Updated: 2018-10-03 22:13 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 2018 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 all weekend March 30 to April 1, 2018. 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 8 *** Contact Improv Dance jams are at Arts Court almost every Saturday. Most start times are 11:15, with some longer three-hour jam events starting an hour early at 10:15am (see below). Most dance 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 September 8 2018 led by Frithjof 11:15am Sat September 15 2018 led by Noris 11:15am Sat September 22 2018 led by Frithjof 3hr 10:15am Sat September 29 2018 THREE HOURS led by Elizabeth 3hr 10:15am Sat October 6 2018 THREE HOURS led by Frithjof 11:15am Sat October 13 2018 led by Kia 11:15am Sat October 20 2018 led by Frithjof 11:15am Sat October 27 2018 led by Elizabeth 11:15am Sat November 3 2018 led by Fran 3hr 10:15am Sat November 10 2018 THREE HOURS led by Alexis 11:15am Sat November 17 2018 led by Owen 11:15am Sat November 24 2018 led by Owen 3hr 10:15am Sat December 1 2018 THREE HOURS led by Frithjof 11:15am Sat December 8 2018 led by Alexis 11:15am Sat December 15 2018 led by Elizabeth 11:15am Sat December 22 2018 led by Frithjof .... NO jams during Christmas/New Year break .... Weekly jams resume in January 2019
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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