2 – 6 January 2022

Partecipants: 30

Udine, Italy

 This retreat is designed for people with experience in contact improvisation and that are familiar with the workings of a jam and for those that wish to discover how silence and meditation can enrich and deepen the experience of dance. 

Silence, The Contact Improvisation Jam, Meditation, the Word Circle

The space of practice will always be silent, with just a few exceptions. While in the rest of the retreat space you can talk during the day. From the start of the evening jam we will keep silence in all areas until after breakfast. The Jam in all its forms will be the main exploration space. 




08.15 / 09.00 Meditation

10.00 / 10.30 Silent Circle

10.30 Silent Jam

15.00 / 16.00 Word Circle

16.00 / 19.00 Workshop

21.00 Silent Circle

21.30 Jam



00.00 – 24.00 Silence in the platform

21.00 – 10.30 Silence in all areas of the retreat


09.00 / 10.00 Breakfast

13.00 / 14.30 Lunch

19.30 / 21.00 Dinner

Winter Retreat Focalizers

Lior Ophir

 is a Dancer, Improviser, Performance Artist, Musician, Shiatsu therapist, Engineer, Teacher, Student. Since the late 90’s Lior practices and explores various forms of movement, dance, body/mind and awareness, including: Improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Butoh, Contemporary Dance, Shiatsu Therapy, Yoga, Vipassana Meditation, Tai-Qi, Qi-Kong. His performance work and teaching are influenced by these disciplines. Lior has been performing in solo works as well as in collaborations with various artists, in theaters, galleries and in the public space, in Israel and throughout the world. Co-founder of the Israeli CI Association, co-organizer of the Israeli CI festival, and founder of several other festivals and ensembles. Had worked, collaborated and danced with some of the great dancers and teachers. Lior currently lives in the little village Udim in Israel, teaches and performs regularly in Israel and around the world, and finishes the Teacher Training Program of the Feldenkreis Method.

Anna Da Pozzo

His personal and intense course of study and research on CI has lasted for over 15 years through intensive workshops with the most important names in CI and participation in international jam and festivals. For 9 years she has been involved in the dissemination of CI in her region of residence through the organization of workshops, teaching and direction and participation in performances. In 2014 the passion for dance took over, leading her to spend three months in an artistic residence at Earthdance (http://www.earthdance.net/), Massachussets, where she studied with Nancy Stark Smith, one of the initiators of CI , and deepened his personal research, and 2 months at Ponderosa (http://www.ponderosa-dance.de/en/news.html), Germany, where he participated in the week of ECITE (European Contact Improvisation Teacher Exchange) and deepened the aspects more related to IC teaching. Together with Ezra Le Bank, professor of movement at the Department of Art and Theater of the University of Long Beach, California, he carried out research on "crises" in CI, which led them to teach, together and individually, some seminars on this issue in the United States and Europe. She is one of the organizers (together with Caterina Mocciola and Elisa Ghion) of the 2017 edition of ECITE, which was held in Tuscany in August 2017.

Roberto Bellatalla

During the first half of the 70s he emerged in the panorama of the new Italian jazz and soon moved to Amsterdam to play in the Tristan Honsinger quartet, together with Radu Malfatti and Sean Bergin. In 1978 he went to live in London, where he remained until 2004. He became part of the environment linked to Anglo-South African improvised music and collaborates with the major jazz and improvised musicians, in particular with Elton Dean, Nick Evans , Louis Moholo, Keith Tippett, Dudu Pukwana, John Stevens, Trevor Watts, Evan Parker. He forms a double bass trio with Marcio Mattos and Paul Rogers. In 1982 the South African drummer Louis Moholo called him in his group "Viva la Black", with whom, in 1992/93, he participated in the "Freedom Tour" in South Africa, the day after the liberation of Nelson Mandela and the country. In 1982 he joined "Dreamtime", a sextet founded by trombonist Nick Evans. This collaboration will last until 2006. In London he participates in many projects, playing with the main interpreters of avant-garde music. He goes on tour in various European countries and in Russia, Belarus, Lithuania and China. In 2004 he moved to Rome where he mainly collaborates with Mike Cooper, Stefano Costanzo, Emanuele Parrini, Michele Rabbia, Sandro Satta. In the theater with Cosimo Cinieri, Antonino Iuorio, Daniela Stanga, Ubaldo Lo Presti Antonio Bilo-Canella. He is part of the “Primitive Field” trio, with Christian Muela and Ivan Macera and of the Biggi Vinkeloe quartet, together with Peeter Uuskyla and Nema Vinkeloe-Uuskyla. Since 2012 he has collaborated in Italy and Spain with the dancer and choreographer Marisa Brugarolas in the projects Ruedapies and Inesperadamente. He teaches improvisation courses in contact workshops and festivals, plays with K.J. Holmes, Nicholai Shetnev and Ray Chang. In Butoh he plays for Maddalena Gana, Alessandra Cristiani, Masaki Iwana, Atshushi Takenushi.

How to get there

By car


By train

The closest railway station is LATISANA, on the Trieste-Venice line. The bus station is adjacent to the train station.

By bus

Line 515
Departure: Latisana Bus Station – 1.40 pm
Arrival: Flambruzzo Via Rossini – 2.10 pm

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