Events are listed in chronological order. For historical interest, see also the list of past events.
Solo Training • Changing States
Composition • Performance
Improvisation Scores • The Underscore
The January 2015 OPEN training is a residential workshop specifically designed to develop our practice of contact improvisation and other related improvised dance work. The workshop will include physical training, improvisation and composition scores, listening practice, jamming, watching, discussion, feedback, labs, contemplative practice, and performance studies.
In solo, duet, trio, and group work; in and out of contact; in silence and with live music; we will move toward greater clarity and depth in our dancing and watching.
Please come prepared physically and psychologically for intensive practice (and a bit of fun!).
Monday–Friday, 10 am to 5:30/6 pm
There will be some early morning, evening, and weekend activities.
Workshop involvement is full-time–with the exception of some weekend time–so please don’t expect to schedule other things during the workshop.
All participants must attend the workshop for the full 3 weeks and live at Earthdance (no commuting). This means you must arrive and depart within the established times (below); there are no exceptions.
By October 15, we have more applications than places, so please apply early!
There is the Tuition fee + Earthdance fee:
TUITION: $765–845 (sliding scale*) if application form & $160 deposit are received by October 15, 2014. Add $30 to above fees if application and deposit is received after October 15, 2014
HOUSING/FOOD/FACILITY Earthdance fee: $815
All levels workshop: beginners welcome
ROLLING ON A GRASSY HILLIn this workshop we will start with the fundamentals of Contact Improvisation: the contact point, weight sharing, pathways into the floor and into the air, and finding the root of levity. Special emphasis on releasing the neck and pelvis, and surprising ourselves in flight and extended follow-through. Saturday and Sunday January 10 and 11 From 1 to 5 PM each day Martin Keogh has taught and performed contact improvisation for over three decades. 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 has co-facilitated teacher’s conferences on five continents and is the author of The Art of Waiting and As Much Time as it Takes, and the recently released: Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World.
The fee is on a sliding scale as follows:
Student Rate $95 – economically deprived students and the unemployed.
Regular Rate $135 – employed but economically challenged (teacher, librarian, lots of kids, etc.)
Professional Rate $185 – actually contributing to your retirement plan (support the arts!)
In this introductory workshop, Rachel and Barb will lead participants through some fundamental tools for practicing Contact Improvisation, including falling, rolling a point of contact, weight exchange, counter balance, and physical listening.
You need not have any experience with Contact or any other dance or movement form in order to attend this workshop.
To pre-register, or for more information, please email us at Bburg.Dance.Net@gmail.com.
In Balance Yoga – 401 S. Main Street Blacksburg, VA 24060
Saturday, January 17, 2015 12:00-3:00 p.m.
$15-$20 suggested donation
by LEA KIEFFER (France)
(A workshop for experienced dancers. Language is English)
Contact Improvisation from a Wild Perspective
Contact Improvisation is a wild land that requires openness and readiness for change at anytime. How do we wake up and make these resources available? Where do we dance from to be ready for anything? In every body there is a deep sensation-based knowledge that can be accessed and used ,a body intuition, a sharp sensibility. How do we nourish a solo in a shared dance and still have the communication in the Center of the dance? We will connect movement to touch from the start and bring it into manipulation. Using bodywork and manipulation we will train intention, separate it from ambition and support clear communication. This will also allow us to dance with abandon and trust the possibilities of the body. In this way we can safely stretch the boundaries of what we think possible. We will learn to embrace the complexity and the uniqueness of every moment and find tools to navigate through them. we will investigate a wide range of speeds, of body tones and layers of touch.We will challenge ourselves by working with those principles even while being observed bridging towards performance. We will deal with obsessions and commit to scores and also let the horse run free.
Lea Kieffer is a performer/ dance-maker whose work focuses on improvisation, the practice of wildness and contact improvisation. She has developed performances using contact in both set or improvised score. And combines a deep interest in physical challenges and somatic practices. She’s a nomad artist performing and teaching in Europe and overseas.