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i-Dance Japan 2013

International Contact Improvisation Festival

【Main Festival】

October 7-14,2013  Isa-city, Kagoshima

【Associated events】

October 25 - 27, 2013 Kirishima-city, Kagoshima

December 5-8, 2013 Tokyo, Japan

Please visit the festival website for more information!

◉ Spring Improvisation Project

Contact Improvisation Workshop in February

◉Sat, February 4, 2012 at Morishita Studio

① Body work+α 【Defend our body】2:00-3:30pm

② Contact Improvisation【Let's go back to when you were 5 years old】


◉Tue, February 14, 2012 at Kasuya Kumin Center

★Valentine jam! 6:30-8:30pm

↑We are sorry but, the jam is canceled.

◉Sat February 25, 2012 at Morishita Studio

③ Physio Ball 【A sphere is almighty partⅡ】 2:00-3:30pm

④ Contact Improvisation 【KI AND CI】 4:00-6:00pm

Teachers:Chico Katsube, Shoko Kashima

Fee : ¥2,000

Venue: Morishita Studio

i•dance Taipei 2011


We wrote about it on our blog, it is only in Japanese..

Contact Improvisation Workshop in January

Sat, January 14, 2012

14:00 - 19:00

5 hours Improvisation

[ Making scores, thinking about performance, etc,]

Teachers:Chico Katsube, Shoko Kashima

Fee : ¥4,000

Venue: Morishita Studio B studio

Sat, January 21, 2012

18:30 - 20:30

Contact Improvisation [ Health and CI ]

Teachers:Chico Katsube, Shoko Kashima

Fee: ¥2,000

Venue: Matsuzawa Kumin Shukaijo, Taiikushitsu ( 4F )

5 minutes walk from Shimotakaido station of Keio line.  

Address:5-31-5 Akatsutsumi Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

◉Contact Festival Kuala Lumpur July 26 - 31, 2011

Please check!→

Chico Katsube and Shoko Kashima are teaching at Contact Festival Kuala Lumpur.

This is the 1st contact festival in Malaysia. Let's join it together!

Dance Improvisation Project 2011

Workshop : March 17 - 20, 2011

Perormance : March 21, 2011

Improvisation Preformance

◉March 21, 2011 Start 16:00, Open 15:30

Don't miss it!


Michael Schumacher ( Holland ), Mei Li ( Taiwan ), Celine Bacque ( France ),Motoko Hirayama, Yukio Tomino, Makoto Matsushima, Jun Morii, Eiichi Kimura, Chico Katsube, Shoko Kashima, Mark Haim (USA)

Musician :Manha、Rico

Lighting:Takehiko Maruyama


Advance / ¥2,500  At the door / ¥3,000  Pair ticket / ¥4500  Student / ¥2,200

◉ Venue:Morishita Studio C studio

3-5-6 Morishita Koto-ku

◉ Reservation:ci@ci-jp.com090-3910-6716(Chico)

Dance Improvisation Project 2011


Workshop・A    ( Workshop A is Already full )

[ Instant composition ]

Teacher:Michael Schumacher

March 17, 18:00-21:00

March 18, 18:00-21:00

March 19, 14:00-17:00

March 20, 14:00-17:00

Fees:All ¥12,000 / Single ¥3,500


[ CI and MA ] ( Chico Katsube , Shoko Kashima)

March 17 , 15:00-17:00

March 19, 11:00-13:00

March 20, 11:00-13:00

Fees:All  ¥5,800 / Single ¥2,000

◉ Venue:Morishita Studio C studio

3-5-6 Morishita Koto-ku

◉ Reservation:ci@ci-jp.com090-3910-6716(Chico)


Shakunetsu Odori Time at Tajimi City


*We are sorry, information is only in Japanese..

◉Dance and Music Improvisation Performance vol.2

Motivation 3.8


Organizers : Dance Theatre LUDENS /

Partnaership : Romarakuda, Saison Foundation

Produce : Yukari Ota

The Harvests from Summer tour : CI workshop

Chico and Shoko went to the US, Finland and Korea to dance and study, meet people, exchange works,,, this summer for one month.

We want to share the harvests from we experienced and thought.

We welcome you who are interested in it and contact improvisation.

