Residential Workshop Italy 15 – 20 Sept 2023 Susanne & Francesco

Contact Improvisation – Push Hands (Tai Chi) – Qi Gong – Partnering – Outdoor Explorations – Performance Scores 
Intensive dance workshop with Susanne Martin and Francesco Zita at Casina Settarte, Puglia Italy, 15 – 20 September 2023

Susanne’s teaching is based in contact improvisation, instant composition and 30 years of creating performances in the field of contemporary dance and theatre. During her studio classes we will focus on the principals and techniques of contact improvisation and how they lead to playful physical co-creativity in duet, trio and group situations. We will create a respectful environment to deepen our understanding of skilful touch, proximity and degrees of weight exchange to (further) clarify and deepen our joy and interest in improvised dance.

Francesco‘s teaching is based on principles from Aikido, Tai Chi – Push Hands, Chi Kung, contact improvisation, partnering, instant composition and body work. During his studio classes we will focus on the practise of partnering starting with basic Push Hands Tai Chi. We’ll practice grounding, spirals and flow into movement, intention, connection centre-extremity, moving without effort, exploring different kinds of touch and weight, tuning with partners and environment, energetic massage, enjoying the unknown.

During outdoor sessions we will focus on our relationship to the natural landscape of Itria Valley / Trullo’s  valley: ancient olive trees, rocks, Apulian red earth, the sea, wind, light and shadow. We open ourselves to a different sense of space, time and relationship and explore how that can be a resource for our dancing.

Some evenings we will perform for each other to share our practices and findings of the workshop.

It will be a week of intense artistic study in the studio and the surrounding land & a sunrise trip to the sea. To fully appreciate the beauty of this part of Italy at the end of summer we recommend to add a few days of holiday somewhere around Itria Valley or at Casina Settarte itself. If you want to stay on at Casina contact Francesco at

The workshop starts on the 15th in the evening and ends on the 20st in the evening.
Arrival 15th September at 5 pm, meeting at Ostuni train station. Departure 21st September at 10am
The price include Seminar, food and accomodation
EARLY BIRD 1st of August 50€  OF DISCOUNT
FROM the 2nd of August  FULL PRICE
Camping ( with matrass)                    515 €
Grotta Ginestra (cave)  2 beds           545 €
Fishouse 2 beds                                 545 €
Tai chi studio 4 beds                           545 €
Roulotte 1/2 beds                               545 €
Tanzaku Tree house 1 bed                 575 €
Trullo 3 beds                                       575 €
Lamia 3 beds                                      575 €
NB For the registration it’s necessary to send a bank transfer of 150€

IBAN    IT 96 D 05018 04000 000012405247            BANCA POPOLARE ETICA

BIC/SWIFT:  ETICIT22XXX  (mandatory from march 20th 2023)
causal: iscrizione annuale APS KRONOPIOS CASINA SETTARTE per… your name (pay in only 150€ , the rest you will give in cash when you come in CasinaSettarte before that the seminar start). PLEASE DON’T DO THE REGISTRATION PAYING MORE THAN 150€.

English practical information:

At Casina Settarte we believe that by paying attention to simple, everyday things we can develop our awareness and understanding of sustainable living. Small ways we can start to make a difference are by recycling, reducing our consumption of plastic, re-using glass containers, using natural and biodegradeable soaps.
We ask you to please read the essential / practical information here on the website of Casina before you arrive, if you have any questions about these things please don’t hesitate to ask us.

Arriving at Casina Settarte at 5pm at the train station of Ostuni, at the bar. If you cannot make this pick-up time then you can get here by taxi, please contact us for phone numbers for local taxi firms. In all cases please email in advance to let us know what date and time you will arrive and what modes of transport you will use.

Taxi for different arrivals time:
ANGELO (+39) 330 964927
GIANNOTTA 347 7023843