August 15 – 19: INSTINCT INTENSIVE with Iris van Peppen
August 20 – 24: COMPOSING TOGETHER with Tim O’Donnell

Where: Studio 3, Weg naar Rhijnauwen 3 Utrecht, The Netherlands


The INSTINCT INTENSIVE is an annual summer intensive with a focus on revealing instinctual movements through research in somatic practices. Rather then focussing on ideas or composition, the composition will unfold through the embodiment of the research where all our senses come into play.

This year we will focus mainly on the head & neck release and spinal movement in attached trio’s and in space. We will also tune in to freeing the joints, particularly moving the bones away from the joints, opening up. When we are dancing in a 3 dimensional space with no front, how do we navigate in the space and adapt our bodies constantly.

This intensive will be closed with an informal studio presentation of the participants and also with performances by guest artist Tim O’Donnell.

Iris van Peppen has been working as a dance artist in the field of contemporary dance and instant composition for over 18 years. Due to her hearing disability as a young child Iris developed a deep sensitivity for her surrounding. The choreographies of Iris aims to cut off all the ‘noises’, and go back to the ‘essence’, which is us and our bodies. By finetuning to our senses and listening to our bodies, we reconnect to our ‘essence’, to who we are and to what really matters.

Iris has created over 30 site specific dance performances in the Netherlands and USA in churches, museums, streets and in a shoe shop to name a few.

Currently Iris is working on her new theater production INSTINCT. The dancefilm of INSTINCT is presented during Cinedans shorts March 2016.


A workshop in Contact Improvisation and CI into Composition.

From a place of deep physical listening we will focus on cultivating our responsiveness rather than our re-activeness, recognizing and then altering our known pathways, and composing through dialogue to create new layers and textures that deepen our dancing.

Through attentive and dynamic listening we will discover the balance in falling, redirecting, composing and soaring. It is this balance in listening that allows us to risk the unknown more fully in our dancing. With care and attention we will pose and explore questions from both contemporary dance as well as contact improvisation, working through exercises and scores that will hone our skills as movers, and thinkers.

Tim O’Donnell is a New York based dance artist who has been studying, teaching, and performing in both the United States and Europe. His exploration in dance and movement is strongly rooted in a deep physical listening and a sense of adventure. His classes range from the gentle and subtle to the acrobatic and fluidly athletic. He holds an MFA in Dance and has maintained a private practice in therapeutic bodywork and somatic movement since 1991. Currently he is on faculty at Movement Research and Arizona State University

Registered before July 1:

– for both € 380,-

– INSTINCT intensive €180,-

– Composing together € 225,-registered after:

– for both € 480,-

– INSTINCT intensive € 210,-

– Composing together € 270,- / €60,- per day

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