CI Events, Fall 2014 (part 2)

As a follow-up to my previous post, here’s what’s going on from now through the end of the year that I know about in the Northeastern part of North America:

  1. Monday, November 3 to Friday, November 7, Montreal: Montreal’s annual CI festival offers five days of evening classes immediately preceding… Read More »

Diversity Scholarship for Falling Leaves Jam, deadline Monday 10/6

I’m happy to report some progress being made towards greater diversity in contact improvisation.

For the first time, Earthdance is offering a Diversity Scholarship for the October Falling Leaves Jam (10/23 – 10/26). The deadline is coming up soon — this Monday, October 6. (I’m way behind on getting this post up.) Read More »

CI events, Fall 2014 (part 1)

It’s an exciting time to be a contact improvisation dancer in Northeastern North America. Lots and lots of workshops, classes, jams, and new initiatives are going on. Here’s a tour of some (but I’m sure not all) of them. As always, I’m focused on New York City, but those of you in other places nearby may find this helpful as well.

  1. Monday mornings, New York City: Tim O’Donnell continues teaching his Monday morning drop-in classes at 100 Grand Dance, starting September 8. In my opinion, Tim is one of the best of the younger generation of CI teachers, and we’re lucky to have him in New York. See my Contact Improvisation in New York City page for more details. Read More »

Lab recap (3/4): NYC CI Lab, Wed., 2014/07/23, at 100 Grand Dance, New York, NY

This is a recap and summary of conclusions from the third of four sessions of the July 2014 dance lab at 100 Grand Dance, which I am facilitating this month.

What we did

We investigated two topics: (1) ways of intercepting handstands (beyond what we did last week) and (2) offering and accepting (or rejecting) increases in speed. We also briefly explored ways of increasing speed in more open dancing, in duos and trios. Read More »

Lab recap (2/4): NYC CI Lab, Wed., 2014/07/16, at 100 Grand Dance, New York, NY

This is a recap and summary of conclusions from the second of four sessions of the July 2014 dance lab at 100 Grand Dance, which I am facilitating this month.

What we did

Our focus was on investigating what we might learn by doing various movements faster and slower. I prepared a warm-up, followed by investigation on two topics: jumping on to someone in table and speeding up rolling point. Read More »

Lab recap (1/4): NYC CI Lab, Wed., 2014/07/09, at 100 Grand Dance, New York, NY

This is a recap and summary of conclusions from the first of four sessions of the July 2014 dance lab at 100 Grand Dance, which I am facilitating this month.

What we did

July NYC CI lab: Velocity [starting W, 7/9]

This July, I’ll be facilitating the New York City Wednesday night dance lab at Bill Young’s Studio (100 Grand St.). July’s lab will focus on contact improvisation and VELOCITY on four Wednesday nights from July 9 to July 30, from 7pm to 9:30pm. You’re invited to attend.

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Here are the details: Read More »

Can you give me some guidelines/suggestions for playing music at jams?

Music can be an incredibly powerful force in a contact improvisation jam. When played poorly it can be distracting, or even dangerous. It can affect your relationship to your partner and detract from physical awarenesses that keep you alert and safe. But when played well, music can have incredible power to affect and shape a jam, sometimes leading to unusually unified or transcendent experiences.

I’ve been playing music for contact jams for a long time, since about 2003. Some months ago, Paul Spielman from Boston asked me to write up my thoughts on the subject. It has been much harder than I thought. Read More »

June 2014: what’s going on

A quick list of special contact improvisation events coming up in New York and surrounding areas in June:

Looking ahead, Spring 2014

If you live in the Northeastern part of the United States, there’s a flood of contact improvisation events coming up New York and other areas in the next few months. Here’s a list to help you sort through it all. In chronological order, with apologies for the New York City bias: Read More »