Martin Keogh in Bristol, 9-13th November


09/11/2013 - 13/11/2013    
11:00 am - 5:00 pm


The Kingswood Foundation
The Kingswood Estate, 20 Old School House, Britannia road, Bristol, BS15 8DB

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Hi all, we’re excited to be inviting Martin Keogh to Bristol for a 5-day intensive from the 9-13th November. This is an advanced level training for those with a strong grasp of Contact Improvisation fundamentals.

Galactic Pelvis Global Awakening Tour

Join good company on the shores of Bristol for dancing and discovery. With somatic exercises, games, some sweat, and the unique physicality of the contact body we will savor and rock the boundaries of our dances.

In this five-day intensive we will investigate the relationship of our pelvic floor to the unpremeditated dance. Contact Improvisation reveals to us that instability leads to mobility … and great instability leads to exhilarating mobility.

We begin by decelerating our sense of time to enter the details of our pelvic bowl. From here we locate our ground to dance while in the act of falling. Surprising ourselves in flight and extended follow-through. And dance we will.

This is an advanced level training for those with a strong grasp of CI fundamentals.


The cost of this 5-day intensive is £170 waged, £160 part-time/freelance, £150 unwaged. A deposit of £50 (or the full amount) is needed to confirm your place.

Price does not include food or lodging – for those participants traveling from afar, we hope to host you with local dancers. You could also try as an alternative, and perhaps cheaper and nicer way, to find a B&B.

Cancellations and Refunds: The price includes a non-refundable registration fee of £10. Full payment to be made 2 weeks prior to the start of the event. Cancellations made with at least 2 weeks notice will receive full refund less registration fee. Cancellations made with at least 1 weeks notice will receive full refund less deposit amount. If you cancel with less than a weeks notice we will keep the full amount.


To book email:, giving a brief outline of your CI experience, and stating if you need or can offer lifts and/or accommodation. You can also join the facebook event.

  • Saturday 11am – 6m (with a 1-hour lunch break)
  • Sunday 10am – 5pm (with a 1-hour lunch break) * Please note that Bristol’s normal class & jam will happen from 5.30pm – 8.30pm, a group of us will probably travel from Kinsgwood Estate to Hamilton House for this
  • Monday 10am – 1pm HALF DAY
  • Tuesday 10am – 5pm (with a 1-hour lunch break)
  • Wednesday 10am – 5pm (with a 1-hour lunch break)

* timings may vary slightly


The Kingswood Estate, Studio 1


Martin Keogh

Martin Keogh has taught and performed contact improvisation for over three decades. For his contribution to the development of the form he is a Fulbright Senior Specialist and listed in Who’s Who in the World. Martin spent time traveling to monasteries in Japan and Korea and was the director of the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley before discovering the world of dance. He has co-facilitated teacher’s conferences on five continents and is the author several books including: Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World.

Martin now rarely tours as he concentrates on his writing. He currently lives in San Miguel, Mexico where he is on the board of directors of El Charco del Ingenio. The Dalai Lama recently designated this conservation area a “Zone of Peace.”

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with your one wild and precious life?
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