Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

10 JAN 2009
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27 Jun 2009
Contact Improvisation class
studio de l'ADC, Maison des arts du Grütli, 2nd floor, 16, rue du Général-Dufour, Geneva, Switzerland

every Saturday from 5pm to 6pm (before the jam)
(except: 18.10.08 / 27.12.08 / 03.01.09 / 10.04.09)

Also see: http://www.tuena.ch/contact_improvisation/contact_improvisation_en.htm

15.00 CHF

CONTACT: Paola Gianoli, +41 22 732 70 90,
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8 Mar 2009
914 Pine Glade Road, Nederland, CO 80466 USA

BOULDER, COLORADO
The Human Contact Project explores a reframing of the art of Contact Improvisation … a shared diving into subtle level awareness of the physics and neurology of two bodies in contact combined with an open sense of the poetics of human beings encountering each other. This workshop will incorporate Karl’s release technique/passive sequencing material and his physical poetics work (see website for full description: www.bodyresearch.org/humancontact.)
For those with prior CI experience.

Boulder Circus Center
Friday March 6 6:30pm-9:30pm
Saturday March 7 11am-2pm 5pm-8pm
Sunday March 8
11am-2pm 3:30pm-6:30pm

Early registration $140-$180
sliding scale (deposit or full payment received by 2/19)
Regular registration $160-$200
sliding scale (deposit or full payment received 2/20-3/5)
At the door $200-$240 sliding scale

CONTACT: Gretchen Spiro, 303-545-9956, , http://www.bodyresearch.org/humancontact
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22 Mar 2009
252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA 01070 USA

March in the Berkshire foothills, and celebrate the turning of the seasons by rolling, pouring, & sharing weight, and lifting off to spring! Find those delicious moments of stillness from which the movement comes. Our Spring Equinox Jam will offer plenty of opportunities for open Contact Improvisation, and will provide a special focus – composing. Come the first night and see the fruits of a two-day performance project, or two days earlier, and participate in it as a member of the corps. Get your dance on. Facilitated by Amii LeGendre.

For those interested in an expanded time at Earthdance, Amii will also be leading the Performance Project for the 2 days leading up to the jam. Check out the Performance Project page (http://www.earthdance.net/programs/performanceproject09.htm) where you can register for both the jam and the Performance Project.

Total Jam Fee: Sliding Scale $175 – $285

CONTACT: Rek Kwawer, 413-634-5678, , http://www.earthdance.net/programs/springjam09.htm
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10 May 2009
805 Dovercourt Rd, Third Floor Ballroom, Toronto, Canada

Facilitated by Kathleen Rea:

Reference Kathleen's work http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=vvZKkNXkv3o

Music by Ariel Brink:
Ariel Brink is the lead singer of The Dull-Eyed Llamas and the author of 147 songs. He plays 13 musical instruments with varying degrees of ability, and has been improvising music for dancers for more than five years, most commonly at Kathleen Rea’s Wednesday Jam. He is an avid Contact dancer; he also attends and occasionally deejays ecstatic dances. Fascinated by the interplay between movement and music, Brink is also a dedicated improviser, in music, dance, and in his work as a substitute teacher and music therapist. www.myspace.com/thedulleyedllamas

Description:
Explore Contact Dance as a tool in the creative process. Focus will be on movement quality, skill building and the
playful act of creating dances.

Date:
Sundays March 22 to May 10

Time:
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

  • please note due to scheduling conflict, the Sunday March 29th class will run from 3:30 to 5:30 pm
  • please note there will be no class on Easter Sunday

Requirements:
Dancers must have intermediate or advanced level Contact Dance skills or be a graduate of a professional dance training program and willing to pick up Contact Dance skills prior to workshop

Registration:
dance@kathleenrea.com
416 545 1515

Produced by:
www.reasondetre.com

Price:
$130 (series)
$22 (drop-in)
Drop-ins only allowed the first three classes after which time drop-in attendees must pay for remainder of series

CONTACT: Kathleen Rea, , http://www.reasondetre.com
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27 MAR 2009
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29 Mar 2009
Old Trafford COmmunity Centre, Shrewsbury St, Old Trafford, Manchester M16, United Kingdom

The Manchester Contact Improvisation network run by Katy Dymoke has organised a weekend Jam with Guests Adrian Russi and Gesine Daniels supporting the space with warm ups alongside Katy Dymoke and live music.

Please look at the web site for further information; www.manchester-contact-improvisation.org.uk
to register e mail your details or contact christian@manchester-contact-improvisation.org.uk

Friday 27, 6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday 28th; 11 to 8 p.m.
Sunday 29th a.m. dance in nature, 2.30 to 6 Jam.

Some couch surfing or private rooms are possible as well as the youth hostel and plenty of bed and breakfast/hotels.
Sunday morning, weather permitting we will go to the Pennine Hills to move and have lunch.

Please bring comfortable clothes and food and drink for the table.
There are lots of shops and some cafes near by including the Jamaican M and M's and the Jamaican Bakery. Old Trafford is a multi-cultural suburbian city area.
Address; Old Trafford Community Centre, Shrewsbury st, Old Trafford, M16 9LU

payments in sterling; Please post a cheque paid to C Dymoke to; Katy Dymoke
180 Stamford St
Old Trafford
M16 9LU

weekend ticket £50 and £40concessions.
Fri day or Sunday session tickets £10 and £8.

CONTACT: Katy Dymoke, +44161 8680509, , http://www.manchester-contact-improvisation.org.uk
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19 Apr 2009
1726 B Corcoran Street, NW, 667 Huyette Road, Charles Town, WV 25414 USA

Each day of the Spring East Coast Jam offers several opportunities to do lots of contact improv, walk in the fields, eat yummy vegetarian food, partake in Poetry and Chocolate, make an offering of your own structure, stay in the historic mansion, snooze, sauna, and everything else. It begins with dinner on Wednesday and ends with lunch on Sunday.

$305 if you register before March 25

CONTACT: Ken Manheimer, , http://eastcoastjam.com
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24 Apr 2009
Schwelle 7, Uferstraße 6, Berlin, Berlin 13357, Germany

Workshop: April 20 – 24, 2009, daily 11 – 16
Performance: Friday April 24, 2009, 19:00: Solo-Performance David Zambrano & performance of the workshops students

Learning to use one’s life experience, being able to consciously and
cLearning to use one’s life experience, being able to consciously and continuously shape one’s energy integrating the body and mind, time and space through the practice of dance improvisation, students learn to create instant pieces of dance onstage in front of an audience.

The workshop begins with students improvising solos, duets, and small groups utilizing the class as an audience. Zambrano pushes the students to realize that there is always something more inside and
that performing is spontaneous. The students are urged to break down old habits to search for new possibilities. Change is vital to this training as the student is asked to constantly change their vocabulary
into something new. How do you use your power? How do you redefine what you know, turn it on and off to explore something new? The student become more flexible as they learn to communicate within their
bodies, the bodies of fellow performers, and the environment in which they are working. Zambrano asks his students to accept everything one can imagine, especially the impossible, and to learn to call upon them when creating an improvisation.

„My workshops are very physical. Whoever wants to take it, she/he must know that we are moving our thoughts all day.“ D.Z.

More: http://www.schwelle7.de/DavidZambrano.html

David Zambrano’s Short Biography
For over 20 years, David Zambrano has been a monumental figure in the international dance community, and his passion for cultural exchange continues to influence his work. Living and making work in Amsterdam and teaching/performing internationally, Zambrano is an ambassador and liaison across many borders, bringing together artists from all over the planet for his projects. An inspiring teacher, thrilling performer, and innovative choreographer, Zambrano has contributed generously to the field of dance in ways that have influenced many and impacted the dance world from several angles. His development of the “Flying Low” and “Passing Through” techniques are among his recent innovations that have helped
to lead improvisational dance into an exciting future. Many of his projects have continuously influenced Zambrano’s pedagogic methods, keeping them fresh and interesting for the students from around the globe.

More: www.davidzambrano.org

Registrations: info (at) felixruckert.de
Place: Schwelle 7, Uferstraße 6, HH 1. OG, 13357 Berlin -Wedding
http://www.schwelle7.de

5 days 200 Euro

CONTACT: Jan B, ++49-30-47363500, , http://www.schwelle7.de/DavidZambrano.html
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26 Apr 2009
Naugardukas str. 7, Vilnius, Lithuania

"Dancing CI – and in particular flying and moving on top of a partner – to me is primarily based on the ability to organize my body in a functional way in any moment of the dance, so that I can meet each situation, however disorienting, strange, scary, exiting, familiar or seemingly stuck it may be, with creative joy and the sense of being safe.

In this intensive, rather then by learning specific movement patterns that can only be mastered by a few of us, this ability is gained by understanding core principles and practising some basic skills, that you, as you continue to use and study them, can easily modify and adapt to any situation in your Contact-dance.

The focus on different body systems will offer you tools to increase your ability to sense what is going on in your body, in your kinesphere and the space beyond and to move precisely with a soft body and an open mind, when you are dancing solo and in Contact with others.

These body systems are:
different layers of the skin and the connective tissue,
the pelvis and the hip joints
and the eyes.

Specific exercises will guide you to exploring slow weight shift and momentum, growing out of the floor and melting into it and to play with balance and off-balance as you constantly listen to gravity.

In structured improvisations you can integrate the new knowledge into dancing and learn from each other on different levels.

You can enjoy the pleasure of experimenting and making mistakes in a safe and supportive environment as you experience flying and falling through levels and space as well as disorientation being part of your
dance, and dance beside, on top and underneath your partner, moving in and out of contact…

To be continued at the next jam…"

Gesine Daniels

I am a choreographer, dance teacher and performer living in Germany and in Wales (UK), dancing, creating and teaching internationally. I have been dancing since I was a child, studying and practicing many forms of dance and movement from Ballet and Gymnastics to New Dance and Contact improvisation, as well as Improvisation and theatrical approaches to performance.
Since 1985, CI together with improvisation is my passion, which has a great influence on my teaching and artistic work and does enrich my whole life.
My way of dancing and teaching Dance, Contact improvisation and Performance is energetic, playful and sensitive. Exploring the physics of the human body in movement fascinates me a lot and the question of “how do we communicate in and through dance?” is an ongoing exploration for me.
I have been dancing and creating in a wide range of events and places from opera to street performance, solo and group works. As a teacher I have been working in social ghettos and theatre schools, I taught children in primary schools as well as educated dancers.
In 2000, I founded the SomeBodyElse Dance Company, which works with Improvisation and Contact Improvisation in their site-specific dance pieces.

Schedule:
Thursday-Friday: 18:30-21:30
Saturday: 11:00-14:00, 15:00-18:00
Sunday: 11:00-14:00, 15:00-17:00 + 17:30-20:00 – Jam

Studio is located in the centre of the city.

Fee:
With early registration fee (70 Lt) paid:
before 20th of March – 160 Lt
before 5th of April – 185 Lt
before 17th of April – 215 Lt
later – 250 Lt

1 Lt = 0,29 EUR

It is going to be an international group (lithuanians, belorussians, latvians and more…), join us! :-)
We will help you with the lodging!

CONTACT: Julija Melnik, +370 613 57997, , http://www.blogas.lt/contactimprov
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1 May 2009
Chisenhale Dance Space, 64-84 Chisenhale Road, LONDON, E3 5QZ, United Kingdom

an intermediate-advanced workshop
with Ray Chung

Using Contact Improvisation as a foundation, we will create ways to improvise dancing in duo, trio, and ensemble.  We will survey CI essentials, with a focus on efficient use of technical skills, to develop a facility for, and availability to, changing physical states and levels of touch and weight.  We will work with strategies for moving "out of the box" of the duet form, expanding our range of choices of how to include more than one other dancer while moving seamlessly into and out of contact. Come prepared for focused playfulness within committed practice.
A working facility with Contact Improvisation is required.  For intermediate to advanced and experienced participants.

Ray Chung is a performer, teacher, engineer, and artist who has a passion for dancing which he likes to share with other people. His main focus is improvisation and he has worked with Contact Improvisation since 1979 as part of improvisational performance practice and integrates other movement forms into his work, including martial arts, bodywork and Authentic Movement. Ray has worked with the leading proponents of Contact Improvisation and regularly collaborates with dancers, musicians, and other artists. His work has been featured at numerous national and international festivals and venues.  Currently based in San Francisco, Ray regularly teaches abroad.

170 full-time salary
160 part-time/freelance
150 unwaged

Amounts are in GB Pounds

CONTACT: Robert Anderson, +44 (0)7814 790 757, , http://www.contactimprovisation.co.uk
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6 May 2009
3-2 Yumenoshima, , Kotoku, Tokyo 136-0081, Japan

[Workshops]
1. Date: from 3rd May to 5th May, 2009 
2. Place: Bumb Tokyo Sports Bunkakan(Tokyo, Japan) 
3. Faculty: Andrew Wass (Cotact Improvisation, America) Ulla Riikka Makinen(Contact Improvisation, Finland) Akihiro Yoshida and Tomonori Takahashi (Aikido, Japan)
[Performance]
1.Date : 6th May, 2009
2.Place: Aspia Hall 2-14-3 Hatagaya, Shibuya, Tokyo, JAPAN

SPIRAL

Special Fee for participants from abroad 20,000 yen (including fees for all classes, jams and lodging)

CONTACT: Hiroko Takahashi, +81(0)43-257-7541, , http://contactimpro-spiral.com/2009/english/index.html
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10 May 2009
252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA 01070 USA

A workshop designed to focus our study of Contact and Improvisation through the Underscore, a long score for jamming/composition/contact/improvisation. The Underscore guides us through a progression of "changing states" of body and mind—from solo sensitizing to gravity and support, into group circulation and Contact Improvisation engagements, opening out into whole room compositional awareness and interaction, and back to rest and reflection.

Combining our practice of Contact Improvisation and the Underscore with the pleasure and discipline of detailed listening to sound, we will move with many species of live and recorded music to develop conscious, varied relationships between what we hear and how we move. Through the phases of the Underscore—alone, in contact, in groups, in silence, and with live music—we'll study physical and energetic changes of state, natural composition, presence, and relationship, enhancing the pleasure and awareness in our dancing experience.

For movers with intermediate/advanced level experience with Contact Improvisation.

