Updated: 2019-04-14 13:30 EDT
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.
The Ontario Regional Contact Improv Jam will be in Toronto on Easter weekend. Follow the link for details. See Ian! about car pooling from Ottawa to Toronto.
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 D A T E S 2 0 1 9 *** Contact Improv Dance jams are at Arts Court most, but not all, Saturdays. CI jams are adult-only dance spaces, but we do have occasional "Family Jam" dance dates. All Saturday events below end at 1:15pm (13h15). 11:15am Sat January 12 2019 First CI dance jam of the year! 11:15am Sat January 19 2019 11:15am Sat January 26 2019 11:15am Sat February 2 2019 with Laurinda 11:15am Sat February 9 2019 with Owen 11:15am Sat February 16 2019 with Frithjof NO JAM February 23 11:15am Sat March 2 2019 with Noris 11:15am Sat March 9 2019 with Elizabeth 11:15am Sat March 16 2019 with Lola 11:15am Sat March 23 2019 with Alexis ** 11:15am-12:15pm Sat March 30 2019 one hour open intro class with Alejandro 11:15am Sat April 6 2019 with Elizabeth 11:15am Sat April 13 2019 with Alexis 11:15am Sat April 20 2019 with Lola NO JAM April 27 11:15am Sat May 4 2019 with Frithjof 11:15am Sat May 11 2019 with Alejandro 11:15am Sat May 18 2019 with Lola 11:15am Sat May 25 2019 with Laurinda .... NO jams during June-August Summer break .... Weekly jams resume in September 2019
** On March 30 we offer a one-hour introduction to Contact Improvisation dance class as part of the Ottawa Dance Directive fund-raising Dance Class Marathon FUNdraiser day. Cost $10 for the hour; proceeds go to ODD.
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 an accessible washroom on the first floor of the building.
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: Start time 10h15 or 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 an accessible washroom on the first floor of the building.
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 email@example.com
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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