Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

Events are listed in chronological order. For historical interest, see also the list of past events.

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Gabriel Román, Av. Pedro Vásconez Yacupamba, Ambato, Tungurahua , Ecuador

DanceAbility International’s mission is to dissolve barriers and connect people with and without disabilities through dance and movement. This mission is accomplished through classes, workshops and events for adults and children, performances, teacher trainings and educational materials for teachers of inclusive dance.

All 5 days schedule is from 10:00 to 13:00 and then from 15:00 to 18:00.

Ambato is a city located in the central Andean valley of Ecuador. Lying on the banks of the Ambato River, the city also sits beneath several tall mountains.

DanceAbility Intensive with Alito Alessi = USD 100.00

Price does not include lodging and transportation

National and international transfers

Banco Pichincha
Cuenta Corriente
No: 2100131492
A nombre de: María Cecilia Cuesta
No. de cédula: 1802524577
SWIFT: PICHECEQ
Dirección: Av. Amazonas 4545 y Pereira
Quito – Ecuador

CONTACT: Juan Ochoa, (+593)9 588 46526, , https://danceability-ec.wixsite.com/ambato
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7 May 2018
http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca, Lasqueti Island, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia V0R 2J0, Canada

A workshop intensive with Axis Syllabus teacher Ruth Douthwright and Movement Educator/Speaker Erin Godfrey

$400 includes tuition, all meals, dormitory or camping, transportation on Lasqueti to the ferry.

Retreat Description:

PROJECTS IN MOTION is an ongoing collaboration between Ruth Douthwright and Erin Godfrey – a platform for movement research, education and artistic practice.

Acknowledging the moving body as living landscape requires adaptation and innovation when applying movement principles. Functional movement necessitates a creative approach in practice in order to respect individual physicality and diverse training aims.

Erin and Ruth are informed by many movement modalities with a shared interest in experiential and theoretical research for functional dynamics applied to dancing, sports, yoga, fitness and everyday pedestrian practices of walking, sitting, standing etc.

Schedule:

Arrive on Thursday, May3rd on either the 230 or 530 ferries from French Creek. You will be met with a limo and brought to the studio.

Friday May 4 – Sunday May 6
9:30 – 11:00 Ruth (Axis Syllabus)
11:00 – 11:30 SNACK
11:30 – 1:00 Erin (Movement Essentials)
1:00 – 4:00 LUNCH
4:00 – 5:30 Ruth & Erin (Projects in Motion)
5:30 – 7:30 DINNER
7:30 – 8:30 Friday Erin (CI) / Saturday Free Time / Sunday Ruth (Folk Dance) May 4 – Sunday May 6

Departure is on Monday, May7th on either the 8am or 11am ferries from Lasqueti. You will be brought to the ferry from the studio. Only a light snack and hot liquid is available before the 8am ferry.

Class Descriptions

Axis Syllabus (Ruth)

This practice uses spirals, undulations and looping movement cycles, applied and practiced through dance and athleticism. The objective is to propose practical methods for moving dynamically while developing coordinated movement reactions. Rather than centering on aesthetic choices, it asks the question: how can we support, move with and listen to the moving body?

Movement Essentials (Erin)

Mostly, we practice slow movements for improving co-ordination, alignment, strength and awareness. Speed and improvisation are thoughtfully and progressively included as opportunities to work with alignment habits and reflexes. The movement patterns I teach are developed over years, are informed by my various trainings/research/teaching, and are always evolving.

Projects in Motion (Ruth & Erin)

In this workshop we will investigate principles of movement found in rolling, crawling, standing, walking and dancing. Utilizing creative practices in listening, sensitivity, and innovation to improve and refine alignment for dynamic movement situations. You can expect guided improvisation, repeating loops and bits of phrase work.

Dancing Folk (Ruth)

In this workshop we will practice a wide range of rhythms, steps, gestures and spatial formations bridging stories of origin and folklore to the intention and motivation of the dances. Created and re-created by and for folks who love to dance, these dances continue to evolve, blurring the lines between traditional and contemporary. This class is a lovely way to be in community, simply dancing together while practicing functional coordinations, kinetic rhythmic forces and dynamic efficiency.

CI (Erin)

Contact Improvisation is a social dance in which momentum between people is used to create and inspire dance movements. Focus will be placed upon using kinetic chains and tri-axial movements to play with momentum.

