A jam for all different contact improvisation experience and movement experience. For now there will be a “class” for the first hour or so.
Every Sunday from 5p.m.-8p.m. every month
@ Wasteland Studios
700 Main St. (6th floor)
cross street is Tupper
In general there is a guided warm up followed by some loosely structured practice which will lead to an open jam. Exact format of the class will be determined by who shows up :)
No previous experience is necessary. Beginners or movers familiar with other modalities are welcome to participate or observe.
About Jam Leader:
Igor have been involved in Contact Improv for several years, his other influences are: The Feldenkrais Method and various martial arts.
What Igor likes the most about Contact Improv is the fact that it is a very democratic dance form, which does not dictate how the dance should look and feel or what dancers should focus on.
suggested donation for use of space
contact organizer for schedule information
The Ithaca Contact Jam has merged with Dance Church. It’s a larger event that includes contact dancing. It’s still located at the Ahimsa Yoga Center at 215 North Cayuga Street in the Dewitt Mall, directly opposite the entrance to Moosewood Restaurant. Use the exterior door facing the parking lot on the east side of the building.
Small donation requested for space rental, $3 suggested
Jams are every Sunday from noon to 1:30
A seasonal event for performers, dancers, sketch artists and musicians to jam, improvise, collaborate and get to know one another!
This is a unique opportunity to explore the combination of visual, motion-based and audio arts. As host, Green Space hopes to provide a relaxed environment for spontaneous, free expression and improvisation between the different forms while encouraging synergy amongst artists.
These sessions are open to artists, dancers, musicians and viewers alike.
$5 at the door
Friday, October 21st 2011 7:00-10:00 pm – Pumpkin Cheesecake
Friday, February 17th 2011 7:00-10:00 pm – Kind Actions at Random
Friday, May 11th 2012 7:00-10:00 pm – Birthday Party! / Everything Yellow!
Friday, July 13th 2012 7:00-10:00 pm – Fool’s Paradise
For each event we are including a theme based on different, unique celebrations that occur on that particular date. The theme will give a focus to the improvisation and sketches. Interpret them as you like!
(Themes subject to change. Stay tuned!)
Also. Artists should bring simple materials: non-messy, acoustic, easy to carry, etc.
2011- 2012 Schedule
June 15 LAST EVENT!!
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
These weekly classes are open to people of all levels of movement experience, and are informed by the individual teaching artists. Teaching artists change every month so see www.movementresearch.org for details.
Classes are $13 each; $120 for a ten class card (good for four months); and $60 for a five class card (good for two months). Payment by cash or check. Enrollment begins 30 minutes before class.
Sundays 6:15 to 8:30pm
Contact Improvisation is a partnering dance form. Skills such as rolling, releasing, giving and supporting weight, expanding range of spatial concentration, lifting, catching and falling all help one move with and through gravity, share weight in motion, and use momentum and flow in physical contact. These weekly classes, open to people of all levels of movement experience, are informed by the individual artist faculty.
Teachers chance each month:
September: Margaret Paek
October: K.J. Holmes
November: Bradley Teal Ellis
December: Ted Johnson
January: Charles Mosey
February: Elisa Knudson
Classes are $14 each; 5-class card $60 (good for 2 months) or 10-class card $120 (good for 4 months). Payment by cash or check. Enrollment begins 30 minutes before class.
Wednesdays 6:00-8:30 pm
2nd and 4th Sundays at Eden’s Expressway
No Underscore June 23 at Eden’s – see Global Underscore instead
The Underscore is a long-form dance improvisation structure developed by Nancy Stark Smith and practiced worldwide. The form includes contact improvisation and allows for a full spectrum of physical forms and changing states, often including periods of quiet internal activity and other times of higher energy and interactive dancing. The Underscore’s undirected practice affords simultaneously a framework for research, a forum for play, and an opportunity to experience collective improvised composition. Open to all, familiarity with CI and the Underscore suggested. To familiarize new participants, Underscore NYC offers “talk throughs” to introduce the language, glyphs and structures of the Underscore. Stay from start to finish.
The second and fourth sunday of every month. We’re part of Movement Research’s calendar of events. See their website for more info.
The Open Movement Jam consistently draws many contact and non-contact movement improvisers and dance-friendly musicians, meeting Monday evenings at the Bill Young Studio, 100 Grand Street, Soho, NYC. We are open to all sorts of movers — including those who may be trained in or trying out various dance forms, contact improv, theater, martial arts, yoga and other styles — and welcome participants with all sorts of physical capabilities. We continue to mix many out-of-town visitors and other newcomers with semi-regulars and regular participants, meeting in this enormous, beautiful space.
The jam and its predecessors have 40 years of continuous participation:
> Carrier Pigeon events of the 1960s (conceived by Kenneth King, still the most accomplished and supportive improviser around)
> Robert Wilson School of Byrds of the 1970s (from which more than a dozen of the collaborators still participate, including the great Christopher K.)
> Open Movement at PS 122 from the 1970s-90s (founded by Charles Dennis, who regularly contributes his creative energy and ideas) and
> The Jam at Judson Church 1999-2001 (founded by Bill Jacobson, who brought the jam to the center of the Village and participates whenever in town.)
> Open Movement Jam at the Children’s Aid Society 2001-2011.
Thank you to all who bring the wonderful energy that makes this event.
We now suggest an $5 contribution.
8 till 11 PM every Monday night.
Weekly Contact Improvisation Jam from 1:30-4:30. Come anytime. Eden's Expressway, 537 Broadway (Between Prince & Spring) 4th floor, $5. All levels welcome.
Saturdays, 1:30 to 4:30
All movers and shakers are cordially invited to dance to the sounds of the acoustic improv musicians at the Open Music Circle, now six years old! We meet regularly in Brooklyn and Manhattan. There is no structured agenda and no director. The musicians sit in a circle or semi-circle and start with silence. Then someone begins to play or sing or move. Then we watch, listen to each other and, when we want, begin to play, vocalize or move accordingly, and so it goes. Finally we end the evening with silence.
To attend, first sign up for free on www.meetup.com and then join the Circle at www.meetup.com/openmusiccircle and finally rsvp there for the particular gathering you wish to attend. For additional informat0on email email@example.com.
To help pay for on-line fees, supplies, instrument repairs, our Manhattan rent, and other operational expenses, a donation is requested from musicians and dancers alike at the end of the evening in the amount of $ 5 at each Circle in Brooklyn and $10 at each Circle in Manhattan.
In Brooklyn, we meet at the Circle Space, 485 Ocean Avenue; in Manhattan, we meet at the New York Insight Meditation Center, 28 West 27th St.
We meet on Sunday nights: on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month, we meet in Brooklyn from 7 – 9 PM; on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month we meet in Manhattan from 8:15 – 10 PM.
There are usually one or two jams a month in Rochester, some at the Physikos Movement Studio, and some on the University of Rochester campus. All are welcome to attend!
Please check the website for the current schedule
is on hiatus at this time, but if you would like to call me, I might be able to gather a group of people for dancing while you are in town. Let me know: 1 518 833 1340. Sue