Whats New for the 2017 event.
We have a new site plan and venue in 2017, and have something special lined up for the dance space.
1. Woodland Cathedral – an nature space in which to move, to dance, to breath. Insatiable rhythms and inspired sounds to influence this journey.
2. Dedicated Dance and Movement Space with tutored and guided sessions, live music collaborative ‘Jams’ with live artists.
3. In some of our dance workshop sessions we inviting you into ‘Integrated Finales‘ where our workshops come together for a collaborative, unplanned, spontaneous and innovative dance experience.
3 workshops & A Collaborative Dance Jam
“To move from a place of authenticity”
“To move from a place of authenticity”.
“To move from a place of authenticity”
“Wild Grace in the Woods- 5 Rhythms and dancing delight
We will use silent disco headsets to take part in a 5 Rhythms classes out in the delicious deep green woods on site- letting us find the freedom of dancing together in areas of outstanding beauty- with no noise pollution to the surrounding environment. The 5 Rhythms is a dynamic movement practice that ignites creativity, connection, and community. Classes are taught by accredited 5 Rhythms facilitator Tess Howell. There are no steps to learn, nothing to get right, just being with our own body as we move to the music. No dance experience is necessary. Please note places are limited to 22 participants per session due to headset numbers.
Ecstatic Dance / Somatic FlowWill Softmore with Rowan Sterk
Earth Dances ~ Light your inner fire!With Denise Rowe and Omer Makessa TBC
Denise Rowe is passionate about the power of dance and movement to unlock the potency of who we really are.
Denise is a dance and movement artist and facilitator with over 15 years experience in creating and holding spaces for powerful transformation. Her work emerges from a creative movement practice and an intimacy with body, landscape, spirit and rhythm. Denise is associate lecturer in dance at University of Plymouth and director of ‘Earth Dances’, running a programme of workshops, classes, retreats, camps and ongoing groups in the UK and Zimbabwe. Denise also works as a solo artist on various cross-genre performance collaborations including the She Who Walks project and with the band Ombiviolum.
Denise has trained in African dance in Zimbabwe, Senegal, Ghana, Gambia, Cameroon and the UK. She has completed 3 years training in non-stylised & environmental movement with Helen Poynor, and has 2 years contemporary dance training. Denise is also a student of Shiatsu, Aikido and women’s shamanism with The Sacred Trust.
In 2012 Denise was awarded an ADAD Trailblazers Champions bursary in recognition of her work in the field of Dance of the African Diaspora.
“There is a teacher present in all things She is with you at every moment
Eternal, patient, forged from forgiveness and love
She speaks a language your being understands
Expressing herself in life’s many forms
Listen… She breathes”
Contact Improvisation ~ with Richard Parker
Exploring fundamental movements and somatic principles within Contact Improvisation. Each session progresses through a series of facilitated solo, partner and group exercises that enable participants to learn and deepen their experience of Contact Improvisation. Includes warming up, body awareness practices, improvisation scores and experiential learning of fundamental structures, techniques and pathways.
Contact improvisation (CI) is a dance practice in which points of physical contact combined with a sharing of weight between two or more people provide the starting point for an exploration in movement improvisation.
Richard Parker has been dancing Contact Improvisation since 2006, he has extensively explored this form with many inspiring teachers from around the world and has been teaching for over 5 years. His focus is on developing a practice of movement that works with the forces of nature that act through the body, rather than against them, bringing both energy and listening into the dance. Using a grounded and relaxed approach he enjoys sharing his understanding of the principle movements within CI as a way into finding a deep and real connection within ourselves.
This year at Colourfest there will be lots of opportunity to enjoy the sensual dynamics of Contact Improvisation through workshops, collaborative jams and late night jamming.
Indian Man – Urban Bhangra
Indian Man is the Prince of Urban Bhangra blending his inspirations from the east and west, driving all crowds to go Bhangra dance crazy.
Rejected by his family in the Punjab for his immense passion for jazz and hip hop (also fleeing from an arranged marriage and forced traditions), he is on a mission to share his Urban Bhangra grooves with the masses.
