Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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

21 AUG 2016
6 Sep 2016
Black Rock City, NV USA

We will gather to share in a family of contact improvisation dancers residing in Black Rock City. Sharing meals, dance, interaction in an ontological space, we’ll offer Contact Improvisation Classes and more at Burning Man.

We’ll also be at many festivals in the east coast — Playa Del Fuego, Freeform, Wickerman, PEX, and Transformus, see more when you login at http://campcontact.org

CONTACT: Darrell Duane, 2026708728, , http://burningman.campcontact.org
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21 AUG 2016
3 Sep 2016
Lasqueti Island, British Columbia V0R 2J0, Canada

In this 12 day workshop participants will be led through the foundation exercises to Contact Improv including Tai Chi, Vipassana Meditation and Aikido.

This workshop is for all levels. There are many experienced dancers returning to participate in this workshop as the skills are not learned in a day. Tai Chi, Spiral Rolls, Crescent Rolls, Aikido Rolls, are all skills that everyone should practise regularly. These skills will make anyone a better Contact Improv dancer.

Vipassana Meditation is not taught at Leviathan Studio. Participants are expected to endeavour to be quiet and still. Napping or sitting quietly in the forest is welcomed. Coffee and conversation is discouraged. We sit for one hour, three times per day.

There are two dance classes per day of 2 hours. During the day we practise the skills to get us ready for the evening jams.
This is a well honed workshop. At the request of many previous participants we have made it longer for 2016. There are rewards for effort. There will be plenty of chocolate, but not during valuable class time. Come to play seriously and seriously play.

Participants are well supported with extraordinary meals. The gardens are abundant and local. Eat all the kale you want. Meat is locally sourced and organic, served on the side at every meal.

Mark Young has been studying and practising Tai Chi and Contact Improv, attending numerous workshops since 1997. Leviathan Studio is his creation.

$850Canadian includes all meals, tuition, camping or dormitory, taxes and transportation on Lasqueti Island.

CONTACT: Mark Young, , http://leviathan.lasqueti.ca
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22 SEP 2016
26 Sep 2016
Ciutadella, Menorca Island , Spain

Dance, performance & celebration! In Menorca Island, Spain 22-26th Sept 2016 ♥
We invite all dancers, movers, body searchers to a unique journey which incorporates in~depth practice of Contact Improvisation, Dance Improvisation, Nature Dance and Instant Composition (all levels welcome!).
We explore inner and outer states, discovering where movement arises. With practices to enliven the senses and develop our body communication skills, we experiment with movement and touch in a safe, held container. We invite the healing elements of Nature into our research through exercises on the beach. An evolutionary journey from water, to land & onto the dance floor!
With Tom Goldhand (NL), Elai Alperovitch (IL), Anna Poch (SP), Frans Iradi (NL), Mari Ona (SP) ♥
Registration and info: https://www.facebook.com/events/1710672162520619/
More detailed info and pictures of other editions: https://tomgoldhand.com/…/dance-retreat-in-menorca-spain-7…/

590€ (Early Bird Price till 22.8 – 540€)

CONTACT: Anna Poch, +34649932866,
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24 SEP 2016
25 Sep 2016
nature place around Bern, Breitenrainstrasse 41, Bern, Berne 3013, Switzerland

Our organs are vital and alive. They provide us with a sense of personal self and organic authenticity. Organs support our postural tone and our feelings and give volume to our movement. They are the primary habitats for our emotions, aspirations, and memories of our inner reactions to our personal histories.
Each organ has its own function, its own “mind”, according to its form, place, substance and its role in the own organism.

With Dance Improvisation, voice and movement we will travel through this system at the origins of life and research its physical and psychic qualities. Alone and as a group, we will engage in a sensual and playful approach toward our environment, using our skin and senses as interfaces and spaces to meet.

Improvised dance: elements of Body Mind Centering, Authentic Movement, Contact improvisation as well as movement meditation, voicework and breath. There will be a big space for playfullness and creativity and also moments of sharings with the group.

180 / 200 Frs
see http://www.earthandwaterdance.com/uploads/1/0/2/0/1020167/e_organ_ii_flyer_.pdf for details

CONTACT: Blanchard Russi Manuela, +41(0)79.641.91.19, , http://www.earthandwaterdance.com
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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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