14th Annual Moab Jam

Chris and Angie will be teaching at
the 14th Annual Moab Jam in Moab Utah

Saturday May 22 to Wednesday May 26, 2010

This is an advanced level workshop for dancers who are committed to expanding their knowledge and practice of Contact Improvisation. Our focus will be to deepen our skills while connecting our perceptual awareness with our poetic imagination. We believe that emotional presence and clarity are essential to create a supportive environment for this kind of exploration.

We use a variety of approaches including skill work, perceptual tuning, open dancing, and imaginative practices designed to teach students how to engage more fully with their partners.

We define advanced contact as the development of a highly refined sensory and movement practice which makes possible passionate, safe, committed dancing. This is different than simply being able to execute physical skills. It means being able to open oneself to what is happening and courageously exploring new ways of dancing.

It takes courage not to fall into habitual ways of dancing and perceiving. To be free within the dancing we need to some times say no to our impulse. This means caring for ourselves and the dance.

Contact is more than a physical practice. It is the continual joint exploration of that permeable boundary between the real and the imaginary—the laws of physics combined with the curiosity and playfulness of our hearts and minds.

Experience Level
Advanced level in CI required — This means being able to fall safely from any level, take weight, follow the point of contact, move upside down, and being comfortable with disorientation. Also, being able to modulate the physical tone of your body in relation to your partner and the demands of the dancing. Finally, it means being committed to being emotionally clear and present while practicing contact, accepting responsibility for your own safety. Typically dancers take CI classes steadily for at least 3 years before they begin to move proficiently at an advanced level of practice. It is important for the congruency and safety of the group that all those who apply for this workshop are truly confident at this level of practice.

Contact the organizers if you have any questions about whether this workshop is the right level for you. dance@moabjam.com




by Peter Bingham and Chris Aiken
with musicians Coat Cooke and Clyde Reed
lighting designer/operator James ProudfootCoat

February 4 at Metro Theatre, Victoria, Canada
February 12 and 13 at EDAM, Vancouver, Canada

Contact Improvisation Series

Contact Improvisation Series with Angie Hauser

@ the Parlor

1170 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA

Every Monday night 7 – 9 pm (April 5 – May 10, 2010)

The Work and Play of Contact Improivsation

Each of us has experienced heightened states of being through contact improvisation-times when we felt fearless and alive. There are no recipes to create these moments, but training can lay the foundation for physical and emotional breakthroughs. In this class series I am specifically interested in developing our reflexes, our coordination, and the capacity to continually recycle our mental and physical energies back into the dancing. At the core is the commitment to staying with the modulation of tone and weight in the body-so that the touch remains alive.

The practice of contact improvisation includes the ability to move with ease and efficiency, the integration of the head, spine and limbs, and the ability to motivate movement from multiple centers within the body. Students in the workshop will learn specific technical skills, somatic techniques, and principles of awareness and improvisation.

I am committed to individual coaching and group investigation of specific aspects of the work. Come with questions, energy and commitment to serious training and playful, imaginative dancing.

All levels & drop-ins welcome.  If you have question about if this class is right for you please contact the instructor at angiehauser3@earthlink.net