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Rome – Winter Jam of Arts 2-3-4-5 January and 5-6-7-8 January


Hello to everyone!

We are very happy to announce you the new edition of Winter Jam of Arts 2017 festival in a beautiful farm in north Rome, surrounded by a big park. Event that includes labs of Contact, of Axis Syllabus, of Watsu, of Ai Chi, of Heart Chakra Meditation, many jams, live music, use of the Turkish bath, Salt cave, use all day of hot thermal pool and plenty of traditional Italian and vegetarian food!

You are all invited to dance, swim, relax, meet people from all around the world and improvise!

The event will be on 2 – 8 of January is composed from 2 events, the first is going to be 2-3-4-5 of January and the second 5-6-7-8 of January. We give the option at who can’t do all the event, to participate only to the first, or only to the second one!


The events includes:

– 22 hours of lessons – More than 48 hours of jam in the dance floor and in the pool – Live music with some of the best Italian musicians of impro music. – All day use of thermal pool – Use of Turkish bath, salt cave (Halotherapy), relax area. – Big, well heated apartments – Traditional Italian and vegetarian food.

The teachers are:

Ippokratis Veneris

Baris Mihci

Claudio Jalesh Petrassi

Roberto Bellatallan

The musicians:

Luigi Parravicini

Roberto Bellatalla

(see below for curriculums and lab descriptions)



From Fiumicino Airport and from the center of Rome departs every 15 minutes a train and takes about 25 minutes to arrive to the farm where will be the event. ognuno è libero di decidere se partecipare oppure no agli eventi nella


Note: To participate to the festival you don’t need to be dancers or artists since the festival is aimed to people who want to experiment with arts and movement regardless  having or not prior experience. The goal is to explore different skills and capabilities that exist within us, study various disciplines and enjoy!



Here is the program


Event 2-3-4-5 January


Monday 2 January

Tuesday 3 January


Wednesday 4 January


Thursday 5 January


Event 5-6-7-8 January


Thursday 5 January


Friday 6 January


Saturday 7 January


Sunday 8 January

Hall 1: the ballroom

Hall 2: the swimming pool with warm thermal water

Note: The thermal pool is next to the dance studio and is about 145 cm deep so is not important if somebody doesn’t know how to swim and everyone is free to decide whether to participate or not to the events in the pool


– the fee for participating to all the 7 days of the events (2-8 January) is 330€

– the fee for the 2-5 January event is 185€

– the fee for the 5-8 January event is 195€

In the fees are included all the workshops, all the events, all the meals all day use of thermal pool and sleeping in luxury apartments with other 3-4 persons (see photos).

info: For more information’s and registration, you have to write an email to: For prices see at the end of the page

tel: 0039 3287213546

Part of the facilities at our disposal (heated swimming pool with thermal water)



Part of the dance hall


riaSome of the inhabitants of the organic farm (there are also sheeps, bunnys, a just born pig and many others)



Ippokratis Veneris (GRE/ITA) personal info: Ippokratis born and raised in Knossos on Crete, his childhood was populated by both the direct contact with the sea and from the myths of the place. Playing in the multicolored and multiform palace of Minos, up of the labyrinth and growing with the myths of Icarus, Daedalus and those of Theseus, Ariadne and the Minotaur his imagination and life were influenced by all those years of intense experience with the place.

Biography: – In 2011 he collaborated with the UNIVERSITY OF ROME “Roma 3”, department of “Philosophy of Education” giving lectures about “Pedagogy, C.I. and personal researches on teaching”. – In 2009 and 2010 he received an open scholarship in Brussels (PARTS-ROSAS Dance Company) and in Rome by the region of Lazio to proceed with his research. His original works (“Buongiorno Amore”, “Afroditi”, presented at Olympic theatre and Theatre Greco) combine together elements of theatre and dance. – Is professor of the theatre school “il Cantiere Teatrale” – Has collaborated -teaching and making shows of improvisation- with the Italian National Organization of Theatre. – Teaches regularly twice a week Contact Improvisation developinghis own method. – Teaches in different places around Europe. – Has collaborated with Roberto Castello-Aldes for “Narrate” premium UBU as the best dance theatre production of the year in Italy and many others. – In 2011 decided to stop making shows and concentrate his energies on the research about the human nature and the wisdom of our bodies. – Co-founder of CORE an association of choreographers of central Italy to promote the rights of the live performing arts – Co-founder of RomaContact a collective of dancers who promote and give shows of improvisation and Contact Improvisation. – Organized the last 8 years many events of art and workshops inviting teachers from all Europe. – In March of 2014 he was a guest together with Giulio Tremonti (former Italian Minister of Economy), Romano Prodi (the former Italian prime minister and former president of the European community), Ermanno Olmi (film director) in the TV show “the wind whistles” of Gad Lerner for Repubblica television and for the art channel Effe tv. – Lives in Rome, graduated at school “l’officina” where study release technique, Dupuy technique, contact improvisation, instant improvisation and composition. – In the last ten years as choreographer, dancer and improviser has organized and participated at different events. – Has studied with many choreographers and participating at numerous workshops of physical-theatre, contemporary dance, choreographic composition and contact improvisation.


