at Studio Azul (suite 16) in the Sawtooth Building, 2525 Eighth St, Berkeley
Doors open for warm up at 1:30pm, Please arrive by 1:45
The class ends at 3:30pm and the Jam begins
3:30pm to 6:15pm
Classes at the The Finnish Hall, 1970 Chestnut Street, Berkeley CA;
individual warm up at 6:30pm, class starts at 6:45pm, 90 minutes. $12-15 sliding scale
Followed by the Thursday Jam!
Linden park Free Astroturf Jam
Linden street between 42nd and 43rd, Oakland
1st and 3rd Sunday 3-6pm
When the weather's nice, bring your friends for a free outdoor Jam on luxurious astroturf.
What is Contact Improvisation?!?!?
Contact Improvisation (CI) is an "art-sport" that originated out of a contemporary dance performance project led by Steve Paxton in New York City in 1972. Thanks in part to the efforts of Nancy Stark Smith and her publication of Contact Quarterly, CI has since emerged as technical dance form taught in universities around the world. There is also a thriving social dance component to this form, which is experienced as regular local Jams and a multitude of international festivals.
The practice CI revolves around the investigation of how two or more bodies move and dance while in physical contact. Skills of contact improvisation may include; improvising, listening and leading through the point of contact, sharing balance, giving weight, somatic awareness, responsibility for personal safety, flow, level changing, comfort in very low or horizontal positions, rolling, lifting and flying.
CI does not require music and is most often practiced without music. There are no gender roles or prescribed roles of any nature. There is no governing body or official hierarchy. CI is a personal and interpersonal investigation. Many people of all physical abilities find the practice of Contact Improvisation fulfilling. The experience may range from meditative awareness to dynamic partner acrobatics utilizing highly trained skills.
Oakland, CA 94608