Contact Improvisation Winter Warmer with Hugh and Zoë


08/12/2023 - 10/12/2023    
10:00 am - 9:00 pm


BlackBird/RedRose Studios
BlackBird/RedRose Studios, Unit G, Vallis Mills Trading Estate, Robins Ln, Frome, BA11 3DT

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This is our 3rd yearly Winter CI Gathering with Zoë and Hugh in Frome : )

Contact Improvisation (Saturday/Sunday):

These workshops will be a deep dive into contact improvisation fundamentals: connection, weight-sharing/bearing, listening, flow, play, presence.

We will have workshops by day and jams in the evening.


Axis Syllabus (Friday only):

The Axis Syllabus is an educational perspective and reference system for human movement that is assembled, revised and tested by a growing international network of dancing researchers and was initiated in the mid 90’s by the american dancer, teacher, author and choreographer Frey Faust.

The knowledge and methods draw from several fields of research including biomechanics, anatomy, physics, western medical sciences, physiology, anthropology and an expansive collection of empirical knowledge.

Friday evening we have a separate Ecstatic Dance event at Mycelium Space nearby in Frome.



Bring your own lunch and optional Dinners from Burrito Boy and Lungi Babas (beloved local Frome takeouts).
Plenty of tea and a Christmas tree.

Open to beginners and ultimate experts of CI and all in-between.

Live musicians for the jams TBA soon…

Saturday and Sunday will be Contact Improvisation with Zoë and Hugh teaching.
Friday will be an Axis Syllabus workshop with Zoë.

If finance is a barrier to attending, please get in touch.

Buy tickets here

Full Weekend inc Friday Axis Syllabus (early bird until 5/11) £135

Full Weekend inc Friday Axis Syllabus £160

Saturday Sunday (early bird until 5/11) £105

Saturday Sunday £120

Friday Axis Syllabus (early bird until 5/11) £45

Friday Axis Syllabus £50

Saturday + Evening Jam £65

Sunday + Evening Jam £65

Saturday Evening Jam £10

Sunday Evening Jam £10


BlackBird/RedRose Studios,
Unit G, Vallis Mills Trading Estate, BlackBird/RedRose Studios,
Robins Ln, Frome
BA11 3DT


Schedule each day:

Doors open: 9:45am

Morning Session: 10:30am-1pm

Lunch: 1-2:15pm (bring your own)

Afternoon session: 2:15-5pm

Break: 5-6pm

Open Evening Jam (Sat Sun only): 6-8pm

Dinner (Sat Sun only): 8-9pm (Bring your own or collective order to local Frome eatery)

Some sessions may finish earlier or later depending on the flow of the day.



Admin announcements only WhatsApp group for the event:

General public WhatsApp for the event to organise lift shares, accommodation and general community chat:

If you can offer a bed or floor space for out-of-towners for a £ contribution it would be very helpful! Please join the general WhatsApp to offer space.


Queries: fromecontact(at)

Facebook link for event: coming soon


Ticket exchanges/refunds

Exchanges/Refunds: To exchange tickets please email fromecontact(at) and let us know the name changeover. There is a £5 admin fee for this.If you need to find someone to sell a ticket to or buy from, please join the community WhatsApp group above.

Refunds can be issued for a £10 admin fee. If the event sells out then refunds will only be given out up until 3 weeks before the the event. After this time you are welcome to find someone else to buy your ticket and let us know the name change for a £5 admin fee. Please join the community WhatsApp above if you are looking to find someone exchange a ticket with.

Early bird tickets available until 5th November.

If finance is a barrier to attending, please get in touch.


Zoë Solomons

Zoë is a dancer/mother/teacher/Osteopath and activist. Zoë has been been practicing and performing improvisation since 2000 and considers it a life practice as well as a professional skill. She has performed for Felix Ruckert, Tino Seghal and Simonetta Alessandri among others. Zoë qualified to teach Axis Syllabus universal motion principles in 2008 and has since taught at major dance centres and schools in the U.K. and internationally. Her eclectic training in medicine and bodywork, and a dance background including improvisation, tango, folkdance and contemporary inform her embodied approach to functional movement pedagogy.

Hugh Stanier

Hugh is a movement artist specialising in Improvisation & Contact Improvisation. He has over 15 years of teaching & performance experience. He began dancing when he was 15, training in Break dance and Contemporary. He went on to train at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating in 2008. Since then he has worked with companies such as 2Faced Dance, Tom Dale, STAN Won’t Dance, and Ultima Vez.
He has taught intensives internationally at the Goa Contact Festival(2015-17), Berlin contact festival, Soma Arts festival (Munich), Portugal Contact Gathering and the Goa Dance residency 2019 & 2020. He has collaborated with Danceworx Delhi on an international dance film, and is also creating his own work with a focus on collaborative improvisation with Musicians.
Currently his main focus is organising & facilitating his own events and workshops.
He is also a qualified TMW (Tai Chi Movements for Wellbeing) facilitator. The principles of Tai Chi and Qi Kung underpin his approach to teaching and sharing movement.