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The contactfestival freiburg exists since 2000. It was initiated and is co-organized by Barbara Stahlberger, Benno Enderlein and Eckhard Mueller. As committed CI practitioners, teachers and organizers, and following the synergy of the encounters, interests and experiences, the three founders met and imagined a new International CI event in Freiburg, as a gathering of the teachers and the international CI community to exchange about their practice.

Each of them merged their experiences to co-create the contactfestival freiburg: Benno Enderlein having organized "Arnhem, Göttingen and Freiburg Jams" national weekend events since 1991;
Eckhard Müller adding his experiences as a co-founder and co-organizer of the "Blackforestjam" an international-national weekend event (1995-2002).
They brought the national jam culture traditionally with full board and studio accommodation into the new event.
Barbara Stahlberger, being inspired by her participation in the WCCIF (West Coast CI Festival) 1998 & 99, Berkeley, USA, shared what became the structural model for the Festival.

Their great investment, energy and passion have created the first international CI festival in Europe, influencing the CI community worldwide. Many other CI festivals with a similar structure have followed it.

In 2002 the Association for the Advancement of Contact Improvisation , Freiburg, e.V. was founded, to give a more clear administrative frame for the Festival with Barbara Stahlberger, Benno Enderlein and Eckhard Müller as presidents.

Since 2002 a teachers meeting precedes the Festival. The former and the current teachers meet to prepare the Festival, search for possibilities to improve the structure and the communication inside the Festival, looking for new interesting ideas and ways how to support each other.

2009 Celebration of contactfestival freiburg 10th anniversary with 300 participants. Starting with the competitions where the participants can win a free entrance. One for the festival t-shirt design and another one for short movies about Contact Improvisation with changing topics.

Since 2011 the teachers meeting is 4 days long and became even a stronger support of the whole event.

2012 Benno Enderlein takes a sabbatical year in the organization and Daniela Schwartz replaces him for this year.
We extend our festival structure for a Research Project during the Festival and a Research week.
A daily regular jam during daytime parallel to the classes and daily Bodywork into Dancing classes on the first afternoon slots, are introduced into the schedule.

2013 The festival team grows to the number of 4 organizers: Barbara Stahlberger, Benno Enderlein, Daniela Schwartz and Eckhard Müller.
The teachers’ meeting is 5 days long.

2015 After 16 years of collaboration Benno leaves the festival team in mutual agreement. The new team consists of Barbara Stahlberger, Daniela Schwartz and Eckhard Müller.

We gratefully thank and honor Benno Enderlein for being a co-founder and a co-organizer, and for accompanying us in the adventures of creating contactfestival freiburg all these years. We welcome him to the future Festivals as a Honorary Founder.

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