Sliding Scale Tuition: $205 – $315
Standard Room & Board: $175
Total Cost = Tuition + Room & Board

CONTACT: Rek Kwawer, 413-634-5678, , http://www.earthdance.net/programs/underscore09.htm
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17 May 2009
Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, Ontario , Canada

WEEKEND JAM
Two HUGE rooms with hardwood floors flooded with natural light…
Yummy vegetarian food all weekend long & Jamming Jamming Jamming!
Guided warm-ups by Karen Kaeja, Pam Johnson & Tanya Williams
Live Music, Special Jams & Performances, Healing arts & bodywork
and more…

6pm Friday to 5pm Sunday
All levels welcome
see website for daily rates
billeting available

Full weekend registration:
EARLY BIRD! $60 before April 25
$75 before May 10
$85 at the door

CONTACT: Tanya Williams, , http://www.contactimprov.ca
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17 May 2009
Via Savona 134, Milan, Italy 20100, Italy

Milan, Saturday MAY 16th – Sunday 17th

IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP with ROSSELLA FIUMI

Saturday May 16th : from 2 pm to 7 pm
Sunday May 17th : from 12 am to 5 pm

Where: MamiWata, Tradizioni in Movimento asd
Via Savona 134, Milan, ITALY – www.mamiwata.it

cost: 80 euro
in order to subscribe, please send a deposit of 30 euro within May 8th
for info: info@mamiwata.it

COMPOSITION AND IMAGINATION
Techniques of Improvisation.
In this workshop we will work on observation and the ability to make decisions, fundamental aspects of Improvisation. The aims are to help the participants develop their capacities for perception and awareness of movement, to make it easier for the group to get on the same wave length, to interact with the environment and integrate these qualities in Improvisation. Some of the exercises in the quest for this tuning supply the participants with instruments for communication that crosses the borders of the disciplines and throws light on the practice of the performance and on the processes of dancing. Elements of Contact Improvisation are present in the workshop. The seminary is addressed both to beginners and to those with past experience.

ROSSELLA FIUMI
Independent artist, Improvisation performer, choreographer, dancer, teacher, art director of the International Contact-ZIPfest. She has chosen Orvieto as her artistic residence, where she had had her workspace since 1984, a training center for dance, premises of the ALEFdanzaateatro Company and of intense international cultural projects. In 2003 she coined a new identity for the Company, now called Caraval15 residenza dinamica. As choreographer she has been active in the international scene of contemporary dance since 1987. Her creations have been presented in Italy and abroad (Germany, Spain, Poland, Portugal, Brazil, Mexico, Russia). She has participated as performer and teacher in European projects and festivals on Improvisation and Contact Improvisation, including: Tanzfabrik Berlin 1991 – 1993; Festival of Valencia 1994; ECITE Budapest 2000; International Contact Freiburg Festival 2004 and 2005; XII Quinzena de Almada in Lisbon 2004, Saint Petersburg festival 2006, and others. Since 2002 she has been collaborating with the D.A.M.S. of Roma – Università Roma Tre, with workshops on Contact Improvisation and Improvisation, in the Department of Letters and Philosophy. Recently she collaborates in the LC3 project (London Contemporary Dance School 3) of The Place-London, for residential projects in her residency of Orvieto with the third year graduate students.

for info & subscriptions:
MamiWata – Tradizioni in Movimento asd – Via Savona 134, Milan ITALY
+ 39.02.89694359 – +39.349.6935240
www.mamiwata.it – info@mamiwata.it
www.myspace.com/associazionemamiwata

cost: 80 euro
in order to subscribe, please send a deposit of 30 euro within May 8th
for info: info@mamiwata.it

CONTACT: MamiWata Tradizioni in Movimento asd, +39.3496935240, , http://www.mamiwata.it
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25 May 2009
Moab, UT USA

WORKSHOP: May 17th to May 21st with NANCY STARK SMITH and MIKE VARGAS

JAM: May 21st to May 25th (Memorial Day) with NANCY STARK SMITH and MIKE VARGAS, plus other Jam Hosts to be announced.

Please visit the website http://www.MoabJam.com for all of the details including the full description, past pictures, daily schedules, etc.


===>>The workshop and jam are likely to fill very quickly. Visit the website and sign up to receive a reminder to register as soon as online registration opens.

THE WORKSHOP: This is an intermediate/advanced level workshop for dancers that are dedicated to practicing and learning Contact Improvisation (CI) who would like to deepen the foundation and open the range of their dancing. We'll work with essential principles and sensations to simplify and challenge our play with the physical forces, with each other, and to stimulate new clarity and depth in our dancing. Instructor: NANCY STARK SMITH with live music by MIKE VARGAS.

THE JAM: The Moab Jam is well known for rich dancing, warm friends, beautiful surroundings and bountiful opportunities to explore both on and off the dance floor. Our goal, as always, is to create a warm, safe and supportive environment where you are part of creating and then enjoying the Jam that you want. This year we are excited to be joined by NANCY STARK SMITH and MIKE VARGAS. We'll also have additional jam hosts who's names will be announced on the website: http://www.MoabJam.com

See website http://www.MoabJam.com for the costs. Workstudy is available, but see the website and apply EARLY.

CONTACT: Gretchen Spiro, (303) 545-9956, , http://www.moabjam.com
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25 May 2009
Harbin Hot Springs, 18424 Harbin Springs Rd., Middletown, CA 95461 USA

Join the California Contact Improvisation community, at Harbin Hot Springs, for four days of

- Warm, inclusive dancing
- Classes
- Creative play
- Fabulous catered food
- Natural hot springs and swimming pools
- Secluded conference center with private hot pools
- Group sleeping deck or camping
- Beautiful natural setting for outdoor play

Before April 10: $425
April 11 – April 30: $450
After May 1: $475

Children (at cost)
Ages up to 3 Free
Ages 4-8: $150
Ages 9-12: $185
Ages 13-17: $275

A limited number of work exchange positions are available at a reduced fee of $350 for one hour of work per day

CONTACT: Katja Irvin, 408 286-5354, , http://www.harbinjam.org
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31 May 2009
Santa Fe Weekend Jam
1611 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA

We'll dance in a beautiful big space with a fabulous floor – The Railyard Performance Center.

Fri May 29 6 – 9 pm
Sat May 30 2 – 9 pm
Sun May 31 9 am – 2 pm

we'll have pot luck picnics on the porch. folks can stay at my house or with other dancers.

$25 for the whole weekend.

CONTACT: Rachelle Woods, 505 983-4426,
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7 Jun 2009
WOW Hall, 291 W 8th Ave, Eugene , OR 97402 USA

Hum Dance presents
Falling into Feeling

Contact improvisation Dance Workshops in Eugene, Oregon

Falling into Feeling 1 (May 31st, Sunday 1-3pm)
A Beginners Workshop in Contact Improvisation. Exploring ways into dancing through the embodiment of physics and interrelationship. Weight sharing, listening skills, authentic presence, momentum, and awareness to the dynamics of communication through touch.

Falling into Feeling 2 (June 6th, Sunday 1-3pm)
Open level workshop for beginners through to experienced dancers.
Through opening into sensitivity and receptivity we expand possibilities in our dances and develop more acute subtlety of feeling and perception. ‘Falling into Feeling’ is a Contact Improvisation class that follows a feeling of freefall with gravity guiding. The possibility of surrender into the intelligence of your body is there, allowing its dance to unfurl – a falling into focus, into presence, into an alert and relaxed physicality – inside a feeling body we experience a fuller awareness of what is.

Workshop times: Sunday May 31st, 1-3pm & Sunday June 6th, 1-3pm

@ WOW Hall: 291 W 8th Ave, Eugene
cost: $15/$10 sliding scale

more information:
Register on (541) 255 3660
or email: thiswillalsochange@gmail.com
also: http://humsomaticresearch.blogspot.com/

Workshops are facilitated by Val Smith
Val is a dance artist from New Zealand, working in the fields of dance education, research and performance. She has been teaching Contact Improvisation for 10 years in NZ, Australia and now in the US. Val also teaches and/or performs/practices Performance Improvisation, Choreography, variations on Contemporary Dance, and Yoga/Meditation.

$15-$10 sliding scale

CONTACT: val smith, 541 255 3660, , http://humsomaticresearch.blogspot.com/
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Schwelle 7, Uferstraße 6, Berlin, 13357, Germany

La Alternativa – Kathleen Hermesdorf & Albert Mathias

La ALTERNATIVA (formerly MOTIONLAB), directed by dancer Kathleen Hermesdorf and musician Albert Mathias since 1998, is a vessel/vehicle for training, performance, creation and production. The mission to create and instigate work of deeply integrated sound and motion entwines with a commitment to collaborating among mediums and connecting with artists – locally, nationally and internationally – to bridge art forms and communities. The company has received substantial support in San Francisco and recently finished a 5-year Artist Residency at ODC Theater.

La ALTERNATIVA has toured the US, Europe and Mexico and is a co-founder of the Alternative Conservatory. Hermesdorf and Mathias both hail from Chicago, Illinois and have been making work in the West since 1991 – meeting in 1994 in the multi-disciplinary performance group, Contraband, led by Sara Shelton Mann. They have been on the faculty of ODC School since 1996. More at www.la-alternativa.us

Luscious and ballistic – KEY AND TRIGGER
MONDAY, June, 1 TO FRIDAY, June, 5, 2009
daily FROM 12am – 5 pm

LUSCIOUS – a key to access the undulating systems, sinews, curiosity, intelligence and instincts of the body and mind, to activate the voluptuous diva/animal deep inside and to articulate the sticky relationship to gravity.

BALLISTIC – a trigger to break through and shake things up; a trigger to activate speed, energy, spectacle, big movement, bold ideas and loud voices.

Practice
A movement intensive, driven by perpetual, visveral live music, investigating technique and improvisation, solo and partner(s) & practice, process and performance. Training in breath and energy modalities, hands on instigation, somatic improvisation and motion techniques, including methods of falling, inversion and flight, contextualized in three-dimensional phrases.

Process & Performance
Solo, duet and group work incorporates the training and utilizes improvised scores and set and created materials in the process. Each day ends with performance and feedback to recognize and cultivate the dialogues of key (source) and trigger (target), luscious (internal experience) and ballistic (external expression).

Kathleen and Albert will perform DUET at schwelle7 on WED, June 3 at 8:30 pm

Fee: 200 EUR schwelle7 members: 150 EUR
Registration: info (at) felixruckert.de

CONTACT: +49 (0) 30 4736 3500, , http://www.schwelle7.de/Kathleen.html
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8 Jun 2009
Lake Ainsworth Sport & Recreation Centre, Lennox Head, NSW , Australia

It's on again: The Australian Contact Improvisation Convergence, or ACIC, or just The Convergence – we're Australian, we don't mind what you call it, just as long as you come and dance!

acic09, the important details:

Queens Birthday Weekend 2009
Thursday Afternoon 4th – Monday after Lunch 8th June.
Lake Ainsworth, Lennox Head (NSW)

acic09 will once again be held in the idyllic location of Lake Ainsworth Sports and Recreation Centre, in Lennox Head, NSW. 5 days of residential Dancing, Labbing and Jamming right on the beach. Woo hoo!
Put the dates in your 2009 diary now!

More information coming soon, with dates for opening of registrations and cost details.
Keep a watch on the convergnce website.
For any urgent queries, don't hesitate to contact us.

Other news:
This year there will be a smaller hall booked in the Byron area for some of Tue & Wed immediately before acic09 – for anyone arriving early, this will be a very informal space to meet, relax & dance – accomodation, food,and transport will be your own responsibility.

And don't be afraid to get involved – share with us your ideas about acic09 and contact us about ways you can help out!

With excitement,
The acic09 team.

CONTACT: Jacob Lehrer, +61 431 182 234, , http://www.theconvergence.org.au
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7 Jun 2009
Vilnius, Lithuania

Contact improvisation workshop for all levels
June 4-7, 2009, Vilnius, Lithuania
With Julija Melnik (Lithuania) and Maria Grudskaya (Russia)
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In the workshop we will use the floor and its energy to move and support ourselves and each other. We will travel through levels, find easy and safe ways to fall down and to get up. Our hands can be strong as legs and our legs can be light and sensitive as hands, enriching the movement.
We will practice listening and following the partner, reading his or her movements with our hands and the whole body. We will dance in the dialogue, when both partners are mobile and ready to follow each other.
In the dance we share weight with the partner, offer support, and let spontaneous liftings to happen. We will search ways to support the partner with minimal effort. How to sense the moments to get support or a lift? And how to be light there?
This workshop is open for any experience level. You can be an intermediate dancer, or it can be your first meeting with contact, it doesn’t matter! All together we can get into an unexpected and inspiring exploration!
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Teachers:
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Julija Melnik
“I love to create a space for awareness, openness, spontaneity, love and joy to happen.
I am happy to share my curiosity and engagement with dance and life and I am glad to encourage people on their way to meet and discover themselves and people around them. When I teach I try to create a safe container for individual exploration of this dance form (CI) and allow the freedom of searching, questioning and enjoying.”
Julija is teaching regular CI classes, jams and workshops in Vilnius and other cities in Lithuania, and abroad. She is also organizing CI events in Lithuania: workshops, annual November minifestival, International CI and Performance festival in August 2009.
Julija has studied contact improvisation with CI pioneers – Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith, and also with Nina Martin, Andrew Harwood, Angela Donii, Joerg Hassman, Charlie Morrissey, Adrian Russi, and many others.
Besides CI Julija is also dancing salsa, Argentinean tango and contemporary dance, she is teaching street dance and is exploring other improvisational forms and performance.
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Maria Grudskaya
Masha is a dancer, teacher and organizer from Moscow, Russia. She teaches CI in Moscow, in other cities of Russia and abroad.
Masha has studied contact improvisation with Steve Batts (Ireland), Joerg Hassman (Germany), Ezter Gal (Hungary), Angela Doni (Russia), Martin Keogh (USA), Karl Frost (USA), Peter Bingham (GB) and many others. She is a participant of ECITE (European CI teacher exchange 2006, 2007).
She performs regularly with a contemporary dance theatre and takes part in different projects as an independent artist. Since 2007 she has been experimenting with teaching CI to children.
“When I dance and teach, it feels like I am constantly opening new doors, finding new details and meanings. I love to see myself and other people enjoying the taste of movement. I am happy to have a group of friends with whom we dance, perform, teach and learn together and make the big contact festival every year!”

Time:
June 4 (Thu.) 18:30-21:30
June 5 (Fri.) 18:30-21:30
June 6 (Sat.) 11:00-14:00; 15:00-18:00
June 7 (Sun.) 11:00-14:00; 15:00-17:00;
18:00-20:00 – Jam

Place: Vilnius, Lithuania. Exact details will be announced later.

Price: With early registration fee (30 Lt) paid before:
28th of May – 100 Lt,
2nd of June – 130 Lt,
later – 160 Lt

1 Lt = 0,29 EUR

*Participants of this workshop will get 50% discount for the next event – Jam into Baltics (June 12-14). More information is coming soon.

CONTACT: Julija Melnik, +4915780269288, +370 613 57997, , http://www.contactimprovisation.lt
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Orcas Island Jam
430 NE Maple Leaf pl #7, Seattle, WA 98115 USA

Orcas Island Jam
June 10-14th

Accommodations
Stunning Gorgerousness. Located in the San Juan Islands, just north of Seattle. We have 12 acres of meadow and forest, a huge dry sauna, hot and cold plunge pools, an outdoor shower, fire place and bbq fire pit, veggie-herb-flower gardens and orchard to play in. Please bring a tent, sleeping bag and sleeping pad to camp in. Camping is limited to 30 people, so register early!

