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International Contact Improvisation Festival
En Provence - Spring 2024

20-26 April 2024 - Rustrel - 9th Edition

Contact Improvisation, Contemporary Dance (Flying Low), Workshops, Jams, Underscore, Live music, Nature.

9th edition of the Festival of Contact Improvisation in the French Province, in Rustrel, one of the most beautiful villages in France, located north of Apt and at the foot of the Monts de Vaucluse. A unique opportunity of immersion for 7 days, for 35 participants, to experience an exploration of dance and movement with quality workshops, jams, live music and many other proposals to share.

To whom we address:

The event is open to all those who wish to share, learn or get a deeper experience in Contact Improvisation Dance. Space open to all levels, beginners and advanced and professional dancers.Days and hours:


From Saturday April 20th afternoon to Friday 26 April in the afternoon.

Places available:

Limited to 35 and will be accepted in order of registration.


Rustrel (Provence). Professional dance space with a high quality wooden dance floor.



Vegan meals concocted from fresh, quality produce and supplied via short distribution channels wherever possible. Cristina Moncunill will be our cook.  Her culinary skills are simply extraordinary. She says: Vegan cooking, rather than limiting me, has opened up a culinary panorama that has enriched my dishes, not only visually but also nutritionally. In 2021, as head of the Casa Albets kitchen, we were awarded the Michelin Green Star and the Bib Gourmand. My motto is: "simple, local, tasty and healthy". Enjoy your meal!


This festival was born from an initiative between a brother and a sister and their passion for dance. Mercè Nebot, who has lived in French Provence for 20 years, and Pep Nebot, who lives in Barcelona, have joined forces to create this space for sharing dance, creation and beauty.
At each edition, people of different nationalities have gathered for the Festival, in particular from France and Spain, but each year other nationalities join us, which is very enriching and allows the establishment of a cultural bridge around art, dance and creativity.

In this festival we want to prioritize some approaches:
• Quality pedagogy in Contact Improvisation dance to promote better body awareness;

• Welcoming a small group that will live together for a week an intimate and profound human adventure. We want to generate a sense of belonging to the group and a sense of community, by creating an inclusive, generous and supportive environment;

• Contact with nature, surround yourself with aesthetic beauty and charismatic villages of the deep Provence;

• The cultural exchange between participants, locals and international visitors; We have already experienced on many occasions that, when people with different cultures and life experiences get together, we all grow in a spiral of creativity and self-knowledge;

• Live Contact Improvisation in its essence, with its living principles present at all times: self-respect and respect for the other, sense of group, security and creativity, movement in gravity, contact, attention and self-knowledge, among others.



Below there is a more detailed description of the participants and their workshop proposals. Here there is a short synthesis:

Les Intervenants

Leilani Weiss
Jérôme D'Orso

Jérôme d’Orso uttering movement, wire-frame artist, dancer. A graduate in biology and psychology, Jérôme apprenticed in the performing arts and became an actor-acrobat, high wire artist, dancer and choreographer. The art he practices is essentially based on three approaches to movement: acrobatic theater, the Axis Syllabus, and traditional Martial Arts. These three lessons complement each other or come together in the interpretation, in the transmission, or in the support of artistic projects. He is co-creator of the company Les Art’s Felus and dances for various companies. He is now a certified Axis Syllabus teacher, and an active member of the Axis Syllabus International Research Meshwork.

Les Intervenants

Leilani Weiss
Mercè Nebot
Barcelone - Avignon - France

Passionate dancer and instructor of Wutao and free dance. With her own creation ORGANIK DANCE, she will offer us a workshop to reconnect with her interiority, her rhythm, her creativity and embark on a sensitive, jubilant and revitalizing dance journey.

Les Intervenants

Leilani Weiss
Pep Nebot

Contact Impro dancer for 15 years, he has participated in workshops with Nancy Stark and in more than 20 international Contact festivals. He also professionally practices contemporary and acrobatic dance.

Les Intervenants

Leilani Weiss
Svitlana Pashko

Professional dancer, performer, choreographer, dance teacher, organizer of festivals and workshops on CI and everything around CI. Certified massage therapist of Chiand Mai school (Thailand). She is dancing more than 30 years. Last 18 years she has been living in exploaring Contact Improvisation and always looking into other body-oriented practices.

Les Intervenants

Leilani Weiss
Sébasien Prats

Vocal practice and Jam music. A self-taught author, composer and performer for over 20 years, Sébastien Prats offers an artistic originality that transcends borders. Close to nature and its energies, he draws his inspiration, his poetry and his ability to create magnetic, bewitching and singular sound spaces.

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Structure of the intensives

Lucia Sanchez



Dive in the river of sensations

These sessions will be an invitation to slow down, connect with ourselves, and use our attention as a lens to amplify physical sensations.

We will embark on a journey into the unknown, in which Gravity and Touch will be the “food” of our movement.

Personally, I love to dance from this place where I am often surprised by what happens, where my animal awakens and displays its own voice, where I perceive the world as a more vibrant and alive place.



Body Celebration.

In this workshop we will take elements of the Flying Low contemporary dance technique influenced by my CI practice, somatic techniques and improvisation.

We will practice the “solo” movement; entry and exit from the ground through simple movement patterns that involve locomotion through spirals, connecting the center with the extremities or finding the most efficient paths using free fall, from a state of attention and alert.

