Grégory Bonnault + Virginie Bournaud



How can the flow of contact improvisation and the use of weight concepts lead our tango awareness to more relaxation in complex moves?

How can an active listening of the music  and the exigence of an accurate connexion in tango help us experiment more clarity and precision in the amazing freedom of contact improvisation?  

How can these two knowledges melt to taste a fluid and conscious contango dance?

How can we play with precise combinations of jumps, lifts, falls... and ganchos, colgadas, volcadas...? That’s what we’ll explore all along this workshop...

Video link Grégory Bonnault avec  Virginie Bournaud



Contemporary dancer, tango teacher and aikido practitioner, Grégory Bonnault explores dance in all forms, contact improvisation being one of them.  

Web site <https://www.toquedetango.com/>  www.toquedetango.com <http://www.toquedetango.com>


Regularly practices salsa, swing, contact improvisation and contemporary dance, she teaches argentinian tango in Paris.

After several years of practise in contact improvisation and of teaching tango, Grégory and Virginie explore together how to mix both languages playfully and awarely.

Yannick Chay & Todd


In this sessions we will take dance as a form of play that offers a common language through which we can interact with others. This language or structure is like a spine punctuated with unexpected events and odd behaviors that give distinct colors and qualities to our individual movement. And since things never really go as planned, especially with other human beings, we will make the unexpected our inspiration. We will use simple tools to help approach contango as a game that bring fluidity when frontiers between leaders and followers begin to merge. Welcome to a new field of spontaneous negotiations where cooperation, resistance and errors are a source of creativity.


Yannick and Todd have traveled the world, cooked organic food, build eco-houses, grown heirloom seeds, danced where most people wouldn't, and mostly come to the realization that they don’t really know anything at all. They bring you the finest in “how to make the most of nothing at all” or the art of resilience on the dance floor. Want to play?

Andrea de Crescenzo


Two playful classes that will bring principles from Contact Improvisation and Tango into a new, personal and spontaneous kind of dance. Some questions and proposition will be presented during the classes: what makes you connect to your partner? How this connection can move the couple around the space? Structure versus flexibility of movement, stiff versus soft muscular tone, grounding versus lightness, exchange of weight, are some of the elements on which participants will be invited to focus on during the classes. During the classes the participants will have the possibility to work standalone, in couple and sometimes in group. There will be no role, no leaders and follower but the possibility to swap role continuously.


Andrea De Crescenzo: born in 1974; he graduated as a mechanical engineer. He began studying martial arts and Capoeira from an early age, becoming a teacher. In 2010 he began to practice Contact Improvisation with Roberto Lun. He trained through constant study and workshops both in Italy and abroad with many teachers of Contact Improvisation (Nancy Stark Smith, Jeorg Hassman, Nita Little and others), theater dance (Julie Stanzak) and Contact Tango (Javier Cura). He holds a weekly course of CI in the Spazio Luce. He collaborates with artistic realities for research in the field of movement and performance. He has participated in several performances related to dance and improvisation (Tac Teatro, Mouvement Concrete). The teaching method is linked to emotions and to feeling one's own body and the relationship with others, passing through free moments and 'play'. Once you have reached a deep relationship state, it is possible to refine the movement by facing the technical part linked to the movement

Irina Hortin


Contralaterality And Walking backwards – an invitation to explore one of the Tango`s most essential pattern. We will have a look at and sense into the threedimensional ondulatory movement of our spines - a movement we as homo sapiens inherited for locomotion from our fish ancestor`s ondulation from side to side to propell themselves forward in the water. Evolution made us the only species contralaterally twisting the masses of our torso and pelvis in bipedal walking... and walking is Tango`s most essential patterns - backwards most of the time for the following and forward for the leading dancer. In this class we will focus on backward walking, the walking towards the unseen, the remembered future... bring some warm clothes, if the wheather allows part of the class will take place outside! For this research i will share some information from the Axis Syllabus compendium*. *www.axissyllabus.org