Meals
Saturday night we will have a big healthy communal feast, followed by sauna, soaking & relaxing. All other meals you will be responsible for.

The space
Beautiful space with smooth maple floors, huge windows, a large deck with sunset views overlooking the water and little Islands. Surrounded by Madrona trees and old growth Douglas fir.

The Island
Lush green wonderfulness. Hiking to crystal clear blue lakes. Beaches. Yum.

Registration
Contact: Michal Lahav michalahav@gmail.com 206.818.7440

Early Registration– $230-250 if paid in full by May 20th includes Jam and group dinner
$260-280 after May 20th.

CONTACT: Michal Lahav, 206.818.7440,
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S. Daukantas school hall , Naugarduko street 7, Vilnius, Lithuania

We invite you to investigate Jamming with us in Vilnius!
We will dedicate that weekend for the Underscore.
We will lab, warm up and Jam together!

Come to meet baltic people in the dance!

Programme

Friday, June 12
18:30-19:00 Open circle
19:00-22:30 Jam

Saturday, June 13
11.00 – 14.00 Lab on Jamming
Introduction to the Underscore
14.00 – 16.00 Lunch break
16.00 – 19.00 Jam – Underscore practice
19.00+ Contact with Vilnius (free-style evening in town)

Sunday, June 14
11.00 – 13.00 Lab on Jamming
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch break
14.00 – 17.00+ Jam

Price: 15 EUR

CONTACT: Julija Melnik, +4915780269288, +370 613 57997, , http://www.contactimprovisation.lt
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Global Underscore Solstice 2009
France

Hello dear friends from everywhere,

We are happy that the 9th edition of the "Global Underscore Solstice" will happen the week-end of the 20th and 21th of June 2009!

The schedule should be:

Northampton time: saturday 20th june, from 10am to 2pm
Paris time: saturday 20th june, from 4 pm to 8 pm
Japan, Australia , New Zealand : sunday 21th june, at night.

We do hope that you are willing to join the adventure again, or for the first time!
If so, please contact us at: underscoresolstice@yahoo.fr .
We will need a first answer before June the 2nd ; and after we will ask you for an engagement-confirmation before June 7th.
As usual, we will need the name of the coordinator of each group: it'll be
easier to communicate.
And after June 14th, we will send all the final details.

Again we would like to remind you that we prefer to keep the Underscore
Solstice with people that know the Underscore (“Full Score Practice”). However, in an effort to include others who are not as familiar with the Underscore, or cannot organize people to join them, there are three possible levels of participation one can choose from in joining this practice.
To help, here is a description of the three forms of participation:

A. Full Score Practice:
You are a community of dancers in which every dancer present is a part of a
serious exploration of the ideas/perceptions/principles operating in Nancy ’s Underscore (and behind that, in her work (and your own work) with Contact Improvisation). This probably means that several of you have studied and/or practiced the Underscore with Nancy directly. Since the event, for you, is about practicing the Underscore, even 1 or 2 dancers who are not familiar with her work will change the quality of the practice. Please feel free to set limits based on experience (for example: someone experienced in the Underscore can go over the score with one or two people beforehand, and they can join depending on the size of the group), and to contact us with any questions…

B. Modified Score/Jam:
You are a community of dancers who have various levels of experience with
Contact Improvisation and with Nancy ’s work. You may have one person who has studied with Nancy , but in general your experience as a group is in “jamming” and exploring improvisation. You might feel more resonance with a more open participation. For example, you might open and close with the small dance, and in the dancing section, you warm-up individually, circulate a bit, find a first partner for a contact improvisation dance, and then move into an “Open Jam” format. You might even end together at the "Final Resolution" time, take some time for personal reflection, rest, or warm-down, and then have a circle of sharing at the end. The circle might not necessarily be a “Harvest” in terms of the perceptions of Nancy ’s score, but would be a rich way of sharing your experience.

C. Satellite:
You want to participate but are unable to for many reasons: you are alone, you have an obligation, etc. You might join us for the opening and/or closing Small Dance (both would be great!) to sort of “click-in” to sense the dancing, and to give your support. You know enough about the small dance to be able to explore it deeply for that brief shared time.

We are extremely happy to renovate our yearly meeting with all of you, such a special occasion to be connected and dance together all over our planet!!! Do not hesitate to write us and thanks in advance for the support and the cooperation each of you will certainly bring.

Looking forward to have news from you, lots of love from Claire & the Parisian Global Underscore Solstice team.

CONTACT:
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LAST CALL for Global Underscore Solstice 2009!!! answer before june 7th
France

We have posted an information on may 14th to announce the 9th edition of the "Global Underscore Solstice" that will happen the week-end of the 20th and 21th of June 2009 (see below).
We want to remind you that to be able to organize the event, we need an answer before june 7th. If answers come to us too late, we won't have no time to integrate your city in the global circle of participating cities, and send you all informations.
Keep in touch and waiting to dance together next 20th june!
Claire and Olivier, for the Underscore Paris team 2009

Original post:

Hello dear friends from everywhere,

We are happy that the 9th edition of the "Global Underscore Solstice" will happen the week-end of the 20th and 21th of June 2009!

The schedule should be:

Northampton time: saturday 20th june, from 10am to 2pm
Paris time: saturday 20th june, from 4 pm to 8 pm
Japan, Australia , New Zealand : sunday 21th june, at night.

We do hope that you are willing to join the adventure again, or for the first time!
If so, please contact us at: underscoresolstice@yahoo.fr .
We will need a first answer before June the 2nd ; and after we will ask you for an engagement-confirmation before June 7th.
As usual, we will need the name of the coordinator of each group: it'll be
easier to communicate.
And after June 14th, we will send all the final details.

Again we would like to remind you that we prefer to keep the Underscore
Solstice with people that know the Underscore (“Full Score Practice”). However, in an effort to include others who are not as familiar with the Underscore, or cannot organize people to join them, there are three possible levels of participation one can choose from in joining this practice.
To help, here is a description of the three forms of participation:

A. Full Score Practice:
You are a community of dancers in which every dancer present is a part of a
serious exploration of the ideas/perceptions/principles operating in Nancy ’s Underscore (and behind that, in her work (and your own work) with Contact Improvisation). This probably means that several of you have studied and/or practiced the Underscore with Nancy directly. Since the event, for you, is about practicing the Underscore, even 1 or 2 dancers who are not familiar with her work will change the quality of the practice. Please feel free to set limits based on experience (for example: someone experienced in the Underscore can go over the score with one or two people beforehand, and they can join depending on the size of the group), and to contact us with any questions…

B. Modified Score/Jam:
You are a community of dancers who have various levels of experience with
Contact Improvisation and with Nancy ’s work. You may have one person who has studied with Nancy , but in general your experience as a group is in “jamming” and exploring improvisation. You might feel more resonance with a more open participation. For example, you might open and close with the small dance, and in the dancing section, you warm-up individually, circulate a bit, find a first partner for a contact improvisation dance, and then move into an “Open Jam” format. You might even end together at the "Final Resolution" time, take some time for personal reflection, rest, or warm-down, and then have a circle of sharing at the end. The circle might not necessarily be a “Harvest” in terms of the perceptions of Nancy ’s score, but would be a rich way of sharing your experience.

C. Satellite:
You want to participate but are unable to for many reasons: you are alone, you have an obligation, etc. You might join us for the opening and/or closing Small Dance (both would be great!) to sort of “click-in” to sense the dancing, and to give your support. You know enough about the small dance to be able to explore it deeply for that brief shared time.

We are extremely happy to renovate our yearly meeting with all of you, such a special occasion to be connected and dance together all over our planet!!! Do not hesitate to write us and thanks in advance for the support and the cooperation each of you will certainly bring.

Looking forward to have news from you, lots of love from Claire & the Parisian Global Underscore Solstice team.

CONTACT: underscoresolstice@yahoo.fr

CONTACT: underscore solstice paris team,
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252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA 01070 USA

A special time of year and a special jam when we welcome many of our longtime community members and their families to come and dance. The grass is high, bees are buzzing, the garden smells and tastes like heaven, and contact improvisation is our focus in the studios and in the woods. What better way to be patriotic than to dance with the land and make fireworks on the dance floor? The Earthdance Family Committee organizes a structured children's program for several hours/day.

All levels of experience welcome.

Total Jam Fee: $295 – $415 sliding scale

CONTACT: Rek Kwawer, 413-634-5678, , http://www.earthdance.net/programs/julyjam09.htm
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K.J. HOLMES: Workshop in (Contact) Improvisation, BMC & Performance - Schwelle 7, Berlin: June 30 – July 4, 2009
Schwelle 7, Uferstraße 6, Berlin, 13357, Germany

K.J. HOLMES
Workshop in (Contact) Improvisation, BMC & Performance
Schwelle 7, Berlin
Tuesday, June 30 – Saturday, July 4, 2009 – daily 11 am – 16 pm

Morning Class: The Athletics of Intimacy

The morning classes will combine skills and applications of Body-Mind Centering®, with skills and practices of Contact Improvisation to fine tune and engage the imagination of the dancer in solo, duet and ensemble play. The classes will explore musicality and phrasing, the learning of specific lifts and rolls as well as how we craft time and space becoming more tuned to center and subtleties of touch, direction and intention. Skills will include release techniques and experiential anatomy to better understand the mechanics of the body, and developmental patternings, body puzzles, and forms that shape the body and space with odd timings and unusual perspectives to create dances that are dynamic and alive in the moment. We will learn more about the interior of the body and and our ideas and find pathways to external space, time and place. discovering new challenges and risks in our movement vocabulary.

Body-Mind Centering (BMC tm) is an eclectic and dynamic approach to somatic training and re-education developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.
Contact Improvisation is a duet dance form initiated by dancer Steve Paxton in 1972 that investigates balance, trust, momentum, gravity, stillness and perceptual play.

Afternoon Class: Improvisation: Performance as Exposure

The training of Contact Improvisation is a physical practice that includes increasing range of motion, awakening awareness and clarifying intention.
We learn through kinetic feedback with another as well as through exploring different patterns of movement and how all of our senses lead us into dancing. Touch is not enough.
Preparing to perform requires more than awareness, it asks us to be seen and to see. In this workshop, we will focus on meeting truthfully and directly the unexpected.
Contact Improvisation will be our entrance into the physicality of our images and applications of Body Mind Centering® will fine tune us to the mechanics of our instruments – our bodies.
Weight, mass and breath become movement, become landscape, become story, become question, become idea. We will play with heightening our senses and perceptions, amplifying our awareness to expose more of our interior, making the invisible visible to play with time and space.
Witnessing, reading, writing and the voice will be used to further engage and enliven our imaginations and for discovering new challenges and risks.
How do we ready ourselves for performing and who is the being in the body?

The workshop will culminate (if desired) in 2 evenings of performance.
Friday, July 3 and Saturday, July 4 at 19:00

About K.J. HOLMES
K.J. Holmes is an independent dance artist, singer and actor who has been exploring improvisation as process and performance since 1981.
She teaches, choreographs and performs at festivals, universities and venues throughout the world, as a soloist and in her collaborations with artists such as Simone Forti, Image Lab (Lisa Nelson, Karen Nelson and Scott Smith) and in the work of Steve Paxton. Her influences include Contact Improvisation, Body-Mind Centering®, Yoga (certified teacher 2007), Authentic movement, Ideokinesis, Alexander and Feldenkrais techniques, Martial Dance, world vocal studies and contemporary dance and theater. A 1999 graduate of the School for Body-Mind Centering, K.J. is adjunct faculty at New York University Experimental Theater Wing, is an ongoing teacher Movement Research NYC and has a private practice in Dynamic Alignment and Re-integration in Brooklyn, N.Y. where she lives. She just completed a two year acting training in the Sanford Meisner acting technique at the William Esper Studio in New York City and is developing an evening length piece entitled This is where we are (or take arms against a sea of troubles) which looks at where the body and language meet.

Participation: 5 days 200 Euro
Sleeping: We can host up workshop participants in our special sleeping cocoons. The cost is 10 EUR a night per person.

Registrations per email: info(at)felixruckert.de
Place: Schwelle 7, Uferstraße 6, HH 1. OG (near Uferstudios), 13357 Berlin, Germany
Website: http://www.schwelle7.de/KJHOLMES.html

CONTACT:
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Edgehill University, Ormskirk, near Liverpool, Lancashire L39 4QP, United Kingdom

Welcome to ecite09!

It will take place at Edge Hill University in Ormskirk, near Liverpool in the North-West of England, 2.-10.7.2009. There is place for +/- 80 participants.

Ecite09 will celebrate diversity. In experience, teaching-style, age, aesthetics, interest… We would like it to be an event where we can inspire each other and ourselves in our diversity through different forms of exchange.

Exchange has been a keyword in the ecites of the past 14 years, and it will be again this year, in the fields of teaching, current research and performing.

In putting together the programme we are looking at what forms will allow depth in our exchange and are appropriate for ecite now. CI is growing throughout Europe, and is taught and applied in a large variety of places, from academic settings to festivals to therapeutic situations. Festivals and international workgroups become more important as places to meet, practice, learn and exchange. The number of teachers grows, making for larger differences in age and experience. As organisers we take a close look at ecite's place within these developments. For the programme this will mean a larger variety of exchange-forms, ranging from pre-planned activities to 'open' time.

Forms of exchange we propose are:

classes on things we are passionately engaged with
study labs
one on ones
talks / discussions
lectures and lecture demonstrations
public interviews
videopresentations of work done
co-teaching

to attend ecite09 you must apply via the website! visit http://www.ecite.org/

The participant all-inclusive price is £ 345 (GB Pounds).
Please, check under Children/Guests for additional price information.
A small number of bursary (supported) places are available for European contact improvisation teachers, reducing the price to £ 245. If you wish to apply for a bursary place your application must be completed online by 31st March. Please state your reasons for wanting a bursary place and whether you have sought additional support from other sources. Bursary applicants will be notified by 15th April if we are able to offer them a supported place.

CONTACT: ecite09 team, , http://www.ecite.org/
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Via Dante n 22, Pontedera, Pisa, Toscany 56025, Italy

spazio NU Pontedera (PI)
Taught by: Jess Curtis, assisted by Maria Francesca Scaroni

Contact Improvisation: Compositional Tool / Performance Event?

6-10 July (h. 11-17)

A course and laboratory for people with intermediate to advanced skills in Contact Improvisation, exploring the use of those skills as both a compositional tool and a performance form. We will address issues of presence, connection with a partner, dynamics, virtuosity, utilizing scores and musical accompaniment. We will also explore staging, the integration of objects and the exploration of contact-based images. We will develop movement as both virtuosic, performative action and as meaningful theatrical image. We will examine the physical actualities of touch, manipulation, counterbalance, force, resistance, and surrender, both as physical states and as metaphors for interpersonal and intercultural relations. We will examine and practice the state and quality of improvising, looking at a variety of relationships between imagination, action and time.

