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May Jam Workshop
May 28 and 29, 2022

A few slots left at this moment. Reg closes midnight, 5/26.

Contact Improvisation "resembles other familiar duet forms, such as the embrace, wrestling, surfing, martial arts, and the jitterbug, encompassing a wide range of movement from stillness to highly athletic."
~Nancy Stark Smith, one of the founders of CI


This workshop, led by Funda Gul and Gabrielle Revlock, Elise Knudsonwill be a joyful exploration of Contact Improvisation honoring this expansive definition of CI put forth by Nancy Stark Smith. We will fly and fall, on and off the ground, in and out of contact, right side up and upside down, exploring the wide-ranging spatial, temporal, and tactile aspects of CI.

Dave RatzlowAppropriate for beginners and experienced practitioners alike, this 2-day workshop and jam will offer tools and techniques to negotiate a dance based on weight sharing, listening, and qualities of martial arts movements. Funda and Gabi are thrilled to bring their experiences and perspectives of CI to the May Jam Workshop!
 

Proximity and touch:  Although we will keep our masks on during the workshop, participants will be invited to partner-up and practice the form in contact.  As always, everyone has free agency to engage in the exercises to their own degree of comfort. 



IMPORTANT: Read about what's different this year...
This weekend has tighter requirements because organizers want to protect participants as much as possible from health risks. We also want to create a container to build deeper connections between participants in this workshop.

Vaccine and Masks:  All participants must wear well-fitting masks (except when eating or drinking) and must show proof of full vaccination (booster not required) upon entry. 

Closed Container:  All participants must arrive in the space for the opening circle on Saturday at 10am. The doors will close after that, so we can establish community guidelines for working together throughout the weekend.

Housing for Out-of-Towners:  Please contact your personal Boston area friends if you need help staying overnight. Because Covid numbers are rising, the organizers decided that non-local dancers would need to make their own housing arrangements. 

Lunches:  In a break from past practices, CIB is not providing any food at this workshop. We have scheduled 1.5-hour down time in the middle of each of our dancing days. You can enjoy lunch at local restaurants or BYO and eat outside or spread throughout the Masons Hall lobby.

Two-day Registration Only:  Partial registrations are not an option for this workshop. We want everyone to participate for both days to share all the material.


SCHEDULE: (Subject to adjustment)
Saturday, May 28th
Arrival, registration and personal warmups ...................9:30am
Opening Circle ..............................................................10-10:30am
Workshop and Open Dancing ........................................10:30am-1:30pm

Lunch (BYO or at local restaurants) ................................1:30-3pm

Workshop and Open Dancing .........................................3-6pm
Out of the space by ........................................................6:30pm

Sunday, May 29th
Space opens for personal warmups ...............................9:30am
Workshop and Open Dancing ........................................10am-1:30pm
Lunch (BYO or at local restaurants) ................................1-2:30pm

Jamming ........................................................................2:30-5:30pm
Out of the space by ........................................................6pm



COSTS & REGISTRATION:  
Register soon.  Registration is limited to 35 participants. 

On-line Discount Pricing:   
Discount on-line registration closes midnight, Wednesday, 5/25/2022

$140 - Reduced rate - For hard economic situations (Also see Financial Aid, below)
$175 - Regular rate - Employed, retired, self employed. 
$195 - Well-employed rate - Please pay this if you can. Help keep the Reduced rate low.
$215 - Supporting the arts rate

Financial aid and contributions for future Financial Aid:
To Apply: If the lowest level of our sliding scale is too expensive for you, we offer a limited number of applicants $40 off their fee on a first-come-first-served basis. Apply on the registration form. 

To Contribute: If you have even a little extra, please contribute to the Financial Aid Fund as you register.  Your support enables more dancers to attend CIB events.  Contribute when you register online. 

 ♦♦ Click here to register ♦♦

At the door pricing: (if available)
$150 - Reduced rate - For hard economic situations
$195 - Regular rate - Employed, retired, self employed. 
$225 - Well-employed rate - Please pay this if you can. Help keep the student rate low.

$245 - Supporting the Arts rate



LOCATION: 
Cambridge Masonic Hall: 1950 Mass. Ave, Cambridge, MA (Porter Square) 

Public transport: Right across the street from the Porter Sq stop on the MBTA Red Line.

By car: Park on far side of the lot behind 2067 Mass Ave (across the street, north 3 blocks, just beyond the Speedway gas station)

Map link: T stop and where to park: http://maps.google.com



TEACHER BIOS: 
SelfieFunda Gul has been studying and teaching Contact Improvisation, and facilitating jams since 2016. Her prior teacher training in Yoga and Black belt in Aikido allows her to easily individualize the practice according to students’ needs and abilities and create an all-inclusive space for practicing movement. Also, her main inspiration for movement follows the idea of “Function creates the form”. Funda also holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Stevens Institute of Technology.

 

Dave RatzlowGabrielle Revlock is a choreographer, performer, improviser, somatics educator and creator of Restorative Contact, a mindful touch-based movement practice, in-part inspired by her 20+ years as a practitioner of CI. In her choreographic work she depicts complicated but relatable interpersonal relationships, developed through meticulous character study and improvisational structures. Revlock teaches CI for Movement Research and was a facilitator of the Brooklyn Contact Jam.  (Please see GabrielleRevlock.com for her numerous international awards and performance listings.)



CONTACT US WITH QUESTIONS: 
About registration, email Paul: registrations@contactimprovboston.com



CANCELLATION POLICY:
•   If CIB finds it necessary to cancel the event for any reason, we will refund the entire registration fee of registered participants.
•   If a registered participant withdraws from an event for any reason by midnight, Friday, one week before the event, we will fully refund their registration fee.  
•   If a registered participant withdraws closer to the event for health (or exposure) reasons and notifies the registrar, a full refund will be issued.
•   If a registered participant withdraws closer to the event date for non-health related reasons or does not notify us, no refund will be issued.  Also applies to no-show.
•   We will consider hardship situations for refunds before and during the event.  Please notify the registrar.



HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE AND DANCE!