He spins anything from Bhangra classics to garage filled grooves combined with his mother-tongue twisting lyrics. His bass-filled jams and hip hop drops will make it irresistible for you to join him on this dancedelic journey from the Punjab to the UK.
DANCES OF UNIVERSAL PEACE led by Emma Relph with devotional guitarist Rashid Sunny Winter TBC
These Dances of Universal Peace emerged out the late sixties in San Francisico when an extraordinary mystic holy man known as Sufi Sam, a Jewish man who studied Kabbalah and was a teacher of both Zen and Sufism received his vision of people all over the world, from all different faiths and religious backgrounds , dancing together in circles, sharing joyfyully in the spirit and essence of the Divine which lies at the heart of every tradition. We will share dances honouring, Amida Buddha, Jesus, Mary, Tara, Krishna, Shiva etc.
Flamenco dancer and choreographer, Ester Tal spent 14 years in Spain, studying and working towards her passion for flamenco dance. Her perspective on flamenco is greatly influenced by the gypsy culture of Andalusia, having spent 7 years living among the flamenco community in Jerez.
Now based in the UK and with over 20 years teaching experience, Ester runs her own flamenco academy, as well as choreographing and dancing for her own company, Mi Flamenco, which she runs alongside partner and guitarist, Uri Tal.
Ester believes in the power of dance, for mental and physical well-being, but also believes flamenco goes beyond the ordinary benefits of dance. Deep-rooted in gypsy culture – its hardship, joy, persecution, and family celebrations – flamenco is a vehicle for life expression. Recent work with vulnerable members of the community, evidences how flamenco – its pulsating rhythms, earthy movement, and strong, expressive language – can be a great life-enhancing tool, raising self-esteem, boosting energy and enabling the individual to flourish.
Classes are based on flamenco technique, movement and culture, giving the individual the flamenco language needed to express themselves in a choreographic narrative.
The Lord of Celebration DJ
I am the Lord of Celebration and I bring you sunshine and sublime sounds from across Brazil, Africa and Europe.
I weave musical genres of samba, rap, rhumba and ghetto-funk to get your feet and soul moving across the floor.
I have played at numerous festivals for the Osho Leela community in Dorset and regularly lead conscious dance events for the ‘Everything is Connected’ community in Somerset.
Come and join me in a soulful place as we celebrate life.
Ecstatic Dance Church – By Dj Pixi Pete
For so many Dancing is worship and the Dance floor is their church. So I bring you Dance church!
Dance Church is a place to come and celebrate life and movement!
Immerse yourself in the music and get out of the mind and into your body, waking up every cell and muscle and bringing your whole and powerful self into manifestion on the Dance floor.
At Dance church there is only one rule! No talking on the Dance floor, this place is for dancing only!
Dance Church is an invitation to a musical journey to awaken your body, letting the music and your own inner intuition guide. Here you become your own guru and flow into free expression and movement into whatever form that is for you. It is a place to fully connect with your self and to the life energy that is alive inside and around everyone of us, and to fully let go into trust in ourselves. Dance Church is also about community and there is always the invitation to interact with others as much or as little as you feel. It is a minimally guided space as the intention here is to find your own path, at the begining there will be a short introduction and explanation of the theme and always finishing in a closing circle.
I will play an eclectic range of music, with an emphasis on electronic Dance music of various genres, carefully chosen to guide the journey, starting very softly and gradually building into a full power dance and finishing with a gentle soft landing.
Sound Cloud https://soundcloud.com/peterpumpkineater/tracks
Mix Cloud https://www.mixcloud.com/PixiPete/
Leela Wendy Fisk
Apprenticed & certified to teach the work of Arjuna Vinn Martí – US performer, choreographer & founder of Soul Motion® conscious dance practice. She then first taught conscious dance regularly on the movement schedule at the pioneering Esalen Institute in California, in 2010. Leading to that time she had earlier created a solo travel guide while being a primary classroom teacher and a physical training & aerobics (!) coach, teaching since 2002 in diverse environments around the world.
