CONTACT @ the DOJO
Contact Improvisation (CI) class & jam
Mixed level, open to beginners and advanced
1st & 3rd Sundays
3:00 Class, 4:30 Jam.
Teachers for class:
9/17 Patrick Crowley
10/1 Jeff Bliss
10/15 Paula Choi Lionetto
11/5 Gabi Revlock
11/19 Patrick Crowley
12/3 Sarah Young
12/17 Patrick Crowley
December 3 Gentle Power w/ Sarah Young
With curiosity and clarity, we'll explore ways to access a spectrum of force and agility through attentive use of the eyes, hands, limbs, and pelvis. Through level changes, inversions, and weight exchanges, we'll follow the delight of the dance!
Sarah Young has been dancing Contact Improvisation for 20+ years, and has been studying, performing, and teaching numerous styles of dance since her earliest days. She’s collaborated with and performed for Nancy Stark Smith, Chris Aiken, David Dorfman, Jill Sigman, Hilary Easton, Stephan Koplowitz, Alexx Shilling & Ann Robideaux, Dana Salisbury, and the Treehouse Shakers. She’s inspired by Nancy Stark Smith’s research and is part of the Northampton Underscore +/- Group, has co-coordinated the Global Underscore since 2020, and participated in the Underscore-based performance installation, GLIMPSE 2, NYC 2014. She is a former Director of Earthdance Creative Living Project, a Guild Certified Feldenkrais® Practitioner, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer/Morocco, and has a BFA in Dance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She lives in Northampton, Massachusetts and Stolzenhagen, Germany.
General description of class & jam:
Once a month, I am excited to curate teachers who hold and convey Contact Improvisation with a comprehensive depth. Contact @ the Dojo began in Oct 2021, meeting 2 Sundays a month.
Dojo comes from “Do-”, a variation of Tao/Dao (the way) and “jo” (immersive learning space).
A broad range of Contact Improvisation will be explored — states, skills, scores/Underscore, artistic practice, life learnings.
In Contact @ the Dojo, dancers play with movement pathways in contact with a partner — in relationship with gravity, momentum, inertia, and friction. We work with ease and natural tone in our tissues and neurology. We explore rolling, falling, and flying in CI with the safety of mats as our floor.
The slow and subtle brings us to the big and enthusiastic, and vice versa. Centering, perception, inertia of motion, solo/lead/follow, reflexes, experimentation, readiness, rigor, heart, and enlivening will all be in the mix.
January Workshop 2012 © Emily BowmanJAM
The jam will be open space to play and practice — with music and possible structure/warm-up.
For those experienced and new to CI, honoring different abilities. ~10–25 people. Please read Health safety agreements. Please arrive a little early.