Preevent Research Project | 29. July - 2. August 2013
RESEARCH PROJECT of the contactfestival freiburg 2013

The contactfestival freiburg is eager to offer a Research Project for the second time, to give the possibility to deepen the knowledge in specific areas of Contact Improvisation through ground research to be shared with other’s.
With the wish to support a lively exchange at the Festival and in the field of Contact Improvisation, we invite you to submit an independent research proposal/score to be done within a group environment.


Our proposals for this project:

a. We offer free participation at the Research Week before the Festival, the Teachers Meeting and the Festival itself for 1-2 researchers to deepen their research.
This deadline will still be the 1st of May!

b. We will organize a pre festival research week with a small group of maximum 15 people who are deeply involved in CI and interested in doing an independent research with experienced contact dancers. The fee for this event will stay low (only for space support, 100 Euro). We suggest you to bring your interest to one main subject. Make a choice!

We are extending the deadline for the research week till the 1st of June!



We are looking for contact dancers who are already researching Contact Improvisation and are interested to submit an independent research proposal/score to be done within an group environment, to develop and focus on their research through the given time, space and group.

− The research proposal should be clearly connected to Contact Improvisation.

− The communication and the outcome of the own research with a bigger group (teachers/festival participants) is part of the project!


Please let us know which proposal suits you and you would like to take part.

a. Researchers during Research Week, Teachers Meeting and Festival
If you are applying under this category, it is important that you present us a plan stating how you imagine bringing your own research into the Festival, making it participative or available for the big crowd. You will be in close communication with Dani or Barbara who will support you to think it through and make it happen before and during the event. We are really interested in proposals/scores that can be shared with and joined by others.

b. pre festival research week.
We are providing a focused and autonomous environment were interests will be included. Since the group will have different and individual fields of research within the form CI, we will support each other through sharing the dance experience, space and time. All the personal proposals/scores take place at the same time in the same space, creating a group environment. To find a common ground and coming back to the core of CI: we assume that we learn while practicing and focusing on our individual investigation as we share the dance. The field of learning gets wider and the possibilities of direction are opening up, as we embrace not knowing.


Send us an Exposé

  • with your field of research (max. 3 pages) which should include:
    1. Specific questioning,
    2. Personal score/proposal to develop within a group environment for the week
    3. your own knowledge and interest of the procedure

  • Ideas of announcing and communicating the outcome to a wider group of people (documentation) for example: Festival participants

  • List of publications (if you already have)

  • Biography

All applications should be written in Verdana 10pt in simple line pitch and saved as a pdf-file.
Please send the application till the 1st of May 2013 - for proposal a!

You have extended time for proposal b till the 1st of June 2013!

to research(at)contactfestival(dot)de

Till the 15th of May we will choose the 1-2 researchers, which will follow us through the whole time (pre research week, teachers meeting, festival)

And till the 15th of June the 15 participants for the pre research week, out of the applications.



The working studio space will be open from 10am - 5pm.

We will provide you with studio accommodation for free, which has a shower, a toilet and a small kitchen, which doesn’t offer cooking facilities. There is a microwave, fridge and a water boiler, dishes and no more.

If you need more comfort for sleeping we can help providing a private room, sharing with the host for 10 EUR the night.



To bring this project further and to let other people know what happened. We will ask you to document, feedback, resume your experience during the Research (category a. or b.) in any way.

We invite you to come up with any idea for documentation. We can produce a collection of the writings, or a paper and propose it for an article in CQ and/or collect video clips from material recorded during the sessions. The material will be also part of the Festival archive.

Please send the complete application form to research(at) contactfestival(dot)de
Contact persons: Barbara Stahlberger and Daniela Schwartz
application info
as pdf file (106KB)
flyer as pdf file (139KB) Please note the deadline changes!
Application flow:

1st of May
deadline for applications
for proposal a.!
1st of June
deadline for proposal b.

15th of June
announcing the participants/researchers (latest)

Event dates
29th of July - 2nd of August
pre festival research week

3rd - 7th of August
teachers meeting

7th -13th of August
Festival (We-Tu)