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Losing & Finding: 
Studies in Play 
• We will spend time working on specific pathways and coordinations that focus on testing weight, challenging orientation, and falling through space.
• We will workshop the blurred lines between leading and following roles in partner, trio, group dancing.
• We will celebrate the physical exertion that comes with long practice sessions.

This an *Intermediate Level* workshop, designed for dancers who seriously strive to advance their CI practice and regularly participate in the form.

A metric for *Intermediate Level* might be:
You have attended CI classes and jams, and have gained a solid sense of how to share and listen to weight, both your own and a partner's. You have some experience with disorientation in space. You have a falling practice that balances safety and risk. 



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A MESSAGE FROM THE TEACHER:

 Paul Singh sez: "My hope for the weekend is to create an environment that values comfort and discomfort equally - a place that helps everyone find their personal physical edges, and continue to explore them with the shared knowledge in the room. We’ll call on our eye contact, voices, and intuition to help move past expectation and ambition, and instead into curiosity and daring."

As a student and teacher, Paul Singh uses his innate sense of spatial awareness to explore more deeply the ideas of being grounded, becoming softer, and forgetting the difference between up and down.



BOUNDARIES AND CONSENT:

Consent and dance partnerships: As always, participants have free agency to engage in any part of this workshop to their own degree of comfort. Dancers will be invited to partner-up and practice the form in-contact.  You have the option to choose (or choose not) to engage in any exercise or partnership, also to end any interaction at any time.



WEEKEND SCHEDULE:  March 9-10, 2024

Saturday (All-day workshop) 
Doors open for registration and personal warm-up...............9:30am
Morning Workshop Period.....................................................10am-1pm
Lunch break (BYO)................................................................1-2:30pm
Afternoon Workshop Period..................................................2:30-5:30
Out of the space by...............................................................6pm

Sunday (Long afternoon workshop)
Workshop Period (there will be a snack break, sometime).... 1:30-5:30pm
Out of the space by.............................................................. 6:30pm

Food note:  Saturday lunch and Sunday snack breaks are short.  
Please BYO or make a quick trip to a local restaurant. CIB will provide some snack stuff for Sunday, but bring your own as well.



COSTS & REGISTRATION:  

Register ASAP!  This workshop will fill quickly.  Registration is limited to 30 participants and the teacher is very well regarded.

On-line Discount Pricing:   
Discount on-line registration closes midnight, Wednesday, 3/6/2024

$175 - Regular rate - Employed, retired, self-employed. 
$135 - Reduced rate - For hard economic situations (Also see Financial Aid, below)
$195 - Well-employed rate - Please pay this if you can. Help keep the Reduced rate low.
$215 - Supporting the arts rate


Pay-it-Forward Financial Aid Fund:
Apply: If the lowest level of our sliding scale is too expensive for you, we offer a limited number of applicants $45 off their fee on a first-come-first-served basis. Apply on the registration form. 

Contribute: CIB will match your support and enable more dancers to attend. If you have even a little extra, please contribute to the Pay-it Forward, Financial Aid Fund as you register. Contribute when you register online. 



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LOCATION:  

St. Mary Orthodox Church, 8 Inman St, Cambridge
Our usual Tuesday night space (Central Sq: right behind Life Alive Cafe)

Transportation: Accessible by T (Red line to Central Square) or if you drive, allow time to find parking. There are some spots in the lot behind the Church; check there first.



OUT-OF-TOWNERS:

If you live outside of the local area you are welcome to attend this workshop. However, unlike some past events, CIB cannot be responsible to organize overnight accommodations for you.  Please contact your personal Boston area friends, if you need help staying overnight.

Covid is still with us and different people have different comfort levels - hosts and guests might have different goals. The event organizers decided that the complexity of making such arrangements was too great a responsibility.



COVID CONSIDERATIONS:

Contact Improv Boston does not require participants to wear masks or provide proof of vaccination.  This is optional at the choice of each dancer.

Please be mindful of your activities particularly in the week before the workshop and get tested in the 24 hours before the workshop, if possible.

Do not attend if you tested positive for Covid in the last 24hrs (even without symptoms), or if you are feeling any potential Covid symptoms, or if you have been in contact with somebody with Covid symptoms in the last 48 hrs.  
You must notify the registrar in order to receive a refund. 

See full cancellation policy, below.  



CONTACT THE REGISTRAR WITH A QUESTION:

Please do not hesitate to contact us with a question or comment.
Registrations@ContactImprovBoston.com.  Thanks



ARTISTS' BIO:
Photo by Andrew JordanPaul Singh
 lives and dances in New York City. He earned his BFA degree in Dance from the University of Illinois, USA, where he focused on a variety of dance methods including Alexander Technique, Ballet, Modern, and Contact Improvisation (CI). He began his studies in CI with Chris Aiken and since then has studied with Angela Dony, Yaniv Mintzer, Ray Chung, and others. While visiting CI festivals in Israel, India, Russia, Spain, and Germany, Paul spent time teaching fundamentals in falling, flying, failing, and laughing. He currently teaches at Movement Research, Sarah Lawrence College, and The Juilliard School. 
 


There is a brief video of Paul dancing with Tim O'Donnell on YouTube. Check it out.
More video links to come...



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 Covid 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!