Sunday Sep.12, 6:30〜9:00pm 

Sunday Sep.26, 6:30〜9:00pm 

Sunday Oct.3, 6:30〜9:00pm 

Venue : Matsuzawa Kumin Shukaijo, Taiikushitsu

  • 5 minutes walk from Shimotakaido station of Keio line or Tokyu Setagaya line. 
  • Akatsutsumi Setagaya-ku, Tokyo

Fees:¥2000 for 1 session / ¥3500 for 2 sessions / ¥5000 for 3 sessions Anniversary

It has been 10 years since we started

We will celebrate the 10th anniversary, we offer contact Improvisation workshops by Jeff Wallace from USA and, performance and Jam for extraordinary prices.

May 29 - 30, 2010

29th (Sat)

10:30  Door open

11:00-13:00 Jeff Wallace Workshop1

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:30 Jeff Wallace Workshop 2

18:00-  Open 

18:30-19:30 Performance

30th (Sun)

10:30  Door open  

11:00 -13:00 Work Shop 1

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30-16:30 Work Shop 2 

16:45-19:45 Jam

◉Venue:Morishita Studio

3−5−6 Koutou-ku Morishita

◉Fees:¥5,000 for all programs

     ¥3,000 for one day

     ¥1,500 for Performance ticket


We welcome you to join us.


CIFJ2010 Archives


CIFJ Prepre Festival 2010 Contact Improvisation Intensive Workshop

as CIFJ Prepre Festival 2010

November 19 – 23, 2009

We will have the 3rd Contact Improvisation Festival Japan (CIFJ), and before them we are planning intensive CI workshop in November 19 – 23, 2009. This is the chance to study CI steadily, and a preparation for CIFJ 2010 as well. will have been 10 years in 2010 since it was founded.

Now we are planning a program for studying and researching CI so that people who enjoy CI can step up more.

The basic idea is sharing the pleasure to dance with other people and make the quality higher.

This time, it is 5 days intensive workshop. Class levels are four kinds, beginner, basic – experienced, advance, professional.

Teacher is Chico, she is one of the pioneer of CI in Japan.

Teacher : Chico Katsube

Assintant : members

Place : Morishita Studio

3-5-6 Morishita Koto-ku Tokyo

5 minutes walk from A6 exit of Morishita station of Toei subway.


Fee : 1500 yen / Single class

5000yen / 4 class

10000yen / 9 class

1000yen / Jam

Professional class / for free ( Participants are required to be professional)

Please pay on the day.

Fixed number : 12 for each class

Reservation :



CIFJ2009 Archives

Summer Improvisation Workshop!!!

July 22(TUE)〜July 25(FRI), 2008

Pre-Pre Project for Contact Improvisation Festival Japan 2009


①July 22(TUE) 3:00-5:00

Physio ball (Leader Chico )

July 22(TUE) 6:30-9:00

Contact Improvisation Thinking about MA(Leader Chico

③July 23(WED) 15:30-17:00

Let's Play together! ( Leader Yasukichi )

④July 23(WED)


Watching Video from CIFJ2008 

⑤July 23(WED)


Contact Improvisation (Leader Shoko)

⑥July 24(THU) 2:00-3:30

Physio ball (Leader Chico)

⑦July 24(THU) 4:00-5:30


(Leader Shoko)

⑧July 24(THU) 6:30-9:00

Contact Improvisation ( Leader Yasukichi)

⑨July 25(FRI) 2:00-4:00

Contact Improvisation (Leader Hana)

⑩July 25(FRI) 5:00-9:00


【Place】Morishita Studio(B studio)

     3−5−6 Morishita Koto-ku  

【Fee】¥2,000/1 class  If you take more than 3 classes, ¥1500/1class from 3rd class 

10 people maximum for each class

Jam ¥500 / Watcing Video for free

【Reservation and for more infomation】


Organizer: Executive Committee of CI Festival Japan

Sponsorships: The SAISON Foundation Improvisation Project 2008

" International Dance Improvisation Performance in Japan"  

May 5 - 9 & 11, 2008

Michael Schumacher, world-reknowned and outstanding dancer in the Dance Improvisation field, is coming again this year to Japan. In performance he will also be joined by Noam Karmeli, Israeli practitioner of contact improvisation brimming with a wild sensibility. Lighting professional Mutumi Honda from Aizu will be designing a space with a fresh and astringent flavor.

The joy, impact, depth, and beauty of improvisation will be coming down like an avalanche - not to be missed!

Noam Carmeli Workshop!

