Nomadic Dance Collective Sirince Mountain Performance Intensive

Nomadic Dance Collective Sirince

Nomadic Dance Collective uses the creative process of performance to connect deeply to the self and to search our embodied history through both body and mind. It is formed by three artists,Concetta Cariello (Italy), Adam Koan (USA) and Kiori Kawai (Japan), that will introduce a significant way towards the creative process in their field of expertise–Contemporary, Contact Improvisation and Butoh.

Nomadic Dance Collective will offer Sirince Mountain Performance Intensive, 4 weeks of performance workshops that facilitate the development of group/solo performances with participants, and will co-create final performance pieces.  

The program includes physical training classes in contemporary dance, contact improvisation, improvisational movement, composition and Butoh. There will be a co-creative performance development for the whole group as well as for solo works, or small groups’ works. By listening to the desires and performative wishes of the participants, the team will facilitate the process within a malleable structure acting as midwives while assisting the participants’ processes toward the birth of new or revisited creations. Participants are welcome to bring their own ideas and interests into the co-creative pot that we will collectively feel and generate together. 

This intensive includes morning sessions and afternoon sessions for a total of 5 to 6 hours a day; evening activities – such as CI jams, ecstatic dance, music nights – will be spontaneously organized two or three times a week.


Moreover, the three lead artists will provide private sessions to participants that will take part in at last two weeks of the intensive workshop. Those private sessions will support the participants to develop their performance skills and creative processes, dedicating valuable one on one to each person. These sessions will lead to a final multi-performances event within the Stoa facilities and surroundings.
The final performance will be based on the concept of the nomadic rhizome, a performance layout that breaks from prior definitions of performance space. In a nomadic rhizome, there are multiple spaces used, both inside and outside where transitions between each performance are just as important as the individual performances themselves. There may also be use of parade, game, or audience participation. The idea is to break free from preconceived notions of performance space.

Kiori Kawai

Kiori Kawai (Japanese, b. 1978) is a dance performer/choreographer,
interactive installation artist and an educator.

As a dance performance artist, she seeks to merge her body and coexist
within nature and all environments. Started her career in New York, she
has worked with Carman Moore/Skymusic Inc., Elaine Summers Dance and
Film, Lincoln Center, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Brooklyn Museum,
Serraves Contemporary Museum (Portugal), Mesa Arts Center (AZ),
Transformation Festival (Denmark/U.S), Megaron (Athens, Greece), touring
nationally and internationally. She’s built up her own improvisatory
movement vocabulary based on the techniques of meditation, Kinetic
Awareness, Contact Improv, yoga, and various dance/movement training.

This led her to designing interactive installations that include human body
movement within kinetic sculptures.

Her approach to teaching Contact Improvisation and improvisational dance
performances is based on developing awareness and exploring our
conscious/unconscious choices through physical interaction between self
and others. She has taught at New York University-Abu Dhabi (UAE),
Alpine Dance Academy/Wave Festival (CO, USA), Tinkuy (Copenhagen,
Denmark), Wrong Movement Studio (Athens, Greece), New England Dance Camp (New Hampshire, USA), Transformation Festival (U.S.A-Denmark), Deakin University/Federation Square (Melbourne, Australia), Savannah Arts Academy/ Telfair Museums (GA, USA), Dancing Water (TX, USA), Azule Dance Theater (NY, USA), Rinyou Temple (Japan) and more.

