San Diego Contact Jam

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Contact Improvisation Class & Jam

Stage 7 School of Dance in North Park

Monday nights, 7-8pm (class) & 8-10pm (jam)

$10 for class & jam, $5 for jam only
Teachers & Facilitators: Anya Cloud, Justin Morrison, Emily Aust, Leslie Seiters, Ron Estes, Jess Humphrey & Tim Richards

Some questions from Monday nights, 2011:

  1. What happens in the interplay between mass and motion?
  2. Do you know where you are when you’re upside down?
  3. Are you moving faster than your life or is it moving faster than you?
  4. What if the rest of your body had 1/1000th of your hands’ sensitivity and   eloquence?
  5. How much does your head weigh?
    How much does it need to weigh?
    How much does it feel like it weighs?
    Do you know how fast and in what direction that weight is going?
    How many interesting things can we do with those pounds?
    What happens when you turn it upside down?
    Can we let it go, invite disorientation, and still take in new information?
    How well can your head handle all these questions?
  6. Is there a path of less resistance between where you are and where you’re going?
  7. How does supporting yourself make it easier for others to support you?
  8. Can you find a dynamic relationship between tight and loose?
    A balance between too tense and totally relaxed?
    Between spilling all your weight and holding it back?
  9. You know how, when you walk, your right arm goes forward when your left leg does? Let’s see what that has to do with Contact.
    If you don’t walk that way, try it. It’s a blast.
  10. What is the role of stillness in Contact Improvisation?
    What happens when both partners are in constant motion?
    When both stay still?
    What is the difference between still and stiff?
    How does relative stillness serve the dance differently than attempts to achieve actual stillness?
    Can stillness happen as a result of motion? In support of motion?
  11. What’s the difference between “moving into” and “plowing through” your partner?
    How can we allow a dynamic interplay between leaning and pushing?
  12. What kind of dance are you interested in?
    How can you communicate that within the dance?
    How can you “listen” for what kind of dance your partner would like to have?
  13. How can we work with these questions without becoming attached to specific outcomes?
  14. Are you breathing?
    How does your breathing change when you move?
    How does your movement change when you take a breath??
    Does your breathing change when you’re in contact with another mover??
  15. What is the difference between stable and mobile support?
    How can we shift fluidly between stability and mobility to more efficiently support someone’s weight?
    How fluidly/fast/clearly can you move from being supported to supporting?