Where we are when we don’t know where we are – Defne Erdur

“Where we are when we don’t know where we are”, this is how Nancy Stark Smith described the space opened up by improvisation: a zone where provisions are temporarily suspended, where the ground is momentarily lacking and yet where we seek our way together. I come in silence, in curiosity, in trust and peace asking “How do we study our way “together” in these troubled times we live in?”, “What is inherent in our CI practice that can help us find ways to survive the precarious ground and support others around us?”
Contact Improvisation puts this suspension at the work of the tactile: a zone of contact, of friction, eminently political, which brings into play intense affects and troubled histories. How can we learn to consent to touch and remain in the study of what a touch can do, as we keep falling together?

“Dove siamo quando non sappiamo dove siamo”, così Nancy Stark Smith ha descritto lo spazio aperto dall’improvvisazione: una zona dove le provviste sono momentaneamente sospese, dove il terreno è momentaneamente carente eppure dove cerchiamo la nostra strada insieme. Vengo in silenzio, in curiosità, in fiducia e in pace chiedendo “Come studiamo la nostra strada “insieme” in questi tempi difficili in cui viviamo?”, “Cosa è inerente alla nostra pratica di CI che può aiutarci a trovare il modo di sopravvivere al terreno precario e sostenere gli altri intorno a noi?”

Contact Improvisation mette questa sospensione al lavoro del tattile: una zona di contatto, di attrito, eminentemente politica, che mette in gioco affetti intensi e storie travagliate. Come possiamo imparare ad acconsentire a toccare e rimanere nello studio di ciò che un tocco può fare, mentre continuiamo a cadere insieme?

Living the void – Elisa Ghion

Verbal exchange shapes our dialogical relationship, giving shape to the silences that intersperse words. Silence can therefore be considered a relational place in which we are

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Linus and Emelie

Linus and Emelie are two professional musicians and sound healing practitioners fromSweden.Emelie has been studying classical percussion and chamber music at Örebrouniversity in Sweden and

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Circle – Nayeli Špela

A circle is a place where our dance continues and we witness each other through another chanell.  We still improvise and we also allow ourselves

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Beginner’s Mind – Lior Ophir

“In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, in the expert’s mind there are few” Shunryu Suzuki Towards the upcoming autumn contact silence retreat I

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Who moves who? – Roberto Bellatalla

https://www.contactsilence.it/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/Gana-Bellatalla-Duo-VICINO-LONTANO-2022-II.mp4 Between lines, points, spirals, an invisible thread holds bodies and ropes together, like the grass that grows in the interstices, new forms are generated,

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Polarità – Elisa Ghion

In this period I am particularly interested in observing how polarities interact with each other. Thepresence of one makes the presence of the other vivid.

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E=mc2 – Anna Da Pozzo

E = mc 2Did Einstein dance contact? Today at school I explained this wonderful scientific revolution condensed into a formula.When the time comes for this

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LEAF JAM – Angela Mara Florant

Finding pleasure in every movement.Connecting with the season.Harvesting thoughts,Inspirations.Moments of silence.Focused spaces where we dance.Moving from the insideTo the outside.I don’t know the next stepI

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ECHOES – Marta Iucci

« Once a Zen Master asked a disciple: ‘Have you seen the snow leopard?”No’, replied the disciple.’Isn’t it wonderful?’ The Master asked him.from «Silence is

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Tomo Haru


Here is Tomokombu at work, he will accompany us in the evening jams of the first round of the retreat. We remind you that the

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6 – 10  April 2023

Gaia Terra, Flambruzzo, Udine

31 Agosto – 4 Settembre 2023

Monterosi, Anghiari, Arezzo

29 October – 2 November 2023

Gaia Terra, Flambruzzo, Udine



CONTACT SILENCE retreats is a social promotion project of LIBERA MENTE APS association

We firmly believe that contact improvisation holds great potential on a social and communicative level and carries within it an unequivocal educational message. In addition to being the vanguard of the natural and authentic movement, it teaches respect for one’s body and the other, nourishing the fundamental need of the human being to physical contact, gives joy and well-being to those who practice it, reconnects man to his creativity and the primordial dimension of the game.