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Circus Dance Lab: Physical-movement and creative research in circus and dance

October 12, 2020 - October 17, 2020

€330 – €400

Are you from a dance or circus background?

Do you have the desire to go further in your practice and explore within these disciplines?

We can offer you a unique environment to make it happen! CDL

Over 6 days, we will dive into physical-movement research with artists from both fields, dance and circus. According to our program, the first 4 days we will work on pure technique and exploration.

The last two days, we will move to the creative process with the intent to blend AcroFloorwork, Contemporary Dance and Partner Acrobatic.
We’ll guide you through tasks to create a performance, using the material learned and explored during the week.


Nicolò Bussi
Giacomo Corvaia
Marika Gangemi
Magdalena Vicente
Salvatore la Ferla


Early bird until 15th of September!

Our Fire Ticket

Includes all the classes, 3 meals a day, 6 nights sleeping in double-bed room, sheets and blankets provided.

Price: Double room | 380€ (early bird) 400€ (full price)

Our Water Ticket

Includes all the classes, 3 meals a day, 6 nights sleeping in shared room, sheets and blankets provided.

Price: Shared room | 360€ (early bird) 380€ (full price)

Our Earth Ticket

Includes all classes, 3 meals a day and 6 nights camping space. You need to bring your own tent/van, mattress and bed sheets.

Price: Tent & Van | 330€ (early bird) 340€ (full price)


Starting from the 11th of October at 18:00.

If you decide to arrive on the 11th(the day before the event) there is a little fee of 25€ for the extra night and dinner (breakfast on the 12th is included)


18th of October after breakfast.


We are in Reggio Calabria (Italy), the toe of the boot!
The villa that will host us is on the top of the hill in front of the Stretto di Messina.
You will feel like you can reach the island of Sicily with your hand.
The venue has two hectares of land with a breathtaking view!
Only 15 min by car to Scilla, one of the most beautiful beaches in Calabria.
We will organize a van that can drive us there during lunch break.


We would like to keep a small group, for this reason we only have 25 spots for this event, based on a first come first served principles.

There are 15 spots available in the villa:

• 2 double-bed room ( with double bed)
• 2 four- bed room ( with 1 double bed and 2
single beds)
•1 three-bed room (3 single beds)

The Camp site has capacity for 5 double tents.


There will be three meals a day with fruit and nuts available all day for you to snack. The meals will be mainly vegetarian.
We can offer alternatives for allergy diets, vegan or with meat.
All the vegetables are from our garden!



14:00 – 15:00 Handstand + Stretching

15:15 – 17:15 Acro/Floorwork

17:30 – 19:30 Partner Acrobatic

20:00 – 21:00 Dinner


8:00 – 9:30 Breakfast

9:30 -10:30 Handstand + Stretching

10:45 – 12:45 Acro/Floorwork

12:45 – 15:45 Lunch break

15:45 – 17:45 Partner Acrobatic
Level 1 / Level 2

18:00 – 19:30 Contemporary Partnering

20:00 – 21:00 Dinner


8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast

9:00 – 10:30 Yamuna Body Rolling

10:45 – 12:45 Circus Dance Lab 1

12:45 – 15:45 Lunch break

15:45 – 17:45 Circus Dance Lab 2
(Contemporary CircusDance partnering)

18:00 – 20:00 Circus Dance Lab 3
( improvisation and creation)

*For each discipline we will be divided into two groups, you will get tasks that are more suitable to your level.


Magda | Handstand :

Magda’s class is focused on technical details, body position refinement, support and control.
You will practice a series of two-arm handstand balance exercises and varieties of drills progression for all stages of press handstand and one arm handstands posture. The exact topics will depend on the level of the individuals.
We will use wooden platform, blocks and canes. During the class you will work also on your flexibility so that you can be creative and have more fun while you are upside down!

