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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31 MAY 2009
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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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1 JUN 2009
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5 Jun 2009
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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4 JUN 2009
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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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4 JUN 2009
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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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10 JUN 2009
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14 Jun 2009
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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12 JUN 2009
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14 Jun 2009
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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20 JUN 2009
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21 Jun 2009
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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20 JUN 2009
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21 Jun 2009
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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30 JUN 2009
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5 Jul 2009
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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4 Jul 2009
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:
Permalink — Updated: May 26 2009