Ippokratis theme workshop of 2-5 January event: Exploring the weight 

The proper use of the weight can give us many possibilities. How can I use the weight of my partner to move together organically and effortlessly? How can I become very light or decide how and how much to weigh. Touch, feel, use the deep muscles, having “smart” joints, receive, give, flowing, meet the other and again feel to arrive at a dance, at a simple, organic, visceral and joyful dance.


Ippokratis theme of the workshop of 5-8 January event:

From presence to action In this workshop we will explore some aspects of been present. When I am realy present? How can I empty my brain and my body, so I can really be open physically, mentally, energetically to communicate. We will work on how to be here and now, listening to ourselves and to our partners. We will explore, while we dance and improvise, how to accept and how to offer and become our meeting, an open, fluid and communicative dance; become our dance a real meeting and a journey.


Baris Mihci (TUR/GER)m was born 1976 in Wuppertal, Germany and is currently based between Turkey and Europe. He graduated with degrees in social pedagogy, German language, Sports and special education for physically disabled children at the University of Cologne. He completed his studies with a social-cultural research thesis referring to Pina Bausch’s Tanztheater and its artistic research about human relationships. Baris then began his dancing life. His curiosity about the art of dancing was strongly influenced by following the work of Pina Bausch for over 14 years. Coming from an athletic background, movement was always a big interest to him. In 2001 he was introduced and immersed himself in the Axis Syllabus enabling. Baris acquired a teacher’s certificate after 4 years and has been teaching regularly for dancers and non-dancers alike across Europe since. He has taught at Studio Hybrid, Dancetrumjette, Espace Catastrophe, the Nomadic College, DOCH, the Cullberg Ballet among many other professional dance training institutions. Baris’ performance work is based in solo, site specific and improvisation. He has presented solos at Belgart Moment Festival, Festival tanzhautnah, RAC Festival (Brussels) among others. He has also collaborated extensively with Collectif en Transit, devoted to bringing dance to urban public spaces. Baris is a key organizer of the Nomadic College since 2004 and a member of the Axis Syllabus member assessment.llllllnnnnn


A few words about Axis Syllabus

The Axis Syllabus is a constantly evolving reference system or lexicon for the organization and cross-correlation of empirical and scientific findings from the study of human movement. This includes anatomical details, physics, practical applications, research, analysis and transmission. The information is often transmitted through dance. A fundamental aspect to this approach is to encourage informed self-monitoring and individualized applications, in the full recognition that although we share a similar body-plan, each has different proportions and tone.

“The guiding pedagogical principle on which the AS is founded is the awe and respect of natures gift: the infinite complexity of the human body in motion. This principle leads irresistibly to an ongoing and intensive study of all aspects of movement, and a constant effort to transmit new and old concepts and techniques to the student.” – Frey Faust (extracts from the official Axis Syllabus website)


Theme of Baris workshop of the 2-5 January event: “Notional motion” – preventive coordination through movement analysis

The Axis Syllabus serves as a container for information that circle around movement analysis using anatomy, biomechanics, biology and physics. In this workshop we will experiment with various applications in order to get a more conscious and integrative practice for dance and movement. The information serves for developing coordination that is based on health, function and efficiency. In practice we will work with movement motives that develop and get combined to longer phrases as well as with improvisation in order to find individual ways to adapt or create movement that considers and reflects our bodies design. We will aim at translating anatomical principles from theory to action and analyse how this transition can reveal important clues for creating and executing movement which first is practiced slowly for deepening sensation and subsequently prepares for athletic challenges and dynamic implementation.

