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Inclusive Contact Improvisation Jam
June 14 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
One event on April 12, 2019 at 5:30 pm
One event on May 10, 2019 at 5:30 pm
One event on June 14, 2019 at 5:30 pm
5:30 pm doors
5:45 pm warm-up class
6:45 pm opening circle
8:30 pm closing circle and nosh
What is contact improvisation?
Contact improvisation arose out of the dance performance research of a group of people in the 70’s who posed the question: what happens when we fly through the air and collide with one another? It has since branched off to become a practice that can be used toward performance, but also as a social dance that includes somatic methods and hybrid forms such as acrobatics, theatrical tools, and site-specific practices, to name a few. Through sharing attention, touch, or weight, partners explore the physics of being in contact and social questions that could not be addressed in a solo dance practice.
What is a contact improvisation jam?
A jam is an open gathering for play and experimentation. It is a space where we can practice contact improvisation without any particular direction, prompt, or score. However, facilitators will offer tools for cultivating one’s kinesthetic, social, and compositional awareness in the warm-up classes. Those who are less experienced with contact improvisation are strongly encouraged to attend the warm-up class.
This jam is a place for rigorous, boring, playful, creative, or lazy dancing. It’s a space where you can come as you are, with all of your embodied histories, needs, and aesthetics. We will use an intersectional approach to consent culture by acknowledging the ways that everyone––but particularly those who come from marginalized populations––has a need for bodily autonomy and freedom of movement. This kind of consent culture puts an emphasis on people from dominant populations dialing up their listening, rather than putting the onus on members of disenfranchised groups to use their ability to say “no.” Jam guidelines and facilitation will support participants in deepening their consent practice. Participants of all abilities, shapes, sizes, ages, incomes, backgrounds, and racial/gender/religious identities are welcome.