International Contact Improvisation Festival in France (Province); 7 days and 35 participants, to experience an exploration of dance and movement with workshops, jams, live music and other proposals to share.

Where: Rustrel, France (La Provence)

When: From 15 to 21 of July 2023

VII edition of the Festival de Danse Contact Improvisation de la Provence, 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.


Festival philosophy
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.

The facilitators

• Elske Seidel – (Germany): Morning intensive. Based in Berlin, is a passionate CI dancer & teacher, deeply committed to CI and its community internationally. She has been teaching dance full time and wholeheartedly for 30 years, and specifically Contact Improvisation since 2004.

• Elise Malafosse – (France) : Evening Intensive. In 2014, I was struck in front of a Contact Improvisation jam! Years of experiences already oriented towards motion and touch (communication and semiotic study at university, dance, yoga, massage) facilitate my way to the practice. While I am discovering CI, I meet new body and somatic practices (Body-Mind Centering, Feldenkrais, Alexander, Rolfing, Axis Syllabus, Gaga, Playfight…). And with Body-Mind Centering, I travel deeply for 6 years, trusting the intelligence of the animal body and moving from sensing, instinct, intuition!

• Sébastien Prats (France): Vocal practice and jam music. Self-taught author, composer and performer for more than 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.

• Mercè Nebot – (Barcelona-Provence) – Dancer and Instructor of Wutao and free dance. With her own creation ORGANIK DANCE, she will offer us a free dance workshop that will bring us closer to our interiority and our natural potential for joy.

• Pep Nebot – (Barcelona) – 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.

• Ophelie (France) – Professional cook with a vast experience cooking for groups in events of many kind. She cooks vegetarian, bio and always try to use high quality local providers.

About Rustel
Rustrel4Rustrel 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.


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.

We will have the chance to stay together in this historic building and meet there at every meal to share unforgettable moments.


Price WITH accommodation in Rustrel castle (ony 25 beds):

Early Bird until June 26, 2023: €470
After June 26, 2023: €505
Price WITHOUT accommodation in Rustrel castle:

Early Bird until June 26, 2023: €370
After June 26, 2023: €405
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).

Registration and payments

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:
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.

Contact and information:
– Contact in France: Merce Nebot +33 666124365,
– Contact in Catalonia: Pep Nebot +34 685166358,

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Costs for participants:
Price WITH accommodation in Rustrel castle (ony 25 beds): Early Bird until June 26, 2023: €470 After June 26, 2023: €505 Price WITHOUT accommodation in Rustrel castle: Early Bird until June 26, 2023: €370 After June 26, 2023: €405

Contact details:
EMOTIONBODIES – Pep Nebot +34 685166358,
Instagram: @emotionbodies @emotionbodiesband

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