Updated: 2019-11-13 11:14 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 2 0 1 9 *** 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 September 7 2019 First CI dance jam of the fall season! with Frithjof 11:15am Sat September 14 2019 with Frithjof 11:15am Sat September 21 2019 with Frithjof E 10:15am Sat September 28 2019 *EARLY START 10:15am* with Frithjof 11:15am Sat October 5 2019 with Laurinda E 10:15am Sat October 12 2019 *EARLY START 10:15am* with Frithjof 11:15am Sat October 19 2019 with Alejandro 11:15am Sat October 26 2019 with Frithjof FJ 11:15am Sat November 2 2019 *FAMILY JAM (bring kids!)* with Frithjof and Alejandro E 10:15am Sat November 9 2019 *EARLY START 10:15am* with Laurinda ** 11:00am Sat November 16 2019 *EARLY START 11am, end at 11:50am* with Alejandro 11:15am Sat November 23 2019 with Alexis E 10:15am Sat November 30 2019 *EARLY START 10:15am* with Alexis 11:15am Sat December 7 2019 with Elizabeth 11:15am Sat December 14 2019 with Alejandro 11:15am Sat December 21 2019 with Lola Ryan END YEAR BREAK -- Weekly jams resume in January 2020
FJ: In our contact improvisation dance jam on November 2nd we will be exploring some of the basics of rolling and releasing into sharing weight using activities that are amenable to children between the ages of 9 and 14 (roughly speaking, as children's skills and level of interest vary significantly). For more information, email Alejandro De Maio.
** On November 16 we offer a 50-minute brief introduction to Contact Improvisation dance class as part of the Ottawa Dance Directive fund-raising Dance Class Marathon FUNdraiser day.
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 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 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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