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VARIA2018 Improvisation Festival

Educational Program 15-20/10


Again, one hugely interesting program dedicated to voice, sound, dance and movement practice.

Enjoy great workshop by composer and voice artist Alessio Castellacci, four classes by multi-skilled dancer and choreographer Susanne Martin

and exiting class by Alex Nowitz composer and voice artist.


Educational Program 15-20/10, presented below in order of appearance.

We recommend early registration (max 14 participants in workshop).

NOTE! workshop 17-18/10 and class 20/10 are fully booked, it is now only possible to register as stand-by.

For registration details and location, go to end of this page.

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CLASSES with Susanne Martin

15/10 at. 12.00-13.30 & 16-18/10 at. 10.15-11.45

I teach what I embody as dancer and performer. I teach what I know most about, what I learned and still passionately study.

This series of 90 min classes will use some tools from contact improvisation, group and solo improvisation to feed your dance skills

and dancing appetite and the use of your full movement potential. See you on the dance floor!

Susanne Martin focuses on CI, instant composition, somatic awareness, and ironic distancing as core considerations in contemporary performance making.


Susanne Martin, photo Anna Stein










Susanne Martin classes are open classes - go to studio, pay there, take one or all. All dance and movement artists are welcome.

The classes is introduced in a VARIA collaboration with Danscentrum Väst. More info Danscentrum Väst:


WORKSHOP “Breath, Voice, Movement as performance tools” with Alessio Castellacci

17-18/10 at. 17.30 -21.30

In this workshop you will be introduced to different tools for improvised performance and vocal real-time composition.

We will approach the voice and movement connection from two linked perspectives: The experience of sound as a tactile vibration,

perceived in the body and the practice of following inner impulses and spontaneous images that can function as a unifying process of voice, mind and body during improvised performance.

I will guide you through a mix of exercises inspired by somatic practices and energetic movement meditations.

Where the main focus is the activation of the senses and their imagination, and of the pleasure of moving and sounding with heightened awareness. So that you can find your personal way of working with breath, voice and movement impulses as tools for improvising. We get out of our busy head and into our intelligent vocal body, that's where the fun begins! Please bring an every-day something you can use as a personal blindfold (a scarf or alike).


Alessio Castellacci, photo Sandhya Daemgen









For Alessio Castellacci workshop, all artists & students with profound interest in voice-work and movement are welcome. Max 14 participants.

CLASS “Voicescapes - Exploring the vocal potential” with Alex Nowitz

20/10 at. 11.00 -13.00

In this class Alex invites students to explore the voice and its idiosyncrasies, to try unfamiliar vocal techniques, both extended and conventional singing practices, and to gain a better understanding of the impacts of the applied vocal techniques.

By working on compositional concepts of how to engage with other voices within the performance space, the class will create vocal miniatures - voicescapes,

as Alex likes to call them, that reveal the vocal potential and as well as its communicative powers.

Alex Nowitz explores the voice to its full extent presenting a wide array of various extended vocal techniques, a multitude of noise and whistle sounds,

and pushing boundaries by singing low tones in the style of Kargyraa or high tones in the soprano register.

During the 1990s he studied the tenor voice, while simultaneously being active in experimental Jazz- and Punkrock. Currently, he’s a PhD candidate at Stockholm University of the Arts, working on the artistic research project ‘Expanding Vocal Spaces: Explorations By The Multivocal Practitioner.


Alex Nowitz, photo Oscar Loeser









For Alex Nowitz class, all artists & students with interest in voice-work are welcome. Max 14 participants.


Classes Susanne Martin

15/10 12.00-13.30 & 16-18/10 10.15-11.45 at Danscentrum Väst, Ärlegatan 3, Göteborg, Sweden.

SEK 120 per class, or Danscentrum Väst member-card. No registration needed, classes are open.

These classes are introduced in a VARIA collaboration with Danscentrum Väst. More info Danscentrum Väst:


Workshop Alessio Castellacci/Fully booked (Only registration as stand-by is possible)

17-18/10 17.30-21.30 at Gröna Rummet Konstepidemin, Konstepidemins väg, 41314 Göteborg, Sweden.

SEK 1000. Registration & info: workshop(a)

Deadline registration October 7th.


Class Alex Nowitz/Fully booked (Only registration as stand-by is possible)

20/10 11.00-13.00 at Gröna Rummet Konstepidemin, Konstepidemins väg, 41314 Göteborg, Sweden.

SEK 200. Registration & info: workshop(a)

Deadline registration October 7th.


Please read before registration.

When decided to register via mail to us, you commit to pay selected parts. VARIA is arranged by artists and depend on income for realization of these arrangements.

The invoice sent to you after registering, should be paid to given account at the latest 7 days after registration-confirmation from VARIA.

If your payment is not at our account within this time, administration fee á SEK 50 will be charged to a reminding invoice.

Please don´t hesitate to contact us via mail if you have any questions before your registration.

If you get sick after booking, we will until 1 day before start of selected part/parts, pay 75 % of your paid amount back, against copy of sickness-certificate from your doctor, sent via pdf & mail to uss. If VARIA needs to cancel booked program, VARIA will pay back your paid amount excluding SEK 50 in administration fee.

Thanks for respecting this!




(With reservation for change)

Housing in Göteborg

VARIA recommends Hotell Maria - nice hotel with reasonable prices located in the Centrum.

For hostel in Gothenburg go to (STF Vandrarhem Stigbergsliden);