Inquiring Dances 

For me Tango - just as CI - is about attentive physical communication & connection in sharing a dance, a little while of life together... Tangofollowers, do you feel followed by the leader? And leading dancers, are you allowing yourself to be led by your follower...? This class is an invitation to fine-tune our communicative skills and to cultivate responsiveness, both inside our own and towards our dancingpartner`s body. Some questions we will take with us through this exploration: Can we listen emphatically to oneanother while we give an impulse? Can we clearly respond to the leading dancer`s invitation, so both can simultaneously attune towards each other? What i am exited about in dancing is the state of constant inquiry, so both dances can literally get in touch, nourish each other and converge into a common playground - at the same time challenging and cherishing one another with respect and curiousity.


Irina Hortin studied contemporary dance, linguistics and literature and since 2002 works as a freelance dancer, choreographer and teacher. She is also certified Iyengaryogateacher.

She was born in Rumania, grew up in Germany, lived and learned in France, Argentina, Senegal and Switzerland. Since 2014 she is based in Düsseldorf with her 6-year-old daughter. She is vividly interested in how the human body communicates and how the impact of nonverbal communication is reflected in other bodies - whether we are dancing or just being - and what it is that moves us. Irina is deeply inspired by the Axis Syllabus and in the certification process for an Axis Teacher.



Centrufugal forces – floating through space

What arises from restriction? We play with counterbalance, we keep facing each other, then start moving through space, resisting, stopping, letting go, to enjoy momentum. Slow and simple starting, we open to more complex variations. Spirals, flow, ease and partly highly dynamic movement possibilities evolve from this. We can integrate these tools and open our sensory ears for further options of in bodylanguage.

performance lab

An experimantal afternonn playing with structures and scores: physical, spacial, theatrical, whatever idea is coming up. Dancing and watching, finding out what we like, what feels good from inside, is interesting from outside. 


Gabriele Koch has been working for more than 20 years as a free-lance dancer, choreographer and teacher. She begun dancing Tango Argentino in 2003 and started teaching a combination she called Contango in 2006 in her area, Berlin and Moscow.

Her interest is in the communication between the dancers, the qualities of dancing and the depth of physical understanding, as well as the expression on stage. Gabriele is organizer of the 1st - 7th festival of contact improvisation and tango in Wuppertal to increase exchange and grow of this dance. www.dance-fields.de

Claudia Kratzheller


"Musical Touch"

We start with slow and deep body work, to let breath awareness emerge and warm up our bodies and spirits. We experiment with different forms and intensities of touch and being touched:

allowing the whole body to receive and give musical impulses, the body being the instrument for musical expression in connection with each other.

Melody and rythmn inspire for different ways of touching :

listening and being open are doors for creativity and intuition.

"Trapped or embraced"

When you find yourself in a tight grip, how does it make you feel?

We play with restriction and freedom in contact with each other. Experimenting with various ways of blocking and allowing passage and the momentum that arises from the contrast and interplay of both.

Be prepared to enjoy yourself and be silly! We might use our voices too!


 "My love for the body has many forms:

Yoga, Argentinian Tango, Contemporary dance, Contact-Improvisation, Contact-Tango, Massage… — each of those disciplines are a world in itself, but what they all have in common: your body as a treasure box, a temple, a radio station to give and receive – pleasure, emotions, wisdom, – it feels different every day, sometimes it’s a mystery…Dancing is like making love to the wisdom of your body, being in the playground of flexibility, strength and dynamic silence carried by the rhythmn of your breathing.

I love to teach with humour, discipline and "grinta" ( = intent with a smile)."

“Tango belongs to my life like breathing and eating…

It is a source of inspiration and joy:  you encounter yourself and the partner in connection with each other. No dance is like the other, every moment is new and creating the path that you are walking together…”

Link Contact-Tango


Julian Elizari Romeo



The classes will be faced, to recognize our own axis in different positions and the construction of a common axis with other dancers. Feeling safe in my axis and in my out of axis. Discovering new points of contact and supports in different types of hugs. We will introduces specific Tango elements (working my out of axis)

COLGADAS (hung): specific Element from Tango that uses The contrabalance

concept during the dance.