Jess Curtis, Director/Choreographer
Living and working in San Francisco since 1984, Jess Curtis has created a body of work ranging from the underground extremes of Mission District Warehouses with Contraband (1985-1994) to the formal refinement of European State Theaters with Jess Curtis/Gravity (2000-present). Along the way Mr. Curtis has co-created ground breaking circus works with the Franco-American Circus project Cie Cahin Caha, Cirque Batard; collaborated with the renowned FabrikCompanie in Potsdam Germany to create the award winning fallen; and been commissioned to create works for companies such as Artblau in Germany, ContactArt in Milan, Italy and Blue Eyed Soul Dance Company in England.Mr. Curtis has twice been recognized by the Irvine Foundation/Dance USA California dance initiatives having been awarded a California Dancemakers Fellowship (2001) and a Dance: Creation to Performance Award (2005). In 2005 he was the recipient of San Francisco’s prestigious CHIME (Choreographers In Mentorship Exchange) Fellowship with and was one of twenty American choreographers nominated for the extremely competitive Alpert Awards in the Arts Fellowship. In August 2002 he received a Fringe First Award at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for “fallen”, which in 2003 was also awarded San Francisco’s Isadora Duncan Dance award for best company performance.After a youth filled with sports and musical training, Jess began making dances in the early 1980’s at California State University, Chico where he studied creative writing, theater and modern dance. Upon graduating he moved to San Francisco where he joined the Lucas Hoving Performance Group, and the San Francisco Moving Company and performed at Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival with experimental theater innovator Chris Hardman in Antenna Theater’s “Russia”.
In 1984 Jess met and began to work with choreographer Sara Shelton Mann and helped to form San Francisco’s internationally acclaimed CONTRABAND. Over the next nine years he was a primary collaborator in the creation of seven full evening dance theater works, specifically co-conceiving “The Invisible War” (1989) and “Mandala” (1990), and producing tours to the former Soviet Union, Italy and across the U.S.A. Together they received 3 Isadora Duncan Dance Awards.
In 1994, Jess co-founded the extreme performance group CORE, with Stephanie Maher, Keith Hennessy, Jules Beckman, and Stanya Kahn. CORE created two full-evening works, “Psychic Driveby”, (1994) and “entertainment for the apocalypse” (1996). In 1997/98 Curtis, Beckman, and Hennessy created the critically acclaimed “Ice/Car/Cage”, which received an SF Weekly Black Box Award for Choreography and two Isadora Duncan Dance Awards for Best Choreography and Best Visual Design.
From 1999 to 2002 he and longtime collaborators Keith Hennessy and Jules Beckman worked with with noted French circus director Gulko on a new dance-theater-circus called Cahin-Caha, Cirque Batard. The project toured extensively throughout Europe, including a two-month run at the prestigious Parc de La Villette in Paris, and in the fall of 2002 toured to the US for a sold-out four-week run at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco.
“enormous physical and metaphysical risk expressed through some of the simplest means with the lightest touch.” Sima Belmar, SF Bay Guardian

Maria Francesca Scaroni is a performer and teacher from Italy.
After dancing in Italian TV productions, she trained and worked with Manuela Bondavalli Danza (1998/2004), a collaboration that rooted her dance practice in release-based contemporary technique and Contact Improvisation. Joining Jess Curtis/Gravity (2004 to present), a San Francisco/Berlin based collaboration project, her perspective on dance and dance technique was challenged by an ongoing questioning process around improvisation as a performative practice, nurturing a more critical/informed attitude around the choices and modalities of performing movement. With Gravity she extended her teaching practice to Contact Improvisation, Composition and physically inclusive workshops.In 2006 she met the San Francisco choreographers/dancers Sara Shelton Mann and Kathleen Hermesdorf, who invited her into a creative process that will premiere in 2007.
She holds a Masters degree in Contemporary Literature, with a focus on Communication and Performance Theory. She enjoys cross-training with Tango, Yoga, Aikido and Gyrotonic.

200 euro
free accomodations.

CONTACT: Massimo Pierini, 039 329 0908119, , http://www.spazionu.com
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252 Prospect Street, Plainfield, MA 01070 USA

Interested in deepening your contact skills and awarenesses? Looking for ways to bring new focus and engagement to your existing practice? Come to Earthdance this summer as we bring three seasoned teachers and active researchers of contact improvisation from the West Coast for a special six-day intensive. You will have the opportunity to engage in workshops, labs, and open jamming time with both the teachers and other experienced dancers. Bring the topics you've always wished you could explore more fully, your burning questions, and your own artistry. Dialogue and dance with your peers, as you evolve the form together.

Alicia Grayson has had a love affair with CI for the past 20 years and has taught for the past 16. Brenton Cheng is a teacher, director, and performer of improvised and choreographed work, based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Nita Little has been developing, choreographing, performing and teaching improvisational dance for the past thirty-six years, notably Contact Improvisation , which she helped evolve from its inception with Steve Paxton , Nancy Stark Smith and others.

Sliding Scale Tuition: $250 – $350
Standard Room & Board: $225
Total Workshop Fee = Tuition + Room & Board

CONTACT: Rek Kwawer, 413-634-5678, , http://www.earthdance.net/programs/westcoast09.htm
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Wild Meadows Farm, 456 Smith Road , Schellsburg, PA 15559 USA

Join members of SPAN: Spontaneous Performing Artists Network, a national group of improvising artists, July 12-18, 2009 for an intensive exploration of improvisation through somatic modalities, Contact Improvisation, site-specific exploration and performance.

Located at Wild Meadows Farm in Schellsburg, PA, and surrounded by 200 acres of secluded mountain ranges and fertile valleys near the Allegheny Mountains, the intensive will provide ample opportunities to nurture, expand and challenge your improvisation practice.

Activities will include classes in: Contact Improvisation, improvisational performance, developing site specific approaches, the Bartenieff Fundamentals, Six Viewpoints and Authentic Movement.

FACILITATORS:
Nicole Bindler (Philadelphia)
Cyrus Khambatta (Seattle)
Sharon Mansur (Washington, DC)

GENERAL INFORMATION: Wild Meadows is surrounded by secluded mountains ranges and fertile valleys, an ideal location for reflective thought and investigation into the practice of improvisation. Some previous experience is requested. Break periods will be scheduled to enable participants to take in the glorious natural surrounding of the farm.

FOOD: is included and will be communally prepared. Each participant will be requested to assist in the preparation of 2-3 lunch/dinner meals (with work study assistance).

TRAVEL: The farm is 2.5 hours from Washington D.C., 5 hours from New York City, 3.5 hours from Philadelphia and 2 hours from Pittsburgh. There are also buses and trains to where pick ups can be made.

Early registration sliding scale: $200 – $350
(full payment due by May 18th)

Regular registration sliding scale: $225 – $375
($75 deposit due by May 18th)

DEPOSIT: $75 deposit due by May 18th, remaining amount due June 29th

You're welcome to pay whatever you can afford within the sliding scale. Please keep in mind when choosing your fee that the market rate for a retreat of this scope is $375 or higher. We're offering a sliding scale a scale rate to include folks with varying incomes. *Cost includes all food, lodging, and workshop, except travel.

CONTACT: Cyrus Khambatta, (212) 404-7808 (NYC) or 206-935-0459 (Seattle), , http://www.phffft.org/wmeadows.htm
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Moscow, Russian Federation

Dates: 18-26 July 2009.

Festival structure:
July 18 – Teachers performance in Theatre of THE MEYERHOLD CENTRE. Participants are invited free of charge!
July 19 – participants arrival and registration, festival opening. Jam
July 20-21-22 – first three days of intensives, classes and performance research labs.
July 23 – day off, discussions with teachers and evening OPEN JAM.
July 24-25 – intensives and classes resume, closing circle on 25th night.
July 26 – good-bye jam and departure of participants.

Intensive teachers:
Andrew Harwood (Canada);
Martin Keogh (USA);
Arye Bursztyn (Israel);
Gesine Daniels (Germany).

If you would like to get a discount for participation – you should register before 10th of June. We will find you where to stay on 18th night after teachers performance, please come on 18th!

In addition to the festival itself we organize TWO workshops in Moscow (in the city):
July 10-14 – workshop for all levels with Andrew Harwood.
July 28 – August 3 – workshop for advanced CI dancers with Martin Keogh.
Large discounts for the workshops are available for the festival participants.

350 euro for early registered

CONTACT: Alexey Karyagin, +7 985 226 59 38, , http://www.contactfestival.ru
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Lasqueti Island, British Columbia V0R 2J0, Canada

About Lasqueti Island…

July 25-26 Workshop: CONTACT CONFIDENT (all levels of experience)

Everything you need to know for safe and satisfying dancing.
The principles are simple, the practice infinite.
Beginners welcome. Participation is divine.
Come as you are, begin from there. Bring your curiosity.

July 26 – August 1: CONTACT INQUIRY & JAM

State of Inquiry: How does inquiry inform our dancing?
What is? What are we doing? What else is possible?
What unfolds as we embody our curiosity, physically and verbally?
We gather to inquire, of ourselves and each other.

Camping, food and childcare provided.
Tasty vegetarian meals with wheat-free, vegan and non veg. options.

Non-refundable deposit of $100 is required, with the total due July 1.
Workshop is limited to 25, the Inquiry & Jam to 50.
Last year we filled fast, so send a deposit to save your space.

To register send cheques to-
Mark Young
123 Sesame Street
Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0

or contact Mark at markyoung@lasqueti.ca

Carolyn Stuart-
Explorer of C.I. since 1984, calling her thread of inquiry the Touchmonkey path. She realized hundreds of performance projects with Patrick Gracewood in the 90's, spent years teaching and performing world-wide and is now based in Portland, OR. Her events emphasize inquiry and exploration as the origin and life blood of the form. All are invited to research and contribute to the paradigm of contact improvising, on and off the dance floor!

Event Information…

Workshop only: $150 (CDN)
Inquiry & Jam Only: $280 (CDN)
Full 8 Days: $380 (CDN)

Camping, wholesome meals, and childcare are included in the event cost.

CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://contactimprov.ca/bc/lasqueti/
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26 JUL 2009
Wild Life Sanctuary, 221 Pine St #349, Florence, MA 01062 USA

with Patrick Crowley

1 – 5 pm Sunday July 26, 2009

We will develop our skills in contact improvisation while finding the freedom in the form. Support, alignment, leading/following, upside down work, lightness, moving without manipulation, vision exploration, sound, solo, duet, trios, and different improvisational scores will be some of our investigations. We will span the subtle and the large. The objectives are learning through the movement, letting the body live in its natural state, and of course, fun!

Beginners Welcome. Please email or call with any questions.

$50 ($40 if pd. by 7/17)

CONTACT: Patrick Crowley, 617-320-9792, , http://www.zanyangels.com/Schedule.html
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Moscow, Russian Federation

Contact improvisation requires a courageous willingness — but never so much as when we dance in the absence of will – those moments when we drop the reigns and, nowhere bound, allow our animal to carry us.

Join good company for dancing and discovery. With games, some sweat, and the unique physicality of the contact body we will savor and rock the boundaries between states of allowing and mindful intention.

We will explore:
• Moving from a base of sensation
• Dancing with a shared central axis
• Seeking ease in going off balance
• Finding the spontaneous acrobatics of the form
• Spending more time in nuance, disorientation, and extended follow-through

This is an advanced level training for those with a grasp of Contact fundamentals.

150 euro for Russian CI festival participants;
250 euro for those who comes only for the workshop.

CONTACT: Alexey Karyagin, +7 985 2265938, , http://www.contactfestival.ru
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Vilnius, Lithuania

9 special days in Vilnius, European Capital of Culture 2009!

One of the main ideas of the festival is having enough time. Enough time to dance and to reflect, to explore and to rest, to receive and to share, to laugh and to be silent, and simply to be.
See

Festival teachers:
Isabelle Üski (France),
Nina Martin (USA),
Mans Erlandson (Sweden),
Maria Grudskaya (Russia),
Vitali Kononov (USA/Russia),
Paolo Cingolani (Italy/Spain)
and others…

Open your mind-body-heart and find yourself dancing in Vilnius!
for registration

The festival price is 160-190 € sliding scale. This includes: one intensive and all other classes and events, food, and accommodation in the classrooms.

There are some places for work exchange.

Festival price when deposit paid before:
1st of July – 160 €
later – 190 €

CONTACT: Julija Melnik, +370 613 57997, +370 614 37287, , http://www.contactimprovisation.lt
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Cluj Napoca, Romania

TRANS-CONTACT – 4th International Contact Improvisation Festival (Cluj-Napoca) brings together professional movers (dancers, actors, choreographers) as well as non-professional movers to explore Contact Improvisation in an intensive week of workshops, research, discussions and jams led by internationally acclaimed coaches. It is a unique form to continue exploring Contact Improvisation introduced at previous editions to the Romanian dance and theatre community. It aims to develop in the participants an awareness of the importance of this movement technique in the creative process of performing arts.

INTENSIVES with Katarina Eriksson (Sweden, Charlie Morrissey (UK), Eszter Gál (Hungary), Ulla Mäkinen (Finland)

CLASSES with Fernando Neder (Brazil), Katja Mustonen (Finland), Niclas Valenti (Sweden), Dorka Farkas (Hungary/Romania), Mirva Mäkinen (Finland), Enikő Szilágyi (Hungary), Asher Levin (UK/Germany)

First Contact Project – dedicated to CI teachers with little teaching experience. Special conditions apply. Deadline July 5, 2009.

Other events: warm ups, jams, Nature Day, Performance, discussion, One 2 One session

Full fee includes an intensive workshop at choice, afternoon workshops during the week, jams, warm ups, nature day (with transport, accommodation and dinner) and performance participation. If paid in advance, it also includes accommodation in hostel type shared rooms. The fee should be paid by bank transfer before July 15, 2009.

International participants
Full fee by bank transfer: 250 EURO
Full fee at arrival: 270 EURO

Romanian participants*
Full fee by bank transfer: 500 RON
Full fee at arrival: 550 RON
Afternoon courses and jams: 350 RON
Hungarian participants*
Full fee by bank transfer: 120 EURO
Full fee at arrival: 150 EURO

* Obs. Hungarian and Romanian participants have lower fee thanks to the generosity of our funding partners, the National Cultural Fund of Hungary and The National Centre of Dance – Bucharest.

CONTACT: Kinga Kelemen, +40-748-144322, , http://www.groundfloor.ro
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Zaragoza, Zaragoza 50006, Spain

A small and intimate gathering in the Village Cardedeu, close to Barcelona.
3 days of long classes (5 hours), open classes with the village habitants, performances and jams in the tranquil and Mediterranean atmosphere of the village.

The total cost of the festival is 350 € / 300 € if paid before May 31.
This price include all classes, 3 meals a day and accommodation in the hall or in your tent.

CONTACT: http://www.contactfestival.es/
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Munich, Germany

Der Sommer naht und mit ihm auch die 19. TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA, die in diesem Jahr vom 5.-15. August stattfindet. Wir freuen uns, Ihnen hiermit das Gesamtprogramm ankündigen zu können. Die Anmeldung ist ab sofort möglich, die Anmeldeformulare stehen auf www.jointadventures.net zum Download bereit.

