The Festival

June 22nd-26th 2019


The Festival

June 22nd-26th 2019

Within the frame of Salt Spring Contact Improvisation Summer Plunge, we are excited to present
the 4th annual Salt Spring Island Contact Improvisation Festival from - June 22nd - 26th 2019

We will be coming together for a medley of Classes, Jams, Focused Jams,
Group games, Scores, Indoor Dance, Outdoor exploration, Group Meals and Music.
Join us for a 5 day immersive gathering where dance, community, art,
nature and self discovery all meet in a space of investigation, a time of play.

Our Facilitators: 
Paul Singh - New York
Martin Keogh - Salt Spring Island
Isabelle Kirouac - Vancouver
Manuel Rochette - Salt Spring Island
Ian Shaw-Zak - Oakland
Emily Buck - Squamish
Bios below

Hall: Fulford Hall: 2592 Fulford Ganges

Cost for the Festival (June 22nd - 26th 2019) Includes 9 meals total
$420 - Economically deprived, students and underemployed. 
$455 - Economically challenged: artists, farmers etc..
$495 - Professionnal rate: Happily sustained, supports the art.

Discount If you take part in the whole Plunge (June 13th-26th 2019) See registration page.

*Please note that we are not taking part-timers in the intensive or the festival.
*Beginner? please contact us with a description of your embodiment experience and your interest in the form.

Market Table:
We have them accessible for you to sell your artful goods. Bring em along! Set your price and manage them. A great way to cut your cost while sharing what you make.

Registrations and Questions: ssicontactfestival@gmail.com

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Paul Singh's Bio:

Paul Singh is a dancer that lives and works in New York City, USA. He earned his BFA degree in Dance from the University of Illinois, USA, where he focused on a variety of dance techniques including Alexander Technique, Ballet, Modern and Contact Improvisation. He began his studies in CI with Chris Aiken and since then has studied with Angela Dony, Yaniv Mintzer, Ray Chung and others. He has traveled the world to all the CI festivals in Israel, Russia, India, Spain, Germany, Finland, Canada, etc. He has led intensives at many of these contact gatherings as well as assisted others in teaching fundamentals of falling, flying, failing and laughing. As a student and teacher, he uses his understanding of Bartenieff Fundamentals as well as his innate sense of spatial awareness to explore more deeply the ideas of being grounded, becoming softer, and forgetting the difference between up and down.

He is currently on faculty at The Juilliard School, Sarah Lawrence College and Movement Research in NYC. He specializes in Contemporary Partnering, Floor Work and CI.

Martin Keogh's Bio:

Martin Keogh has been teaching and performing Contact Improvisation for nearly four decades. After attending the Interlochen Arts Academy and Stanford University, Martin spent time traveling to monasteries in Japan and Korea and was a dharma teacher and director of the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley, California.

He is one of the original members of the Motivity Dance Company, which specializes in aerial dancing on low level trapezes. Martin founded The Dancing Ground, an organization that produces conferences on gender, race and mythology. He worked as consultant and teacher with Touchdown Dance USA, an organization that teaches C.I. to the blind.

For his contribution to the development of Contact Improvisation Martin is a Fulbright Senior Specialist and listed in Who’s Who in the World. He has taught in 31 countries on six continents. He is author of, Dancing Deeper Still: The Practice of Contact Improvisation, As Much Time as it Takes, and the anthology, Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World. Martin lives with his family by the Salish sea in British Columbia, Canada.

Web: http://martinkeogh.com/

Isabelle Kirouac's Bio

M.F.A in Interdisicplinary Arts and performance maker from Quebec, currently living in Vancouver BC, Isabelle Kirouac develop dances, installations and interdisciplinary performances that often integrate participatory interactions. Isabelle explores the senses, body awareness, intimacy, the notion of ritual, the concepts of home, migration and their reflection on our ways of seeing.

Web: https://bit.ly/2Gv7etE

Ian Shaw-Zak’s Bio:
He is a movement therapist and educator in the San Fransisco Bay Area where he moved from Calgary AB to pursue somatic studies with Bonnie Bainbridge-Cohen and Emilie Conrad. He certified in Dynamic Embodiment—the work of Dr. Martha Eddy. In 2015 and ’16 he facilitated the family intensives at WCCIJam with a focus on playing across power differentials. 

His studies have been a healing journey and many injuries (particularly wrists and head) have shaped his engagement with Contact Improvisation towards inquiries into ability, possibility, and relationship. His clinical practice has primarily revolved around the intersection of functional and expressive movement, chronic injuries, the physical repercussions of early trauma, and working with injured dancers and bodyworkers. 

He is especially interested in psychophysical development, themes of neurodiversity, and is currently pursuing an MA in Somatic Psychology.

Web: https://ianshawzak.com

Manuel Rochette's Bio

Manuel classes are a mix of deep embodiments, gradual skills and eclectic bodily interactions. His curiosity of the moment: Accessing polycentricity, how to increase availability & generosity with the body, falling together, continuity of movement, trios and group composition.
His explorations in Contact Improvisation Dance led him to teachers such as Martin Keogh, Angelika Doniy, Karl Frost, Scott Wells, Vega Luukkonen, Kira Kirsch and more. 
Manuel is host of Salt Spring Island Contact Improvisation Dance Festival in Canada. He’s been holding space for CI gatherings and workshops for over 10 years. He is also a DJ and a gardener from which he source inspirations and metaphors.







During the festival, you will be nourished by a total of 9 meals.
They are attentively prepared on site by our fabulous dancing cooks. It allows for personal connections and quiet times for the dancers that can simply receive nourishments.

Ingredients are all organic, mostly local and mainly vegetarian.
Vegan and gluten free options are available.
Please let us know of your allergies with your registration.







We will dedicate a couple jams to be carried by music.
Sometime purely ambient organic sounds to traditional instrumentations to cutting edge electronica to nature's call.

We create an emotive and technical sonic space
to enhance creative movements,
lock into rhythms or break free from them.
We allow silence to have a word,
chaos to be listened to with wonder.

Dj Matsya
-Ambient soundscapes for Contact Improvisation
-Into Yin Mix by Matsya

Other live musicians to be confirmed soon.