Contact Improvisation

Contact Improvisation is an improvisational art-sport with technique focused on touch, weight-sharing, momentum, and an ethic of experimentation with both physical forces and relational dynamics. It’s also a container to research perceptual flexibility, state-shifting, intimacy, mutuality, community, and embodied poetics. While duets are often the most known or visible aspect of CI practice, we practice partnering with physical forces, several people at once, the entire group, imagery, and the space around us. Professional dancers train in the form to improve their partnering skills and generate new material. Amateurs find community, strength, softness, agility, expression, and body-mind-spirit growth and integration. While anyone can touch and improvise without taking a class, the techniques presented in this class will open the doors to more connected and athletic dances, give you basic fluency in a language of interaction shared by practitioners all over the world, and build the groundwork for a community of deep practice here in the Triangle.

Fall CI Jams at LAC! 

Contact Improv (CI) Labs & Jams on Mondays

MONDAY BEGINNER-FRIENDLY CI LAB

Space opens at 6:15
LAB 6:30-7pm
FREE

The LAB’s are guided by a rotating cast of advanced CI dancers in our community. Dancers of any level are welcome to drop in, and we especially hope that beginners and those newer to the form will attend. The teacher will provide mentoring and instruction in CI techniques as well as answer questions to orient beginners to our LAC jamming culture.

FIFTY YEARS OF CI!

2022 marks the 50 year anniversary of the inception of Contact Improvisation! This Fall at LAC we are on a MISSION to generate access to this practice which can be so transformative for individuals and so effective at building community. We are focused on creating the opportunity for beginners, rusty people, shy people, experienced people, YOU, to feel at home in our CI events.

On Monday nights we are hosting a FREE drop-in beginner LAB from 6:30-7pm and jams from 7-9pm. On Thursday nights, those who want an in-depth introduction to the technique can participate in a multi-week curriculum to orient to the practice.

*** Note that we will not be jamming on Oct 10, Oct 31, and Nov 28***

MONDAY BEGINNER-FRIENDLY CI LAB

Space opens at 6:15
LAB 6:30-7pm
FREE

The LAB’s are guided by a rotating cast of advanced CI dancers in our community. Dancers of any level are welcome to drop in, and we especially hope that beginners and those newer to the form will attend. The teacher will provide mentoring and instruction in CI techniques as well as answer questions to orient beginners to our LAC jamming culture.

MONDAY JAMMING

Space opens at 7:00
Informal warm-up 7:00-7:15
Opening circle promptly at 7:15
Sliding Scale $10/15/20

Monday jam seek to create a SAFE, FRIENDLY, and CONSCIOUS container for exploring Contact Improvisation through open jamming. Toni Craige, Bru Roze, and Aubrey Griffith Zill will be hosting the space. There will be a bit of extra emphasis on orienting folks to our jamming culture through discussion in the opening and closing circle and through the content of the beginner classes. The bulk of the event is for free play and jamming without formal instruction

All levels are welcome. Beginners are strongly encouraged to attend the LAB at 6:30. Informal labbing and peer-to-peer teaching is welcome (with consent) at the jam.

SOUND

Sound will vary ~ some jams will be without music, some may have a bit of ambient recorded music, and occasionally, we may invite some musicians to jam with us. We will post our sound plans the day of the jam on Facebook~

COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

Jams are mask-optional and open to dancers of all vaccination statuses. Please follow CDC guidelines to determine attendance if you have any symptoms, exposure, or are in recovery from the virus. CDC Covid-19 Guidelines

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