The Team


Ruth Janssen - Dancer / Teacher

For 15 years Ruth danced professionally with some of Britain's leading dance makers, touring extensively nationally and internationally, and had work toured with dance and theatre companies in Britain and Italy, India and China, Malta and Finland. Ruth has worked for theatre companies Scottish Dance Theatre, Dundee Rep Ensemble, Mad Dogs Dance Theatre, Scarlattine Teatro and Gravity & Levity amoung others. As a dance and yoga teacher, Ruth has taught several professional dance companies regular company class including Scottish Dance Theatre and Phoenix Dance Theatre, and also guest lectured for vocational dance schools.

Ruth has practiced and taught Contact Improvisation and improvisation for over 10 years. When she heard about ContaKids it immediately made sense to go and train with Itay to bring it here to the South West. Ruth teaches pregnancy and postnatal yoga in Exeter, is a practicing professional bodyworker and is seeking to bring support  and fun to families with young children through movement, dance and yoga.

Marco Mazza - Dancer / Actor / Teacher

Marco Mazza trained in italy at the Viartisti theatre school.

He studied dance, singing and acting. Over the years has worked with different theatre  and dance companies including Jean Laurent Sasportes (Pina Bausch company), Duccio Bellugi Vannuccini (Theatre du soleil), Mauro Piombo (Commedia dell'arte), site specific performances with French company Ilotopie.

Marco's interests in performance extend to outreach and community work, collaborating with various associations dealing with immigration and homlessness.

Marco founded and directed the two physical theatre companies Tecnologia Filosofica and Quarta Scimmia with whom he has developed his artistic style.

Itay Yatuv - Founder

Itay is the Artistic Director of the Hakvutza Dance School, and has been practising and teaching contact improvisation (CI) worldwide for over a decade. Itay trained as a contemporary dancer in New York, U.S; Italy, and Israel; then went on to independently choreograph in the last ten years, leading several international projects of improvisational performances. Itay has been training in Aikido for the past six years, a practice he integrates into his CI research. 

Most recently, he has been conducting CI workshops for little children and their parents in developing the ContaKids method. As a dance researcher and explorer of CI, Itay has been investigating the various possibilities—and experimenting with different forms—of movement that two human bodies can have together in space, much of which have been incorporated into the practice of Contakids in the four years he has worked on it.

You can watch Itay's Ted Talk in the video opposite.