Biographies

Ruth Douthwright is a dance artist and movement educator. For over a decade Ruth has been a teacher of the Axis Syllabus, offering individual and group movement workshops and dance trainings, and is a guest teacher in Dance and Movement Research Projects internationally. She is a graduate from École de danse contemporaine de Montréal, with parallel studies in Body Mind Centering, Continuum and Voice. Continued studies include Laban UK, Min Tanaka, The Body Weather Farm and Noh Theatre – Kyoto Arts Centre. Ongoing research and performance projects with Ecological Bodying – Kevin O’Connor. Ruth is a London Artist in Residence working as an educator and mentor and performs with PDA.

http://axissyllabus.org/community/teachers/ruth_douthwright

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SdW4us4O6c

Erin Godfrey is a movement educator, speaker and researcher. She began her career as a ballet dancer, studying with the National Ballet School of Canada, followed by studies in Anatomy and Kinesiology at George Brown College. Erin has owned several studios in Toronto and has been teaching movement and healthful living practices for over 17 years. Erin’s work is informed by her research of the human body as a natural system for movement. Specializing in injury recovery and movement training for health, performance and everyday life. Offering perspectives in body wellness, Erin works with a wide range of students, including those with serious injuries, chronic conditions, new mothers, seniors, dancers and elite athletes. Additional studies include, Meditation, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Developmental Movement, Pilates, Personal Training, Wellness Coaching, Anatomy Trains, Contact Improvisation and Axis Syllabus.

http://www.eringodfrey.com

https://vimeo.com/231110538

$400Canadian

CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
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26 May 2018
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

$1200Can includes all meals, dormitory, camping, tuition, taxes, and transportation on Lasqueti.

Arrive on Sunday May13 to be picked up from the ferry by a limousine, brought to the studio for dinner rest. Class begins on Monday morning. The final jam is Friday, May25th with departure after breakfast on Saturday at 10am, the ferry leaves at 11.

This workshop has become the signature of Leviathan. It is tried, tested and proven to work. Participants of past workshops have expressed surprise at their development by the third day and are amazed that they continue to improve as CI dancers throughout the 12 days. Some participants have done this workshop 5 times. In 2017 it was offered as a 19day workshop. Several participants asked that it be made longer.

We will start with Tai Chi exercises that emphasize the spiral nature of our physiology. Everything from the DNA to the milky way is spiraling. All of our muscles are laid on bones that are shaped in spirals. The ancient Taoist masters recognized this and developed movement patterns that harness strength and ease in movement.

We will bridge from Taoist Tai Chi to Steve Paxton’s ‘Material For the Spine.’ MFS includes spiral rolls, crescent rolls and Aikido rolls. These exercises are done alone on the floor. They inform the body of unnecessary tension. They bring awareness to blind spots. The bring consciousness to our dance.

We will bridge from floor work to partner work using these rolls to find smooth pathways with a partner. Exploring the concept that ‘lifts are organic’ we will let our feet come off the floor on our terms, when we want. Lifts and aerials in Contact Improv are not contrived like other dance forms. They happen because someone made a mistake; someone’s centre of gravity went below their partners’. We will play with this gentle riding up to slide down to roll up.

This workshop is the ‘essential’ Contact Improv. You can take these exercises with y0u and practice them for the rest of your life. They take more than two weeks to really know them, imprint them in your muscle-memory. Come back next year for a refresher.

Mark Young has been doing Contact Improvisation since 1997. What began as fun re-hab after a traumatic accident quickly became a serious study. He also began a serious study of Tai Chi and Vipassana meditation around the same time, these are the foundations of Contact Improvisation. He has studied C.I. with everyone who has come to the studio, many people outside of the studio and attended numerous conferences with the originators of the form at Breitenbush Hot Springs retreat centre. Also, he has attended numerous Contact Improv jams at Earthdance retreat centre in Massachusetts over the past 15 years. In 2000 he committed all of his resources to the creation of Leviathan Studio, a dance studio committed to the study of Contact Improvisation.

$1200Canadian includes all meals, tuition, camping, dormitory, transportation from/to the ferry/studio.

CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
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25 MAY 2018
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27 May 2018
Germany

The Flying Score – Workshop by Scott Wells
Workshop in Contact Improvisation, flight patterns and fluid acrobatics

May 25-27, 2018 – Tanzfabrik Berlin (Kreuzberg)

Scott Wells, San Francisco
Artistic Director of Scott Wells & Dancers – contemporary dance ensemble „renown for their high-flying, gravity-defying dance“

SCHEDULE:
– Friday 25.5.: 16-20:00
– Saturday 26.5.: 10-18:00 (break 13-14:00)
(19-22:00 public Contact Jam)
– Sunday 27.5.: 11-18:00 (break 14-15:00)
(=total teaching time: 17h)

TRAILER:
https://vimeo.com/109335346

COST:
Early bird: 145€ (money transfer until April 25, 2018),
thereafter: 185€

YOUR REGISTRATION:
For registration details and workshop questions please contact me by e-mail at xs4jan@gmx.de

EVENT WEBSITE: http://contact-improvisation.net/2018/02/27/the-flying-score-ws-by-scott-wells-may-25-27-2018/

SHARE YOUR INTEREST: https://www.facebook.com/events/224081734805089

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION – The Flying Score:

Starting with contact as our foundation, we’ll traject towards a space that supports freedom of flight and expression: expression that takes us into interaction and ensemble improvisation. That is: we start at zero to redefine what is contact—to ourselves, others, reality, gravity. We start at zero to connect with our bodies, our interest and spontaneity.

Some notions: We will decode momentum to ride moving support — riding momentum is about letting go without being out-of–control. We’ll track flying centers of gravity to find aerial interactions that increase the contact.
I like to inject some body systems material (BMC, Alexander Technique and bodywork). For example: Jumping ≠ Flying because jumping is a muscular action, whereas flying is in the bones and is affected greatly by emotions and attitude.

Some of the techniques that will be tought are: ‘flying patterns’ (lifts, how to spring, how to jump, how to fly), ‘fluid acrobatics’ (actobatics in movement), ‘pure contact’(contact improvisation basics). For the acrobatic and advanced patterns everyone will work at their own level and will learn best by building group safety and trust – everyone will do something new. We will learn some repertory and practice taking the aerial work into improv. I like feedback and will see what the group is up for.

We will practice flying, catching, landing, fluid acrobatics and deft maneuvers. We’ll be doing my favorite contact exercises and current curiosities—created or learned over the decades of investigation and indulgence. We use these to warm up, center and to re-enter the “beginner’s mind” of contact improvisation. We will practice integrating the flying and acrobatics into the contact flow. That is: aerial interactions that increase the contact. We will take the aerial work into improvisation FLYING SCORES.

VIDEOS:
https://vimeo.com/115280415
https://vimeo.com/71350780
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAxE41NM5Pg
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBnus7agXHk
https://vimeo.com/132053009
https://vimeo.com/69625456

BIO Scott Wells:

In 1981 Scott Wells discovered the pleasure of contact improvisation shortly after becoming obsessed with the struggles of modern dance. He stuck with both, received an MFA in dance from the University of Illinois (1991) and currently directs a company in San Francisco. Scott Wells & Dancers is celebrating 25 years of making dances in San Francisco. Wells has created works for skateboarders, for boxers and choreographed West Side Story for Sonoma State University. In 2010 and 2005 Scott received the Izzie (San Francisco’s most prestigious dance award) for Outstanding Choreography and was selected by Dance Magazine as “one of the 25 To Watch”. In 2016 Wells choreographed Touchy Subjects with Keith Hennessy and in 2017 choreographed On the Occasion of our 25th Anniversary (and eviction) we ask, “Was that good for you?” with Kathleen Hermesdorf. Wells has been practicing Alexander Technique for twenty five years and BMC for fifteen.
Scott’s style of contact is athletic and emphasizes freedom of movement, flying, fluid acrobatics (easy to advanced), safety, precision, pleasure and technique. What students often like best in Scott’s classes is the variance between meditative, playful, and very physical dancing. And students appreciate how the scary or advanced moves are safe, relaxed and made possible.

PRESS:

“Scott Wells…has a dizzying abundance of pure dance-making talent“ Rachel Howard, SF Examiner

“Wells has become over the last fifteen years the Paul Taylor of Contact Improv — that is, the first to make dances in this idiom that are deeply musical, somehow “normal,” imaginative, witty, often hilarious, sometimes fierce.” Paul Parrish, Danceviewtimes

“Come for the Thrills, Stay for the Artistry.” Allan Ulrich, Voice of Dance

“Sproing! Once you adjust to the notion that very fit people are supposed to be bouncing off walls and flying in your face, you can relax and let them (Wells and dancers) do their thing, which is an electrifying style of contact improvisation” SF Weekly

LOCATION:
Tanzfabrik Berlin
Möckernstr.68, 10965 Berlin (Kreuzberg)
Studio No.4
http://www.tanzfabrik-berlin.de/en/studios

TRAFFIC LINKS:
U6 & 7 Yorckstrasse / Mehringdamm
S1 & 2 Yorckstrasse
Bus M19 Katzbachstrasse
https://www.google.de/maps?daddr=10965+Berlin,M%C3%B6ckernstr.68

PHOTO CREDIT:
David Papas

CONTACT: , https://www.facebook.com/events/224081734805089
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10 JUN 2018
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23 Jun 2018
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

$1200Can includes all meals, dormitory, camping, tuition, taxes, and transportation on Lasqueti.