NEU!!

Amanda Miller wird bei der diesjährigen TANZWERKSTATT EUROPA den Kurs Contemporary Dance – Composition unterrichten.

Erwachsenenkurse:
Iñaki Azpillaga (B/ES): Dynamic Changes in Contemporary Dance (Intermediate & Advanced)
Patricia Bardi (USA/B): Physical Voice in the Moving Body (Pedagogues & Dancers, 5.8.-9.8.)
Stefan Dreher (D): Yoga (all levels)
Jeremy Nelson (USA): Contemporary Dance Technique (Advanced & Professionals)
Amanda Miller (D/USA): Contemporary Dance (Beginners & Advanced / Professionals)
Dr. Liane Simmel (D): “Inside out” – The Body in Motion (Pedagogues & Dancers)
Katja Wachter (D): Contemporary Dance – Composition (Beginners & Advanced / Professionals)
Niako (F): Hip-Hop Freestyle (Beginners, Advanced & Professionals)
Goran Bogdanovski (SI): Fico Balet – Technique and Improvisation Tools (Intermediate & Professionals)
Kenneth Flak (S/N): Contemporary Dance Technique (Intermediate & Advanced)
Kenneth Flak (S/N): Moving in Character (Professionals)
Boris Charmatz (F): 50 years of dance (Professionals, 10.8.-14.8., Performance included)
u.a.

Kinderkurse (fünftägig):
Andrea Marton (D): Contemporary Dance for Kids (age 7 – 11; 5.8.-9.8.)
Annerose Schmidt (D): Contemporary Dance for Boys (age 8 – 11; 5.8.-9.8.)
Aiga Keller (D): Hip-Hop for Kids (age 8 – 12; 10.8.-14.8.)
Aiga Keller (D): Contemporary Dance for Young People (age 12 – 16; 10.8.-14.8.)

Weitere Infos zu den einzelnen Kursen finden Sie auf www.jointadventures.net
Natürlich geben wir unter 089/ 1 89 31 37-0 gerne auch telefonisch Auskunft!

CONTACT: Jana Brambach, , http://www.jointadventures.net
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Studio "Le Space", 4532 ave Laval (Mt-Royal subway station), Montreal, Qc , Canada

Pie festival is for professional and non professional artists who wish to deepen their research and their personal practice in movement.

Classes in Contact Improvisation & Scores, Skinner Releasing & Alexander Techniques
Including a unique performance by PIE titled “Roots and Crown”, on Friday August 14th.

It will take place in Montreal the week of August 10 – 14, in the heart of Montreal’s Plateau.

With Catherine Lessard, Eryn Dace Trudell, David Flewelling, Robert H. Schweitzer, Stephanie Gaudreau

Sign up early as this year promises to be very rich and fun!

Sliding scale: 250$ / 275$ / 300$
Send 75$ deposit to Robert H. Schweitzer, 2405 Ryde st, Montreal, Qc, H3K 1R5, Canada
Deadline for registration is July 27.

CONTACT: Robert H. Schweitzer, 514-934-5972, , http://pie-dance.com
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Latvian Academy of Culture, Ludzas 24, Riga, Latvia

13 August – 16 August \ 2009

CATCHING MOMENTUM TOGETHER
a course in Contact Improvisation for all levels
with Marija Grudskaja (Russia)

WORKSHOP TIMETABLE:
• 13.08 (Thursday): 19:00 – 21:30
• 14.08 (Friday): 19:00 – 21:30
• 15.08 (Saturday): 12:00 – 18:00 (one hour break in between)
• 21:00-…: Closing Event in SPACE GARAGE (Audēju iela 12, 6th floor)
• 16.08 (Sunday) – JAM (13:00-18:00), premises in Latvian Academy of Culture or on the beach.

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION:
Contact improvisation is a movement form, exploration of two (or more) bodies moving in contact. The dancers follow physical forces, such as gravity and momentum, as well as point of contact which can roll and slide across their bodies.
In the workshop we will use the floor and its energy to move and support ourselves and each other. We will travel through levels, find easy and safe ways fall down and to get up. Our hands can be strong as legs and our legs can be light and sensitive as hands.
We will dance in the dialogue, when both partners are mobile and ready to follow each other.
In the dance we share weight with the partner, offer support, and let spontaneous liftings to happen. We will search ways to support the partner with minimal effort, sensing moments to get support or a lift and being light there.
We will follow momentum and let it drive our dance, giving up control and at the same time being ready to redirect the momentum.
This workshop is open for participants with any level of experience. Together we can get into an unexpected and inspiring exploration.

MARIJA GRUDSKAYA
Masha is a dancer, teacher and organizer from Moscow, Russia. She teaches CI in Moscow, in other cities of Russia and abroad. She performs regularly with a contemporary dance theatre and with a group of improvisers. Since 2007 she has been experimenting with teaching CI to children.
“When I dance and teach, it feels like I am constantly opening new doors, finding new details and meanings. I love to see myself and other people enjoying the taste of movement. I am happy to have a group of friends with whom we dance, perform, teach and learn together and make the big contact festival every year!”


MORE INFO and REGISTRATION:
e-mail: auzina@gmail.com
tel +2 9262198, Inese Auziņa
kontaktpunkts.blogspot.com
www.dance.lv

WORKSHOP FEE: 36 Euros (10 hours + JAM)

CONTACT: Inese Auzina, +371 29262198, , http://kontaktpunkts.blogspot.com
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Bellamystraat 49, Amsterdam, Netherlands

w/ Yvette van der Slik, Noam Carmeli, Miles Kessler and Rob Vincken

This will be a movement workshop of aikido and dance exploring the relationship between the two arts. This workshop will be taught by four gifted teachers from the U.S., Holland and Israel who will guide you through practices from both aikido and dance, and beyond.

Yvette van der Slik – Teacher of Contemporary Dance
Noam Carmeli – Teacher of Contact Improvisation
Miles Kessler – Teacher of Integral Aikido and Meditation
Rob Vincken – Teacher of Aikido and Mindfulness
The workshop is open to both aikidoists, dancers, movers and shakers of all levels. We hope that you'll join us for this inspirational weekend where aikido and dance come together.

Workshop cost: 100 Euro. Registration mandatory.

CONTACT: Yvette van der Slik, +31627164059, , http://www.aikido-dance.com
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12 SEP 2009
Juan de Garay 2955, Olivos, Buenos Aires , Argentina

Clase intensiva: desarrollando el lenguaje de acceso a la danza. Sabado 12/9 de 10.3 a 14.30 hs.

$50

CONTACT: Carolina Becker, , http://www.carolinabecker.blogspot.com
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The Dance Studio University of Brighton, Grand Parade, Brighton, East Sussex , United Kingdom

Weight and Weightlessness
Flight and Fall
A workshop for solo, duet and trio work in Contact Improvisation
with
Jacky Miredin (Rome)
Charlie Morrissey (UK)
Adrian Russi (Switzerland)
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This workshop explores Contact Improvisation in trio and duet work with three acclaimed and highly experienced male dancers and teachers.

Looking at upward motion and elevation, lifting and falling, elasticity and connection,
resistance and yielding – via the connection with two partners.

We will work with three-dimensional awareness, and explore the space behind, above, below
and in front of us – both external and internal experiences of it, as a way to facilitate
an agile and playful approach to the many choices we encounter in our dancing.

We will use momentum and weight as a catalyst for lifts,
and find ways in which we can ride the momentum created by setting our masses in motion.

We will capitalise on this opportunity to work in trios and use it to go
beyond our perception of what is possible in our dancing, by working with two partners
to help us find places and pathways we have not yet been able to explore with one.

Be ready to dance! This workshop will be physical, fun and exhilarating.
Participants should have a good base in Contact Improvisation.

In Brighton
14th -19th Sept
10am-5pm daily

£120

CONTACT: Rob Hopper, , http://www.movement12.org
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Germany

Martin Keogh – "Soaring Off The Mountain"
Intensive five-day workshop in Contact Improvisation

WHEN: September, 15-19, 2009, 11:00-17:00 (tbd)
WHERE: Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany

Contact improvisation requires a courageous willingness — but never so much as when we dance in the absence of will – those moments when we drop the reigns and, nowhere bound, allow our animal to carry us. Join good company for dancing and discovery. With games, some sweat, and the unique physicality of the contact body we will savor and rock the boundaries between states of allowing and mindful intention.

We will explore:
- Moving from a base of sensation
- Dancing with a shared central axis
- Seeking ease in going off balance
- Finding the spontaneous acrobatics of the form
- Spending more time in nuance, disorientation, and extended follow-through
- Movement that's both organized and released
- A visceral appreciation for the spiral
- An ability to see and venture into the backspace
- Performing contact improvisation as a tool to amplify our listening
- A greater capacity for sensation, risk, and pleasure

The workshop could culminate (if desired) in an evening of performance. So one focus and target of the workshop will be your solo – alone and while in duet. Voices of another workshop on www.martinkeogh.com/resources/Yoursolo.html

More at http://www.schwelle7.de/Martin%20Keogh.html
More at http://www.martinkeogh.com

Bio: Martin Keogh has taught and performed contact improvisation for thirty years. For his contribution to the development of the form he is a Fulbright Senior Specialist and listed in Who's Who in the World. Martin spent time traveling to monasteries in Japan and Korea and was the director of the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley before discovering the world of dance. He co-facilitated CI36 and Teacher's Conferences on four continents. He is the author of The Art of Waiting and As Much Time as it Takes. More info at: www.martinkeogh.com.

REGISTRATION: info (at) felixruckert.de
PRICE: 200 EUR

SLEEPING:
We can host up workshop participants in our special sleeping cocoons. The cost is 10 € a night per person.


LOCATION -——-

Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6 HH 1. OG
13357 Berlin/Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 30-4736 3500
http://www.schwelle7.de
Email: info (at) felixruckert.de

TRAFFIC LINK: UB Nauener Platz, Pankstr, Osloer Str, SB Gesundbrunnen

CONTACT: http://www.schwelle7.de/Martin%20Keogh.html
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Ciudad de Córdoba, Córdoba , Argentina

Contact Imrpovisación, Performances, Audiovisuales y Fotografías.

El cuerpo es la fuente de información donde podemos leer el acontecer del presente y el vehículo del que nos valemos para comunicarnos, construyendo sentido y movimiento.

Workshops: Cristina Turdo, Carolina Becker, Adrian Andrada, Ivan Baucia

$50 por workshop

CONTACT: Ivan Baucia, , http://editorialcepia.blogspot.com/2009/07/performances-audiovisuales-y.html
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Lucid Weight, Lucid Touch contact workshop in Charlottesville, VA with Martin Keogh and Brad Stoller
Charlottesville, VA 22902 USA

Opening the body to spirals, the backspace, lucidity as immediate connection. For those with basic contact skills. Thursday night to Sunday afternoon both weekends Sept 24-27 and Nov 5-8.

$250-450 sliding scale

CONTACT: Brad Stoller, 434 9732387,
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the Thanet, Chalk Farm, London, NW5 4HD, United Kingdom

Spirals: Physical movement is a constant dialogue with gravity. The use of spiral trajectories help to deal with it in a more efficient way. Coincidentally this form of movement can be observed in water dynamics and in living organisms. In this way, the practice and search for fluidity and spiral dynamics can be a path to arrive to our own organic movement.

The spiral structure will be translated practically and metaphorically into different levels, establishing cross-references and multiple associations.
In a physical level we will use common elements of Tango, Martial Arts, Contact Improvisation that relate to it. It will also be translated into other spheres: as a way of structuring an improvisation or a movement through repetition and transformation.
Through this focused creative work we hope to access a deeper insight into ourselves, our partners and our creative expressions.

Javier Cura is an argentine american multidisciplinary artist. He has dedicated himself to the Fine Arts creating several art exhibitions of objects, sculptures and installations. He has performed, directed and created drama shows in Argentina, Colombia, USA, Italy and Indonesia. He’s been teaching drama, physical theatre and Contact Impro in England, Italy, France, Germany and Argentina. He’s been invited to teach and perform in the International Contact Improvisation Festivals in Orvieto(It) and Freiburg (Ger) and at WCCIF. His last piece that merges tango and contact impro in a physical theatre context was presented in Prague’s Dance Theatre “Farma Festival”. It was also presented in Italy (Terni), at the “Travolgente Festival” (2007), and in Argentina(2008).

www.myspace.com/javiercuraworkshop
Videos: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nM575qk7l2U http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elW1hxzzZDc http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lts3nIA0rmg
Info and booking: javiercura@yahoo.com.ar
Miguel Pinheiro mobile 07702889324 Javier mobile: 0049 1636383774

Venue: The Thanet at Herbert St, NW5 4HD London, phone 020 72674081‎
Tube: Chalk farm or Camden Town
Overground: Kentish Town West

Time schedule:
Saturday 3rd October from 7 to 9.30pm
Sunday 4th October from 3 to 9.30pm
Cost for Saturday £15, for Sunday 30£
Two days workshop £ 40, Concessions for student £10 and for advance booking of £8
There are few places left so please book in advance.
Account To: Javier Cura IBAN: DE70 1002 0890 0601 8494 61 SWIFT (BIC): HYVEDEMM488 BANK: HypoVereinsbank Berlin, Germany Ask a transferenza type EU-Standard-Transfer (without additional freight)

Cost for Saturday £15, for Sunday 30£
Two days workshop £ 40, Concessions for student £10 and for advance booking of £8

CONTACT: Javier Cura, 0049(0)15779399735, , http://www.myspace.com/javiercuraworkshop
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Workshop ADRIAN RUSSI: CI and instant composition, October, 5-9, Schwelle7, Berlin/Germany
Schwelle 7; Berlin, Germany

Workshop ADRIAN RUSSI: CI and instant composition, October, 5-9, Schwelle7, Berlin/Germany

Workshop ADRIAN RUSSI: CI and instant composition
Intensive five-day workshop: integrating movement technique, improvisation and skills for performance

WHEN: October, 5-9, 12:00-18:00
WHERE: Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany

In this workshop we will explore intensively the relation between movement technique in CI and performance – how CI and skills for instant composition can support each other and which are the possible traps to be avoided while dancing for an audience.

The morning classes will be focused on movement skills in solo, duet and trio. We will look for ways how to deal with gravity in a clever way, how to move upside-down and to integrate flying and falling into our dance. The key ingredients will be a distinguished body awareness in order to move and to communicate with our partner precisely, the playful interaction of technique and improvisation and the conscious (and constant) use of timing and space – what in fact are also fundamentals for performing CI.

In the afternoon classes we will go beyond CI-technique and improvisational skills to see what is changing deeply when one is exposed to an audience. It’s a lot about getting more present, connecting the inner with the outer space and communicating with our partners also on distance. Having trust in your instincts and your intuition will be as much important as learning about compositional aspects and using CI-technique in order to give a clear base to the performance.