Maria Concetta Cariello

Originally stemming from a ballet background, Concetta has realigned her focus training in contemporary dance and obtained a BA in Dance Studies at the School of Performing Arts, University of Malta, jointly with an Erasmus program at the BCDA – Budapest Contemporary Dance Academy.
Her previous background in Building Engineering-Architecture have provided her with a passion for architecture and design, which enriches her approach to dance and space composition. Drawing from this, in 2018, she started ‘Archi-Humans Go Public’, a research project that puts in conversation dance and public spaces, funded by Arts Council Malta.
In recent years, she has embraced a nomadic path that leads her to travel to different geographic and interior places, and that initiated her into a deeper exploration of the self, of personal development through meditative and somatic practices, and Contact Improvisation.
She is co-founder of Sirius Dance Collective (2019) with Laura Kuukkanen (Finland) and Aline Zora (New Caledonia), with whom she produced two scenic works: “Connection” (2020); and “Spirited” (2020).
She is part of the Co-Creation Center, a multidisciplinary research group aiming to develop a methodology and a model of Conscious Co-Creation in order to accompany teams (both in the performing arts and in business) towards the manifestation from the source by accessing the unified field.
For two consecutive years she worked as dance assistant for Opening Doors Malta, an artistic association, working with adults with learning disabilities.
As dancer, Concetta has performed various works by Gil Kerer, Willi Dorner, Marie Keiser-Nielsen, Azul Teatro Company, La Fura dels Baus Company, Contact Dance Company, and others.
As an emerging dance creator, she choreographed “I Cannot Walk Around My Body, I Cannot Leave It Behind” for 5 dancers (2018); her own solo research “PRIMA MATERIA: A Study On My Bodies” (2019-20); the solo “Non-Linear Body/ies” for the company ZfinMalta Dance Ensemble (2020); and co-created with the Lentua Collective ’21 “A Nature Corner” commissioned by Joutsentanssi Festival, Finland (2021).
In 2021, she directed and produced her first independent short film “GIRGENTI – Timeless Dances On The Hill” for and with 3 dancers.
As a teacher, she started holding contemporary dance classes and workshops in various countries mainly Malta, Italy, Georgia and Finland, and taught contemporary ballet at the Nytke Contemporary Dance Festival (Finland) for three consecutive editions. She was a resident teacher at Gomarduli retreat center, Georgia.
She has now co-created Nomadic Dance Collective: a collective of teachers – with Adam Koan (USA) and Kiori Kawai (Japan) -with whom she organizes workshops in nature, completely dedicated to the research and refinement of the performative act, of a hybrid matrix combining the different sectors of work of the collaborators: Butoh, improvisation and CI, and contemporary dance.
In her contemporary dance classes, she offers a space where to cultivate and nurture the physical, emotional and mental bodies using a combination of improvisation, games, floorwork, and set phrases in order to challenge: the physical body in terms of coordination, strength and elasticity of the movement; the emotional and mental body in its fluctuations as an ongoing inquiry of our inner states. Her contemporary dance classes are integrated with some elements from meditation practices, somatic principles, stressing the importance of the breath within the movement, the sound, the playfulness, and the use of weight in relation with the floor.
She says about dance: “I strongly believe that movement is a metaphor for life, and it is through movement that I am learning who I truly am. By learning who I am through dance, I can broaden my view on what relationship with others is, and what life is. I trust that dance can connect us back to our body, to our essence, to re-learn that we are the creators of our reality, and to take back the power of ownership and freedom for our lives.”
She is certified Reiki practitioner; and LIFE AWARENESSTM certified breathwork instructor.

Adam Koan

Adam Koan is a half Colombian half Venezuelan-American, raised in the small town of Belleview, Florida who has toured the world performing, teaching, and writing about Butoh. He has taught butoh at Stoa on three separate retreat programs during winter of 2021. He is a former facilitator at Himalaya Subbody Butoh and was curator for the 2-week Serbia Butoh Retreat 2019. In his early dance history, he was classically trained in Ballet and Modern Dance.

To Adam, butoh is a means to re-adopt the body and to break out of various limiting habits modern society has thrusted upon our bodies and spirits. The body is an enigma and an entire universe full of wonder, and both surface and shadow are made to eventually dance together in harmony.

Adam’s butoh guiding draws upon a multitude of exercises and perspectives that emphasize the body-mind connection, improvisation, imagination, shamanic motifs, and unlearning. It may be a rich resource for dancers, actors, performance artists, body workers, athletes, psychologists, and more.

Clear instruction is emphasized. The guiding cultivates individual deep creation within and is crafted in such a way that both beginners and experienced practitioners can gain material to construct a personal Butoh body. No experience of any prior discipline needed.


Since 2016, Adam has instructed approximately 750 hours of butoh in the following countries: USA, Mexico, Georgia, Turkey, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Germany, Serbia, Hungary, Spain, Finland, Italy, India, Greece, and Israel. 

Dates of the Camp

Between 28th February – 26th March 2022

The workshops will take place from Monday to Friday, every day between 10.00 – 17.30. 13.00 – 14.30 is lunch time.

Please indicate the dates you want to participate in the “Checkin – Checkout Dates” section on the application form. (Note: In case of participation for more than a week (5 days workshop), the updated price will be sent to you.)

Arrival: We request that you arrive by Sunday, one day before your designated week(s), in order to have a proper introduction to the space, format, organizational matters and questions you may have.

General Schedule – aim and focus for each week

Training classes
Creative methods LABs
Training classes

Creative methods LABs
+Group creations
Group creations
Private Sessions
Finalising the works and performances
Private Sessions

Detailed Schedule


Kamp Tarihi

28 Şubat – 26 Mart 2022 tarihleri arasında her hafta

Atölyeler Pazartesi’den Cuma’ya Her Gün 10.00 – 17.30 saatleri arasında gerçekleşecektir. 13.00 – 14.30 öğle yemeği saatidir.