Arrive on Sunday June10 to be picked up from the ferry by a limousine, brought to the studio for dinner rest. Class begins on Monday morning. The final jam is Friday, June22 with departure after breakfast at 10am, the ferry leaves at 11.

This workshop has become the signature of Leviathan. It is tried, tested and proven to work. Participants of past workshops have expressed surprise at their development by the third day and are amazed that they continue to improve as CI dancers throughout the 12 days. Some participants have done this workshop 5 times. In 2017 it was offered as a 19day workshop. Several participants asked that it be made longer.

We will start with Tai Chi exercises that emphasize the spiral nature of our physiology. Everything from the DNA to the milky way is spiraling. All of our muscles are laid on bones that are shaped in spirals. The ancient Taoist masters recognized this and developed movement patterns that harness strength and ease in movement.

We will bridge from Taoist Tai Chi to Steve Paxton’s ‘Material For the Spine.’ MFS includes spiral rolls, crescent rolls and Aikido rolls. These exercises are done alone on the floor. They inform the body of unnecessary tension. They bring awareness to blind spots. They bring consciousness to our dance.

We will bridge from floor work to partner work using these rolls to find smooth pathways with a partner. Exploring the concept that ‘lifts are organic’ we will let our feet come off the floor on our terms, when we want. Lifts and aerials in Contact Improv are not contrived like other dance forms. They happen because someone made a mistake; someone’s centre of gravity went below their partners’. We will play with this gentle riding up to slide down to roll up.

This workshop is the ‘essential’ Contact Improv. You can take these exercises with y0u and practice them for the rest of your life. They take more than two weeks to really know them, imprint them in your muscle-memory. Come back next year for a refresher.

Mark Young has been doing Contact Improvisation since 1997. What began as fun re-hab after a traumatic accident quickly became a serious study. He also began a serious study of Tai Chi and Vipassana meditation around the same time, these are the foundations of Contact Improvisation. He has studied C.I. with everyone who has come to the studio, many people outside of the studio and attended numerous conferences with the originators of the form at Breitenbush Hot Springs retreat centre. Also, he has attended numerous Contact Improv jams at Earthdance retreat centre in Massachusetts over the past 15 years. In 2000 he committed all of his resources to the creation of Leviathan Studio, a dance studio committed to the study of Contact Improvisation.

$1200Canadian includes tuition, taxes, camping, dormitory, all meals and snacks, limo to and from the ferry.

CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
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18 JUN 2018
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1 Jul 2018
BC , Canada

Salt Spring Island in Western Canada invites you to a 2 week of Contact Improvisation on this idyllic island.

1 week Intensive training with Martin Keogh, June 18th- June 24th, followed by 1 week multi faceted festival, June 27th-July 1st.

All Info below and on website: https://www.contactimprovisationsaltspring.com
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DANCING DEEPER STILL With Martin Keogh
June 18th- June 24th.
fb link: https://www.facebook.com/events/418908665172646/

“Dancing Deeper Still”

The workshop will cover in depth:

-silkworms sliding slowly out of their yellow cocoon
-leaves detaching from the tree with a slight breeze, suspended, floating
-the tiny pieces of a strange artifact and we do not know how it works
-a stream of cascading crystal clear water
-the denial of the simultaneity of time
-water drops piercing stone
-contemplating from the window of a moving train the landscape that is there but disappears instantly
-honey spilling

We will work together five to six hours a day. Other activities will include jams, potlucks, and spontaneous surprises. We want to get to know you—your treasures, your idiosyncrasies, your distinctive pathways into contact improvisation.
Attending a weeklong training allows the group to establish working relationships, and provides the opportunity for everyone to receive feedback and create significant changes in their dancing
Because of the advanced nature of this workshop, this intensive is for those with a solid grasp of Contact fundamentals.