For those who will feel ready the workshop will end with a public studio performance to show our work to an audience and of course to bring our practice into reality. Good to know: finally performance can be trained only while performing.

Come prepared to both move a lot and dive deep down into a subtle work with your body and to get energized from being on stage!

PERFORMANCES

The workshop will therfore culminate in an evening of Performance/showing on Friday, October, 9 at 8:30 pm

Adrain Russi will also perform with Jörg Hassmann, Mirva Mäkinen and music by Marko Hefele, Violin + Barnaby O'Rorke Tree, Cello:
Trio Performance on Tuesday, October , 6 at 8:30 pm

Bio ADRIAN RUSSI:

Adrian Russi is a CI-teacher, performer and body therapist, who has been involved in Contact Improvisation since 1992.
After he studied New Dance at “bewegungs-art” in Freiburg/Germany he continued his education with many different teachers, among them Steve Paxton and Nancy Stark Smith who have started to develop CI in the early seventies with a group of other movers.

He is based in Switzerland where he offers his work as a free lancer to a wide range of people. He is regularly invited to international festivals and to teach workshops all over Europe. In his teaching he focuses on the technical aspects of CI (ease, precision and strength) as well as on matters of perception (sensation, connection of inner and outer space, of bottom and top) and a creativity coming from a distinct body-awareness. For him the pleasure to play, deep engagement in the dance, and respect for others are the basis for gaining the most possible in dancing CI.

As a performer he works with many different international artists and his performances are primarily based on free improvisation incorporating Contact Improvisation, dance, dance-theatre, voice and live music. In 2007 he initiated “Moving Men”, a men’s trio with Charlie Morrissey and Jacky Miredin touring with there performance-work all over Europe. For more information go to www.adrianrussi.com

WEBSITE: http://www.schwelle7.de/Adrian%20Russi.html
REGISTRATION: xs4jan (at) gmx.de
PRICE: 200 EUR

SLEEPING:
We can host up workshop participants in our special sleeping cocoons. The cost is 10 EUR a night per person.


LOCATION -——-

Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6 HH 1. OG
13357 Berlin/Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 30-4736 3500
http://www.schwelle7.de
Email: info (at) felixruckert.de

TRAFFIC LINK: UB Nauener Platz, Pankstr, Osloer Str, SB Gesundbrunnen

CONTACT:
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AMANDA MILLER: Choreographie Workshop, October 12-16, 2009, Schwelle7, Berlin/Germany
Germany

Composition / Matrix
5 day intensive Choreographie Workshop with Amanada Miller:
WHEN: October, 12-16, 12:00-18:00
WHERE: Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany

"Composition / Matrix"

Working to cut through ones own physical and mental matrix.

Breaking down mental hierarchies, dissolving expectations, so space is available for one to discover their own vocabulary and invent more.

Eventually being able to create a choreography and / or an improvisation.

We would be working with the tools of improvisation and techniques of articulation.

“Komposition / Matrix”

In dem Workshop wird mit Mitteln der Improvisation und Techniken der Artikulation gearbeitet werden.

Im Arbeitsprozess geht es darum eigene physische und mentale Muster aufzubrechen mit dem Ziel Hierarchien und Erwartungen aufzulösen.

Der so frei werdende Raum bietet die Möglichkeit, das eigene Ausdrucksvokabular zu entdecken und zu erweitern mit dem Ziel eine eigene Choreographie oder Improvisation zu kreieren.

PERFORMANCE
The workshop will culminate in an evening of performance/showing on Friday, October, 16 at 8:30 pm

AMANDA MILLER: http://www.prettyugly.de
WORKSHOP: http://www.schwelle7.de/Amanda%20Miller.html
REGISTRATION: xs4jan (at) gmx.de
PRICE: 200 EUR

SLEEPING:
We can host up workshop participants in our special sleeping cocoons. The cost is 10 EUR a night per person.


LOCATION -——-

Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6 HH 1. OG
13357 Berlin/Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 30-4736 3500
http://www.schwelle7.de
Email: info (at) felixruckert.de

TRAFFIC LINK: UB Nauener Platz, Pankstr, Osloer Str, SB Gesundbrunnen

CV Amanda Miller

- Amanda Miller grew up in North Carolina and commenced her professional training at the North Carolina School of the Arts. She continued her studies in New York while she danced for the Chicago Lyrical Opera Ballet, the Deutschen Oper Berlin and other distinguished companies.
- In 1984 William Forsythe invited her to Frankfurt and appointed her not only as a dancer but also as permanent Choreographer at the civic ballet ensemble there.
- In 1992 Amanda Miller founded her own Company, the Pretty Ugly Dance Company.
- From 1997 until 2004 her Company was installed at the civic theatre in Freiburg (Baden-Württemberg) under the name Ballett Freiburg Pretty Ugly. Alongside her work with her own company, Amanda Miller created ballets for renowned ensembles and founded the company Yummidance in Japan.
- Increasingly she has addressed herself as well to training others in her work method, and is active worldwide as a teacher.
- In 2004 she supported people in Tibet through various art projects.
- Amanda Miller has won numerous awards. In 1994 her productions won three prizes at the 'Rencontres Chorégraphiques International de Bagnolet'. In 2004 for her work 'Four for Nothing' she received the leading Dutch accolade for choreography 'The Golden Swan'.
- From January 2005 until May 2009 Amanda Miller has been artistic director of pretty ugly tanz köln.
- In May 2009 she directed her first Opera “Orpheus und Euridike” at the civic theatre in Ulm.
- Since June 2009 Amanda Miller works free-lance.

CV Amanda Miller
- Geboren 1961 wuchs in North Carolina auf und begann ihre Ausbildung an der North Carolina School of the Arts.
- Sie setzte ihr Studium in New York fort und tanzte unter anderem beim Chicago Lyrical Opera Ballet und an der Deutschen Oper Berlin.
- 1984 lud William Forsythe sie nach Frankfurt ein und engagierte sie als Tänzerin, später auch als Hauschoreografin bei seinem Ballett Frankfurt.
- 1992 gründete Amanda Miller ihre eigene Compagnie, die Pretty Ugly Dance Company.
- Von 1997 bis 2004 war die Company unter dem Namen Ballett Freiburg Pretty Ugly am Freiburger Theater engagiert.
- Neben ihrer Arbeit mit der eigenen Compagnie kreierte Amanda Miller Ballette für namhafte Ensembles und gründete die Company Yummi Dance in Japan.
- Verstärkt widmet sie sich auch der Vermittlung ihrer Arbeitsmethode und ist weltweit als Lehrerin tätig.
- 2004 engagierte sie sich im Rahmen verschiedener künstlerischer Projekte für Menschen im Tibet.
- Amanda Miller erhielt für ihre choreografische Arbeit zahlreiche Auszeichnungen. 1994 wurde ihre Arbeit mit drei Preisen bei den „Rencontres Choréographiques International de Bagnolet“ ausgezeichnet.
- Zuletzt erhielt sie 2004 den niederländischen Choreografenpreis “Der goldene Schwan“ für ihre Choreografie „Four for Nothing“
- 2005 bis 2009 arbeitete Amanda Miller als künstlerische Direktorin mit ihrer Compagnie unter dem Namen pretty ugly tanz köln an den Bühnen Köln.
- Im Mai 2009 inszenierte sie ihre erste Oper “Orfeo ed Euridice” am Theater Ulm.
- Seit Juni 2009 ist Amanda Miller freischaffend tätig.

CONTACT:
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Claymont Court Seminars, 667 Huyett Road, Charles Town, WV 25414 USA

The Fall East Coast Contact Jam is 4 days dedicated to practice and play with contact improvisation. Walk the many paths on a 350 acre retreat center on your way to dance, perform, play, experiment, laugh, sauna, sleep, & eat yummy vegetarian meals. Participate in Poetry & Chocolate, jam, play music, or offer your own structure. All takes place at the historic Claymont Court in Charles Town WV. Skilled dancers and newcomers are Welcome.

$300 if you register and send a $50 deposit by September 29
$350 if you register and send a $50 deposit by October 6
$375 thereafter

CONTACT: Mike Weaver, , http://www.eastcoastjam.com/TheEastCoastJam
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ANDREW HARWOOD: Contact Improvisation Workshop, October 19-22, 2009, Schwelle7, Berlin/Germany
Germany

Known – Unknown
Contact Improvisation Intensive Workshop with Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood
WHEN: October, 19-22, 2009, 12:00-18:30
WHERE: Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany

KNOWNUNKOWN

A movement laboratory – investigating improvisation, expression, composition and performance

Andrew Harwood: I view this workshop as an exhilarating and formidable adventure into the deeper layers of improvisational dance. Our goal is to find a sense of timelessness in our dancing – a state of consciousness that is aware but not self-conscious. Working with dancers in a collaborative fashion is exciting to me. My desire is to draw out the creativity, individuality and integrity of each dancer while cultivating a team-like atmosphere. I wish to encourage the dancers to let their own imagination, spirit and presence shine and allow various performance qualities to emerge.

The realms where the known and the unknown converge are two distinct and yet complementary worlds, where a rich array of ideas, movements and images are merged and juxtaposed. Through various forms of improvisation, Contact Improvisation, composition and chance procedures we will practise instant inventiveness, make personal choices, refine our sensing skills and build material. A series of schemes, games, images, states and structures will help dancers create a repertoire of personal gestures and phrases and develop various improvisational strategies which in turn will become the framework for composing solo, duet and group material be it set or improvised or a combination of both. This entire process relies on the dancers willingness to listen to themselves and each other, to take risks, to call upon their confidence and to allow their skills as interpreters to come into focus.

WORKSHOP: http://www.schwelle7.de/Andrew.html
REGISTRATION: xs4jan (at) gmx.de
PRICE: 200 EUR

SLEEPING:
We can host up workshop participants in our special sleeping cocoons. The cost is 10 EUR a night per person.


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Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6, HH 1. OG
13357 Berlin/Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 30-4736 3500
http://www.schwelle7.de
Email: info (at) felixruckert.de
TRAFFIC LINK: UB Nauener Platz, Pankstr, Osloer Str, SB Gesundbrunnen

CV ANDREW HARWOOD

Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood is a leading international teacher, performer and creator in the field of instantaneous choreography, compositional improvisation and contact improvisation since 1975. He is the artistic director of AH HA Productions, a project oriented company dedicated to improvisation. Andrew studied, taught and performed with Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and Nita Little, the founding members of Contact Improvisation. He also has a background in gymnastics, athletics, yoga, contemporary dance, somatic studies, release technique, compositional improvisation and Aikido. His work has been presented in numerous international festivals since 1980 (Impuls Tanz, La Biennale de Venise, Festival Montpellier, Festival International de Nouvelle Danse., Festival des Antipodes, Improvisation Festival New York, Bates Dance Festival, Kontact Budapest, Jose Limon Dance Festival, etc.). Andrew danced for the companies of Fulcrum, Jo Lechay, Marie Chouinard, Jean-Pierre Perreault, and the improvisational ensemble The Echo Case. He has also collaborated in performance with Chris Aiken, Peter Bingham, Kirstie Simson, Ray Chung, Lisa Nelson, Mark Tompkins, Benoit Lachambre, Lin Snelling and Ginette Laurin among many others. He is the recipient of the Canada Council’s Jacqueline-Lemieux award for the year 2000.

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Massachusetts, MA USA

with Patrick Crowley

Thursdays 7-9 pm

We will develop our skills in contact improvisation while finding the freedom in the form. Support, alignment, leading/following, upside down work, lightness, moving without manipulation, vision exploration, sound, solo, duet, trios, and different improvisational scores will be some of our investigations. We will span the subtle and the large. The objectives are learning through the movement, letting the body live in its natural state, and of course, fun!
Please email or call with any questions.

6 week series = $85 ($78 if reg. by 1 week before start date)
$16 class (by permission)

CONTACT: Patrick Crowley, 617-320-9792, , http://www.zanyangels.com/index.php/Schedule.html
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24 OCT 2009
Preston Campbell Center, 17062 Preston Road, Suite 108, Dallas, TX 75248 USA

Contact Improvisation instruction with a 'twist of consciousness'! Cultivate peace while learning the skills and techniques of Contact Improvisation. These techniques are taught using movement in the dance space as a metaphor for how we conduct ourselves and interact with others, out in the world. 'The way we do one thing is the way we do anything.' This three hour playshop will include instruction for the beginner to intermediate level contact dancer. Following the technique instruction we will enter into a brief meditation for peace: peace first within ourselves and ultimately, peace in the world. From this meditative space we will move organically into a solo dancing meditation and finally ease into a full on Contact Jam! Come dance with us and 'Be The Peace You Want To See'!

Who is this Playshop appropriate for?

Anyone who has a desire to move their body freely, contact in the dance space with other dancing bodies and who is willing to participate in some level of Self reflection will enjoy this playshop. Men and women alike are encouraged to participate. Depending upon maturity and desire, teens are also encouraged to participate. No previous experience is necessary!

What to wear? What to bring?
Wear comfortable clothing that will allow your body to move through its fullest ranges of motion. Expect to dance barefoot with no socks because they create slippage and do not make for safe dancing. Make sure to bring water. A pen & journal are very helpful as well to make note of any powerful insights and images that may occur to you during the process and that feel important to remember. It is also very important to bring an open mind and open heart.

WHEN & WHERE:
Saturday, October 24 @ 11:30am—2:30pm
Move Studio in DALLAS, TEXAS

TO REGISTER: http://movestudio.com/dance_nia_workshops.html#peacejam

MORE ABOUT Feels Like Peace: Authentic Movement For Evolving People, visit:
http://www.FeelsLikePeace.com

$35 advance, $45 at door if space available

CONTACT: Angie Dutton, 2148626921, , http://www.FeelsLikePeace.com
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Via Malabranca 15, Orvieto, 05018, Italy

Orvieto Contemporanea
International Cultural Projects in Residency 2009

Palazzo Caravajal Simoncelli
Caravajal15 residenza dinamica
Orvieto \ Italy
www.contactfestival.it

26 October–2 November \ 2009
BEING READY
an intermediate course in Contact Improvisation
Project in residency Orvieto \ Italy

with
Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood

26/10/’09 – 1/11/’09
Intensive Residential WORKSHOP
BEING READY
an intermediate course in Contact Improvisation

2/11/’09
International JAM

BEING READY
an intermediate course in Contact Improvisation
Because of the challenging nature of this workshop, this intensive is for those with a solid grasp of Contact fundamentals. What does it mean to be ready to dance at any time, with anyone, anywhere? There are no set formulas, or specific manners to achieving this state of readiness. There is, however, an attitude and a state of body-mind that can be cultivated which can help bring us to that place of total alertness. Being completely attentive and always prepared on all levels, will enable us to go beyond thinking our way through the dance, and help us be attuned to what is actually taking place. This full presence also allows us to be freed of the mental chatter, planning ahead, and judgment, which so often override the body’s ability to make appropriate split-second choices. In this way the improvisations can be entirely physical, playful, heartfelt, surprising and enjoyable. Explored themes will include: tumbling, flying, use of variable speeds, use of direct action and initiation, resistance, disappearance, subtle and surprising ways of moving weight, flowing through unfamiliar circumstances, extending our personal range of movement, and integrating our imagination and our heart. Discussions about the work and various approaches to bodywork will complement each session.

Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood is the artistic director of AH HA Productions a project oriented company focusing on improvisation as a performing art.
Andrew is recognized as an exceptional international teacher, performer and creator in the field of instantaneous choreography and contact improvisation since 1975. His work has been presented in numerous international festivals since 1980 (Impuls Tanz, La Biennale, Festival Montpellier, F.I.N.D., Festival des Antipodes, IF/ New York, Bates Dance Festival, etc).
He has danced with the companies of Fulcrum, Jo Lechay, Marie Chouinard, and Jean-Pierre Perreault, and has collaborated with many renowned dance artists including Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Lisa Nelson, Kirstie Simson, Peter Bingham, Chris Aiken, Ray Chung and Benoit Lachambre among many others. His background includes athletics, gymnastics, yoga, modern dance, Release Technique, improvisation, alignment work and Aikido. He was awarded the Canada Council’s Jacqueline Lemieux dance award in 2000.

Intensive Workshop timetable
26 October – 1 November
A 7 days of intensive training
with Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood for 42 hours,
6 hours every day: from 10 to 13 and from 14 to 17

2 November Jam
beginning at 11 am ending at 7 pm
at Caravajal15 residenza dinamica

MORE INFO and REGISTRATION
www.contactfestival.it
tel +39 0763341479
info@contactfestival.it

Caravajal15 residenza dinamica
Palazzo Caravajal-Simoncelli
Via Malabranca 15
05018 Orvieto TR – Italy

The workshop costs 350 euros, it is a 42 hours of workshop, consisting of 6 hours a day for 7 days.
Cost of the Jam (November 2):
The jam will be from 11 in the morning until 7 PM at evening time, including the lunch break.
For participants enrolled in the residential workshop, the Jam costs 25 euros, including breakfast and lunch. Only Jam, without lunch and breakfast is 12 euros.
For people not registered in the workshop, the Jam costs 45 euros, lunch included.

Sleeping:
The residential workshop’s fee includes free beds that our association offer to participants, in a collective situation, with the mattresses in the workshop premises.

Meals: we have our Italian cook who will prepare dinner and supper for us.
The cost is 20 euros a day (2 meals).
For breakfast there is an additional fee of 4\5 euros.
The total cost is 24\25 euros a day for all three meals (dinner, supper, breakfast).

It will also be advisable for participants to communicate their dietary restrictions: vegetarian, non vegetarian, allergies, etc.

Registration procedure
In registering for the Andrew Harwood’s intensive workshop you have to send a pre-registration fee of 150 euros, confirming with an e-mail to: info@contactfestival.it.
After having made the payment, send a copy of the money order via fax, to +39 0763.340669
The pre-registration fee is considered an advance payment for participation in the project.
The remainder of the fee of 200 euros, will be paid upon arrival in Orvieto.

CONTACT: Rossella Fiumi, +390763341479, , http://www.contactfestival.it
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Berlin, Germany

The Performance Jam Contact Ensemble.
5 Day Intensive Workshop by Scott Wells from San Francisco

WHEN: November 2-6, 2009, 12:00-18:00
WHERE: Schwelle 7 Studio, Berlin / Germany
WEB: http://www.schwelle7.de/Scott%20Wells.html
REGISTRATION: xs4jan (at) gmx.de
PRICE: 200 EUR
SLEEPING: We can host up workshop participants in our special sleeping cocoons. The cost is 10 EUR a night per person.

The Performance Jam Contact Ensemble.

I'd like to create an atmosphere that has more intention and group focus than a jam, but less stringent than a formal performance. We'll develop our ensemble work and gain performance skills and resources. Contact Improvisation will be an element of our practice, an element to mix with soloing, ensemble and compositional work.

We will take single elements (e.g. a flying skill) into scores.
We will use this progression:

1) Connecting with yourself, using body sensations or images as they come up or the stories in your head. Noticing impulses to move—being able to feel your impulses, and pick which ones to follow.

2) Connecting with others (Ensemble), Awareness of others in the group. For example, f your working with levels, can you track the others’ levels as you move. Mirroring or copying others is one of our skills for this.

3) What is interesting to watch? Connecting with the watchers (audience). Do you sense what is interesting for them to see? Do you sense what place onstage will be psychologically dynamic OR make the picture of what is happening see-able. This is composition.

Scott Wells will support this score through teaching contemporary dance technique, improvisation, contact and partnering:

Contact Improvisation – Basic Skills and Thrills
With trust + skill, pleasure + technique we will venture into the realms of contact. We will go for the pure contact moment and there will be lots of practical work for jumping, catching, landing, a variety of handstands and acrobatics. This skills based class is meant as preparation for jamming, choreography and to give you the tools to have your dance.

Contact Improvisation – Flying ≠ Jumping
Lose your head to fly contact improvisation: Flight patterns, Fluid Acrobatics and Pure Contact
We will work for clear, satisfying contact improvisation in which pleasure is the first teacher. We will practice flying, catching, landing, fluid acrobatics, deft maneuvers. For the acrobatics in particular everyone will work at their own level and will learn best by building group safety and trust—I think everyone will do something they never expected. We will practice integrating the flying and acrobatics into the contact flow. That is: aerial interactions that increase the contact. Jumping ≠ Flying because jumping is is a muscular action, whereas flying is a joint nervous system based and is affected greatly by emotions and attitude.

Wrestling with Affection
We start with seeking the softest connective contact. Then we venture into wrestling accessing a wide range of feelings, play, and sensuality. Introduction to techniques for safe and aggressive contact including soft takedowns, resistance and collaboration. Safety, listening, ease and quick reflexes are emphasized for this style of contact improvisation.

Partnering – Physics of empathy
We will learn partnering from Scott Wells’ repertory. This will be contemporary partnering grounded in contact and air-born in dreams of flight. We will use improvisational tuning exercises to get in sync and learn set phrases that combine solo dancing, flying lifts, and fluid acrobatics. I will breakdown some ambitious lifts into workable steps. And approach flying and acrobatics as exercises in emotion and orientation and so give support to each as you expand your abilities. We go for honest moments of impact and desire; to articulate the delicious, perform the intimate, understand when to use force, where to soften, how to be empty and why we dance with each other.

Material developed in the workshop will be presented to the public in an informal showing at the end of the week, Friday, 6 at 8:30 pm

CV Scott Wells

In 1981 Scott he discovered the pleasure of contact improvisation shortly after becoming obsessed with the struggles of modern dance. He stuck with both and currently directs a company in San Francisco and tours annually to Europe. In 2005 Scott received the San Francisco Award for Outstanding Choreography. and was selected by Dance Magazine as “one of the 25 To Watch in 2005”. He is highly regarded contact improvisor. “an electrifying style of contact” SF WEEKLY. Scott has trained extensively in contemporary dance and the Alexander technique. and has an MFA in dance (the highest academic degree for dance). He has taught at festivals in Turkey, Canada, Seattle (SFADI), Vienna (Impustanz), Romania (Trans-Contact), and Germany (Freiburg Contact Festival as a main teacher) and will teach this year at the Budapest Kontact Festival and the Barcelona Contact Improvisation Festival.

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 the meditative, listening, slow and sensual dancing and the fun, playful, very physical dancing. And students appreciate how the scary or advanced moves are safe, relaxed and made possible.


LOCATION -——-

Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6, HH 1. OG
13357 Berlin/Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 30-4736 3500
http://www.schwelle7.de
Email: info (at) felixruckert.de
TRAFFIC LINK: UB Nauener Platz, Pankstr, Osloer Str, SB Gesundbrunnen

CONTACT: http://www.schwelle7.de/Scott%20Wells.html
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MARTHA MOORE: Performance Workshop, November 9-13, 2009, Schwelle7, Berlin/Germany
Germany

Assembling Narratives
5 day intensive Performance Workshop with Martha Moore
WHEN: November, 9-13, 12:00-18:00
WHERE: Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany

ASSEMBLING NARRATIVES
The Construction and Deconstruction of a Character

This workshop proposes to explore the notions of building a solo around a purely fictional auto-biography, where movement and text can co-exist in a non-linear fashion.
The idea is to create an open system of situations and fragments that will be built up, altered, and torn down daily.
Watching and commenting on each other’s work will be an integral part of the process.

We will begin each day with a warm-up intended to center the individual within the group, interlacing the vertical preparation of Ba Gua (style WU), the use of voice, and different somatic approaches.
This will be followed by a group improvisation, using simple (and sometimes not so simple) spatial constructs to develop listening skills before concentrating on individual work.
We will move back and forth constantly between improvising and composing, in and out of order.

The workshop will culminate in an evening of Performance/showing on Friday, November, 13 at 8:30 pm

WORKSHOP: http://www.schwelle7.de/Martha%20Moore.html
REGISTRATION: xs4jan (at) gmx.de
PRICE: 200 EUR

SLEEPING:
We can host up workshop participants in our special sleeping cocoons. The cost is 10 EUR a night per person.


LOCATION -——-

Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6 HH 1. OG
13357 Berlin/Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 30-4736 3500
http://www.schwelle7.de
Email: info (at) felixruckert.de

TRAFFIC LINK: UB Nauener Platz, Pankstr, Osloer Str, SB Gesundbrunnen


CV MARTHA MOORE

Martha Moore belongs to a generation of dance artists with one foot in modern dance and the other firmly planted in the post modern. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of California-Santa Barbara (dir. Rona Sande), where she worked intensively with a former assistant to Mary Wigman and Kurt Jooss, Isa Partch-Bergsohn, as well as several members of the Graham, Limon and Cunningham compagnies. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance under the direction of Martha Myers, exploring somatic methods, improvisation and choregraphy. During this time she received a scholarship to the American Dance Festival and presented her work , «A Question of Procedure» under the direction of Lucas Hoving. She then joined the dance staff at Connectcut College before moving to New York City in 1977.

From 1975 to 1983 , she danced and collaborated with several music and danse improvisational companies and worked on a film with the Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble for the Nebraska Public Television. She was selected to present her works in such venues as the Dance Theatre Workshop, The Door, and the 92nd Street Y, and create work for The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard. During this time she also danced and collaborated with the artists Stuart Pimsler and Ara Fitzgerald.
In 1980 she presented her first evening length work in Paris and then moved there permanently in 1983.

She was artist in residency at Die Werkstatt in Dusseldorf in 1984 and formed her company Toss in 1985. She has performed for several artists on stage and in film, notably Mark Tompkins, Lila Greene, Stephanie Aubin, Charles Cré-Ange, and Jacques Patarozzi. In 1993 she created with Patricia Lopez the film "Killing was Easy" (Réalis. Sylvia Callé), selected for the "Festival des Assassins" at the Cinémathèque de Paris.

In 1995, she co-founded the collective company «Les Penelopes» and collaborated with the Quatuor Albrecht Knust for the re-creation of «Continuous Project Altered Daily» by Yvonne Rainer and Steve Paxton’s «Satisf’n Lover», and later with Dominique Brun, Valeska Gert’s «La Mort» and «La Sorciere» of Mary Wigman.
From 1992 to 2000, she was regularly invited for teaching residencies at the European Center for New Dance Development in Arnhem, as well as a commissioned work for the twin school in Dusseldorf. At the same time, she began creating a series of duets and performance installations in collaboration with various dance artists:Anne Koren, Sally Silvers , Isabelle Marteau, Christine Corday… and continues this process now with the New York choreographer Ara Fitzgerald.
She currently contributes work to the feminist performance collective, femmeuses (directed by Cecile Proust), and collaborates with the sculptor Félix Perrotin in the performance series, the john and jane installations, and for her latest work that was easy.
She performed in «Fuck Yeah !» for the Nature Theatre of Oklahoma in May 2009 during their residency at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.

She has taught professional classes and workshops for several national choreographic centers and companies in Europe, as well as for the «Centre National de la Danse», and the «Ménagerie de Verre» in Paris.

CONTACT:
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Vilnius, Lithuania

For intermediate-advanced level CI dancers, but beginners are also welcome!

Dynamic Trios

I am curious to find tools what helps to dance trio contact improvisation. How to create alive dancing dialogue by using touch, movement, weight and balance? What kind of details we can find from trio dance by listening to the live situation. What if I have every moment in trio many possibilities where I can guide or allow dance to go. How well we recognize when we are leading or following the dance or when being just passive? What are my habits in trio dance and what are the directions in movement where I never want to go? So this will be lot about what kind of choices we make in trio dance and technical tools for trios.

Mirva Mäkinen

I am a 35-year old dancer. I graduated (MA) from the Dance Department of the Theatre Academy of Finland in 2000. After that I have worked widely in Finland as a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer.

From 2000 onwards I have acted as dance teacher and lecturer for dance at the Kallio Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts. I have also taught at domestic and international dance and contact improvisation festivals.

In dance I am interested in the feeling of flow and soft movement. I love to investigate movement, its rhythm and different ways of inhabiting the body. A feeling of dancing is created by being able to switch the body from total relaxation to extreme intensity and ìtensionî. I call this the body’s ability to breathe and create movement. My ideal is total presence, which makes every moment true and meaningful.

It’s a great opportunity to meet, learn and dance with a wonderful CI dancer and teacher Mirva! As well as share the dances and explorations with international participants and visit a beautiful capital of Lithuanian! Come to enrich your CI dance with a trio experience and practise, get some inspiration for your dance and a lot of joy and pleasure of learning!

Fee: Cost of the workshop – 65 EUR.
With early registration and deposit* (20 EUR) paid:
55 EUR, till 9th of November,
45 EUR, till 22nd of October.
10 % discount for the participants of the Minifestival !
*10 EUR of deposit is unrefundable in case of cancellation

Venue: Space in Vilnius city centre, will be announced later.

Lodging: We will try to organize sleeping in our homes, so bring your own sleeping bags!

