Effortless flow, elegant, sensual and hearts connected! Contango is a fusion of tango argentino, Contact Impro and freestyle dance. By alternating leading and following the dance partners enter intuitive flow of movement. Relaxed for men, who are usually constantly leading in traditional tango, and with the same creative options for women.

Peters Contango technique opens authentic dances in closeness and autonomy, as well as effortless flow. In the Intensive we explore different styles in Contango. Many small technical inputs bring creativity and inspiration into this sensual partner-dance. By listening closely, we will dance subtle, intimate and more creative.


Peter Krempelsetzer

Peter studied physical theater at Scuola Dimitri, CH, as well as dance and improvisation. He developed his style of Contango since 2006. At first together with Tango-teacher Sonja Armisen, later in exchange with other Contact-Tango-Teachers and the Munich dance-community.
Peter teaches Contango, Contact Impro, ImproArt physical Improvisation and Performance at the ImproArt improvisation school, Munich. www.improart.de

“I like giving positive, constructive feedback, and I emphasize enjoyment as a base for learning, as well as inner sensitivity. In my events I create a playful, unjudgmental space, that allows focused learning and open exploration. To be in deep contact with yourself, while at the same time connected to your partners is a focus that enables you to be true to yourself and to become really creative.”

On stage as a performer Peter crosses borders between theater, dance and music. Peter is co-organizer of the Glarisegg Contact Festival Bodensee and long-term member at the Now! Improvisation Festival in Berlin.



In this intensive, we will work with essential physical states and core movement principles, looking at what supports us in arriving into the experience of a body that is relaxed and ready to respond. We will meet our Responsive Body as a vital state available and known to us, deeply rooted in our early movement development. As an integral part of ourselves it is our source and doorway to improvisation.

Going further, we will look at useful technical aspects of Contact Improvisation that support us in finding ease and flow in our mutual dance with gravity. Key ingredients as we move, research and discover will be The Falling Body, Following Through into Flying, Organic Movement Efficiency, Lightness, Quality, Support. Going deeper, we will work somatically, sensing and understanding movement from within. Moving individually and being supported through hands-on work, we can experience the layers under the skin and the interrelation of our anatomy in movement.

Researching, finding, refining, as we plunge into the experience of specific movement qualities essential for Contact Improvisation, we can arrive into a state of awareness, understanding and deep learning. In this intensive, I would like to offer inspiration as well as tools in order to ease, stimulate and support the individual growth and development in each of us as we improvise and play together in this festival and beyond.


Elske Seidel

Elske Seidel based in Berlin, is a passionate CI dancer & teacher, deeply committed to CI and its community internationally. She has been teaching dance full time and wholeheartedly since the early nineties, CI since 2004. Her boundless fascination and joy exploring and researching Contact Improvisation in all its depth and subtleties, inspires her workshops, privates, ongoing classes, and each of the projects she creates.

She holds a master's degree in Sport Science, Education and English from the University of Hamburg, Germany. Her main research question 'the essence of dance and its teaching' motivates the heart of her work from her early days at University until the present day.

Her work recognizes nature, improvisation and teaching itself as core sources for knowledge and understanding. Meeting the moment, she offers organic support for the individual and the instant community as it emerges, allowing each to feel, find and follow what they need to learn and dance.

She is the artistic director of the Annual Contact Festival Fuerteventura/ Spain and co- creates Dance Your Question: CI Research Week for Experienced Contact Dancers, CI Training Program Hamburg/ Germany, CI Basic Training Program Hamburg/ Germany and co-organized among many other projects ECITE -European Contact Improvisation Teachers Exchange in Ponderosa/ Germany in 2014.



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...Releasing kinetic potential and recycling it`s energy.

Lifted mass is kinetic potential. And accelerated mass is kinetic energy... Theoretical physics might seem scary, but it`s physical exploration in motion and within our body is pure practise - and can be so much fun!!
Generating movement by dropping lifted bodyparts or displacing parts that are supporting us takes very little effort. The AS-terminology `motoric masses` for our body`s bits and pieces acknowledges that inherent potential motoric value.
Once the motor is `on` and got those masses moving, our myofacially connected bodyparts articulate with and invite each other along on curvy pathways around their respective joints - at the same time steering, following and interweaving our dance with the forces surrounding and integrating us.
In this class we will have a closer look at the main motoric masses and experiment how they can sequentially manoeuvre our body as a whole through time and space.
Let`s consider gravity`s invitation to the dance and sense into our structure`s articulated response.
Expect some theoretical information, time for exploration, (contact)improvisation and some set material to play with and to embody the concept.

* Axis Syllabus (Autor: Frey Faust, www.axissyllabus.org) is a human movement lexicon that interrelates information from anatomy, biomechanics and physics to universal movement principles.
Originally consolidated by Frey Faust, the AS has become a movement and research platform for the ASIRN (Axis Syllabus International Research Network). ASIRN members from diverse movement and scientific backgrounds are exploring the kinetic potential of the human body and developing functional movement patterns beyond esthetic criteria. They are physically applying, exploring and counterchecking the data gathered in the AS and also introducing new empirical/scientific data to the group, which keeps the AS evolving constantly.
In classes AS teachers are fostering collaborative and explorative learning situations and propose models for a joyful way of moving in accordance with our body structure and it`s physical context. As a reference for locomotion, The Axis Syllabus reflects on how we might move and dance in a health-promoting and respectful manner – both towards ourselves and others with whom we are sharing movement, time and space.


Irina Hortin

Irina Hortin (www.irinahortin.com) studied contemporary dance, linguistics and literature and works as a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher. Born in Rumania, she grew up in Germany, lived and learned in France, Argentina, Senegal and Switzerland. In Argentina she got in touch and involved with Tango, that is part of her path ever since. Currently based in Düsseldorf, she is teaching and performing in Tanzhaus NRW, at international Contact(Tango)- and ImprovisationFestivals and co-directing the project 1001Tropfen (www.1001tropfen.de), creating dance performances in nature and urban contexts. Irina is a member of the ASIRN (Axis Syllabus International Research Network, www.axissyllabus.org) and a certified Axis Syllabus teacher. Intrigued by the experience of heterogenity and the many facets of what humanity is, she is vividly interested in how human bodies communicate beyond language and how they resonate in each other and in our wider context – be it dancing or just being - and what it is that moves us.