Theme of Baris workshop of the 5-8 January event: Spinal intension – Spinal dynamics

This workshop wants to introduce basic anatomy and biomechanics of the spinal structure in relationship to movement. We will look for possibilities of how the spine responds to gravitational force while we interplay with other forces like centrifugal or centripetal forces. Studying the structure can give us clues about how the spine can offer mobility whilst keeping its neutrality. Our aim will be to redefine spinal motion with regards to efficient and safety. Using various approaches for movement like improvisation, dance phrases and partner work we will look for optimizing our resources and finding grace and balance.



Claudio Jalesh Petrassi is a Watsu operator; He studied clinical psychology and specialized in counseling for childrens and adolescents and the Art-Counseling; held lectures at the School of Counseling “ASPIC”; worked as consult-listening at some schools; he carried out in the context of HIV counseling at the Policlinico Umberto I in Rome; leads groups on parenting, fear of flying and fear of water; designed and carried out paths through Watsu support for children diagnosed with autism and disability in general; gives Watsu monthly offers for the couple in Belgium (Brussels); organizes days of baby Watsu, where the babies play with their parents and we take care of their children both in land and water; leading groups of AI-CHI (Taichi water); coconduce groups of hypnosis in warm water; organizes training courses in the Californian massage; was trained in psycho-body techniques such as the Californian massage and Jin Shin Do.


About Ai Chi lab of 2-5 January event

Ai Chi unites the benefits of ancient Chinese practice of Tai Chi Chuan “moving meditation”, to harmonize body and mind and invigorate the CHI (vital energy) and the benefits procured from stretching and other exercises fluidity that are practiced and “danced” in the warm water of the pool. In this way the pool becomes a temple to meditate abd explore our energy. Ai Chi has been created from June Konno president and founder of Water Yokohama Institute dynamics, and has been in the past coach of the Japanese national swimming team.


About Harry Chakra lab of 5-8 January event

Harry Chakra – Heart Chakra Meditation Is a meditation that is used to bring attention to our center, meant as the inner place where we are aware of ourselves. The movements make us to explore the possibility of moving toward the outside, but then return to the center. Is a work that affects our heart space as the place where we can accommodate-welcome ourselves (first) and the other (then).


Roberto Bellatalla lived in London from 1978 to 2003, double bass player active on the british and european jazz and improvised music scene, has played extensively, toured and recorded with Elton Dean, Nick Evans, Keith Tippett, Louis Moholo, Mark Sanders, Alan Wilkinson, Evan Parker, Paul Dunmall, Paul Rutherford, Tony Marsh, Paul Rogers, Marcio Mattos, Maggie Nichols, Radu Malfatti, Tristan Honsinger, Sean Bergin, Steve Noble, Billy Jenkins and many others: Member of the band “Dreamtime”, from 1983 to 2006 and of “Louis Moholo’s Viva la Black”. He writes and performs for theatre, poetry and dance and is involved in didactic activities for children, adults and disabled people. He plays with the trio led by guitarist Mike Cooper, “Truth in the Abstract Blues”, performs solo concerts and with a variety of small acoustic or electro-acoustic ensembles of improvised music.


Theme of the workshop of R.Bellatalla: “who moves whom?”

Deepening the relationship between dance and live music, free improvisation. In this laboratory the goal will be to explore the best possible system of improvisation, the more combinations existong, searching for listening, understanding and complicity between contact dancers and musicians.


Luigi Parravicini is a musician, producer always interested to new experiences and experiments with other artistic languages going beyond the music standards. He has composed music for theater, dance, sound poetry, visual installations, websites, nature documentaries and radio play, taking care firsthand the sound path in all Its aspects technical details (recordings, electronic processing, mixing, etc.). . Conduct music labs for childrens, workshops for childrens suffering from various disorders, and the conduct of a musical band within a project established on age differences. Bassist and co-founder In the early 80s of the group No Wave “illogical” still active. Currently he is dedicating himself to the music project “Transonus”. His initial meeting with the contact goes back to the early 2000s with Simonetta Alessandri and Rossella Fiumi participating in various Jams and playing for the first four years of the International Festival “Zip contact Festival” that took place in Orvieto, Italy.