In Touch

Katja Mustonen



with Katja Mustonen


Since a while already, I’ve been exploring different ways how to train the body towards more aware, articulate, and nuanced dancing. In this Contact Improvisation Intensive, we place our attention to curves, spirals and spheres to study their potential within the dynamics of space, time and tone when moving in contact with others.

Planes that curve, pathways that twist and unwind around a fixed center, rotation around any given axis are a few ways how to widen our movement vocabulary and the ways of percieving. Making use of turning, mobilizing around different support structures, leaping and falling off balance, we’ll train our reflex responses and gain freedom while dancing.

Alternating speed, moving between suspension and release, releasing and building soft strength are some tools to remain light and receptive while sharing weight and support in motion. We’ll welcome the soft and subtle, fierce and dynamic to play with the diversity of relations to ourselves and to our environment, together with others.


is a Finnish dance maker and teacher. She graduated as dancer in Finland 2004, and holds a MA degree in Contemporary Dance Education (MA CoDE, HfMDK,Frankfurt 2010). Since 2008, she’s been teaching Contemporary Dance, Improvisation and Contact Improvisation internationally in institutions, festivals and other venues for dance. In her artistic work, she is curious about the states of presence and body’s ability to transform, embody, and transmit images into knowledge, emotions, language and atmosphere’s. Merging photography, video, sound and text together with materials or objects continues fascinating her in her art making, creating the larger body of her artistic work.

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katja mustonen credits alex zampini

katja mustonen credits patrick beelart