3 Days of blissful Contact Improv Dance & Play with friends from the Great Lakes area and beyond!
Daniel Burkholder inspired & facilitated our dance investigations
Dixon’s Violin engaged us in an improv soundscape & movement journey.
Fundamentals class. International Dancers. Performance Opportunities. Great snacks. & More!
Warm CI Hospitality available for all traveling Dance Gypsies.
Workshop Descriptions by Daniel Burkholder
The Point of Contact
The fundamental aspect of contact improvisation is one to one contact between dancers. Sometimes contact dances are fast and athletic, sometimes slow and meditative. In this workshop we will explore the skills needed to enter into a variety of contact improvisation dances with intention and openness. Skills will include developing greater body awareness, exploring point of contact with a partner, following the flow of a dance, and giving and receiving weight. No experience necessary, willingness to experiment and have fun is. This workshop can be done alone or as part of the weekend.
The Intentional Moment and The Witness
When we engage in a contact improvisation dance we meet our partner through touch and follow the path merging from that contact. At times we may want to add a layer of intentionality to our dancing – this maybe for exploring a new approach, getting out of our movement ‘ruts’, or even performing. In this workshop we will examine various forms of intentionality, as well as what happens to a dance when we have a witness. This workshop is intended for experienced dancers wishing to expand and deepen their dancing.
Inspiration as Initiation
The breath is the foundation of movement. This constant flow in and out supplies us with an ongoing rhythm in our bodies, and an ongoing source of nourishment. In this workshop we will explore breath through an Awareness Through Movement/Feldenkais lesson, solo improvisations and culminating in deeply connected and full bodied contact improvisation duets. Connecting to one’s breath is an excellent opportunity to bring greater awareness to one’s dancing, interrupt habitual tendencies, and open new possibilities in your dancing.
5: setup crew
6: Registration, Hellos, Warmup
7: The Point of Contact Workshop
9: open Jam, live cello by Abigail Alwin, dance as late as you like
2: more dancing
4: afternoon surprise
6: dinner in town
8+: evening jam, Dixon’s Violin, creative play
12: midnight jam
2 circle for reflections, early goodbyes, announcements
2:30: guided jam (cara)
6: dinner in town
All details likely to evolve
is the Director of The PlayGround and Co-Director of Improv Arts, inc. His work has been seen at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (WDC), Tribeca Performing Arts Center (NYC), Contemporary American Theater Festival (WVA) and many more.
He has served as a curator of the DC International Improvisation Festival and on the Steering Committee for the West Coast Contact Improvisation Festival. He has taught at the West Coast Contact Improvisation Festival, the Wild Meadows Improvisation Intensive, numerous studios and as guest teacher for Cirque du Soleil. Daniel hold an M.F.A. in Dance from University of Wisconsin and is a Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner. For more bio details see:
Performing Artist, Music Shaman, who’s life mission is to inspire people! And he has done so across the U.S. and beyond, captivating audiences at intimate shows, and wowing crowds of thousands, including Burning Man, giving two TED talks/performances, plus radio and TV. Recently giving up a distinguished career to follow his dream full-time, he shows the beauty of doing something seemingly impossible, and bares his soul through his instrument – unlike anything you’ve experienced. Dixon was classically trained from the age of 10, grew to a symphony violinist, then digital master, and now music shaman. Dixon’s passionate energy will enchant, transform, and inspire…
Improv Cellist extraordinaire. Abigail returns to mini-GLACIER to create a sound-scape for our open jam following the Friday night workshop. Not to be missed!
We have some Work-Exchange openings available for those in short on cash and long on dance spirit.
Contact Milagros: shiatsumilagrosa AT gmail.com
with a statement of your needs & availability ASAP.
You also need to register.