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3rd annual Salt Spring Island Contact Improvisation Festival
June 27th-July 1st
fb link: https://www.facebook.com/events/145060062768260/

We will be coming together for a medley of Classes, Jams, Focused Jams, Group games, Scores, Indoor Dance, Outdoor exploration, Group Meals and Music. Join us for a 5 day immersive gathering where dance, community, art, nature and self discovery all meet in a space of investigation, a time of play.

Our Facilitators:
Neige Christenson (Boston)
Cyrus Khambhata (Seattle)
Martin Keogh (Salt-Spring Island)
Sole Medina (Chile)
Michael Sheely (Boston)
Manuel Rochette (Salt-Spring Island)

https://www.contactimprovisationsaltspring.com/

Canadian dollars
420$-495$ per event
Discount if you partake in both events:
780$-920$

CONTACT: Manuel Rochette, , https://www.contactimprovisationsaltspring.com/
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22 JUL 2018
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1 Sep 2018
Leviathan Studio, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

$600Canadian per week includes all meals, lodging, tuition, pick-up and return to the ferry, and taxes. Arrive on Sunday, depart on Saturday. There is a preference for participants doing the entire 6weeks. For those wishing to do the entire residency, the total fee is $3000 if you register by May1st.

This 6week Residency is a result of the things that worked in the 19day workshop in July’17 and the 19day Residency in Aug’17. It is a combination of what worked from the two events last year; the things that were asked for more.

There will be daily morning class of 2 hours. This class is lead by Mark Young in the foundations of Contact Improv with all the basic skills that we need to do good CI including spiral rolls, crescent rolls, aikido rolls, the small dance and all that leads us to aerials. There will be a morning Tai Chi session prior to the 2 hour class.

Participants at Leviathan have become accustomed to the 4hour lunch break. Experience has shown the wisdom of this practice. There is no rush to leave the floor when the morning class ends. There is no rush to eat. Food is abundant. Some people like to meditate for an hour, there will be a group sit in the studio 2:30-3:30. Some like to get in the ocean during the lunch break. I like to nap before the one hour sit. We will maintain the 4 hour lunch break throughout this 6week adventure.

The afternoon session is for group lab work. With the guidance of co-facilitators, Olivia Shaffer and Kyle Syverson (bios below) we will delve into the questions and curiosities of participants as they relate to Contact Improv. This is an opportunity for participants to raise their questions, explore their limitations with the support of the group.

We will have the input of various guest teachers who will lead us through short workshops. Karen Nelson will lead us through material of her choosing; material that is her present day intrigue after decades of inquiry.

Although registration is on a week-to-week basis, some weeks require that you participate in the previous week. There is a preference for people who register for the whole residency. We want people from the beginning to bond with the group. Of course, not everyone has the time to devote 6 weeks to this project. Some will leave early and others will start late.

Session 1: July22-28- Tai Chi, spiral/crescent/aikido rolls. If you don’t know these rolls, then now is a good time to start the Residency. We will continue to practice them throughout the Residency but this week will be devoted to in depth study.

Session 2: July29-Aug4- Going deeper with the work. Same as session 1, but more. All these things take time, more than a week, and they benefit anyone at any level. You will become softer and stronger with more tone. Your dancing will be noticeably improved by this time. There will be an emphasis on jams as we assimilate the work and prepare for Alicia’s workshop.

Session 3: Aug5-11– We will start the week (MTWT) with Alicia Grayson (see workshop below) leading us through a 4 day workshop. You must do session 2 to do session 3. We want to present a solid group of dancers to when she arrives. It takes a few days just to get unwound from the city never mind grounded in the daily rigours of 3 sessions daily. After this workshop, we will return to the schedule of morning class with Mark and afternoon labs with Olivia and Kyle. Friday will be a day of rest.

Session 4: Aug12-18- We will continue with the 2hour conditioning class in the morning with Mark and afternoon lab sessions with Olivia and Kyle. Last year, at the end of the 19day workshop there was a sense that we were just getting going and there was a strong request for a 4th week to just assimilate the material. Further down the rabbit hole we go with 24h jam/silent day and walking backwards exercises.

Session 5: Aug19-25 You must do session 4 to participate in session 5. Karen Nelson will start the week with 4days of Tuning Scores. See below for class description and bio. Friday will be a day of rest and on Saturday we will return to the morning conditioning class and afternoon lab sessions. By this time, the evening jams will be magical with a base group of participants who have been working together for four weeks.