Another focus of the workshop will be the group. The group as an organism, as an entity in itself.
From our particularity, we will play at dissolving into the collective, forming part of a living organism larger than ourselves.
This work will give us tools to nourish spaces that are often sparsely inhabited during a CI jam: our “solo” dance and group improvisation. We will strengthen our telescopic attention; from the micro to the macro, from the inside to the outside. And perhaps we will manage to enrich our collective improvisations, providing more variety of landscapes in addition to the delicious CI duets that usually reign in the jams.

Video of a Flying Low class with Lucía Sánchez:

Carmen Alcade


Open the field of possibilities

The body is an envelope: it then serves to contain what must then be unpacked. The unfolding is endless. The finite body contains infinity.
Jean-Luc Nancy
We will take the time to welcome the body through breathing, movement and voice and we will gradually encounter others and space, configuring a living organism whose interactions between the parts affect the whole and configure it.
Guided by curiosity, play and some basic principles of IC, we will cultivate relational freedom, in order to open the field of possibilities in our dance. We will improvise by connecting to the creativity offered by states of presence and uncertainty, to escape from pre-established patterns and roles.
The intention is to create a safe space where you can savor dance and incorporate horizontal forms of relating, knowing we are unique and belonging.

Cuisine de Silvia Sampon


Cristina Moncunill embodies vegetarian gastronomy with passion and excellence. Her dishes, based on quality local produce, tell unique culinary stories. In 2021, at Casa Albets, she was awarded the Michelin Green Star and the Bib Gourmand, in recognition of her commitment to environmentally-friendly and accessible cuisine.

Each dish she creates is an invitation to a sensory journey where flavours blend harmoniously, reflecting her human and sustainable vision of gastronomy.



Rustrel is a village located north of Apt and at the foot of the Monts de Vaucluse. Its open-air ocher quarries, fully exploited in the past, have made it rich and continue through tourism with those of the "Colorado Provençal". Its dirt trails allow you to discover eroded cliffs with more than 20 shades of ochre2, hoodoos, etc. They date from the Cretaceous and are composed mainly of ochreous sands, white sands and ferruginous cuirasses.

The privileged environment: The Provençal Colorado extends over more than 30 hectares, in the Luberon massif, about 10 km from Apt1. Marked trails run through former ocher quarries with more than 20 shades of ochre. The site includes the "Cirque de Barriès", the "Cirque de Bouvène", settling basins, fairy chimneys (dangerous area prohibited by municipal decree), the "Sahara", the bed of the Dôa (small local river) . The GR 6 long-distance footpath crosses the site. The colors of the ochres of the Provençal Colorado contrast with the shades of green of the vegetation and the white of the surrounding limestone massifs.

To get to Rustrel: From Avignon:

Bus Line 915 Avignon-Apt

Then Bus Line 916 Apt-Sault --- Get off at Rustrel.


XII century Château de Rustrel located in the center of the village

This XII century castle has recently been restored and we continue to add a new touch to it every year. Nevertheless, it is a princely stopover that is offered to you with dinners in the amphitheater at the foot of the castle on sunny days, rooms for 2 and dormitories with 3, 4 and 6 beds and a large common room in ground floor. As it is in the center of the village, it is also an opportunity to take a short tour of the oil mill or simply listen to your footsteps echo in the cobbled streets.


Price WITH accommodation in Rustrel castle (ony 30 beds):

  • Early Bird until March 10, 2024: €490

  • After March 10, 2024: €530

Price WITHOUT accommodation in Rustrel castle:

  • Early Bird until March 10, 2024: €410

  • After March 10, 2024: €450

To reserve the place, you must pay the deposit of €100, and the rest can be transferred or paid in cash at the event.

What is included in the price:

  • Accommodation in Rustrel Castle in shared rooms. People will be distributed as they register. (for those who pay the price with accommodation).

  • All lunches and dinners, with organic vegetarian cuisine.

  • Use of the common spaces of the castle, dining room, bathrooms, terraces, etc.

  • All workshops and jams.

  • Liability insurance.


What is not included in the price:

  • Breakfasts (the dining room of the Castle will be available to all participants). However, coffee and tea will always be available to everyone. A refrigerator will also be made available to all participants.



To reserve your place you must register in the registration form and pay the deposit of €100 to confirm your reservation, and the rest can be transferred before the event or paid in cash on the first day of the event.

The transfer of the deposit can be made to a Spanish or French bank, or by Paypal:

• Spanish bank: IBAN: ES47 0081 0900 8000 0334 3240SWIFT: BSABESBBXXX (Owner: José Nebot Muns)

• French bank: IBAN : FR76 1390 6001 4200 1891 0602 595 / BIC : AGRIFRPP839 / Association Corps Raccords

• Paypal: If you choose to pay pay Paypal, there is an applyed commission that can vary from 5 euros (Euro zone) to 20 euros (Israel or Australlia for instance). Due the this high quantities, we will ask you to pay us back this commission in cash in the festival. Thanks for understanding.

When making the transfer, write in the concept "your name and surname + Festival Provence". For international transfers, make sure that the amount being sent is free of bank commissions.

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CANCELLATION POLICY: If the workshop is canceled for a reason attributable to the organization or beyond its control, the organization has the obligation to refund the total amount paid by the participant. If the participant cancels, we regret that we cannot make any refunds, due to all the administrative work and in order to ensure the sustainability of the event. Make sure you have the dates available.

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