Contact Time

May 16th – 21st 2023



is everywhere.



is our teacher.

Principles, technique, embodiment

is what we want to share and explore.



is what we feel to invite you to Contact Time!



Despite our efforts to learn Portuguese and due to the linguistic diversity of guests visiting SerVivo, international English will be used to teach during Contact Time. The webpage and descriptions are therefore all in English. Thanks for your understanding and let’s blend languages and cultures once together.

Apesar dos nossos esforços para aprender português e devido à diversidade linguística dos convidados que visitam o SerVivo, o inglês internacional será utilizado para ensinar durante o Tempo de Contacto. A página web e as descrições estão, portanto, todas em inglês. Obrigado pela vossa compreensão e vamos misturar línguas e culturas uma vez juntos.

6 days of Contact Improvisation practice

Let's Dance

Join us for 6 days of Contact Improvisation practice, movement research
and somatic exploration.
We invite you to enjoy our workshops and jams inside the studio, and
outdoors at a beautiful beach and in the landscape of Arrábida Nature Park.
Take your time for moving and contemplating, observing and listening, sharing and creating with other body-mind-souls.
The festival is open for all bodies, genders and levels of experience. If you are a beginner, please let us know beforehand.
Do you want to stay updated about our events? Click here for our newsletter (more or less four times a year).

Angela-Mara Florant & Jennie Zimmermann

Listening with the body

A 3 days intensive.

Every day we shall start with a somatic practice to focus on the deeper level of the skeleton. We shall track our bones, shake them, play with movement, use anatomic pictures, visualization and perception tools.
The skeleton is our basic support when we move, providing us with structure and shape.
How can we use our bones in the dance? How do we create form and open to subtle encounters and playful forms of contact improvisation?
How do we shape the space as a group, what story do we make up, how do we perceive composition?
We are excited to embark with you on a journey of embodied anatomy, Contact Improvisation and scores which offer a diverse range to meet yourself and others in the moment and the dance.

Aude Fondard

Contactin’ Nature

This workshop or “Lab” intends to be very simple and immersive. Elemental and wholehearted. Everyone will sense ways of approaching nature and landscape. From hugging a tree to embodying its solid fluidity. From smelling local plants and flowers to letting the scent move our universal body and guide it into a dance. These are just examples. Everyone will find for themselves. In the end, we will explore rhizome-like connection between species, and human beings reliance on their environment.

Aude Fondard

The Spirit of the Place

This workshop will be morphed by the existence of the initial dwellers of Arrábida Natural Park and Palmela’s area. A silent and contemplative walk will take us to the top of the Louro hill where the excavated ruins of the castro de Chibanes stand still.
You will be invited, through specific movement tasks, to dig into time and space, zoom in and out of the composition and dive into your different layers.
We will finish with a collective improvisation honouring the beings who toiled on the hill, connecting dance and archaeology.

Jo Bruhn

Flying effortlessly

How can I weave a jump or lift into my dance without effort?
How can I use principles without following strictly a form?
How can I lift or be lifted by mutual agreement?
In this workshop we will easily explore some flying facets of Contact Improvisation. Reading the partners and their moment to feel the right moment to let lifts happen. In this way we create forms and play with them in improvisation.

Supportive dancers

Natalia Vik

More details

To cover all of our costs we ask a donation of 320 – 280€ depending on how much you can pay.
This includes food, accommodation, workshops and a trip to the beach.
If you would like to come earlier, for instance for the beginner’s class on Monday night, please contact us.

Yentl, our wonderful cook, will prepare delicious vegan and vegetarian meals from (mostly) organic and locally sourced ingredients.

The festival starts on Tuesday May 3rd at 5pm. We invite you to arrive earlier (from noon) to rest and take your time to land in SerVivo.
If you come from abroad you might need to fly to Portugal a few days before the festival since prices vary a lot. This could be an opportunity to visit the beautiful city of Lisbon. You can also arrive one day earlier in SerVivo.
If you are planning to come before May 3rd, please contact us.

All rules and regulations change constantly. We will observe how it further develops and consider if changes are needed on our side. We might ask everyone to do a self quick test before arrival.

You are welcome to bring your own tent, sleeping bag and mat and camp outside.
If you would like to sleep in the house, we can offer you a space in a dormitory (bunk beds for 6-8 people per room).

  • Comfortable clothes for movement in- and outdoors
  • Sun protection
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Swimming suit
  • Towel
  • Bottle for drinking water
  • food box to take lunch to the beach
  • Torch
  • enough cloth we cannot do laundry
  • Warm cloth, yes it might get chilly at night…

Register here.
This website was made for  the Contact Improvisation Festival “Contact Time @ SerVivo #1” in May 2022.
For information about the upcoming “Contact Time” @ SerVivo and Germany please visit our new website

To register please click on the link above.
After having sent the registration form please pay a deposit of 50€ to:

Jennie Zimmermann, Johannes Bruhn
IBAN: DE70 2802 0050 8227 7419 00

Subject: Contact Time

If the transfer costs you a big fee, don’t do it and let us know, we will find a different solution.

Should you cancel until two weeks before the festival (which we do not hope, of course), we will transfer you 40€ back. Should you cancel later, we keep the deposit.

Before the festival we
will send more information.


(It will change, but you can already get an idea how it will look)