Session 6: Aug26-Sept1- Assimilation: From past experience, time is requested for assimilation of all that we have learned. No new material will be presented just continued exploration. Consider a morning session of Tai Chi leading to a jam. The afternoon session may start with a long practice of walking backwards. Walking backwards through the forest develops awareness of what is behind you. With a soft and subtle body, and heightened awareness through meditation, with a group of participants that has gelled over time, we will do what we love most, jam. This week could also be titled, ‘Advanced.’ No new participants will join this week.

Alicia Grayson’s workshop: CI Principles: From the Ground Up, A Journey through the Chakras: Each session we will focus on one of the 7 major chakras as a lens through which we build solo and partnering skills that support contact improvisation. Working from the ground up we expand our abilities to listen to ourselves and our partners so that the flow of life energy can move effortlessly through us as we improvise in contact. The following themes gleaned from the 7 major chakras will weave their way into the workshop: Earth: creating and deepening a felt sense of safety, refining one’s ability to listen and respond though touch, continuously sensing the ground through own and partner’s body, integrating feet and legs to pelvic floor and spine. Water: accessing the power and fluidity of the pelvis and integrating it with rest of the body as co-create with partner, continuity of the rolling point of contact, moving with embodied pleasure, navigating healthy boundaries, using momentum to create more ease in dancing, intentionally going off balance to create opportunities for the joy of falling and flying. Fire: moving from own center (the source of life energy) and connecting to partner’s, delighting in and deepening one’s solo dance while dancing with partner, exploring the organs of liver, stomach and kidneys as support for empowered dancing Air: expanding the awareness of the lungs and breath as well as the arms and hands and their relationship to the heart, developing strategies for creating lightness in the body, allowing the spectrum of heart qualities to dance us. Sound and vibration: freeing up the neck, throat and jaw as a means to open self expression while we move, integrating the head and torso though the pathway of the digestive tube, refining the ability to work with spherical space and inversions.Light and perception: using the physical eyes and imagination to give more depth in our perception, inviting the eyes to be the steering wheel for the spine, closing the eyes and opening to deeper levels of sensation and visualization so our inner world dances us.Opening to the Source or the Mystery: opening oneself to the creative unknown, navigating the head as a limb, integrating all parts of the body, mind and spirit so that the improvisation flows freely. We practice these skills in an environment that honors our physical, emotional and mental boundaries…and invites their expansion. In contact improvisation we discover the magic that happens as we play with our creative minds and hearts and the physics of two (or more) bodies in motion.

Alicia Grayson has been passionately involved with dancing, teaching and performing CI for the past 30 years. She has taught contact improvisation as an adjunct faculty at George Washington University, University of Denver, Naropa University and Shenandoah University. She teaches CI, yoga and pilates classes in Colorado and regularly travels nationally and internationally to teach. Her long time practices of authentic movement, yoga and meditation, her work as a somatic psychotherapist and transformational coach and her love of nature are important influences on her dancing and teaching. She delights in exploring and discovering new depths to contact improvisation and related disciplines and is particularly interested in the intersection of physics and expression and the mind/body relationship.

Karen Nelson’s 40-year dance and performance practice has been influenced by mentor/collaborator’s Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson’s, Material for the Spine, Contact, and Tuning Scores (respectively), and with many others around the world. A dancer/choreographer, performer, teacher and organizer, Karen co-founded Joint Forces Dance Co, Breitenbush Jam, Dance Ability, Diverse Dance Research Retreat, and the performance group Image Lab, among other projects.

Image Lab intensively developed Tuning Scores together for nearly a decade in the 1990s, and autonomously in current collaborations. They performed Tuning Scores Observatories in the US, Europe and Asia. A regular guest teacher at the Schools for New Dance Development in Amsterdam and Arnhem, Karen made numerous teaching visits including Bates Festival, Movement Research and Festivals in South America. She’s received awards from National Endowment for the Arts, Oregon Arts Commission, National Performance Network, Wild Woods Foundation, Vashon Allied Arts, NW New Works.

Karen’s workshop will emphasize ‘Tuning Scores’ dynamic inter-dancing. Our dancing body is a playground of investigation. Our senses are the detectives. Our awareness and imagination employ physicality to embody and reveal composition in relation to our environment and each other. Stillness, continuous movement, engagement of skin, muscle, skeleton, and particularly the eyes: how they move, how they move us, how we can see and make compositional choices with our eyes closed. How witnessing is dancing. This is the tip of a large body of work. Your body, your work. Scores are games with guidelines that help the players communicate with each other. A language gets made between the players that can make sense, and meaning within a dance shared together can unfold.

