Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

7 MAY 2012
13 May 2012
near Rome, Italy

Bracciano (about one hour from Rome)ITALY

The workshop and the jam will take place at Borgo Paola, a beautiful country estate situated above Acqua Paola’s antique springs, inside a wood which extends for over 2000 hectars where one can take long walks to regenerate body and mind. We will dance in a beautiful circular room with large glass windows!

During the jam there will be lectures, guided wamups and live music!

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 & Sweden, Ray regularly teaches abroad.

The Art and Sport of Contact Improvisation

In CI, the movements and forms arise as a result of what happens in the present moment. Can they be truly spontaneous or are they patterns that repeat from past experiences? Are such movements artful or is it the form as a whole that has an aesthetic appeal? Simone Forti once used the term “art sport” to describe Contact Improvisation (CI). This apt description includes the physicality in the sport, and the creativity in the art. For me, the sport aspect has always been easier to come by. The “rules” of the game are clear¬ the laws of physics, how we communicate to establish trust and support, taking risks to stretch boundaries. The art has been more elusive, but less so when grounded in experience. Creating the bridge or connections between the “art” and the “sport” will be a primary theme of this workshop.

What is necessary to practice, safely, with ease, and connected to the players? We will conduct a survey of CI essentials, with a focus on efficient, effortless use of technical skills, to develop a facility for, and availability to, changing physical states and levels of touch and weight. Once essentials have been established, we expand our practice to include issues related to the art of CI ¬recognizing composition as it happens spontaneously, or intentionally. What makes a composition? Is it the way we perceive the action, or is it the intention of the player? Framing our intention, we practice embodying stillness in movement, and movement in stillness, as an aesthetically satisfying compositional activity. Furthering our practice, we will working with ways of 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. We will practice strategies for improvising, or how we improvise the way we improvise, as well as ways of embodying our imagination in movement. How do we make choices that create more choices, rather than limit them?

ACCOMMODATION can be in rooms with a bathroom (double or triple) or in mini-flats during the workshop, and during the jam it will be possible to sleep in a common room using your own mattress and sleeping bag.

private room) :: 430 € (accommodation in the common room)

To enroll, send an email to info@romacontact.com

How to reach “Borgo Paola” : http://www.borgopaola.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=section&layout=blog&id=13&Itemid=20&lang=it

By train: from Roma Trastevere and Ostiense there are trains every 30 minutes, the closest station to the town is “Bracciano” from there we will organize lifts.
See the timetables here: www.trenitalia.com

This event has been organised by Vera De Propris, Glenda Giacco e Barbara Lucarini.


COSTS (all inclusive):

Only workshop: 315€ (IF YOU SUBSCRIBE BEFORE 12th APRIL) ::: 350 € (AFTER 12th APRIL)

Only jam : 125 € (accommodation in the common room) :: 145 € (accommodation in a room)

Workshop + Jam :
IF YOU SUBSCRIBE BEFORE 12th APRIL: 415 € (accommodation in a private room) :: 395 € (accommodation in the common room)
AFTER 12th APRIL : 450 € (accommodation in a

CONTACT: glenda giacco, , http://www.romacontact.com
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12 MAY 2012
13 May 2012
Conservatorio Superior de Danza de Málaga, C/ Callejones nº 5, Málaga, Andalucía , Spain

Intensive of Contact Improvisation with Cristiane Boullosa.

85 €

CONTACT: Virginia Maldonado, 610 622 485, , http://Contactimpromalaga.blogspot.com
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23 MAY 2012
28 May 2012
111 East 100 North, Moab, UT USA

Moab Workshop: May 23-24, 2012 — with Karen Nelson
Moab Jam: May 24-28, 2012

Website: www.MoabJam.com

Registration opens Saturday, February 25, 2012

Karen Nelson Workshop description: Contact Improvisation is a moving, “meditation in action” form of dance. Movers focus on direct experience of the physical forces we relate to as humans on earth: gravity, momentum, kinesthesia, the stuff of physics. In this workshop we will review some essential images of Contact, such as the small dance of skeletal balance as introduced by Steve Paxton. We will practice various rolls and puzzles and embody these navigation tools to enhance our solo and partner dancing. We will study some practical safety movements to help our muscle memory kick-in when we need it— during complex partnering that occurs in a freely improvised contact duet.

Jam description: The Moab Jam features rich dancing, creative friends, beautiful surroundings, and opportunities to explore both on and off the dance floor. Being under the wide-open desert sky surrounded by colorful landscape fills one with the spirit to move and create. We invite you to come join us and experience the magic of dancing in the desert. We create a friendly and supportive environment where you can enjoy the Jam that you want — whether it’s dancing non-stop, spending time with new and old friends, or taking lots of time to nourish yourself with the solitude of nature. Jam hosts lend their inspiring presence to the jam, and part of their role is to circulate and “juice-up” the dancing spaces. They lead warm-ups, facilitate mixers, guide afternoon classes or labs, provide feedback/coaching, and offer one-to-one sessions.

$55-$65 for the workshop. $195-235 sliding scale for the jam.

CONTACT: Gretchen Spiro, , http://www.moabjam.com
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24 MAY 2012
27 May 2012
Lignano Sabbiadoro, Italy

May 24th – 27th, 2012
One of the most beautiful summer resorts on the Adriatic Sea is waiting for you! Sea, sun, nature, poetry and a lot of dance are the ingredients that make up this fantastic Jam at its 8^ edition! Forget stress and traffic: here you will ride a bicycle or walk to get to the different sites!! Children are welcome!
Location: Lignano Sabbiadoro – www.lignano.it

Nearest areoport: Venezia Marco Polo or Treviso if you travel Ryanair. Nearest train station Latisana (on the Venice-Trieste line).

Fee till April 25th:
140 euro (120 from Friday the 25th) – Accommodations are in apartments near the park with a swimming pool!!
It is possible to come before or stay longer for 15 euro per night, but we need to know it as soon as possible in order to accommodate you. Children over 3 and under 10 pay only 50 euro! From 10 to 16 pay 80!
After April 25th, 30 euros will be added to the fee.

CONTACT: Debora Sbaiz, 0039 0431 422147, , http://www.deborasbaiz.it
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