Katılmak istediğiniz tarihleri başvuru formunda yer alan “Giriş – Çıkış Tarihleri” kısmında beliritiniz. (Not: Bir haftadan (5 günlük atölye katılımı) fazla katılım durumunda tarafınıza güncellemiş fiyat gönderilecektir.)

Gelişler: Planlanan haftaya katılım için Pazar gününden gelmenizi bekliyoruz. Böylece mekan, program ve diğer sorularınız için zaman yaratabileceğiz.

Quota / Kontenjan: 16

Fee (one week) → Type A Type B Type C
Accomodation  €    140,00  €        190,00  €          260,00
Workshop  €    250,00  €        250,00  €          250,00
Total  €    390,00  €        440,00  €          510,00
Type A Dormitory (up to 8 people ) (Shared Bathroom)
Type B Double  Room (Private Bathroom)
Type C Single Room (Private  Bathroom)



(Türkçe’si aşağıdadır)

For the prices specified in the table; Includes accomodation for 6 days, 4 meals a day, unlimited tea and water, studio and workshop fees (for 5 days)


Important Notice:

The fees in the table show the total fee for one-week participation in the program between February 28 – and March 26, 2022. Discounts between 10%, and 20% will be applied for participation over two weeks. Please specify the date range you want to attend in the Check-in/Check-out section of the application.

The worksop fees are:

250 Euros – 1 week

500 Euros – 2 weeks

675 Euros – 3 weeks (10% discount)

800 Euros – 4 weeks (20% discount)

Important Notice About Schoolarship
Scholarship price for people who have financial difficulty (limited to 3 to 4 participants)

Scholarship only available for those who commit to the entire month. Turkish residents are encouraged to apply.

The scholarship will add an additional 45% discount off, bringing the monthly instructor fee to 550 euro.

The application deadline for the scholarship is 31 January; Participant will apply to the scholarship by filling out the questionnaire of the following:

Schoolarship App. Form


Tabloda belirtilen fiyatlara; günde 4 öğün yemek, sınırsız çay ve su ile stüdyo kullanımları, atölye ücretleri (5 gün) ve 6 gün konaklama dahildir. İndirimlerle ilgili kısmı dikkatle okuyunuz.

Önemli Not:

Tablodaki ücretler,  28 Şubat Ocak ile 26 Mart 2022 tarihleri arasında programa bir haftalık katılım için toplam ücreti göstermektedir. İki haftanın üzerindeki katılımlar için %10 ve %20 oranında indirimler uygulanacak tarafınıza bildirilecektir. Lütfen katılmak istediğiniz tarih aralığını başvuruda Giriş/Çıkış kısmında belirtiniz.

Atölyede eğitim ücretleri:

250 Eur – 1 hafta

500 Eur – 2 Hafta

675 Eur – 3 Hafta (%10 indirim)

800 Eur – 4 Hafta (%20 indirim) olarak belirlenmiştir.

Atölyeye katılım bursu hakkında önemli not: 

Finansal sebeplerle atölyeye katılım konusunda zorluk yaşayanlar için (3 – 4 kişi ile sınırlıdır) açıktır.

Atölye bursu sadece tüm programa (1 ay) katılım sağlayacaklara uygulanabilir. Türkiye’den başvuracak kişileri özellikle teşvik ediyoruz.

Burs miktarı atölye ücretinin %45 ‘tir. Tüm ay için toplam 550 Euro tutarında eğitmen ödemesi beklenir. Bursa başvurmak için aşağıdaki bağlantıyı kullanabilirsiniz.

Burs başvurusu için son tarih 31 Ocak’tır.

Schoolarship App. Form

You can have an idea about the life at the Medrese via here.

Who can apply?

Anyone interested in the issues we work on.
No prior experience is required to participate.

Participants are expected to be ready at 10:00am on Monday’s, we recommend that those coming from out of town attend on Sunday.

For the healthy progress of the workshop; We expect participants to have a Covid test before arriving.

Bu atölyeye kimler başvurabilir?

Üzerinde çalıştığımız konulara ilgi duyan herkes.
Çalışmalara katılmak için herhangi bir ön deneyim aranmaz.

Katılımcıların Pazartesi (başlangıç) günleri 10.00’da hazır olmaları beklenir, şehir dışından gelenlerin Pazar gününden katılmalarını öneriyoruz.

Atölyenin sağlıklı ilerlemesi için; Katılımcıların gelmeden önce Covid testi yaptırmalarını bekliyoruz.

Önemli Not!

Sıklıkla Sorulan Sorular

Başvuru prosedürüyle ilgili sorularınız için bize yazmadan önce bu bölüme göz gezdirmenizi rica ederiz. Muhtemelen, sorunuzun cevabı orada mevcut.