Radical Contact Summer 2017: Cancelled!




Contact dance gathering for moversand activists



Susēja, Latvia


Our bodies and minds tend to form habits. Moving habits, thinking habits. Of seeing oneself, of touching another. Sometimes, the habits that I find myself caught up in are not the happiest or easiest. How did I end up in this space? How did set patterns of social conditioning and power come to constrict our society, imprisoning some of us in boxes - of gender, race, class, age, ableness, or sexual orientation? Boxes serving to categorize, manipulate and divide us?

The worldwide rise of ideas and leaders promoting intolerance, exclusionand the creation of an enemy has made us wary. Our current space of freedom – a space for a dance – could bemore constrained than we think.

We are reaching out to invite you for a week of moving and thinking experiments, tailored to open up new spaces within. We believe the change we want to see in our world can only start with our own bodies and minds. When we teach our body how to think. When we teach our mind how to dance.



We invite all dancers and movers interested in politics, and all political activists interested in movement, dance or body work. All levels of experience,all ages, sizes, genders, colours and nationalities are welcome.We explicitly invite families to join. We aim to facilitate community-based creativity for children and their caregivers.



We want to spend a week of moving and thinking experiments, tailored towards exploring the boxes we live in and discovering different ways our bodies and minds can move, think and touch.

Radical Contact is a non-hierarchical and non-commercial shared space. There are no paid teachers or masters. A few of us volunteer to organize the infrastructure and set the direction for the gathering, but it works as an experimental, open source lab cluster. HoWever, each day we aim to hold one movement exploration class, one CI dance jam, and one sharing circle.

If you are a dancer, social worker, gender educator, therapist, teacher, artist, storyteller, and have an interest in alternative lifestyles, community processes, or work with children, we invite your lab proposals. This is a space to test your boldest ideas – to help us move out of the box.



RC aims to build a community for dancers and thinkers who feel there is body-based exclusion. Based on radical left thinking and activism on the one hand, and the contact dance technique on the other, it attempts to build a safe space, which is conscious and critical of societal norms. Starting in 2012, we have already met for 8 times in different parts of the world. Find out more on www.radicalcontact.org.

The field in which we operate is "body politics". We believe that every social and political action manifests into peoples' bodies, so it's from the knowledge and understanding of how we move and relate to others and our environments that we can expand our awareness and bring about societal change.



CI is a form of improvised dancing established in the US in 1972. It is an open-ended exploration of the possibilities of bodies moving through contact. Sometimes wild and athletic, sometimes quiet and meditative, we believe it is a powerful tool for integrating mind and body and reflecting on how we relate. CI is accessible to all kinds of bodies, and we believe it helps us learn to open our minds and ultimately make our societies more sensitive, fair and inclusive.

The gathering will
take place in the beautiful Latvian countryside, at the “Susēja” guest house (www.suseja.lv), which is home to one of Europe’s most special micro-scale musical festivals - “SanSuSi”. The accomodation will be in shared rooms, with sleeping spaces both in beds and on the floor. There is a lake for swimming approx.2 km from our location.Please get in touch in advance if you have special body needs. We aim to make the gathering accessible to everyone.


We will share 3
delicious vegan meals a day, prepared mostly from regional and biologically grown products. Please notify us of any special dietary needs.


The common language of this event is English. Each year participants volunteer to help translate so that the event is accessible to those not fluent in English.



As this is a non-commercial and volunteer work based event, we are committed to keep the fee at a minimum. However there are some costs to cover - rent of the space, food (3 vegan meals a day), some logistics. We ask you to volunteer to pay between €200 and €280 EUR, depending on your financial situation. Please pay as much as you possibly can, so that the cost does not prevent anyone from taking part. At the same time, money should also not be an obstacle for you. If you feel this is really something you want to be part of, talk to us, we'll try to find a solution. We also stress that everyone comes as a participant and helps make the gathering happen by contributing either financially or content-wise - by giving classes, moderating labs or volunteering in other ways.


Please send
an email to ophiuchus@riseup.net by 15 June2017, briefly introducing yourself, telling us what could you contribute and what would you like learn during the MOVING OUT OF THE BOX.

We can accomodate up to 35 participants at most, so your application will help us put together a community keen to share, learn, think, dance and play. After receiving a confirmation from us, to secure your place, 50% of the contribution has to be paid by 1st July.