Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

22 OCT 2009
to
3 Dec 2009
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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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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30 DEC 2009
to
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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