Olivia Shaffer is an independent performer, improviser, choreographer and teacher from Vancouver, BC. She holds a BFA and a Liberal Arts Certificate from the School for Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University. She works as a freelance dance artist with several Vancouver-based companies such as EDAM Dance, Co.ERASGA, MACHiNENOiSY and Raven Spirit Dance, among others. Since 2011, Olivia has had the pleasure and privilege of developing her skills under the guidance of two mentors: CI master Peter Bingham and somatic movement expert Helen Walkley. Olivia trains daily with Peter and his renown dance company EDAM, and has an ongoing rapport with Helen as a devoted student and artistic collaborator.

Olivia has participated in numerous CI intensives with notables such as Andrew Harwood, Ray Chung and Frey Faust. She has taught in North America and Southeast Asia, and has been performing with Vancouver-based CI company EDAM Dance since 2014.

www.oliviashaffer.ca Olivia’s approach to Contact Improvisation (CI) is rooted in cultivating an awareness of our body’s physical sensations and an embodied tuning to the present moment. Classes will incorporate solo movement investigations and hands-on partner work. Principles such as yielding, head-tail connection, and push patterns will be explored to enrich our dancing in contact with others. These explorations will help us integrate the interconnections of our limbs and notice unnecessary tension in our bodies. We will examine pathways that allow us to move in and out of the floor with ease and efficiency. As we begin to dance together we will discover the innate physics in our movements. Gravity can become a tool rather than a hindrance. By learning to gently pour the weight of our body into others, we will notice how timing can allow for effortless movements. Similarly, we will explore how we can make ourselves light and supportive in surrendering to weight flow and counterbalance. Olivia’s classes offer an opportunity to develop CI techniques that will both foster the dancing of beginners and satisfy the hunger of more advanced practitioners.

Kyle Syverson is a passionate student, practitioner, and teacher of Contact Improvisation. After years of competitive gymnastics and ballet, Kyle (thankfully!) found her way to modern dance and Contact Improv. Kyle resides in Saskatoon, teaching CI sessions at the University of Saskatchewan and in the community. She has been influenced by MANY generous and inspiring teachers, including: Nancy Stark Smith, Martin Keogh, Daniella Schwartz and Eckhart Mueller, Yves Candau, Ray Chung, Katarina Eriksson. Every body, every dance is a teacher though and that is part of the fascination of Contact Improvisation for Kyle. She loves the range and inclusivity of Contact- from slow and subtle dances to high stakes adrenaline

Kyle endeavours to teach individual pathways of softness and support, athleticism and listening. Kyle is interested in exploring the infinite possibilities of connection with other sensing bodies. Who do we connect with? How? When? How do we create/transform states, together? How can we deeply listen to ourselves, another body, the moment? …how can we become more comfortable with the unknown, with ‘disorientation’, with inversion?! For Kyle, Contact Improv is art, sport and meditation.

Mark Young has been doing Contact Improvisation since 1997. What began as fun re-hab after a traumatic accident quickly became a serious study. He also began a serious study of Tai Chi and Vipassana meditation around the same time, these are the foundations of Contact Improvisation. He has studied C.I. with Nancy Stark Smith, Ray Chung, Karen Nelson, John Faichney, Alicia Grayson, and attended numerous conferences with the originators of the form at Breitenbush Hot Springs retreat centre. Also, he has attended numerous Contact Improv jams at Earthdance retreat centre in Massachusetts over the past 15 years.
In 2000 he committed all of his resources to the creation of Leviathan Studio, a dance studio committed to the study of Contact Improvisation.

Mark’s classes will begin with Tai Chi foundation exercises as taught by Master Moy Lin-Shin. These exercises are to get us moving spirally while shifting weight in a fluid manner. We will connect Tai Chi exercises to Spiral Rolls and then show how spiraling while dancing conserves energy, provides a more stable base, increases tone and provides more clear communication with our partner. The morning class is dance training for any level. The class will be rigorous. Those rolls…Spiral, Crescent, Aikido. We will do them on the floor and with a partner leading to aerials. We will learn to fall before we learn to fly.

Other activities that a participant can expect to see in labs are the ‘Jumper-catcher’ exercises that quicken the reflexes and soften the reactions. Silent Day has proven very beneficial in cultivating awareness. We will do a 24hour-silent-jam, perhaps more than once.