CONTACT: Julija Melnik, +4915780269288, +370 613 57997, , http://contactimprov.blogas.lt/ki-seminaras-su-mirva-makinen-suomija-118.html
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andres isasi 8 - 2ºd, bilbao, basque country 48012, Spain

Nov 16 – 20, 2009 FIM-Festival of Multidisziplinary Improvisation
Bilbao
, basque country, ("spain"),europe

the 4th year of this unique festival, where different disciplines meet, investigate and collaborate

the set-up: afternoons

16.00-20.00 4 different workshops :

dance – katie duck usa/nl http://magpiemusicdance.com/artists/duck/

accoustis music – alfredo genovesi uk/nl http://profile.myspace.com/alfredogenovesi1

electronic music – amir shoat israel/uk http://www.myspace.com/kavwomb
marc chia singapur/nl http://www.myspace.com/onemannation
johann merel peru/uk http://www.myspace.com/terocal
joe zeitlin uk http://www.myspace.com/joezeitlin (tbc)

video travis flint usa/bilbao

alfredo and his students were last year always from the beginning on playing with the dancers; the other 2 workshops usually came in at around 6.30, 7.. ; then a couple os sets with everybody working together

20.00 – 21.30 communal (vegan) dinner, share,chill and laughs

21.30 – 23.00 improv sets, with students and teachers participating

check out a video :
http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=T6wVSNIBmbk

there might be laboratories in the mornings..

organised by l´mono ( http://l-mono.org ), an independent urban arts/culture center run by a small collective. We have a beautiful dance studio, a music and a couple more studios, a exibition/concert hall, kitchen… situated in a centrical old industrial building, which due to urban planning is destinated to disappear in the not too faraway future…(we´ll see..)..;
anyway, it´s a festival with a very special caracter and atmosphere, where the ´teachers´ are as keen on investigating and playing as the other paticipants …and often all just mingles and twingles…, and a unique opportunity to investigate the possibilities of dance, music and video working together in an improvisational set-up.
and bilbao and its surroundings are also sure worth a visit: friendly and very special people, it´s famous transformation from industrial to ´cultural´city("guggenheim-effect"),beautiful beaches with cool waves 25 min away, mountains all around…sounds like a tourist guide..haha..but it´s true..
so also if it´s not for the fim, we invite all travelling artists dancers performers to pass by, maybe share work, maybe play together..

CONTACT: olaf kehler PHONE: 0034 94 444 88 33; 0034 628 55 83 80
EMAIL: l.mono.bilbao@gmail.com WEBSITE: l-mono.org,
myspace.com/fimbilbao

dance : 120 €
others : 80 €

CONTACT: olaf kehler, 00 34 944448833 , 0034 628 55 83 80, , http://L-mono.org
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Earthdance, 252 Prospect St, Plainfield, MA 01070 USA

with Patrick Crowley

Come join us for a weekend of embodiment, skill building, and play though the practice of this magical form. We begin with fundamental principles of movement including: release of the muscles, weight sharing, supporting, following momentum, and aerial work. These become the building blocks for experiencing states of physical and artistic freedom.

Arrival: Thursday, 11/19, after 5 p.m.
Last session ends Sunday afternoon 11/22

CONTACT: 413-634-5678, , http://earthdance.net/programs/ciessentials09.htm
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Vilnius, Lithuania

We are happy to invite you to the 3-rd Contact Improvisation and Performance Minifestival in Vilnius, Lithuania!
From the beginning this festival had an idea: to gather, make a connection and communicate with contact dancers and teachers from neighbour countries, especially the ones we've never met or heard about. Last year it worked out perfectly (60 people from 7 different countries and 12 cities) and we are looking for a new meeting again this year!
We invite contact teachers from region countries to meet and share their interests and experience in contact improvisation and performance with festival participants. We invite you to participate! Come to meet, share and support, inspire and enjoy (contact, improvisation, performance, neighbours, new people, unknown, ideas).
We will have a nice week-end full of improvisation, contact dance, performance, jams, spontaneity and happiness.
We want you to meet us and we want to meet you!

Workshops with Damir Arslanov (Russia), Aleksandra Ścibor (Poland), Niklas Valenti (Sweden), Ilze Zirina (Latvia) and others.

Fee: Cost of the festival – 50 EUR (40 EUR by payment* before 9th of November, 30 EUR by payment* before 22nd of October).
*unrefundable deposit of 10 EUR

Venue: Space in Vilnius city centre, will be announced later.

Lodging: We will try to organize sleeping in the studio or in our homes, so bring your own sleeping bags!

Food: We will provide only water and some snacks. There will be longer breaks for "hunting" in the supermarket, making a picnic in the studio or going to eat in a cafe.

Please, help us to spread the word and support our small, but sincere steps into contact world!

We hope to dance with you soon!

Previous experience in contact improvisation or any dance is not necessary, you can start doing it here! If you have some and love doing that, come to share and enjoy with others!

You are also welcome to Pre-minifestival workshop with Mirva Makinen (Finland)! Participants of the Minifestival will get 10% discount.

CONTACT: Julija Melnik, +4915780269288, +370 613 57997, , http://contactfestival.blogas.lt
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27 Nov 2009
Berlin, Germany

DANIEL LEPKOFF: Improvisation Workshop, November 23-27, 2009, Schwelle7, Berlin/Germany

Foundations of Improvisation
5 day intensive Improvisation Workshop with Daniel Lepkoff
WHEN: Monday – Friday, November, 23-27, 2009, 12 am – 6 pm
WHERE: Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany

FOUNDATIONS OF IMPROVISATION
Researching Movement, Mind & Flow of Information

This work examines the basic functioning of the body and how the mind and body work together to compose our movement. Whatever is happening, at any moment, is appreciated as an intelligent response to our present moment and as material that can be placed in a dance frame. The workshop provides tools for researching your own movement choices, and developing ones powers of observation.

Developmental movement patterns such as: walking, rolling, crawling, running, pushing, and pulling form a base vocabulary used to re-simulate and re-examine our body's deep understanding of how to move.

“The movement of our attention." is our primary tool for our research. Structured explorations offer ways to re-focus on particular details of our sensory experience, perceptions, and actions. We open to all aspects of our experience: gravity, touch, vision, sound, time, & the imagination.
In these ways we re-form our images and understandings of what is going on when we move. Our physical research is a base for spontaneous composition.

Material developed in the workshop will be presented to the public in an Informal showing at the end of the week, Friday, 27 at 8:30 pm, Our focus will be live performance as a venue and vehicle for sharing information We will use this opportunity to think about the nature of improvising in performance and to consider what is happening physically in the minds and bodies the performers and audience members in the theater.

WORKSHOP: http://www.schwelle7.de/Daniel%20Lepkoff.html
REGISTRATION: xs4jan (at) gmx.de
PRICE: 200 EUR

SLEEPING:
We can host up workshop participants in our special sleeping cocoons. The cost is 10 EUR a night per person.


LOCATION -——-

Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6 HH 1. OG
13357 Berlin/Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 173 – 6118404
http://www.schwelle7.de
Email: info (at) felixruckert.de

TRAFFIC LINK: UB Nauener Platz, Pankstr, Osloer Str, SB Gesundbrunnen


THOUGHTS ABOUT THE WORK & PERFORMANCE
by Daniel Lepkoff

„As a maker of dances, a designer of theater and an improvising performer,

I am not specifically interested in presenting “dance” movement on the stage.
What is happening
at any moment,
I see as possible material that can be placed in a dance frame.
Each of us exists in an on-going physical dialogue with our environment,
tuning to the details and nuance of our own and
each others’ movement behavior and to the conditions of our present moment.
We observe, we feel, and we act.
We create our own images and
construct our own understandings.
Ordinarily this activity is unconscious.
In the theater I want to stimulate audience and performer alike to consciously and actively create their own images,
and so my work is designed not to tell the audience what it is they are looking at.
Inside of a moment of disorientation, of not knowing, lies an opportunity for a person in the theater
to create their own story.
In these times, we are surrounded by media images designed by others
to manipulate our attention and to control what we know and do not know.
As an artist, the performance event offers me an opportunity to create,
Empty Space.“


CV

DANIEL LEPKOFF's work looks at "all" of our movement as a finely tuned physical dialogue with the environment and explores the form and composition of this interaction.

He played a central role in the development of Release Technique with Mary Fulkerson and Contact Improvisation with Steve Paxton since the early 70’s. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s he traveled extensively; actively teaching, performing, and exposing this new work and new ideas to audiences worldwide.

As a performer and teacher he is known for his commitment to a way of composing dances that arises from the process of living movement, a vision of living in the body in a physical dialogue with the environment

He is one of the founders of Movement Research in NYC.

In the 80's Daniel was a member of the New York based improvisational performance ensemble “Channel Z” from 1982 to 1987. Channel-Z’s members included: Robin Feld, Paul Langland, Daniel Lepkoff, Diane Madden, Nina Martin, Stephen Petronio, & Randy Warshaw.

Over the years he has collaborated with many other artists and performers including: Lisa Nelson, Steve Paxton; Paul Langland, Saira Blanche Theater in Moscow (Oleg Soulimenko and Andrej Andrianov), Lux Flux in Vienna (Inge Kandlsdorfer, Annette Pffeferkorn and Jack Hauser) and Japanese dancer, Sakura Shimada, among others.

His own work has been seen in NY at PS122, The Kitchen, Movement Research, DTW & Danspace. He has received grants for The Robison Foundation & The Suitcase Fund. In 2002 he was the artistic director and co-produced (together with Mira Kovarova) of "Physical Dialogues" a dance festival in Bratislava focusing on alternative systems for researching movement.

He has published numerous articles articulating concepts that are central to his own work, these writing appear in CQ, The MR Performance Journal and Contredanse Publications in Bruxelles.

CONTACT: http://www.schwelle7.de/Daniel%20Lepkoff.html
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12 DEC 2009
Toronto, Ontario , Canada

PROJECT FIVE STAR WORKSHOP
Five skills vital to performing dance improvisation:
Awareness
Sensing
Presence
Choices
Technique

Workshop Description:
An all day DANCE IMPROVISATION intensive facilitated by Karen Kaeja, Suzanne Liska and Kathleen Rea. Each facilitator will teach a short workshop where they will pass on awareness, sensory, presence, choice and technique skills unique to them. The project will culminate in a performance by the participants that draws on the day’s investigations.

Featuring Facilitators:

KAREN KAEJA is Co-AD of Kaeja d’Dance with Allen Kaeja, performing, choreographing and teaching nationally and internationally. She has created over 50 works including improvised installations like BIRDS EYE VIEW and Stable Dances. “One of Toronto’s top Improvisers” Toronto Life and in NOW Magazine’s top ten dance artists as a “champion of contact dance”, she and Allen were the first Contact teachers at Canada’s National Ballet School and for 18 years she has been a guest at the School of Toronto Dance Theatre. Co-Founder/AD of the Festival of Interactive Physics (FIP), her continual quest for the delivery of an authentic performance, along with physical risk and playfulness, permeates her life and her teachings. Karen was recently nominated for a Dora Award for Outstanding Performance. www.kaeja.org

SUZANNE LISKA is a dance artist and educator originally from Alberta and now based in Toronto. She is Co-Artistic Director of Flight Works, a contemporary dance company specializing in theatrical Contact Dance partnering. She has danced for Choreographers Pam Johnson in Brother, can you spare a dime? 2009; Kathleen Rea in the Dora nominated Long Live 2008; and Kaeja d’Dance in the ALOFT Project, Stable Dances and Project Wildflock. Suzanne was first introduced to Contact Improv in 1998 in St.John’s, Newfoundland. She teaches Contact Improv dance in Toronto, and has also taught workshops for dance and theatre artists in Ottawa and Calgary. Pilates and Alexander Technique also inform her instructional style.

KATHLEEN REA danced with Ballet Jörgen Canada (BJC), National Ballet of Canada & Tiroler Landestheater (Austria). In 2000 she formed REAson d'etre productions to showcase her choreograpy. Kathleen has created over 30 original works for many organizations including Bravo Television, BJC, Ryerson University, Theatre Passe Muraille & Toronto Dance Theatre. Her ballet The Velveteen Rabbit was performed by BJC across North America & her award winning film Lapinthrope premiered at international festivals. Kathleen is part of the Contact community, founding the Wednesday Dance Jam. She is on faculty at George Brown College Dance (ten years) and has a Master's degree in Expressive Arts. Recently, her full length modern ballet Long Live was nominated for three DORA awards, including Outstanding New Choreography. www.reasondetre.com

Date and Time:
Sat Dec 12, 2009
10:00 am – 9:00 pm

Level:
Intermediate or advanced dance, improvisation and/or physical theatre skills.

Rate:
$80 early bird or $100 after Nov 25th
Limited number of scholarships available.

Location:
Dovercourt House Ballroom
2nd Floor, 805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto (North of Bloor)

PROJECT FIVE STAR PERFORMANCE

Description:
An improvised dance performance by participants of Project 5 Star Workshop

Date and Time:
Dec 12th, 2009
8:00 pm

Location:
Dovercourt House Ballroom
2nd Floor, 805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto (North of Bloor)

Tickets:
$10 at the door (or PWYC)

Information on Project Five Star Workshop and Performance
www.kaeja.org or www.reasondetre.com

CONTACT: Suzanne Liska, , http://www.reasondetre.com/index.html
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12 DEC 2009
Toronto, Ontario , Canada

Description:
An improvised dance performance by participants of Project Five skills vital to performing dance improvisation:
Awareness
Sensing
Presence
Choices
Technique

Date and Time:
Dec 12th, 2009
8:00 pm

Location:
Dovercourt House Ballroom
2nd Floor, 805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto (North of Bloor)

Information on Project Five Star Workshop and Performance
www.kaeja.org www.reasondetre.com

$10 at the door (or PWYC)

CONTACT: Suzanne Liska, , http://www.kaeja.org
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3 Jan 2010
Claymont Society for Continuous Education, 667 Huyette Road, Charles Town, WV USA

Bring in the new decade dancing at Claymont! We'll gather from Wednesday, December 30th to Sunday, January 3rd with a special Ceremony New Years Eve!
Details & Registration at http://eastcoastjam.com
The ECJ is four juicy days of dancing among the fields and paths at Claymont Court Estates, West Virginia, around one hour's car ride from Washington, DC, USA.
Welcoming all experience levels, the New Years East Coast Jam includes facilitated warm-ups, open dancing, a New Years Ritual, one or more evenings of performance, two dance spaces, shared lodging, luscious vegetarian meals by Mirabi, sauna, wide vistas, lots of outside spaces to explore. And the people you love dancing with most!
A day at the east coast jam goes something like this: We wake from glorious sleep to eat lovingly prepared breakfast, stroll through the apple orchard to the huge octagonal dance barn. After a facilitated warm-up each morning, we dance, sweat, dance, sweat, dance, sweat, sauna, then stroll back to the magnificent mansion. After lunch we gather for a "town meeting," where we collaborate to create the jam, then we dance more, make music, nap, journal, give and get massages, tell stories, play games.
East coast jam attendees…
teach a class, take a class, practice, learn, walk, play, move, sing, roll, leap, stretch, wander, cavort, breathe. Offerings might include authentic movement Action Theater, a beginning contact improv class, a moving and drawing structure, a yoga class, poetry and chocolate, an outdoor improvisation score… which we do till we're hungry enough for one more delicious meal. Evenings we dance more, sauna more, sing more, move more, play more, schmooze more, laugh more, talk more, walk more, sleep more, and eat peanut butter and honey on rice cakes and drink tea into the wee hours contemplating the important (or not so important) questions of our lives.

Cost is $295 for the full event, $245 for three nights, $185 for two nights, $95 for one night.

Late registration fee $50 for payments received after December 20th.

CONTACT: Darrell Duane, 703 371 1082, , http://eastcoastjam.com
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