Willemijn de Dreu – 5 Rhythms / Open Floor
I love the dance of life. I love the changing seasons, the cycles of growth, flowering, letting go and death. The vulnerability of our existence touches me and dancing supports me every day to move with the waves of that vulnerability. Often I am in total awe of what I see on the dance floor. It’s breathtaking when people find their aliveness and wild beauty through dance and beat and sweat. I love my work. I love the traveling that it brings, the connection with dancers all over the world. I love bodies in movement. I love being alive and in change.
Arjan Bouw – 5 Rhythms / Open Floor
Dancer, musician, actor… For me it’s a beautiful combination, always on search for the expression of inner movement. Dancing helps me to follow the movement of my life. I don’t have to change; I can follow the changes. I love rhythm, rhythm of music, of the sun and the earth; I can take refuge in the beat. When guiding the dance, I use a lot of life music, sometimes working with different musicians. My down to earth humanness creates a save space in which life-force can find its way to move through on the dance floor. Meet you in the beat.
Vanesa Peña – Contact Improvisation
I´m a dancer, choreographer and performer, trained in contemporary and classical dance. Attracted by shamanism and the Eastern philosophies I started a process of self-knowledge that allowed me to find and connect with the desire of people to be more sensitive in their bodies, emotions and consciousness. Through the investigation of CI and together with a solid team of dancers and therapists, I developed a series of cycles called Integrative Contact, and I’m going to share an adaptation of this work in the festival.
Yamuna Devi – Yoga & Bodywork
My mother taught me the beauty of yoga from a young age, she encouraged me to explore my potential in creative arts. I started with kung fu, and went on to explore various styles of dance like contemporary, jazz, hip hop, ballet and capoeira. With a degree in dance I traveled to India and I trained in Indian martial arts, Kalari and traditional Indian dance and I continued to become a Certified Hatha Yoga and Acroyoga teacher, and since then i have toured Internationally sharing workshops and classes in communities across the world. Yoga is my life and its a true blessing to share its beauty with the world.
Océano Salvatore – Wataflow
At the age of two by the shore of a beach I was taken by a huge wave, and a swimmer saved my life, and I had no memories left but with a great respect for the Big sea. I spent most of my life traveling, searching and trying out all kinds of water sports, dances and healing techniques. In Mexico on a solitary beach I found two teachers that shared with me the secret of Ocean, the waves, the massage, the dance and meditation in water, or better said, in the Pacific Ocean. Since then I´ve been learning and exploring Janzu, Aguahara, Watsu, Liquid flow, Healing dance and Aquafloat, among others. In 2014 in Ibiza I started what I call a water evolution with Wataflow, a combination of stretching, dance, massage and dynamic meditation in water.Each session and workshop is unique like we are, and is an invitation to surrender, trust and to go deep, back to the source of life.
Elena Teixidor – Sound Meditation / Singing circles
“The connection between the body and all that surrounds us has always interested me, especially the senses, which create an universal bridge. The focus of my work is melting elements of the body (yoga and breathing), of sound (hang drum, cristal singing bowls, shamanic drum, voice…) and the 7 chakras Rainbow Aromatherapy. We are vibrational beings in a material body, and certain sounds and resonance vibrations can return the lost harmony back to our bodies. I will be sharing the space of Sound Baths, morning mantra circles and VibratiOm 7 chakras Sound Meditation.
Kareem Raihani – Ecstatic Dance
Since 15 years Kareem Raïhani sets the dance floor worldwide on fire with his own music productions and remixes. His unique ‘Tribal-Afro-Gipsy-Soul-Techno-Sufi-Dance’ mixes are ecstatic by mixing contagious grooves, heart warming sounds and body shaking rhythms. His music is ground breaking, global, mysterious, uplifting and adventurous. With more than 100 shows a year in different clubs, festivals and ecstatic dance workshops across Europe, Kareem knows like no other how to combine depth, fun and euphoria.
Albert Pala – Ecstatic Dance
As a kid my passion for toys was not only about playing with them, but to disassemble and discover how they worked. Now, I do this with myself. Every time I find something, the more I enjoy myself and my relationship with life. For many years I was wondering: How can I put together my spiritual development and 12 years of experience as a Dj? Then, I found Ecstatic Dance.
Pascal de Lacaze-Duthiers – Ecstatic Dance
Musician, DJ and AcroYoga teacher. I love rhythm, dance and movement. In my music I weave together sacred sounds, mantras and bass music. Conscious dance for me is bhakti with beats: A true devotional practice. I´ve been on a long musical journey, playing the drums on techno raves in the 90’s, having several bands and playing different instruments. In 2005 I discovered the yogic path, and it inspired my life since then. I organize and facilitate Ecstatic Dances in Berlin since 2010. As Rascal Lacaze I am resident DJ and percussionist, accompanying the deejayed music with live perscussion.
Arun Ji – Ecstatic Dance
I love dance as a form of expression of the spirit, as well as the perfect practice to find availability and wellbeing in the body. In my sessions I offer a wide spectrum of soundscapes and rhythms, inviting into a space of expression, exploration, a range of sensations and emotions, through a musical journey that leads into a feeling of deep connection and expansion. I offer Ecstatic Dance regularly in Madrid and Barcelona and I collaborate with my sessions in different festivals and communities around the world, in various places like ibiza, India, France, Sweden, Letonia, Ukraine or Germany.
Susana Ros – Chi Kung
En 1998 empezó a explorar la relación entre el cuerpo, la mente, las emociones y el espíritu, através del chi kung. Ahí se le abrió un nuevo mundo, que le llevó a practicar varias técnicas de movimiento corporal y de danza consciente, que la llevaron a formarse como psicomotricista y facilitadora de chi kung y biodanza. Para mi, la danza y el movimiento corporal consciente es un camino de expresión, de autoconocimiento y de sanación.
Georgina Espinosa – Inbody
La joven promesa de Barcelona nos presenta su propuesta: «Inbody es un espacio centrado al trabajo corporal. Respiración, movimiento e imaginario. Trabajando con varias técnicas iremos despertando el cuerpo y los sentidos para dejarnos caer en la musica, el ritmo, nuestra danza y la del grupo.»