Tuesdays 7:00 – 10:00pm
“Dance for pleasure, dance for health, dance full of art, of improvisation, of happiness and spontaneous play with space…”
COST: $12.00 – $15.00 sliding scale
7:00 PM – 7:05 PM Arrival
7:05 PM – 7:25 PM Warm Up
7:25 PM – 8:30 PM Silent Jamming (no music)
8:30 PM – 10:00 PM Weekly rotation between:
-Contact improv-supportive DJ soundscape,
-focused score or creativity incubator
NOTE THIS IS AN EMBODIED PRACTICE:
Please no chatting/ socializing on the dance floor. Feel free to visit with friends in India Joez restaurant attached to the studio or outside so that we can keep the studio space for focused jamming. Thank you.
Monthly schedule of warm up facilitators and soundscape artists or themes exploration to be posted at the beginning of each month.
What is Contact Improvisation?
Contact improvisation (CI) is a creative dance form emerging from physical contact between partners. It was created by Steve Paxton, a student of Merce Cunningham, in the United States in 1972. The practice transcends the established boundaries between gymnastics, martial arts, meditation and dance. In doing contact, dancers directly experience with their partners the dynamic physical forces which affect all movement: mass, momentum, inertia, friction. The multidimensional nature – physical, emotional and spiritual – of the point of contact also allows the dancers to engage in non-verbal communication in a concrete manner and on several levels.
More info HERE.
Contact Improvisation is…
“…a dance that fine tunes your senses and wakes up your ability to listen and respond to what is happening in the moment. If you could do Aikido, surf, wrestle and dance at the same time, you would have an idea of what Contact Improvisation feels like. What makes Contact different from other dance is that partners are often moving in and out of physical contact while rolling, spiraling, springing and falling. They find ways to “enjoy the ride” and improvise while mutually supporting and following each others movements. The dancing is unpredictable and inspired by the physical and energetic contact the partners share.
“A form exploring “falling, rolling, counterbalance, lifting using minimal effort, how to make ourselves light when being lifted, centering and breathing techniques, and responsiveness to our partners and surroundings.”
-Mark Moti Zemelman
“…based on the communication between two moving bodies that are in physical contact and their combined relationship to the physical laws that govern their motion—gravity, momentum, inertia. The body, in order to open to these sensations, learns to release excess muscular tension and abandon a certain quality of willfulness to experience the natural flow of movement. Practice includes rolling, falling, being upside down, following a physical point of contact, supporting and giving weight to a partner.”