Contact Time

March 26th – April 1st 2024


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.

More details

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