Alice Godfroy



Her Workshop:

Language: German, English





Alice Godfroy is a performer and a theoretician, born in France, and currently residing in Berlin. She has studied history, literature and philosophy, and in 2006 obtained her “Agrégation” certificate in literature. She is currently writing her PhD about dance and poetry in collaboration with the University of Strasbourg (France) and the Freie Universität Berlin.

She is a member of the European Doctoral College since 2007. She has given conferences and lecture-performances on French poetry and phenomenology of dance. She taught Contact Improvisation at the University of Paris 13, and at the Freie Universität of Berlin within the framework of a research about “Emotion and CI”. For many years she has been developing her practice in dance: ballet, modern dance, African dance, contemporary dance, aikido, Contact-tango and Contact Improvisation. Over the last four years she has specialized in improvisation and created a number of dance performances in collaboration with other artists from different disciplines (music, poetry, video).




From Pawlow to Wow Wow


transforming sensations into emotions

I am interested in highlighting the emotional face of Contact Improvisation (CI), which usually remains hidden beyond our attention for the physicality of our dance. Motion and Emotion are etymologically and intrinsically connected, and all kinds of dance – especially improvisation – rely more or less explicitly on emotional flow. Acknowledging this allows us to play with and open possible dialogs, between control and abandon of our emotional presence.


Ok, but how do we play with this?

Together we will create an experimental laboratory organized in two parts– from sensations to emotions through play. Sensations: academic discourse on Contact Improvisation stresses our focus on sensorial-kinaesthetic awareness, which while relevant is insufficient to develop a dance. We will explore the risk of this ideology, where the body is thought of as Pavlov’s dog. Emotions: now, our animal has to wake up and bark. Contrary to a sensation as a partial physical reaction, an emotion is a global transformation of our way of being where we as participants are at the same time active and passive; it involves our psyche as well as our physique and happens along this border. Our emotional presence is independent of our will – gladly so! – and relies on the way we relate to the present. We will play with different situations based on several children’s games to allow us to transform the curiosity we enjoyed as a child into a more subtle and playful dance.