Workshop: Moving Bodies | Empty Spaces


K & P BA 7

Moving Bodies | Empty Spaces

Exploring Freedom through Dance Improvisation

Dance Improvisation Workshop with Martin Piliponsky (Argentina) & Kirstie Simson (UK)

Martin and Kirstie met through their common interest and passion for dance improvisation and the exploration of freedom. They have taught and performed together in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and Mexico, in 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Their creative dialogue encompasses the importance of expanded listening with perceptions of the body and the environment, through practicing focused states of presence, communication and bonding.

Imagine a relationship to our bodies without the imposition of culturally conditioned expectations. Imagine what our relationship would be to dancing if we had no prior notion about what the moving body should look or feel like.
Is it possible to reach beyond these and other ideas of limitation, to enter a field of free expression in the body? Can we experience our birthright of embodying the intelligence that has created all of life, and to feel its force moving through us?

In this workshop Martin and Kirstie aim to take participants into this field through the celebration of movement practices that they have developed over the past thirty-five years of teaching dance improvisation.

We will develop the sensitivity to care for, engage, respect and respond to our own and our partners bodies as we move through practices that are powerful and potentially transformative. The work will include facilitated exercises, open time for play and exploration, movement and vocal scores, listening, observations, meditation and discussion. Much of the work will be experienced through partnering and connection with others, balanced with solo moving and sounding. There will be time to process our individual experiences and to understand connections to a creative and liberating way of being together.

K & P BA 11

*Cover photos: Sol Schiller

Kirstie Simson (UK) has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Called “a force of nature” by the New York Times, she is an award-winning dancer and teacher who has “immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance” according to Time Out Magazine, London. Kirstie is renowned today as an excellent teacher, a captivating performer and a leading light in the field of Dance Improvisation. She is a professor at the University of Illinois, and continues to teach and perform all over the world. draws from her knowledge of contact improvisation, dance techniques, the Alexander technique, aikido, meditation and dedicated spiritual inquiry, and her extensive experience of improvisation in performance. She has worked tirelessly over the course of three decades to share with people the joy of exploring the bodys’primal urge to move. She feels passionately that liberating our often unquestioned and fearful relationship with our physical intelligence will be an important aspect in the creation of new culture.

Martin Piliponsky (Argentina) is an architect and urban planner, a dancer and teacher of improvisation. His passion for movement began with Hebrew folk dances and athletic sport training, which shaped his character and spirit. For the past several years his passion for architecture is reflected in his guidance as a teacher and curator of spaces both traditional and non-traditional for the practice and performance of dance and improvisation . Blending his background and passion for architectures and dance, Martin teaches about the possibilities of how the spaces in which we live can transform dance and life itself. Sustained by a practice of deep listening to oneself and the environment that contains us, he travels widely sharing his artistry through teaching and performing.

Both Martin and Kirstie see their art forms as a life practice, and they will share insights gleaned from their collective experience of living dance improvisation.

The number of participants is limited.

Registration and information contact:

When applying for the workshop, we kindly ask you to introduce yourself with a short biography and/or motivation letter.


2.250,00 kunas/ 300  euros

1.500,00/ 200 euros (for participants coming from low economy countries)   

early bird (until 20th May) – 30% discount :

1575 kunas/ 210 euros

1050 kunas / 140 euros


1. Community center in Banjole


2. Camping

3. Private accomodation

We are happy to invite you to the performance by Kirstie Simson and Martin Piliponsky on the 13th July in Kamenjak!