Updated: 2020-01-27 15:00 EST
Contact improvisation is a dance form that explores the physics of two (or more) bodies in motion. With an emphasis on gravity, flow, and spontaneity, you get to stand, breathe, fly, jump, roll, and tumble with other bodies.
In 2019 we have these recurring events in Ottawa/Gatineau (scroll down or follow the links for details):
Details are below.
A contact improvisation dancejamis an open play session for all levels of movers, from the total beginners to the high flyers.
Our Ottawa jams usually begin with an introduction to some of the basics of contact-improvisation, followed by an open dance jam. Classes adjust to the skill level of those present. All welcome! Come dressed to move.
*** O T T A W A C O N T A C T I M P R O V D A N C E J A M S *** Contact Improv Dance jams are at Arts Court most, but not all, Saturdays. Most start times are 11:15, with some longer three-hour jam events starting an hour early at 10:15am (see below). CI jams are adult-only dance spaces, but we do have occasional "Family Jam" dance dates. Most Saturday events below end at 1:15pm (13h15). 11:15am Sat December 21 2019 with Lola Ryan 11:15am Sat January 11 2020 First CI dance jam of the new year! with Frithjof 11:15am Sat January 18 2020 with Frithjof E 10:15am Sat January 25 2020 *EARLY START 10:15am* with Frithjof 11:15am Sat February 1 2020 with Lola Ryan 11:15am Sat February 8 2020 with Frithjof 11:15am Sat February 15 2020 with Alejandro 11:15am Sat February 22 2020 with Alejandro E 10:15am Sat February 29 2020 *EARLY START 10:15am* with Alejandro 11:15am Sat March 7 2020 with Alejandro 11:15am Sat March 14 2020 with Alejandro 11:15am Sat March 21 2020 with Alejandro E 10:15am Sat March 28 2020 *EARLY START 10:15am* with Frithjof - blindfold dance jam **NO JAM** Sat April 4 2020 **NO JAM on April 4** **NO JAM** Sat April 11 2020 **NO JAM on April 11** 11:15am Sat April 18 2020 with Laurinda 11:15am Sat April 25 2020 with Laurinda 11:15am Sat May 2 2020 with Lola Ryan **NO JAM** Sat May 9 2020 **NO JAM on May 9** E 10:15am Sat May 16 2020 *EARLY START 10:15am* with Elizabeth 11:15am Sat May 23 2020 with Elizabeth 11:15am Sat May 30 2020 with Alexis 11:15am Sat June 6 2020 with Alexis 11:15am Sat June 13 2020 11:15am Sat June 20 2020 11:15am Sat June 27 2020 MID YEAR BREAK during July/August -- Weekly jams resume in September 2020
Ottawa Contact Improvisation dance events take place almost every Saturday in air-conditioned comfort, usually Saturdays 11h15-13h15 at Arts Court second-floor ODD Studio "B" at 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa. See the table above for the exact dates and times and facilitators. Arts Court Studio "B" is fully accessible by wheelchair, and there is a large modern, fully accessible washroom on the same floor as the CI studio.
Skill level: All skill levels welcome, especially new and old beginners!
Weekly Class/Jam Fee: free or by donation the first time for newcomers; $4-$5 per hour for jams (or by donation) for pay-as-you-dance drop-in; "nobody turned away for lack of funds" – talk to us
Time: CI dance jams run 11h15 until 13h15 most Saturdays (check dates and times above)
A facilitated warm up and introduction to contact improv dance usually starts the jam.
Location: Arts Court, Ottawa Dance Directive (ODD) Studio "B", Second Floor, - 2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa. Arts Court Studio "B" is fully accessible by wheelchair, and there is a large modern, fully accessible washroom on the same floor as the CI studio.
Our jam is run by volunteers and is a non-profit event. You can get involved. If you would like to lead a warm up, please contact us with the dates that you have in mind. If you would like to be a participant in the organization of the jam, contact us for details about the Ottawa Contact Improv consensus group. For more information, drop in to any jam or send us email: Ian! Allen firstname.lastname@example.org
For many other Ottawa Creative Dance/Movement/Somatic events, see the Ottawa/Gatineau Creative Dance and Movement Facebook Group. And don't forget our own Ottawa/Gatineau Contact Improvisation Dance Facebook Page.
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