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Ontario Regional Jam 2009

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2009 Toronto - Ontario Regional Contact Improv Jam

May 15-17 2009 - Victoria Day Weekend

Toronto hosts the annual Ontario Regional Contact Jam! Ontario Regional Jam, May 2009 (GIF image)

*HEADS UP!  Mark your Calender!  Spread the word!

The next Ontario Region Contact Improv Jam
is May 15-17th in Toronto!
at Dovercourt House!

More soon... but first...

Let's have warm beverage & a stimulating conversation about what could be
possible through contact...*

Who ARE you and WHY do you dance?

You are invited to a Conversation Café

Where we'll ask ourselves and each other:

*Why do you come to the contact jams?***
*What do you want to create in your contact improvisation community?*
*What would you want from a weekend-long Regional Contact Jam, May 15-17?*

What's a Conversation Café, you ask?   It's a simple format that
supports meaningful, satisfying, conversation.  You can find out more

*And if Toronto is too far to come for a Conversation Cafe, host one for
your community and then come dance and share your reflections and dreams
with us at the Ontario Jam!*


*Visit Contact Improvisation Toronto on Facebook and  for
more on the next Ontario Jam.*

Yours in the dance!

Mike Haltrecht and Tanya Williams

Contact Improvisation

Contact improvisation is a dance with gravity, momentum, and everything else that is happening in the moment, including the physical and energetic contact the dance-partners share. It is a whole-body study in the subtle art of non-verbal collaboration and co-creation. Often a meditative practice, improvisation is done without music, to allow space to tune into what is happening and the moment-to-moment impulses of the body.

"A typical CI session begins with a moment of being present with oneself, during which the participant engages with the floor and with his or her body. I stretch, I yawn, I pay attention to my breath, to my mass, to my feelings, to the environment around me. Then, somewhere nearby, the presence of another takes form, which I perceive first as a vibration, then as light pressure somewhere on my body. This is the point of contact, where pressure fluctuates, changes, and impacts the duet. I let go of balance and I feel myself fall into fluidity, arcing over my partner to meet the ground. The liberty I feel comes from responsibility. By acting slowly, a quiet strength allows me to face any surprises or emergencies. The dance has begun."

An invitation to let go in an oasis of peace.

The "Contact Jam" is an invitation to practice improvising in contact with others, oneself, and the environment.

Discover and practice the science and playground that is Contact Improvisation. Strengthen your body, open your mind and awaken your instincts. Explore sensory and physical experiments of shared touch, weight, gravity and momentum and expand into three-dimensional space, spontaneous composition, trust and risk. Engage in scores and open dancing and experience serious play - matching wits and methods, sharing common ground and sudden miracles - by surrendering to and shaping the dance in the moment. Be ready for joint creations with formal and open structures and games, scores and scenarios ranging from the whimsical to poetic, cooperative to aggressive, simple to complex. (Knee pads are recommended.)

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