janeiro, Osterimprofestival Göttingen, Ibiza Contact Festival and more.
Her choreographies and improvisational scores have been performed since 1990 in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago, Berlin, Moscow, Vienna, amongst other cities.
Between 1999 and 2013 she also worked as dancetherapist at a rehabilitation center for people after work and traffic accidents.
She is a mother of two children.
Ezra LeBank is the Head of Movement and Professor of Theatre Arts at California State University, Long Beach where he has taught since 2011. He was previously Assistant Professor of Theatre & Dance at The University of Montana, and has taught at The Juilliard School, Purchase College, Smith College, and Vassar College/Powerhouse Theatre. Recently he taught Contact Improvisation and acrobatics workshops in Sweden, France, Poland, Germany, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Israel, Estonia, Canada, Italy, Belgium, Australia, Japan, and across the United States. As the Founder & Director of Bossy Flyer, his original acrobatic theatre productions Flight, Back Left, Terms & Conditions, Extinguish, and THREE have toured across North America, Europe, and Australia to critical acclaim including an Off-Broadway run at the historic Barrow Street Theatre. He is recognized internationally as a specialist in Biomechanics, Partner Acrobatics, Contact Improvisation & Somatic Practice, Stage Combat, and Clown. He served as the editor of the national periodical for the Association for Theatre Movement Educators ATME News. His book CLOWNS: In Conversation (2nd Edition) is available from Routledge Publishing, UK.
Arletta Anderson is a dance artist currently working with Gerald Casel, Detour Dance, Simpson/Stulberg Collaborations and Aura Fishbeck. In the Bay Area she has also danced in the work of Christy Funsch, Karla Quintero and Stephen Pelton. Prior to living in the Bay Area, Arletta spent time in New York and Los Angeles, dancing with various choreographers and directors including Rebecca Pappas, Kevin Williamson, and Paul Singh. Arletta was a part of Willi Dorner’s New York iteration of the Bodies in Urban Spaces project. She has toured nationally and internationally, danced in music videos, and engaged in site-specific and improvisation-based work. She holds a degree in Dance from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.
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Berkeley Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut St,Berkeley,CA,United States
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