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yoav 1Pianist, Composer, Dancer.
B.A Master in Piano performance from the JAC music academy.
Composed original music for Theatre, Contemporary Dance and Films.

Released 2 Solo Piano Albums:
2012 “Intimate Preludes For Piano” (An Album of improvisation, inspired by Contact Music)
2013 “Stories Without Words”

Creator of the “Yoav Ilan Piano Method” for learning and improvising the Piano. This unique method teaches you how to play piano with eyes closed. The method’s goal is to offer People, from all levels of experience, the possibility to create beautiful music on the piano in a very simple way. It is based on releasing the mind and finding a deep connection to our imagination, our body, our inner Rhythm, our breath and natural musicality.


What is Yoav offering at Small Awakenings 2014?

“Through music and sound, I would like to inspire people to move, dance and play.I will be open to be surprised. to feel. to be inspired by you.Your improvised movement will be transformed into improvised music and together we will create a nice moment.”

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DeeJay @ Nowhere T&P 2013My Name is Daniel and I started the Touch&Play Project almost 5 years ago to help broaden the concept of contact improvisation and to promote its use as a potent tool in the creation of authentic relations with oneself and others. My curiosity has shifted over the years starting with a desire to bring the “(al)chemical” body in to our dances, to a curiosity about the need for community in our intense yet fleeting physical encounters. With the birth of my first son my interest has shifted again and now I find myself looking for ways to communicate and connect with him through our bodies. By helping to organise this event I hope to share my experience as a somatic researcher, and my curiosity as a brand new dad to create a space that feels safe and stimulating to deepen the understanding and connection we have with our children. I very much hope that both you and your little one(s) have an unforgettable time and that what you take home with you from this festival will resonate in the way you relate for the years to come.


Fighting for our Lives

Playfighting and wrestling with our kids, besides being loads of fun and a good work out, is an important tool in the development of our little ones. Most mammals engage in rough and tumble play when they are young and research with monjeys and laboratory rats has shown that those who were stopped from doing so developed difficulties in estabilishing healthy social relationships during adulthood. For us humans playfighting with our parents, siblings and friends teaches us key skills to become confident and succesful social animals all the while strengthening the relationships with those we play with. Studies have shown that playfighting can increase problem solving skills and reduce the chance of actual aggressive confrontations in children. In specific three life skills are learned through playfighting: control of strong impulses within one self, decifering the emotions of others and realizing transmitting ones own feelings. For more information on this topic check out “The Dad Factor” by Richard Fletcher.

In this experimental workshop we will create various imaginary worlds where we will litteraly have to fight for our lives against dangerous creatures from outerspace, wild animals and angry post-apocalyptic robots. We will mainly focus on parent-child interaction but also try a number of group scores. And to add evenmore fun to the mix we invite everybody to bring their own soft and imaginary weapons (pillows etc.) for a final grand showdown…

This workshop is especially recommended for all you dads out there.


q buf a (còpia) I’ve been interested in the art of movement since I was little. In my adolescence I found that dance provided a infinite path to express myself and have immersed myself in it since then.

I studied Dance Movement Psychotherapy and I work as Psychologist and Psychotherapist. I try to integrate my learnings of life in my dancing and job and viceversa. I’m actively involved in the degrowth activist network wich influences my dance and my job.

I’m specially interested in researching movement that comes from inside, in site specific dance, in dance as a creative conscious process, in emotional connections, in enriching my family relations, in the bounce of walking, in the silence of singing…

I enjoy playing and discovering myself in safe spaces. I enjoy when I move and I feel that I am a mammal within the tribe. I enjoy exploring the world through the innocent eyes of my son. I enjoy when I get in contact with things that I don’t enjoy so much. And I love things that make my soul dance.


In Small Awakenings I’m going to offer a secure space for parents to share different faces to her baby and relating trough the dance. Evereybody can have an opinion of the education, the behaviours that aren’t or not allowd… We will create a space to relax how we should be and play different ways of being in front of your baby.

We will strecht together and find ways to take care of our selves while being a mum/dad and play with the creativity of the dance and the present moment.

Also I will be there willing to hold the space and the organitzation of the event.



IMG_8768Artistic director of the Hakvutza Dance School, Itay has been practising and teaching CI worldwide for 10 years. Trained as a contemporary dancer in New York, Italy and Israel. Choreographing independently for the last 10 years, Itay has been leading international projects of improvisational performances. Itay has been training in Aikido for the last 6 years, a practice he integrates into his CI research.

In the last few years Itay has been conducting CI workshops for little children and their parents and developing the ContaKids method.


What is Itay offering at Small Awakenings 2014?

 To play, to roll, to rely on, to let go, to fall, to get up, to laugh..

In class we’ll play fun games with our children which will involve lots of
touch and contact between the parent and the child. Those experiences might
give the child an opportunity to improve physical skills such as hanging,
climbing and rolling.

The learning process in the class is also one where we, as parents, learn to
rely on ourselves in the way we work and protect our child. It’s also a
chance for us to practice to allow our children to experience, discover and
learn new things by themselves.

Parents are not required to have dance or movement experience.