“Unfinished Lifts”

Contact improvisation workshop
November 2021, Copenhagen

Practicalities 🧦

Members (sliding scale) 🥰
My fridge is empty. I don’t know what I’m eating tonight. I really shouldn’t be signing up for this, I should spend my night hunting foxes to roast over a fire made of old newspapers: 200 DKK

I’ve got a job! Yes, can you believe it, a real job! I’m still dismantling capitalism though… But I have money. Sweet sweet money, and you can have some of it: 400 DKK

I’ve got so much money I want to pay for that person above with the empty fridge. And the fox joke wasn’t funny, it was just weird. I decide what’s funny and weird, because I’m rich: 600 DKK

Outsiders 🤨
800 DKK (Let me help you here… This makes no sense… It costs 200 to be a member. We just put this option in as a stupid marketing trick).

5. Nov. 18:45 -21:45 – Den Classenske Legatskole
6. Nov. 09:00 – 16:00 – Den Classenske Legatskole
7. Nov. 13:00 – 17:00 – Blågård Skole
Max 20 people 👨‍👨‍👧‍👧
Level: You can handle yourself in a jam / your knee-pads is starting to look a bit worn / Ask us! 🐣

Registration 🎟

Registration form


We would appreciate if you are either vaccinated or have taken a test since we are a lot of people together the whole weekend.

Please refrain from joining if you:
– have any symptoms of being sick
– have been in contact with anyone suspected of having covid
– or have recently returned from outside of Denmark and haven’t gotten a negative test yet.

Who is Adrian Russi?

We met Adrian first in Bucharest at the Contact Bucharest Festival (http://contactimprovisation.ro/). His straight forward style and thoughtful advice made us want to invite him to the Copenhagen scene. We strongly recommend bringing unanswered technical problems to the workshop 🤭

Adrian is a CI-teacher living in Switzerland and traveling all over Europe to teach and perform Contact and Free Improvisation.

After his studies of New Dance at “bewegungs-art” in Freiburg/Germany he continued his education with many different teachers, among them Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and Nita Little. In his teaching he focuses on the technical aspects of movement as well as on matters of perception and on a creativity coming from a distinct body-awareness.

For him the pleasure to play and a deep commitment are the basis for gaining the most possible in dancing CI. Besides this his teaching is nourished by his studies of different kinds of martial arts and Craniosacral Bodywork as well as of his own research work (amongst other things in the field of fascia).

What is the workshop about?

Precision, Flow & Open mind:
A contact dance, which feels easy, playful and also deep, fulfills me over and over again with satisfaction and joy. Body and mind reach a common flow and the weight seems weightless. However, this state can’t be obtained just like that, it is very much a matter of luck – but not only. Skilful preparation and entering into the dance with attentive listening, increase enormously the chances of gaining it.

In “Unfinished Lifts” we aim to trace the luck of getting into the state of flow. Throughout this search we will practice precise movement
techniques and devotion to the here and now. Particularly during weight exchange it will be a matter of following the momentum unconditionally and navigating it, instead of trying to complete the targeted lift.

To take the risk of “unfinished lifts” is extremely satisfying and efficient, as the swing of the movement is continued and the dance can take place without interruptions. The techniques learned can be practiced elegantly and integrated into the dance, because ultimately the lively and “right” lifts are always in motion, there is no endpoint to achieve…

In addition to the pleasurable research and learning process, we will also spend a lot of time with free, authentic dancing and nourishing body work. For participants with experience in CI and the willingness to play with all the different elements and principles of CI while recognising and questioning movement patterns and finding a new, creative way to deal with them.