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2023 SUMMER OPEN SOURCE FORMS WORKSHOP in BRESCIA, ITALY – The Italian Capital of Culture for 2023

OSF Faculty Teachers:
Manuela Bondavalli and Nathan Dryden

August 21 – September 8, 2023

Monday – Friday, 10:30am – 1:30pm

I.dan.ce International Dance Center via Carducci 12/e Botticino -Brescia

Option for 1, 2, or 3 weeks (with discounts for multiple weeks): 

Week One: 21- 25 August 2023
Week Two: 28 August – 1 September 2023
Week Three: 4 – 8 September 2023

Plus a weekend of OSF Advanced practice: 9/10 September, 2023

Open to all! Those without prior experience in OSF, SRT or traditional dance, as well as experienced practitioners are welcome. The first three weeks cover the full spectrum of Introductory Level OSF work plus daily improvisation. The final weekend introduces OSF Advanced practice.

Deeply rooted in and fluidly expanded from Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT), OSF involves shedding outer layers, accessing primal energy, agility navigating subconscious realms, imagery as potent tool for transformation, and developing a high degree of consciousness without self-consciousness. The practice celebrates diversity, collaboration and individual empowerment: free of inhibition, accessing intuition, inviting the mind to collaborate. OSF sessions offer potent tools to access freedom, specificity and courage in movement, vocal practice and creative practice. A key aspect is individual creative empowerment as an instigator of positive change on the planet.

Sessions are inclusive, welcoming and vitally useful for newcomers and experienced practitioners. Workshop participants can join for one, two, or three weeks, with progressive discounts based on number of weeks. Those without prior experience in OSF or SRT proceed chronologically beginning with the first week. Experienced practitioners can choose which weeks to attend. Drop-ins are limited to those with comprehensive experience of Introductory Level OSF or SRT.

Register for more and save! Per-week price decreases with each additional week added.


Full price:
Week 1 €250,00
Week 2 €230,00
Week 3 €205,00

Save even more by registering before 15th July 2023 for a €100 discount if you register for at least two weeks.


Register before 15th July 2023 the price is € 50,00 for the weekend. Full price is € 90,00

To register please write to: idanceworkshop@gmail.com



I.dan.ce International Dance Center 

via Carducci 12/e Botticino -Brescia

With the permission and blessing of Stephanie Skura, it’s finally happening!

21 August – 8 September 2023

Monday – Friday, 10:30am – 6pm

2023 Fees: €1,900

To apply for OSF Sourcing Deeper Italy 2023, please send an email to idanceworkshop@gmail.com

Enrollment in Sourcing Deeper is not guaranteed until application is approved and payment is received.


The 3-week OSF Sourcing Deeper program is designed for experienced OSF and SRT practitioners longing to more deeply understand underlying conceptual structures and strategies of OSF. Some may decide to follow with an OSF Teacher Certification Program. Others may prefer taking the work in other directions like research in movement, somatics, or integrations with other practices. The program also supports those purely interested in deeper study and reflection of the releasing process, allowing future applications to unfold in time.

Though not a commitment to OSF Teacher Training, OSF Sourcing Deeper is a required pre-requisite for all applicants to OSF Teacher Certification Programs. OSF Sourcing Deeper is a ‘first pass’ at the complex array of skills and concepts that allow facilitators to create seemingly magical environments conducive to deeply transformative experiences.

The program includes the full spectrum of Introductory Level OSF material in the morning sessions, plus substantive afternoon participatory discussions, vocal practice, sophisticated improvisational practice, hands-on practice, writing and drawing practice, language and music considerations — plus related readings in relevant philosophical topics that enhance our understanding of the profound concepts underlying this practice. For those who choose to follow with OSF Teacher Training, Sourcing Deeper will render the rigors of OSF Teacher Certification more digestible, less overwhelming, and more fun!


Applicants for OSF Sourcing Deeper need experience with a minimum of two consecutive weeks of Introductory Open Source Forms or Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT classes 1-10), preferably within the past two years

To apply and register please write to: 



MANUELA BONDAVALLI is a dance artist, teacher, performer.

Manuela is a remarkably potent and experienced dancer, with a strong foundation in traditional and alternative techniques. She has the courage, flexibility and passion – plus integrity, eloquence and humility – to be among the most innovative leaders in her field”.

Stephanie Skura

Manuela holds a Degree from University of Brescia, graduated in Dance studies and then obtained an MA in Choreography and Choreology -Trinity Laban of London, University where in 1995, she started her personal course of choreographic research receiving the “Sylvia Bodmer Award”. She lived in London from 1994 to 1998. Continued her studies in the USA, she is a Certified teacher in Skinner Releasing Technique™ – Ongoing and Introductory level – Skinner Releasing Institute – Seattle (USA). Certified Teacher Trainer of Open Source Forms -OSF- under the guidance of Stephanie Skura.

As a teacher, her investigation includes both in-depht analysis of the contemporary releasing technique, improvisation and compositional techniques. Contact Improvisation it’s a further, nodal source of inspiration and research for Manuela, as is real-time composition. Her work has been influenced and inspired by Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Simone Forti e Nita Little.

As a dance artist, she has carried on her career for more than twenty five years, creating about thirty works and presenting her group choreographies, compositions and collaborative works locally, nationally, and internationally. 

From 1995 to 2011 she was Artistic Director of the Company Manuela Bondavalli. She collaborated with Stephanie Skura in the creation of “ Ruins memories “ and “Prima fila”.

From 2006 to 2014 she was Director and choreographer of the project Sperimental Company No Frills, which aimed at supporting the creative process and the stage presence of young dancers, investigating on-scene improvisation. 

Her creations have been supported by Cariplo Foundation, the Regional Council for the arts (winner of the NEXT award in 2013 and 2014),  Lombardy Dance Circuit, Brescia Theatre Center, ASM and the Municipality of Brescia.

Apart from working with many Lombard actors and directors, she collaborates with the American choreographer Stephanie Skura, musicians and composer like Markus Stokhausen, Fausto Beccalossi, Paolo Benvegnù, Luca Formentini, Ludovico Peroni.

Many of her works are site-specific and were made in collaboration with Croydon College (UK), Dams in Bologna, Teatro Grande in Brescia, Museum Santa Giulia in Brescia, Laba Academy of Fine Arts.

From 2009 to 2014 she was Artistic Director of the Container Festival dedicated to improvisational dance and videodance(in collaboration with Cinedans). She realized “Dance insights”, a project for the dissemination of the history of contemporary dance realized with Francesca Pedroni, in collaboration with the Santa Giulia Museum in Brescia

Currently Artistic Director and Teacher at the International Dance Center former Container12.