Updated: 2018-05-18 08:56 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). Some dance jams have live music; we have a warm up but no class that day. 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 January 13 2018 with Anne-Marie 11:15am Sat January 20 2018 with Frithjof 11:15am Sat January 27 2018 with Elizabeth 11:15am Sat February 3 2018 with Ken 11:15am Sat February 10 2018 with Frithjof 11:15am Sat February 17 2018 with Elizabeth 3hr 10:15am Sat February 24 2018 with Amy and music * NO jam March 3 * 11:15am Sat March 10 2018 with Alejandro * NO jam March 17 * 11:15am Sat March 24 2018 with Anne-Marie, blindfolds (eyes closed), and music 11:15am Sat March 31 2018 with Ken (also ORCJ Weekend in Toronto) 11:15am Sat April 7 2018 with Elizabeth 11:15am Sat April 14 2018 with Alejandro 3hr 10:15am Sat April 21 2018 with Anne-Marie with music 11:15am Sat April 28 2018 with Frithjof 11:15am Sat May 5 2018 with Ken 11:15am Sat May 12 2018 with Noris 3hr 10:15am Sat May 19 2018 with Alejandro with music * NO jam May 26 * 3hr 10:15am Sat June 2 2018 three hours, with Amy and with live music 1hr 11:15am Sat June 9 2018 1 hour CI class in all-day ODD Dance Marathon fundraising * 11:15am Sat June 16 2018 with Elizabeth/Frithjof - LAST JAM OF THE SEASON * NO jam June 23 * * NO jam June 30 * .... NO jams during July and August Summer break .... * On June 9 the usual class/jam is replaced with a one-hour CI class as part of the ODD/CDC all-day Dance Marathon fundraising event.
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
Jam With Live Music Fee: suggested $10/hour to pay for the room and the musician; you can pay less if you really need to. Nobody turned away!
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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