Anjelika Doniy (RUS)



“The poetry of the movement”
About dance and the things in it that are visible and invisible
Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, and Instant Composition.
The SPACE is my body, environment, my imagination, illusions and one split second of present moment.
The dance exist in the space.
The partners are gift, what comes from the space and it is environment too.
I share the time, space, movement, word with my partner.
I share timeless, infinity, stillness, silence with my self.
This tho worlds coexist and create already composition. 
But without witnesser this will be not recognized and appreciate.
Vision is our way of seeing things. We will experiment with vision and stretch our ability to see from safety to aesthetic pleasure.
We will also look at what happens if eyesight is not our only way of looking and seeing. We will learn to trust this knowledge with our eyes open and closed.
We’ll research the questions:
What is visible, predictable, teachable?
What is hidden, unpredictable and unteachable?
Can we see a jam as an art work in progress?
How does a witness influence a dancer? And how does a dancer influence a witness?
We will practice CI and its relationship with the composition of space, time and place.
We will discipline the capacity to stay focused in the chaos and spontaneous in the clear boundaries of the form.
We are interested in seeing dance from the point of view of time, quantity, space, dimensions, pressure, gravity, temperature.
Like baking a cake.
Or calculating the weather.
Or telling fortune in the coffee grounds.
We will always start with ourselves and return to ourselves through dance, awareness, attention, silence.
Anjelika Doniy (RU)
I have studied to be a choreographer, I´ve been taught various skills of training and means of teaching the body of another person. In my “archive” there are many stage pieces from folk dance to ballet miniatures. My work in the Theatre has been the tastiest. The actors, direction and dramaturgy broadened my mind and my image of the dance art form. I began to see how the art of charming the audience is created.
Since I´ve met contact improvisation and the first CI teachers, I practice the art of de-educating the body of another person and disentangling the illusions about movement and dance.
I think that the human being is already perfect the way it is created, and I believe in nature and it´s laws. I dance, investigate and live in accordance with this vision.
I´m prompted in life by the ability to fall in love unconditionally and undoubtedly with people, movement, mountains, journey, ideas. This ability has helped me to learn everything that forms me right now. This is what teaches the others.
CI is the only dance that helps me leave the limits of personality and transform my consciousness. In this sense I´m the student, not the teacher. The better I learn, the more chances have the others to learn something near by me.
My special interest in contact improvisation is clarity. Clarity towards the practice. Honesty towards how do I move my weight in the space of Gravity. Attention towards clearing the dance from the personal. Letting things happen as they do.
I´m grateful for meeting such teachers as Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Danny Lepkoff, Benno Voorham, Lisa Nelson, Esther Gal, Alexandr Girshon, Yaniv Mintzer, Yorg Hassman, Martin Keo and many others.
Leonardo Lambruschini (IT)
Actor, dancer and performer.
My journey in the performing arts started with the theatre, dance came afterwards. But then, when I encountered the Contact Improvisation, it was magic at ‘first sight’. Acting, playing and dancing were finally melting together as a whole. I dance as a student, as a teacher and as a performer with an unquenchable “thirst” for exploration and… for the ‘wonder’ on what happens in that ‘middle-land’ that is created in the process of receiving and returning, of uttering and listening to. I love the creative process that leads people to formulate plans and actions that promote the movement as a form of artistic and personal evolution and social expression.
Contact, confidence, movement and reliance are the central focus around which the teaching and the practice are developed, both for adults and children. Above all the reliance on the present moment as a fruitful and complete source of inspiration and meaning.
I’m appealed by the places and contexts where several art forms meet, communicate and create something new, transcending languages and differences.
I am also the co-founder and Art Director of Spazio Seme (, an international cultural Arts Center in Arezzo (Tuscany) . There, we create opportunities for research, organize and manage festivals, intensive workshops, performances, artistic productions and residencies. In particular I develop and lead classes for children (ContaKids, PlayContact) and I teach Contact Improvisation for adults and students at Art Schools and Universities.
I am one of the organizers of the ItalyContactFest –– an international festival of Contact Improvisation.
I am grateful to have met artists and masters like Angelika Donij, Nita Little, Leilani Weiss, Esther Gal, Claudia Schnürer, Itay Yatuv , Steve Batts, Martin Keo and many others.