[Awareness to Structure and movement] 

This is an invitation to become acquainted with and experience Contact Improvisation technique

as a method for enriching and deepening the awareness

to the Structure of the body.

Out of a state of physical release, listening and awareness to the flow of energies within the posture and form of the body -is made possible. Through the body's architecture we will emphasize kinetic and acrobatic work and together with

the movement we will enjoy a liberated, soft, efficient and precise dance.

Noam Carmeli (Israel)

Architect, dancer, improvisation teacher

He studied design and architecture in Israel and in Amsterdam, and movement at the Laban Centre in London.

And he is a member of the N.Ireland “Echo Echo” dance company and also a co-founder/ member of “octet” improvisation group in Israel. He teaches improvisation and Contact in the “muza” school and in workshops in Israel and abroad.

As an architect, he works in “skorka Architects” company. He has been studied Chinese philosophy and practices Aikido.

  • May 8(THU) 2:00〜5:00pm, 9(FRI) 2:00〜5:00pm,,2008
  • Place:Morishita Studio Morishita Koutou-ku, Tokyo
  • Fee ¥3500/1class ¥6500/2classes

Improvisation Performance

  • May 11(Sun),2008 Open 17:00 / Start 17:30
  • Place Super Deluxe 3−1−25 Nisiazabu Minato-ku
  • Performer:Michael Schumacher、Noam Carmeli、Masako Noguchi, Shoko Kashima, Chico Katsube, etc.
  • Staff Yutaka Endo(Stage manager) Mutsumi Honda(Lighting) 
  • Ticket Advance ¥3500/ Today's ticket ¥3800 (including 1 drink)

Michael Schumacher Workshop

Improvisation and Instant Composition

The aim of this workshop is to develop conscious presence while improvising in a performance.

Each session begins with exercises that explore relationships between thought, movement and presence in the immediate environment. By promoting a greater awareness of sensory input, the performer becomes better equipped to realize each moment's potential for composition.

The session continues with examples of structured and non-structured improvisation that include such elements as dance, music, text, and light. Through practice and theory, participants explore a process by which they collectively experience spontaneously created compositions.

Artists of all disciplines are welcome at this workshop.

Michael Schumacher

has been a member of Ballet Frankfurt, Twyla Tharp Dance,

the Feld Ballet, and the Pretty Ugly Dance Company. A key collaborative figure in several of Peter Sellars’ productions, Schumacher has appeared in Bijbelse Stukken, Peony Pavilion, El Nino, Bach Cantatas, and La Passion de Simone. He has been featured in productions of Cora Bos-Kroese, Dana Caspersen, Anouk van Dijk,

Mark Haim, Chico Katsube, Ruth Meyer, and Paul Selwyn Norton.

As a choreographer Schumacher has twice collaborated with the dancers of Ballet Frankfurt, creating Splendor Shed (1990) and Blender Head (1994). With his brother Steven, he created Unwrapped (1995), a solo dance event that he performed in Germany, the Netherlands and the U.S. In collaboration with Daniela Graca, Marcelo Evelin, and Anat Geiger, he created ANDAMAMI (2000) and Glashuis (2001). For the dancers of Nederlands Dans Theater III, he conceived and directed The Moment (2001).

Over the last 10 years, Schumacher’s work has been featured regularly at the Holland Dance Festival, beginning with the duet Work # 1 (1997) with Sylvie Guilliem

choreographed by Dana Caspersen; the solo Michael Schumacher (2001) as part of Richard Move’s MARTHA; and Piping Hot ‘Hutspot’(2003), a series of improvised duets with master Dutch musicians Han Bennink, Cor Fuhler and Wilbert de Joode.

A leading figure in the discipline of improvisation, Schumacher has collaborated with cellist and composer Alex Waterman on several occasions: Heaven Is A Radio (2003)

at the Frascati Theater in Amsterdam; Dans le Jardin (2004) at the Biennale de la Danse in Lyon and at the STEPS Festival in Switzerland (2006); and Six Suites (2005) at the Holland Dance Festival in Den Haag. He continues to perform with Magpie Music Dance Company and conducts workshops in movement analysis and improvisation techniques worldwide.

Michael Schumacher began dancing in musical theatre productions in his hometown of Lewiston, Idaho. After moving to New York, he received a B.F.A. in Dance from the Juilliard School. He currently resides in Amsterdam.


