Contact Improv Boston presents:
22nd Annual May Jam

Friday - Sunday, May 24-26, 2013 
and...
Fresh Gravity, An all-day workshop
Monday, May 27, 2013
© John Dancey
both with:
Karen Nelson, Artist-in-Residence for the Jam, and teacher for the workshop

NOTE:  ON-LINE PRE-REGISTRATION FOR THE MAY JAM IS CLOSED  
You will still be able to walk-in and participate in any of the jams or evening activities, Friday - Sunday (even come for the whole May Jam), but you will have to pay the at-the-door prices.  It's only a litle more. 
To jump to the at-the-door pricing - CLICK HERE

IMPORTANT:  We still have plenty of room at the May Jam, but Karen's Monday workshop is full.  Let us know if you want to be on a waiting list in case someone withdraws.  We hope you will join us for the May Jam, where Karen will be artist-in-residence.

REGISTRATION IS OPEN FOR MAY JAM - SEE BELOW

© Albert Cook MAY JAM: A Weekend of Dancing & Community

  ⇒ Constant jamming Friday through Sunday
  ⇒ Artistic leadership by Karen Nelson... 
  
    one of the early explorers of Contact Improv
  ⇒ Friday evening: Welcome Jam
  ⇒ Saturday evening: Live Music & Dance Jam
      
with John Hughes and Benoît Guillemette
  ⇒ Sunday evening: "Underscore*"
  ⇒ Great breakfasts and lunches included

  ⇒ Friends!   Fun!   Community!!

*What is the "Underscore"?

FRESH GRAVITY: An all-day Workshop w/ Karen Nelson

Karen with Steve Paxton, many years ago 
©Photo by: Bill Arnold 
  ⇒ Six hours of CI instruction
  ⇒ Mixed level material
  ⇒ Light lunch included

Workshop Description:

In this workshop we will review some essential images of Contact, such as the small dance of skeletal balance as introduced by Steve Paxton. We will practice various rolls and puzzles and embody these navigation tools to enhance our solo and partner dancing. We will employ practical safety movements to help our muscle memory kick-in when we need it-- during the complex partnering of a freely improvised duet. We will practice freedom. And, influenced by Lisa Nelson’s Tuning Scores, we will play with exposing communication between dancers using attention and voice, charging the space with awareness. Class is open to dancers at all experience levels; dancing with mixed levels will be encouraged.


TEACHER BIO:  Karen Nelson has been dancing Contact Improvisation for 35 years. She has toured, teaching and performing in many places worldwide and has collaborated with many wonderful artists. Tremendous influences continue to include Steve Paxton and his system Material for the Spine; Lisa Nelson and her dance of perception and space with Tuning Scores; mixed ability and dancing communities such as DanceAbility Diverse Dance Research Retreats and Breitenbush Jam; Russell Delman’s Embodied Life Mentorship Program; Barbara Dilley’s Contemplative Dance Practice; qi gong, meditation and a renewed training in Aikido.



MAY JAM SCHEDULE:

Friday       7:00-10:00pm         Registration and Welcome Jam

Saturday   9:30                       Doors open for Registration and personal warm-ups
                                               (Breakfast available)

                10:00am                  Opening Circle

                10:30am-5:30pm      Group Warm-up into All Day Jamming

                ~1:00-2:30pm          Lunch available

                5:30-8:00pm            Dinner at local restaurants

                8:00-10:30pm          Music & Dance Improv Jam, with...
                                               John Hughes and Benoît Guillemette
                                               (This bit open to the public; bring your friends)

Sunday     9:30am                    Doors open for Registration and personal warm-ups
                                               (Breakfast available)

               10:00am-4:30pm      Group Warm-up into Open Jamming

                ~12:30-2pm             Lunch available

                4:30-5:15pm            Harvest and closing circle  

                5:15-7:30pm            Dinner at local restaurants

                7:30-10:30pm          "Underscore*" (Participants must attend talk-through
                                                    during Sunday lunch or have previous
                                                    "Underscore" experience. $15 walk-in.)

*What is an "Underscore"?


