Clinamen: a 3-day Contact Improvisation festival.
FRI 27th June 2014  |  noon-4 p.m.
SAT 28th June 2014  |  2 p.m.-6 p.m.
SUN 29th June 2014  |  1 p.m.-5 p.m.
See details below
Four international performers (Tamara Ashley, Christina Klissiouni, Lior Ophir and Vanio Papadelli) collaborate to present a three-day event of Contact Improvisation on the 27th/28th/29th of June 2014.

After two residency phases (Present Body studio - Athens and West Wales - Penpyn Farch), they come to TripSpace to share their work inspired by the notion of “Clinamen” and Liquid Body. Through a 3 day workshop, 1 improvised performance, 1 convivial event and a jam, they propose ways of exploring fluidity that encourages mindfulness and body spaciousness.

This event is open to everyone with a passion for movement and a mind open to movement exploration and improvisation: beginners and experienced dancers of contact improvisation are welcome.

Please note that we had previously announced that Gabriel Greca was going to lead Liquid Body 1 and perform as part of Clinamen.
We're very sad to announce that Gabriel Greca will not be able to attend the festival due to serious family issues which led him to cancel his teaching tour to major European festivals and return to Argentina.
We're very happy to welcome Tamara Ashley in the festival who will offer Liquid Body 1 in the schedule (Friday 27) and participate in the Clinamen performance and the rest of the festival.


Friday 27th June

12pm-4pm: Liquid Body 1, workshop led by Tamara Ashley - Fluidity and Flow

Saturday 28th June

2pm-6pm: Liquid Body 2, workshop led by Christina Klissiouni –The Listening Touch
8:30pm-10:30pm Performance

Sunday 29th June

1pm-5pm Liquid Body 3, workshop led by Lior Ophir - Dynamic Disequilibrium
5pm-6:30pm Convivial event
6:30pm-8:30pm Contact Jam led by Vanio Papadelli


The Liquid Body

This is a three-day workshop taught by three international teachers, Tamara Ashley, Christina Klissiouni (Greece) and Lior Ophir (Israel), each one giving one long session of four hours a day. On the last day, the workshop will close with a jam led by Vanio Papadelli (Greece). Each teacher will offer their individual perspective regarding the notion of Liquid Body.

The sessions will suggest ways of bringing the attention to perception, moving our interest to different parts of our bodies through deep sensing and becoming more sensitive to subtle or more sudden shifts of muscle tone. Imagining our bodies as filled with transparent drops of water, responding to gentle ripples or moving like forceful waves, we will be encouraged to navigate and adapt effortlessly to different energetic states.
Using imagery from water will help access a sense of fluidity and in this way manage, cultivate and enjoy unpredictability.

Together with the sequential and supple pouring of weight, we will explore the challenge of ‘containing’ fluidity so that we are able to counterbalance, fly, and support. We will look for ways of maintaining our released state and alertness in moments of surprise and the unknown.
Through specific exercises, we will learn how to find connectivity in our own body and permeability in the connection with other bodies.

Liquid Body Timetable and detailed description:

Friday 12pm-4pm: Liquid Body 1, workshop lead by Tamara Ashley - Fluidity and Flow

This part of the workshop offers opportunity to access sensations in the fluid and skeletal systems of the body and to explore how sensations of flow in these systems inform qualities of movement in solo, duet and group formations.
In the workshop we will explore three ways to access experiences of flow and fluidity in dancing:

- mindfulness practice, where we will seek to create clarity and openness of attention to enable the cultivation of a deep spacious presence in the practice.

- moving from the mass of the fluid body systems, where we will explore sensations of weight in the fluid body systems in solo and in contact.

- moving with skeletal flow, where we will explore the denser, slower but pliant and resilient flow of bone in solo and in contact.

Saturday 2pm-6pm: Liquid Body 2, workshop lead by Christina Klissiouni – The listening touch

Our practice explores the expression of internal pathways that support fluid connectivity. We listen to the streams of energy that deploy into shifts of form, weight, and alternating states of being. We communicate physically on the basis of ease and relaxation that creates an expanded sense of time, space and feeling. Spirals and the interplay of tonality through intentional touch become our language that supports change and the unexpected in our contact dances.

Sunday: 1pm-5pm Liquid Body 3, workshop lead by Lior Ophir -Dynamic Disequilibrium (AKA Taking it further)

In this session, Lior Ophir will share his knowledge and curiosity about how we can use our softness, liquid quality, the connective tissue (Fascia) and the elasticity of our body - into a physical and acrobatic dance, with minimum effort. Taking that into contact improvisation – playing, dancing, jamming, flying.


Saturday 28th of June from 8:30pm-10:30pm

Clinamen quartet with Clinamen Group: Tamara Ashley, Christina Klissiouni, Lior Ophir and Vanio Papadelli

Clinamen quartet is a structured-improvised performance. It is inspired by the Latin notion ‘Clinamen’, coined by Lucretius, which describes the unpredictable small swerves of atoms. ‘Clinamen’ is considered a basic axiom of the ‘theory of chaos’ in contemporary physics.

CI Trio with Robert Anderson, Rick Nodine and Simonetta Alessandri

1) Robert, Simo and Rick will be mixing their experience of Contact in a melting pot of improvised performance.
2) Robert, Simo and Rick see this trio as part of a lineage of Contact Improvisers performing Contact.
3) Robert, Simo and Rick have been warming up all week and by Saturday night they will be ready to dance.


1 day workshop: £35/£30 conc early bird
2 days workshop £65/£55 conc early bird
3 days workshop £85/£75 early bird
Sunday jam: £6/£4
Performance – Saturday £8/£7
Price for the whole event: £90/£80 early bird conc

EARLY BIRD 15th of June 2014

BOOKING REQUIRED, email [email protected]

Biographies of Clinamen group

Tamara Ashley (UK) practices dance improvisation and durational performance, and has particular interest in working sensitively in response to bodies, sites, communities and the environment. As an improvisational performer, she has presented and taught nationally and internationally, and continues in depth research in somatics, improvisation, digital arts and environmental performance. Interested in mindfulness practices. Tamara is a senior lecturer in dance at the University of Bedfordshire and Artistic Director of dancedigital.

Christina Klissiouni (Greece) is a dance teacher, performer, choreographer, body-psychotherapist and shiatsu practitioner based in Athens. Her work is a 34year-long exploration of movement/dance study based on Somatics & CI. She started her practice in CI in 1987 studying with the first generation of teachers in NYC. She runs her studio Present Body, teaches and performs in numerous festivals/venues in Europe, USA, Asia cultivating “contact” based on awareness, on all levels. (

Lior Ophir (Israel) is a dancer, improviser, performance artist, Shiatsu therapist, engineer, teacher, student. Since the end of the 90’s, Lior practices, teaches and explores various forms of movement, dance, body/mind and awareness. He has been invited to teach and perform in numerous festivals and projects in Israel and throughout Europe, Asia and America.
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Vanio Papadelli (Greece) is a movement/physical theatre performer, maker and teacher (Goldsmiths and Rose Bruford College). Through professional experience and a Practice-based PhD she has been developing a practice called Attunement that draws mainly on Contact Improvisation, release-based techniques, and Eastern European Laboratory theatre. Vanio has led and participated in performances and residencies in Greece, UK, Italy, Poland, Germany, Egypt and Lebanon.

Clinamen: a 3 day Contact Improvisation festival is hosted by TripSpace Projects, and organised by Present Body Studio (Christina Klissiouni) in collaboration with Vanio Papadelli.