In 2012 she landed and grounded in Totnes, and leads Soul Motion Fridays and is part of the Monday night Totnes Dance Collective. She has continued with Soul Motion school to become a mentor for leader & teacher programme apprentices.
She delights in finding the creative improvisational edge of somatic movement and her ongoing movement improvisation studies include in-depth explorations with Anna Halprin & her associates Helen Poyor and Gary Hoffman Soto.
Alongside, Leela still shapes stories and maths puzzles with children as a home school tutor, and practises being a partner to Adam and a mum to Framboise.
Mundo Gira are a world music fusion band, with 6 instrumentalists from different cultural and spiritual backgrounds. The group inspires their audiences to enjoy ecstatic dance, as they combine ancient chants, Latin rhythms and middle eastern melodies with blues, Afrobeat, reggae and jazz. The percussion section, made up of congas, timbales, darbuka, Cajon and bongos, brings the vibe of tribal festivity, adding to a rich ensemble of playful guitars, saxophone and vocal harmonies. You can find the band at intercultural events, community projects and festivals. For more information, tracks and videos, visit:
Dancing With The Invisible
Allowing our dance to be supported by something deeper.
‘Meeting the conversation in and as our bodies,
Unravelling occurs, spontaneity ensues, we are available to this moment and the next.’
Our interest is in exploring the fabric of our dance. How can we rest in our own natural movement and the conversation we create with another to allow a spontaneous dance improvisation to unfold.
In exploring physical connections, working with body images and experiential anatomy we inhabit a feeling presence of ourselves. Working with developmental movement patterns allows our bodies to find their natural organic intelligence and from here spontaneous dances emerge. Different movement potential and unlimited flavours become available; tender, gentle, spacious, fiery, alive, animal.
When we commit to our own improvisation, moment to moment a bigger group conversation unfolds; this group field, supports, nourishes and guides the unfolding space.
Together we will develop skills in:
- Awakening our senses and reflexes to be able to respond tospace and each moment.
- Developing a felt sense and our ability to listen and respond too ourselves, our partner and the dance around us.
- Softening into and moving with the floor.
- Dancing into and out of contact.
- Exploring touch.
- Developing and sensing fluid alignment.
- Listening to and actioning our impulses.
This is a dance exploration & all experience levels welcome, the more diverse we are the richer the fabric we create together.
For more information about Embodied Presence check out our website: www.embodiedpresence.co.uk.
Workshop 1 – Sensing and the Instinctual
We are gifted with this amazing perceptual and sensing organism we call the human body. This is a dance journey of embodiment through discovering our instinctual nature; a chance to experience our senses in a very primary way & allowing the perceptual to inspire our dance and expression.
This is a dance exploration for all experience levels, the more diverse we are the richer the fabric we create together.
Workshop duration: About 1.5 hours
Workshop 2 – Awakening the Serpent.
At the heart of our dance, is our moving spine. Our spines are a marvel of 20 million years of evolution. In our spine live fish, whales and dinosaurs. This workshop is about awakening movements and dances that have laid dormant for much of our lives. With new movement comes new energy and the ability to receive your dance right now, fresh, alive, spontaneous. By working in this way we allow our bodies to find their own natural organic intelligence and from here an awake dance emerges.
This class will touch in with core practical skills of dance improvisation and exploring movement through experimental anatomy. You are welcome whether you are brand new to dancing or a seasoned veteran with many years of movement under your belt.
Workshop duration: About 2 hours
Workshop 3 – Making Connections
This is a dance journey into space and community. It is about including everything around us as inspiration and support for our unique expression. When we commit to our own dance, moment to moment a much bigger group conversation unfolds; this group field, supports, nourishes and guides the unfolding space. We start to not only become the dance, but this dance touches everything around us. We move as presence, appreciation and our own aliveness.
