Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

25 SEP 2016
1 Oct 2016
Lasqueti Island, British Columbia , Canada

5 day workshop with Mark Young looking at the foundations of CI including Tai Chi, Aikido and Vipassana meditation. ‘From the Ground, UP,’ would be another good title for this workshop. We will go through a lot of material if 5 days starting with ‘The Stand,’ partnering exercises, spiral movement, rolling point of contact, taking weight, and how aerials in CI are really just mistakes in the duet that led to ‘up.’ All meals, tuition, lodging, taxes and transportation are included.


CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
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29 SEP 2016
1 Oct 2016
3111 N. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60618 USA

September 29 – October 1
Thursday & Friday at 7:00 pm, Saturday at 4:00 & 7:00 pm
Tickets $36 in advance, $44 at the door

No one else combines new music, original choreography, and visual art like we do, and the Fall Concert Series is the one chance this year to see our work performed live by a full jazz band and complete ensemble of dancers.
You will be there for the world premieres of four brand-new works:

- An Intimate Affair – Renowned Chicago choreographer Sherry Zunker collaborated with CRDT co-founder Joe Cerqua to create a sexy new piece that explores issues of intimacy and our closest personal relationships.

- Shiver – Award-winning choreographer Stephanie Martinez and acclaimed jazz violinist James Sanders explore breaking up and moving on in this visceral and emotional new piece.

- American Catracho – CRDT co-founders Wilfredo Rivera and Joe Cerqua took on immigration to America – the reasons people move, their harrowing journeys, and the complicated relationship they find when they arrive.

- Corner Sketches, A Tribute to Miles Davis – Stu Greenspan’s arrangements of Davis’ music combine melodies from his early work and rhythms from late in his career, accompanied onstage by choreography from 3Arts award winner Monique Haley and Marc Macaranas and Raphaelle Ziemba. Chicago trumpet great Pharez Whitted takes up the role of Davis.

Get your tickets today!

CONTACT: Catherine Painter, 3122439310, , https://www.facebook.com/events/1563448813958127/
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29 SEP 2016
2 Oct 2016
Nevada City, CA USA

A Weekend Contact Improvisation Jam in the traditional territory of the Maidu people in the Sierra Nevada foothills

3 days and 3 nights of contact jam in Nevada City, California

Come join us for the first ever Nevada City Fall Jam. Spend the weekend camping and dancing on the grounds of The Woolman School at the Sierra Friends Center, located on 230 acres in the Sierra Nevada Foothills!

Both indoor studio space and an ‘outdoor studio’ under a big parachute tent.

The weekend will be loosely facilitated and mostly focused on jamming but there will be some fundamental classes to facilitate participation of those newer to CI, as well as other offerings. ’working on getting some live music for one of the evenings.

LODGING: There is plenty of space for camping and some cabins available. The cabins consist of 5 single beds per room, bring your own linens or sleeping bag. If you would like to reserve a bed in a cabin please make a note at registration.

FOOD: Meals will be provided: breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday as well as a Sunday brunch. There will be opportunities to hike the trail network at Woolman and to go on excursions for swimming and dancing at the South Fork Yuba River.

REGISTRATION: To register, you can pay via paypal with the links on the website or get money in person to one of the organizers
organized by Rebecca Bone, Kristen Timchak, Odessa Avianna Perez, Naima Pagano, and Karl Frost

Regular fee (before September 24) $240 – $400
Early Bird (before September 16) $210 – $400
Last minute (after September 24) $280 – $400

CONTACT: , http://www.bodyresearch.org/other/nevada-city-fall-jam/
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22 OCT 2016
23 Oct 2016
Dovercourt House, 805 Dovercourt Rd, Toronto, Ontario , Canada

Chemistry Meets Physics – The Pleasure of Motion.
A Contact Improv Workshop with Moti Zemelman.

Founder of CI, Steve Paxton, is quoted ‘If you’re dancing physics, you’re dancing contact. if you’re dancing chemistry, you’re doing something else.” Let’s challenge this notion in our dancing.

Investigating the chemistry underlying the physics of this form asks us to deepen our awareness of sensations, emotions and desires that arise before during and after a dance.

Conscious sensuality can be practiced in CI through the art of consent – a devoted listening for the “Yes” and “No” our bodies offer each other moment to moment.

We’ll start by re-examining some of the basic physical principals of CI like gravity momentum & inertia to observe where sensuality and intimacy already intersect.

We’ll work on breaking physical habits that keep us disconnected. We’ll do some myth busting to challenge false dichotomies in the “Dos” and “Don’ts” of CI (ie: don’t use your hands, don’t manipulate, always be in the flow).
Incorporating eye-contact, energetic awareness, and tantric principles we’ll explore being even more deeply present with our partners.

…Another quote of Steve Paxton’s I love is:
“Just the pleasure of moving and the pleasure of using your body is, I think, maybe the main point. And the pleasure of dancing with somebody in an unplanned and spontaneous way, when you’re free to invent and they’re free to invent and you’re neither one hampering the other – that’s a very pleasant social form!”

Whether you are new to CI or a seasoned dancer this workshop will offer new skills and ways to enter the dance.

To register and pay please contact Vivek Patel

SATURDAY ONLY (10am-5pm):$95
SUNDAY ONLY (2pm-6pm): $75

CONTACT: Vivek Patel, 416-562-1586, , https://www.facebook.com/events/1031914126929385/
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29 OCT 2016
30 Oct 2016
Berne , Switzerland

We are very happy to explore the theme “trusting the unknown”. For the content, see description on our website and flyer: *http://www.earthandwaterdance.com

200/220 Frs

CONTACT: Manuela and Adrian Blanchard Russi, ++41 79 600 87 80, , http://www.earthandwaterdance.com
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