CSR Team

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Anna Bertolotti

Born in Tuscany and Milan-based, Anna is a set and costume designer, a profession she has practiced for 15 years, cultivating many different artistic interests, first of all the theater acting. She landed on Contact Improvisation three years ago and it was love at first sight. Recently she became a managing member of Corpoetica, an association that spreads CI and dance in Milan.

Cecilia Nesler

Cecilia Nesler is a polyglot of South Tyrolean-Italian origin in constant search of the best psycho-body and artistic expression. She initially studied Development Cooperation and was active in the pedagogical field, but her path changed course as soon as she encountered dance. The world of contemporary dance, in which she immersed herself during her years in Vienna (Austria), however, did not fully satisfy her. She thus begins to search for other approaches to movement. She found different practices such as Axis Syllabus, Klein Technique, Instant Composition and Body Mind Centering, which opened up new horizons for her. When she finally meets Contact Improvisation, she feels that this is the way to go. She then studied Contact Improvisation and Authentic Movement with Sabine Parzer and later also trained in dance pedagogy in Leipzig (Germany). She continues to deepen and share with great passion the practice of C. I. with various teachers in different European countries.

Alessandro Papalini

His journey through travel, contact improvisation, spirituality and social work has started twenty years ago, leading to a sudden meaning in his life. Professional educator and pedagogist, with a three-year degree (thesis in social psychology: contact, creativity and freedom) and a master’s degree (thesis in social psychology: Jung. Synchronicity) obtained at the University of Siena. Yoga and meditation teacher, trained at FIY. Fascinated in the early years of his journey by Kashmir Shivaism, by the subtle touch, space and spanda he then landed on secular Ancient Buddhism, through which he’s learning to be kind to himself and to others … with modest results! After a varied path in social work, he founded Libera Mente APS association, for which he is coordinator of hospitality projects for refugees and convicted minors and the Contact Silence Retreats project. He is father of Litò, a wonderful 7 years old child, a gift he received from love and contact improvisation. He promised her that he will never stop dancing.

6 – 10  April 2023

Gaia Terra, Flambruzzo, Udine

5 – 9 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.