Workshop duration: About 2 hours
I love dance, to move, to be still, to breath. To drop my weight and touch the earth. This is all important to me. I have been learning and exploring dance improvisation for more than 20 years. I now know that so much can be achieved if we give ourselves the space and time to listen. Our bodies are highly intelligent, we just need to learn to be danced and moved from the inside out. I have been teaching contact improvisation since 2003 and Somatic Yoga from 2010. I have a deep love of how the body moves and the genius of how our bodies are put together. I have done all of this as a consequences of living with a disabling eye condition.
I work with movement and dance as an enquiry into the present moment. Fascinated by dance as a metaphor for life I have used Contact Improvisation, somatic movement, non-stylised movement and self enquiry as a vehicle to explore the dance floor life, with freshness moment to moment. I have been exploring movement for more than 10 years. When I first discovered dance it led me to places I had buried, contorted places I pushed away not wanting to feel or face. It is an ongoing journey discovering just how far away from myself I have lived. Every dance, every movement session is an invitation to myself to find and meet a little more of myself. To bring more of me to taste more of the world. To breath more fully and to move from the inside and meet the world with interest and curiosity. This is my invitation to you.
Arc improvised movement workshops
We all have the innate potential to discover new creative and collaborative ways of being. Our habits can serve this unfolding or inhibit it, at times we need to stabilise and center ourselves, at other times we need to leap into the unknown. This movement work is not about what it looks like to others, but about its authenticity and capacity to nourish ourselves and our ability to relate ‘whole heartedly’, while deepening our spontaneous connection with the qualities of play and imagination.
Arc is inspired by the work of many movers and therapists including Adler, Jung, Natalie and Carol Rogers, Gabriel Roth, Anna Halprin and Arnold Mindell. This is your invitation to continually grow into more freedom and connectedness in daily life.
sometimes without music
contacting the human-animal body
inspired by Authentic Movement
from body work into movement
fostering connection with others and the environment
in contact with the earth and others
inspired by Contact Improvisation and Transformational body work
developing and following what’s new and unfolding
playful and spontaneous
stretching the edges of what’s known
facilitating multi-media artistic enquiry
inspired by performance, poetry and visual art making
DANCEmandala (Ecstatic Dance Meditation)
‘The only time I don’t think…. is when I dance’
DANCEmandala is a free form of ecstatic dance, a simple yet powerful transformational movement practice designed to release the dancer within. It helps us dive deep into our core being to connect with our higher self and to source. It’s a spiritual practice, simple yet has the capacity to catalyse deep healing. It not only teaches us to listen to, trust and follow the wisdom of the body but keeps us fit and healthy and helps cultivate inner and outer awareness, flow and freedom.
This divine practice created by my teacher Areeradh K.Tri-siddha Thailand is based on Yoga principles the Panchakoshas – the ‘5 bodies’ or discernible ‘aspects’ of us humans, arranged successively from the grosser to the increasingly more subtle (physical, vital, mental, wisdom, bliss). With a little guidance and music to help you move, you will be taken gracefully through eleven layers of the body pathway leading to complete stillness.
So, join Shaku on this beautiful inward journey and see what dance is for you. Let your body move unrestricted and authentically to the sound of some carefully selected great music where you find yourself at your most fluid and creative. It is an incredibly liberating experience in every way. No special skills needed, just a willingness and courage to step onto the dance space and dance with all your heart, body and soul.
More info: DANCEmandala.com
FB page: DANCEmandalaUK(DMCF)
Shakunthala (Shaku) Burrell originally from South India is based in London. A certified DANCEmandala facilitator she also works in the Corporate world, is a Complementary Therapist, a Laughter Yoga teacher and loves singing Kirtans. She is very passionate about all her practices but dance tops the list and it’s something she has carried with her since a very young age. Shaku has been running weekly dance in London for the past 3 years and facilitates at various events, festivals and retreats abroad. She says she is no Guru but her main aim is to get everyone young and old dancing with her. She believes in keeping this practice simple without the need to confuse with deep spiritual jargon but allow them to find their own path in their own way at their own pace through dance. Don’t miss it!