  • May 5(Mon) 2〜6 pm
  • May 6(Tue)  2〜6 pm
  • May 7(Wed) 6〜9 pm
  • May 8(Thu)) 6〜9 pm
  • May 9(Fri)  Showing 7 pm 〜
  • Fee through ¥13,000 ¥3,500/single class 

(Priority goes to students participating in the entire workshop. We do not recommend that you begin after the third day.)

  • Place:Morishita Studio 3−5−6 Morishita Koutou-ku, Tokyo 
  • This class is for experienced students who aspire to become improvisational performers. Recommended for those with experience on the stage. Limit 15 students.

Related events  

Michael Schumacher Dance Improvisation Japan tour

Hiroshima Workshop May 14,15 Performance May 16  

Inquiry: ART COMPLEX HIROSHIMA 2008 Execytive 090-1686−6092 

Okayama Workshop May 17, 18 

Kobe  Performance May 20 

Osaka  Workshop May 21


Contact Improvisation Festival Japan 2008

March 8(Sat) ~24 (Mon) Tokyo & Kanazawa

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2008 Improvisation Workshop by Katie Duck

Steep Slope workshop Vol.7

February 4 (Mon) .2008 〜 February 6(Wed) .2008 18:00〜21:00

"The ear experiences and reads. The eye reads and experiences."

The content of this workshop is geared toward performing artists and musicians who are interested in amplifying live time in a performance space and practicing interdisciplinary art activities. Warm-up and exercises emphasis how the eyes, ears and mind work in co ordination with movement, sound in space and time. Improvisation sessions revolve around the terms Pause, Flow and Exit with discussions articulating body, play, memory and presence. The aim is to provide a situation where dancers and musicians can grow in confidence in how they perform live dancing and music while articulating composition concerns related to the performance setting without the use of pre set materials.

The eye experiences when aimed in the direction of space (infinite). When set to stare on captured movements done by elegant figures the brain begins to function quite reads. Body becomes object. This process of reading with the eye inhibits the ability for the ear to work .We do not use the ear to hear object. My aim is to provide a place for publics to access the full range of their senses and their feelings.

"Feelings of pain or pleasure, or some quality in between, are the bedrock of our minds. We often fail to notice this simple reality because the mental images of the words and sentences that describe them use up so much of our overburdened attention. But there they are, feelings of myriad emotions and related states, the continuous musical line of our minds, the unstoppable humming of the most universal of melodies that only dies down when we are occupied by joy, or a mournful requiem when sorrow takes over"

Katie Duck Bio

Katie Duck is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. From 1973-6 she toured with the company Salt Lake City Mime Troupe. She left the United States in 1976 to live in Amsterdam, Holland and toured throughout Europe as a performer in solo productions, in duet with Carlos Traffic, and in improvisations with the local music artists.

In 1979, she moved to Italy where she formed the company GROUPO, which toured through out Europe with the productions Ruttles, The Orange Man, Brown eye Green eye and Mind the gap. In 1986 she accepted a senior lecturer position at Dartington College of Arts teaching for the theatre department and led the choreography course. In 1991 she accepted a position at the AHK dance department in Amsterdam where she teaches composition, improvisation and technique.

Throughout her career, Katie Duck has worked with music and dance artists who share her passion for collaborating music, text and dance in improvised performances. She has performed and collaborated in productions with Tristan Honsinger, Michael Moore, Derek Bailey, Alex Maguire, Michael Vatcher and many others. Besides participating as a performer and composer, she has initiated numerous dance and music improvisation projects in her three bases Holland, Italy and England.

In her current base, Amsterdam, her initiatives include an improvisation series (monthly) at the Fijnhout Theater and the Muiderpoort Theater (1994-9), The Melkweg Theater (2000-2001) a (yearly) Improvisation festival at the Frascati Theater (1994-9), Magpie Music Dance Company (from 1995).

She is currently touring Asia, the USA and Europe with her solo work, professional workshops, with Magpie Music Dance Company, is a teacher for both the SNDO and MTD at the AHK Hooge school voor de kunsten and continues to collaborate with both music and dance artists all over the world.

★Related project:Katie Duck workshop in Utsunomiya

Feb9〜11 @Beoff 1-7-10 Yoshino Utsunomiya Tochigi Lab.M  

Co-organizer:Steep Slope sstudio

Sponsorship:Embassy of Netherlands        

Cooperation:LUFTZUG beoff