contact festival kuala lumpur

May 25–June 1, 2018

Emily Bowman

Emily Bowman is a dancer and choreographer based between Melbourne and Western Australia. Her practice is grounded in real-time choreography and contact improvisation (CI). She is interested in weight, repetition and durational work. Emily has travelled to India, Canada, Europe, the US and across Australia for CI teaching and research/ performance projects. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance, from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in 2013.

Emily has been an Australian Council peer assessor and is an organiser of the Australian Contact Improvisation Convergence. She has trained with CI teachers such as Nancy Stark Smith, Ray Chung, Andrew Harwood, Mark Young, Jacob and Joey Lehrer, David Corbet and Martin Hughes. Emily approaches CI as a physical dance technique in the traditional sense, with the belief that the learning is in the dancing.

Yurie Irino

Filip Wencki

Filip is a contact dancer, improviser, physical actor, director and teacher. He co-founded the Polish physical theatre/dance company The line of Night, and is a member of the international theatre research group The Bridge of Winds, led by Denmark-based troupe Odin Teatret. He is also the co-creator and artistic director of multiple video dance projects.

Filip trained in traditional martial arts (Aikido, Wing Tsun) and modern fight systems (Krav Maga, Brasilian Jujitsu). These days, he is occupied with contact improvisation and physical movement. Filip performs and teaches internationally both for dance and physical acting (Columbia, Thailand, Mexico, Denmark, France, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland). After years of training, he is still surprised by the endless possibilities in movement and expression.