France. Summer. Dance.

Welcome to the 6th edition of Opening to the Unknown in France

With Chris Aiken and Andrew Harwood

We are pleased to once again greet Andrew and Chris at our studio « Les Ailes de Bernard », located in an old silk  spinning mill. These two outstanding artists transmit with sensitivity and intelligence the art of compositional improvisation and of contact improvisation, with a natural aptitude for using this out of the ordinary place and its unusual objects.

This workshop is intended for people who already have a solid experience in contact and improvisation. It aims to immerse the participants in the practice and performance of dance improvisation, in a stimulating and supporting environment.

Our days balance creative and physical work with critical discussion, time for reflection, writing, performing and ‘audiencing’ each other’s work. Both these teachers believe that to improvise well, we need to balance physical and compositional skill building with being aware and sensitizing ourselves to the emotional quality of our experience.

This workshop will also include a student presentation and a performance by Chris and Andrew, bodywork, experiments outside and in singular spaces of the village and its surroundings. A journal is essential.


from Monday August 8th to Tuesday August 16th 2011 inclusive / Friday August 12th Off

classes : 9:30 am to 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm / some evening activities 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm – total training 58 hours

Cost of workshop

400 € for any registration received before June 8th 2011 (360 € with sponsorship*)

450 € for any registration received after June 8th 2011 (405 € with sponsorship*)

* reduction of 10% for the sponsors (former student registering with a new student)

Registration : deadline July 20th 2011

Thank you for addressing your request to register, by mentioning your names, coordinates and a brief description of your experience in contact improvisation and/or compositional improvisation. We will return a complete registration form to be filled out. Validated registration with reception of a 100 € deposit.

Place : Les Ailes de Bernard / creation, pedagogy and research in dance in St-Julien-Molin-Molette, small village one hour south-west of Lyon, in the natural regional park of Pilat.

Accomodation / meals : possibility of organizing sleeping and prepared lunches. Prices and more information with your registration application

Contact : La Trisande 4 rue Peyronnet 42220 Saint-Julien-Molin-Molette, France / +33 (0)4 77 51 59 25


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