Marika | Floorwork :

Marika’s class combines influences from diverse disciplines such as floor work, release, breakdance, and contact technique.
The class is very physical and athletic, focusing especially on the detail of performing tricks effortlessly while using the various parts of the body as levers.
She encourages each student to push its own limit, while remaining aware of its body in relation to the space.
During the class, a dynamic combination of both floor and standing elements will be developed, through which students discover how to use the floor to create propulsive force to perform visibly complex movements using a minimal physical effort.

Nico | Acrobatic :

During his class, Nico will guide you from the basic elements of acrobatics on the ground to more technical flips in the air.
Through specific exercises you will work on holding and releasing your body, building small danceacrobatic phrases and controlling your body in the space.
The focus will be on building a solid acrobatic foundation, from which you can freely explore your range of possibilities, gain more freedom, creativity and awareness during your practice.

Nico&Magda | Partner Acrobatic :

The focus of Nico and Magda’s class is finding the most effective way to do tricks with a solid technique.
They will help you to move to the next level and touch more complex skills.
The level of the class will be adjusted to the participants.
If some drills are too hard, they have some pre-exercise for you and for those that are more advanced, they have to offer an exciting menu :
• different entries and exits of H2H and F2H;
• one arm and one foot exercises;
• head balancing;
• dynamic drills : courbette/cascade/banquine;
• three high;
And more!

Giacomo&Marika | Contemporary Partnering :

The main focus of Giacomo and Marika’s class will be fluidity and connection.
They will developed and guide you into a sequence made of impulses, body manipulations, spirals, contact technique, taking and giving weight, lifts and fall to improve your physical communication with your partner.

Salvatore | Yamuna Body Rolling :

Yamuna® Body Rolling, it takes place in loading, using special balls, studied in size and consistency, through a technique that is based on three simple fundamental principles: bone stimulation, tendon stimulation and muscle stimulation.
The result is a sense of overall well-being, greater flexibility of movement, elimination of joint pain, reduction of injuries related to movement.
Yamuna foot fitness:
is one of the few methods out there that focuses on foot health, working with quality to gain awareness of one of the most important parts of our body.
Acquiring a total awareness of your body, in this case of your feet, is a fundamental step to live in health and take responsibility for your well-being.
If the foot support changes, the whole structure will benefit
Yamuna hands and wrist:
This routine will equip you with the tools and techniques to increase flexibility, strengthen, tone, and improve hand and wrist alignment. Caring for the hands can help prevent carpal tunnel and other conditions that cause pain and tension in the wrists and hands.

Be aware!

Our program isn’t a retreat but a research and unconventional performance program. In the frame of the venue, there will nature and excursions planned, specially our sea is special! But we want you to draw your attention and focus on the daily physical practice. A commitment and desire to learn from our program is essential! A minimum of 1 year experience in one of the practices in which we will work is required.

The main goal is to create a safe environment and a committed space where each participant can grow and improve individually as well as a community.

We are so excited to sweat and enjoy your progress with you!


• Horse ride

• Professional Photos and videos on request
by video maker Giacomo Corvaia

• Thai massage 1h45 | 40€
In 2018 Marika was certified thai masseuse
at the Old Medicine Hospital – Thai Massage
School Shivagakomarpaj in Chiang Mai.


The level is intermediate/advanced
For this reason the participants must have 1 year of experience in one of the field (dance and/or acro)


To register please fill in this application form :



After registration you will receive a confirmation a email and the details for the first payment of 120€.
Please notice that the above amount is not refundable in case of your cancellation.
The remaining balance should be paid in cash upon your arrival.


If by reason or act of God, beyond the control of CDL Circus Dance Lab or a second party contractor, the workshop set out is canceled, it is the obligation to CDL to repay the participants fee.
CircusDanceLab does not take responsibility for any costs that have been made, such as travel.

Should the regulation change in Italy, any cancelled workshop will be refunded.




October 12, 2020
October 17, 2020
€330 – €400
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Marika Gangemi


Via Campo Melia, 89052 Campo Calabro RC Italy
Via Campo Melia
Reggio Calabria, Reggio Calabria 89052 Italy