VOLCADAS (overturn): circular movements using warm and close hug that

allows us to have a comfortable contact and movements.


Exploring the diferentes lenguajes from the rolls We investigate the skills of the contemporary partner: like falling down, flying, sharing weight, levels and qualities in the physical contact and the connection with others and the space. We will play with the rolls in the dances.

Playing with the challenge of the change, exploring the diferentes lenguajes in every roll, discovering the lead and the follow in the dance and focus in the listening dancer. Where the surrounding space inviting us to the improvisation.

Every class is an investigation space, You don ́t need previous experience.


Julian Elizari Romeo was born in 1974 in Bs As, Argentina. He began taking modern dance classes from young age and took classes with traditional Tango dancers in Argentina.

At the age of 22, he received his degree from the Institute of National Physical Education in Bs As, Argentina. Learning different Techniques,as Release, Low flow and Contact

Improvisation in Bs.As. He traveled to Europe and studied at the Lilia Bertelli school of

“Danza e movimento”. Florence, Italy. He was then hired as an actor and after as

dance teacher by the Isole Compresse Theatre company. He explore always more Contact Improvisation developing his dances with different partner dances technique.

Julian has been teaching Traditional and Modern Tango Argentino for more then 15 years.

Currently he teaches Tango, Contact Improvisation and Contactango in Berlin Germany and in different dance Festivals.

Thomas Wanner


Music Is It

Music to me is nothing like a „monolithic block“ in one piece - there are a lot of ingredients that compose a song: beat, rhythm, melody, voices, intruments, tonalty . . .

I invite you to explore these ingredients in a very playful way not only by listenig but with all your senses. You don’t need to know keys or countings, just be aware of the echoes in your body and explore how your individual response creates your moves. So, instead of giving technical instructions maybe I’ll ask you to hit the floor with your feet to make it sound „like drumbeats“. Then I don’t need to tell you which muscle to move, which amout of force you need and what angle of impact would be the best - the image „drumbeat“ directly adresses some memories in a very subconsious area from where our movements are created. And maybe your floordrums sound different than mine - so let’s have a nonverbal dialog between them, let them get into movement, let the movements connect and play together and invite the whole body to join in - and then let’s call this: „dance“.

And so, I’ll invite you to put some tangomusic-feeling to your CI-patterns and some mulitdimensional CI-freedom to your tangosteps - all inspired by your intuitive approach to music, which, to me, is essential for dancing Contact-Tango-Improvisation.


I started "dancing" in non-dancing areas of bodywork in tradition of Alexander Lowen and Gerda Boyesen. Later CI came to me, I was deeply touched by Daniel Lepkows teaching. Again some years later, I discovered the unknown universe of tangomusic - guided by Joaquin Amenabar and Murat Erdemsel. For almost 10 years I’m on a kind of expedition to find out how it works, that fusion of CI and Tango Argentino.

Klaus Wendel


Tango - Improvisation in Drehungen

Die improvisierten Bewegungsmöglichkeiten in der Umarmung des Tangos lassen sich am besten in Drehungen verstehen. Es ergeben sich darin pro Paar ca. 50 Kombinationen in Richtungswechseln.

Wir möchten in diesem Workshop die Entstehung der Drehungen aus einem Gruppenkreistanz bis zur Entwicklung als gegangene Paardrehung und die unglaublich vielen Variablen daraus entdecken und ausprobieren. Für alle, die die Bewegungsstruktur des Tangos verstehen lernen wollen, ist dieser Workshop eine gute Grundlage zur Improvisation sowohl im Contact als auch im ContacTango.


Klaus Wendel, unterrichtet schon seit 1986 Tango Argentino und ist deshalb einer der ersten Tangolehrer in Deutschland. Seine Lehrsystem befasst sich schwerpunktmäßig mit der Vermittlung der musikalischen und räumlichen Improvisation des Tangos.