Mini Touch & Play

Mini Touch & Play
Light, Shadow and Integration

November 12-13, 2016
(Optional arrival – Friday Evening Nov 11) 

Hosted by Moti Zemelman & Kristen Chamberlin

Happening at:
Sirius Eco-Village

72 Baker Road, Shutesbury, MA

What is Touch & Play?

The Touch and Play Project is a movement emerging out of the International Contact Improv (CI) community, exploring beyond the traditional CI boundaries.

The Touch & Play Project started in Berlin, Germany in 2010 as an experiment in challenging traditionally held CI boundaries.  In the first festival, teachers of CI and a various other body-based practices, were invited to explore the ‘Chemistry in Contact’ by inviting participants’ to explore emotions, sexuality, aggression, politics and everything else traditionally kept out of the dance.

The success of the event reverberated through the European and N. American contact communities raising discussions on the boundaries of our practice and the perceived (un)safety of our attempts to exclude chemistry from our dances.

Successive T&P events have focused on the exploration of the ‘Edges of Contact’ by working one specific frontier (e.g. the Contact community, children & families, embodying intimacy) or by providing spaces where all edges are equally welcome. The T&P Project is run as a disseminated network of interested researchers, teachers and practitioners whereby any individual or group is encouraged to voice their own questions or concerns and to create a safe space to have them addressed in an authentic and playful manner.

Contact Improvisation continues to evolve. We invite you to be an active participant in its evolution.  When we create clarity around our verbal and non-verbal communication, it enhances our connections.  As we learn to articulate intentions, boundaries and desires in the dance more clearly & honestly, it deepens our capacity for authentic connection with ourselves, our partners and our community.  This Fall’s T&P theme will focus on recognizing the light and shadows in ourselves and our dance partners with extra attention to how we integrate the lessons we learn into our everyday lives.  The weekend is open to anyone who is ready for this kind of exploration.



Weekend Fee $160 -195 (Sliding Scale)
+ Meals & Lodging (Options below)

Add your Meal & Lodging Option (Includes 6 meals on Sat & Sun):

  • Commuter Rate: $96 (or $80 without breakfasts)
  • Indoor Camping Option (Just Sat night): $130 (sleep in studio with your own mat and sleeping bag)
  • Indoor Camping Option (Fri & Sat night): $170 (sleep in studio with your own mat and sleeping bag)
  • Shared Room (Just Sat Night): $160
  • Shared Room (Fri & Sat Night): $230
  • Single Room (Fri & Sat Night): $280 (only 3 available – first come first serve)

*Scholarships & Work Study Available (Inquire)


Arrival Details

If you are staying at Sirius on Friday night you may arrive at your leisure between 4-8pm.  There will be a Sirius staff person there to greet and orient you.  Dinner is not included Friday night but Sirius has dinner available at 6:30pm for anyone who would like (check off the Friday dinner option on the registration form if you want this option – $16).  All others may arrive on Saturday morning for breakfast at 8am followed by our opening circle at 9:30am.  If you have questions about the lodging or facilities at Sirius check out their guest info page HERE 


To Register click here to fill out the REGISTRATION FORM and p
ay in full by one of the following methods:
1. Paypal to:
2. Send Check to: Kristen Chamberlin, 117 Black Birch Trail, Florence, MA  01062

3. Pay in Cash (Only available if you pay Moti or Kristen in person)
Your spot is not guaranteed until your payment is received

Your Hosts

Moti Zemelman, MFA, began practicing Contact Improv 28 years ago. Over the past 21 years he has taught and performed across USA, Canada, Central America, Mexico, Europe and Israel. In 2008-09 he taught as Professor of Dance at the Instituto Naciónal de Bellas Artes in Mexico City. Over the last 10 years in his desire to integrate communication and intimacy skills in his life and teaching he has studied Non-violent Communication, Tantra, Butoh, and Byron Katie’s “The Work”. Moti has been a teacher and a board member at Earthdance Retreat Center.  He was an original member of Wire Monkey Dance Co., (Holyoke, MA, USA) and is a featured dancer in Sanford Lewis’ documentary film about CI “An Intimate Dance.” As a musician Moti plays vocal-electronic music for Contact Jams and in 2007 released his debut CD, Doorwaves.  He also designs and moderates the international Contact Improv resource website

Kristen Chamberlin, MS, LMT, SEP, is a Massage & Somatic Therapist, parent and dancer, with 25 years experience in private practice, retreat facilitation and training.  She directs the Somatic Center ( in Northampton, MA with a focus on embodied approaches to healing; stress related medical conditions, trauma and Intimacy and Body-Awareness issues, drawing on Somatic Experiencing, Massage, Mindfulness, Himalayan Tantra, Dance and Yoga.  She is core teaching faculty at Institute for Sexuality Education and Enlightenment, and is founder of Tantric Ground (, a local Tantra learning community based on a direct lineage from Northern India.

INFO: E-mail Kristen: or Moti:
r call: Moti 413.475.2651 or Kristen 413.695.7478

Countdown to Playtime!