FRESH GRAVITY WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:

Monday    9:45am                    Registration and personal warm-ups

                10am-5pm                Workshop with Karen

                                                (1-hr break, light lunch available)

                5-5:30pm                  Closing and clean-up



COST AND REGISTRATION:

NOTE:  ON-LINE PRE-REGISTRATION FOR THE MAY JAM IS CLOSED  
You will still be able to walk-in on an a-la-carte basis to any of the tasty bits, Friday - Sunday (even come for the whole May Jam), but you will have to pay the at-the-door prices, only a litle more.

To jump to the at-the-door pricing - CLICK HERE

TO JUMP DIRECTLY TO THE REGISTRATION FORM - CLICK HERE


PRE-REGISTRATION DISCOUNT PRICING

NOTE: Pre-registration discount applies ONLY if you register on-line, in advance, for the Whole May Jam or Whole May Jam in combination with Workshop. Pre-registration will close after May 20.

WHOLE MAY JAM PRE-REGISTRATION: 
(Includes jamming all-day Saturday and Sunday, Friday and Saturday evening jams, and Sunday "Underscore", but not Monday Workshop)
$60 - Student Rate - Full-time student or those unemployed.
$75 - Regular rate - Employed (including self-employed). That is, most of us.
$90 - Professional rate - Pay this rate if you can.
$105 - Supporting the Arts!

WORK EXCHANGE POLICY:

We have a limited number of positions available enabling dancers to save up to one half of their fee.  Some are appropriate only for local dancers; some make sense for anyone. Contact Max, the registrar, to be considered.  registrations@contactimprovboston.com


AT THE DOOR PRICING

WHOLE MAY JAM (includes jamming all-day Saturday and Sunday, Friday and Saturday evening jams, and Sunday "Underscore", but not Monday Workshop)

$75 - Student Rate - Full-time student or those unemployed
$90 - Regular rate - Employed (including self-employed). That is, most of us.
$105 - Professional rate - Pay this rate if you can.
$120 - Supporting the Arts! 

À LA CARTE - BITS AND PIECES OF MAY JAM (at the door only)

Friday Night Jam only, $8-12, sliding scale
Saturday Daytime Only - Jamming and food: $40 (does not include the evening jam)
Saturday evening Dance and Music Improv Jam only, $10-15, sliding scale
Sunday Daytime Only - Jamming and food: $40 (does not include evening "Underscore")
Sunday "Underscore": $8-15, sliding scale (Participants must attend talk-through 
                          during Sunday lunch or have previous "Underscore" experience.)


PRE-REGISTRATION

Registration is Open! - Click this link for the registration form.

Please register early; it really does help us plan and...
Remember, the Workshop registration is limited and will likely sell out quickly.

Cut off for Pre-Registration of May 20 has passed

QUESTIONS RE. REGISTERING: 
Email Max: registrations@contactimprovboston.com



OUT-OF-TOWNERS:

You are Welcome!!  Come one, come all!!

We can help you with housing here in the homes of local dancers.
Please pre-register and indicate you need housing; we'll work it out for you.

Questions about housing?   Email Thomas: housing@ContactImprovBoston.com



LOCATION:

All the weekend's events plus Karen's workshop take place at: 
Cambridge Masonic Hall, 1950 Mass. Ave, Cambridge, MA (Porter Square)

Right across the street from the Porter Sq stop on the MBTA Red Line

Park on far side of the lot behind Elephant Walk Restaurant, 2067 Mass Ave (across the street, north 3 blocks)

Here's a link to a map showing the venue, the T stop and where to park: http://maps.google.com/



THE FINE PRINT:  
Regarding product sales at the May Jam:  If you have items of interest to contact improv dancers (generally clothing) that you would like to sell at the May Jam, please contact the organizers in advance.  We have limited space available for vendors, and may not be able to say yes to everyone, so it is important you let us know well ahead of time.

Cancellation Policy:  
•   If the whole event is canceled, we will refund your entire registration fee.  If we cancel an event part-way through, we will pro-rate your refund.
•   If you withdraw from an event more than two weeks before the event, we will fully refund you.
•   If you cancel within two weeks of the event, you may choose to either receive 75% of your fees back, or apply 100% of your balance to a future CIB event.
•   If you have to cancel due to a hardship (such as illness, injury, or family emergency), please contact the registrar and explain your situation to be considered for a hardship refund.

 

FOR MORE INFO, OR TO ASK A QUESTION:

General questions: Email Paul at contact@contactimprovboston.com

Registration issues: Email Max at registrations@contactimprovboston.com

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!!