$600Canadian per week, $3000 for all 6 weeks if paid by May1st

CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
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JOINT ADVENTURES – Walter Heun, Zielstattstr. 10A, Munich, Bavaria 81379, Germany

TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA – Workshops 2018
August 1 – 11, 2018
Munich

This year again, we offer you a high-class and diverse workshop program! Internationally renowned teachers hold 10 day workshops in contemporary dance techniques. In 5 day intensives choreographers and theatre makers give valuable insights in their artistic working process. To relax and strengthen the body Shadow Yoga, Feldenkrais and Tai-Chi Dao-Yin are also part of the program. Dance away with us this summer!

CONTEMPORARY DANCE & REPERTORY CLASSES
August 1 – 11
> Stephan Herwig (DE) “Contemporary Dance”
> Henry Montes (UK) “The weight of space”
> Charlie Morrissey (UK) “Adventures in Contact Improvisation”
> Bosmat Nossan (IL) “Gaga/Dancers”
> Virginie Roy (FR/AT) “INTER/CORPO/REALITY”
> Katja Wachter (DE) “Contemporary Dance”

INTENSIVES
August 1 – 5
> Quim Bigas (ES) “Back to low” & “Low Ground”
> Hildegard De Vuyst (BE) “The mystery of dramaturgy”
August 7 – 11
> Kris Verdonck (BE) “Between the object and the body”
> Andros Zins-Browne (US/BE) “Feeding”

BODYWORK
August 1 – 11
> Veronica Fischer (DE) “Feldenkrais Intensive”
> Daphne Strothmann (DE) “Shadow Yoga”
> Chiang-Mei Wang (TW/DE) “Tai-Chi Dao-Yin”

> Further information about the program, registration modalities or group rates go to: www.jointadventures.net

> Benefit from our early bird discount and register for a workshop until or on July 5, 2018!

> You plan to join TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA with friends? You are at least a group of 3? We offer special group rates!

CONTACT: Lara Schubert, , https://www.jointadventures.net/en/tanzwerkstatt-europa/workshops/
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http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca, Lasqueti Island, Lasqueti Island, British Columbia V0R 2J0, Canada

Arrive on Sunday June10 to be picked up from the ferry by a limousine, brought to the studio for dinner rest. Class begins on Monday morning. The final jam is Friday, June22 with departure after breakfast at 10am, the ferry leaves at 11.

This workshop has become the signature of Leviathan. It is tried, tested and proven to work. Participants of past workshops have expressed surprise at their development by the third day and are amazed that they continue to improve as CI dancers throughout the 12 days. Some participants have done this workshop 5 times. In 2017 it was offered as a 19day workshop. Several participants asked that it be made longer.

We will start with Tai Chi exercises that emphasize the spiral nature of our physiology. Everything from the DNA to the milky way is spiraling. All of our muscles are laid on bones that are shaped in spirals. The ancient Taoist masters recognized this and developed movement patterns that harness strength and ease in movement.

We will bridge from Taoist Tai Chi to Steve Paxton’s ‘Material For the Spine.’ MFS includes spiral rolls, crescent rolls and Aikido rolls. These exercises are done alone on the floor. They inform the body of unnecessary tension. They bring awareness to blind spots. They bring consciousness to our dance.

We will bridge from floor work to partner work using these rolls to find smooth pathways with a partner. Exploring the concept that ‘lifts are organic’ we will let our feet come off the floor on our terms, when we want. Lifts and aerials in Contact Improv are not contrived like other dance forms. They happen because someone made a mistake; someone’s centre of gravity went below their partners’. We will play with this gentle riding up to slide down to roll up.

This workshop is the ‘essential’ Contact Improv. You can take these exercises with y0u and practice them for the rest of your life. They take more than two weeks to really know them, imprint them in your muscle-memory. Come back next year for a refresher.

Mark Young has been doing Contact Improvisation since 1997. What began as fun re-hab after a traumatic accident quickly became a serious study. He also began a serious study of Tai Chi and Vipassana meditation around the same time, these are the foundations of Contact Improvisation. He has studied C.I. with everyone who has come to the studio, many people outside of the studio and attended numerous conferences with the originators of the form at Breitenbush Hot Springs retreat centre. Also, he has attended numerous Contact Improv jams at Earthdance retreat centre in Massachusetts over the past 15 years. In 2000 he committed all of his resources to the creation of Leviathan Studio, a dance studio committed to the study of Contact Improvisation.

$1200 Canadian includes all meals, tuition, taxes, camping, dormitory, limo ride from the ferry and then returned at the end of the workshop.

CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
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