Updated: 2016-01-05 03:54 EST
We never get BEYOND the fundamentals. We can only aspire to master them.
- Mark Koenig
There are many concepts that are important to learn in this dance technique. Classes are crucial in that they give us all the space to take another drink from the Spring of kinesthetic intelligence and structured exploration. This then supports us to go back to our jams and open structures with new inspiration and perspective on this wonderfully expansive form. In this class we will explore some of the core physical principals of CI such as: our relationship to the floor, gradations of tone, use of gravity, feeling our partner's structure, and safe falling. I am also interested in seeing what questions arise through the class.
Some of the key concepts I think are essential in starting a nourishing journey into Contact Improvisation are: Letting go of holding yourself through tightened muscles and learning the movement principles that lead to fluid and effortless dancing. Exploring how to move through space in several different varieties and gradations of Tone and Weight. Learning to soften your body so that you feel soft and light on another body. Maintaining the integrity of your structure while giving support. Feeling and understanding how your structure can receive support from the floor and from another body, so the dance becomes effortless and nourishing. Rather than getting caught in the ideas of what is supposed to happen, you can learn to pause, listen and open your dance to the endless possibilities in each moment. Learning how going up, falling back, or folding down, can all be easy and connected. Learning to luxuriate in every part of the dance.
Brando (Aaron Brandes) has been researching and teaching movement practices for over 10 years. He has taught and performed CI throughout the United States, Europe, Israel, and Guatemala. Brando has been published in the international dance journal Contact Quarterly and was a curator for CI's 36th anniversary event. Four the past 3 years Brando has been actively engaged in the programming at Earthdance. He was one of the main organizers for the Intercontinental Contact Festival, post CI36 , and has facilitated several other major festivals, jams, symposiums, and events at Earthdance. Brando received his Masters Degree in Education from Smith College and is a teaching artist at Enchanted Circle Theater. He was a resident at the Kripalu Center for Yoga for two years and is a nationally certified Yoga instructor. Currently Brando teaches regularly in Western Massachusetts and holds space for numerous jams. Brando also is a member of the Zany Angels dance/theater company based in Northampton, Massachusetts.
We're having a talent show and possibly other performances. We're planning for most of the performances slots to be available for short (5 minute) spur-of-the-moment ideas right at the jam itself, but if you have a prepared piece you hope to fit in, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can try to accommodate. Contact: OntJam2010@contactimprov.ca
Contact: OntJam2010@contactimprov.ca 416-427-2177
We invite all interested and committed contactors to join in the creation of another awesome contact dance experience.
We're looking for help with all kinds of sub-projects: flyer design, advertising and promotion, specialty workshops, food preparation, billeting, set-up and clean-up, facilitation, talent show, music, budgeting, incorporation, and all kinds of stuff we haven't thought of and you have.
Some of us are working on setting some general expectations relating to physical safety and personal intimacy; this subgroup is meeting at various times by phone conference call. Contact us to become part of this group.
We'd like to invite members of the contact improv community throughout Ontario to help us pull it all together. So if you've got an idea of how you can contribute, please let us know. Contact one of us, and we'll get you hooked in with the group:
Whether or not you have the time to help put together this year's jam, now is the time to mark your calendar: Friday to Sunday, May 28-30 2010.
Tanya, Ian, Michael, Emma, Charlie, Suzanne "G", John Newton, Miro, ...