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2018 November 24–25 – Montréal International Contact Jam

Montréal Jam Opening

Association Contact Improv [ACI] presents the 36th Annual Montréal International Contact Improv Jam Saturday November 24 and Sunday November 25, 2018 preceded by a week of workshops and performances. Get the details on the Association Contact Improv [ACI] page. Also try a direct link to the 2018 International Montréal Jam page.

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2019 February – Montréal – Touch & Play Festival

A Canadian Touch&Play Festival
This February event posting is just a rumour. Contact the organizers for actual details.

Contact Improvisation can be an act of freedom and revelation! Let’s pull back the veil, expand our edges, investigate how our patterns and attitudes may limit us and try on new versions of ourselves. We continue to question the relationship of “chemistry & physics” in CI through movement, touch, intimacy, communication and connection to radical truth. Touch&Play festivals have a history of exploring the edges of what CI can be while maintaining high standards of safety and consent, and are known as events in which personal and communal celebration and growth reach new levels.

We believe that major change can and does happen when we give ourselves time and space to recognize our growing edges and feel safe enough to explore and expand them with ourselves and within community. Touch&Play aims to both provide a profound space for honesty, celebration, joy, discomfort, clarity, growth, and acceptance. It also is a time where consent, choice, and self-care come first.

What will happen at Touch&Play?
What happened last time? From Touch&Play 2017 at Earthdance comes this video Are you ready for Liberation? by Zahava ("Z"). At Touch&Play 2017, Zahava led an intensive dealing with The Intimate Act of Creating Performance Ritual: Exploring Kink, Gender Expression & Devotion See descriptions of all the 2017 Touch&Play workshops .

2019 April 19–21 – Ontario Regional Contact Jam — ORCJ

Ontario Regional Contact Jam – dance improvisation for every body

Toronto, Ontario

The annual Ontario Regional Contact Jam (ORCJ) happens in Toronto again this year, on Easter weekend 2019. Follow the link for details.

Especially welcoming to new people, non-dancers, people of all sizes, ages, shapes, mental and physical abilities.

Contact Ian! Allen about car pooling to this event from the Ottawa/Gatineau area.

2019 June 18–23 – Big Heart Dance Camp

UniCamp of Ontario – Honeywood (west of Barrie)

Big Heart Happy People

The annual Big Heart Dance Camp is a multi-arts, intergenerational, weekend gathering of creative conscious community. Follow the link for details.

We welcome you to experience embodying your full creative self in a safe, supportive and playful environment. A wide array of dance, yoga, music, and other healing arts modalities are shared through playshops and evening events. Big Heart Dance Camp takes place at Unicamp, near Honeywood, Ontario. Beautiful hiking trails, forest, and a swimming pond invites you to take a dip. Meals are eaten in community, lovingly and mindfully prepared by our kitchen team. We invite you to join us in growing our creative, conscious community as we blossom into our 10th year!

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International Events (*)

(*) Not exactly Canada; but, close enough for improvisational purposes.

2018 October – Earthdance Fall Contact Improv Jam

October 18–21 2018 – Earthdance – Plainfield, Massachusetts, USA

Earthdance Building

The Earthdance Falling Leaves Contact Improv Jam:

Autumn's vibrancy of colors, shapes, and forms enters our bodies as we play with a range of approaches to Contact Improvisation and community.

Diversity and Inclusion Scholarships available to support those who self-identify as being under-represented in CI.

Sweetness embodied – dance, play and connect against a backdrop of cool nights and warm, golden days. As with our other jams, those who show up employ improvisation to design a yummy, full weekend of classes, performances and open jam times. If you're new to Earthdance or an old friend, please come join us. All levels of experience welcome.

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