Portugal Contact Gathering

16- 20 September 2020

Contact Improvisation, Water Dance, Live Music & Community

With Rita Vilhena (PT), Barbara Ramos (PT),  Alexa Papa (RO), Samuel Del Bello (PT), Kabecao (PT), Matthieu Azul (FR), Tiago (PT) and more

The Portugal Contact Gathering explores in the third year dance and body awareness, from a deep individual journey into connection and celebration with others. Together, we build a collective heart space in beautiful, natural surroundings. We explore different aspects of dance, improvisation and performing arts in skill building intensives, classes, labs, theoretical /practical researches. Nightly dance jams take place in an outdoor marquee, inspired with eclectic live musicians. Weaving the web of this international artistic community!

Portugal Contact Gathering is being adapted to the restrictions of the epidemic needs. We make space for individual choice to be heard and a hygiene protocole to be respected, day by day. The negotiation between feeling safe and the need to dance in contact will be made collectively and individually.

Nancy Stark Smith died in May 2020 when social distance was mandatory in Portugal. Never Contact Improvisation has been a radical practice like it is now.

We like to honor both, the life’s practice of Nancy Stark Smith and instigate CI in COVID times. How radical became CI, how much are we available to explore this dance, and how much is at stake when we do so are questions we start from.

The festival is the start of a tribute to Nancy Stark Smith that Portugal Contact Festival and Extravagante CI Jam are starting together. This collaboration wishes to look into the heritage of CI, means of inclusion and expansion of Contact Improvisation in the Portuguese community.

You are invited to spend this 5 days gathering with your contact improvisation family in a private country house by the warm costs of Algarve, Portugal. We will Iive, eat and dance together in a nourishing rural environment between hills and the sea.

All prices are economical. Accommodation possibilities in your own tent, a rental tent or room. House with 5 rooms to rent, big land, garden and swimming pool. Next Airport is Faro/ Portugal. Easy Jet & Ryan Air offer roundtrip from big cities in Europe for low prices of about € 160 .


Registration 2020 is open!

Price 290€ in own Tent, 340€ in rental Tent, 360 € pp. in bell tent, tripple occupation 460 € pp. kingsize bed for couple, 460 € Single bed double room.