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Photo: Jonathan Hsu

Contact Improvisation:
Principles and Practice

Photo: Jonathan Hsu"Enliven your CI physical intelligence and emotional resonance through guided practice."

This workshop is designed for people wanting to seriously advance their CI practice, dancers who regularly participate in the form.

The material will be challenging:
Less skill-based and more principle-based, therefore the work will be appropriate for a range of experience levels.

The workshop requires at least Advanced Beginner* level of CI experience. 



 Chris and Angie: "Our goal is to help dancers deepen their understanding of the core principles of CI and to become inspired through the interplay of touch, movement and imagination.  Our practice is founded on the belief that CI is most powerful when participants share a sense of trust, curiosity and mutual respect."



BOUNDARIES AND EXPECTATIONS:

Consent and Touch: 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.

* What is: "Advanced Beginner" experience in CI?
A metric for this might be: You have attended classes or jams and have gained a good sense of how to share and listen to weight, both your own and a partner's. You have some experience with disorientation in space.

Contact the registrar if you have questions about either of these.



WEEKEND SCHEDULE:  March 4-5, 2023

 Saturday (All-day workshop)
Doors open for late 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)
Doors open for personal warm-up........................................1pm
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 break will have quick turn-arounds.  
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 teachers are very well regarded.

On-line Discount Pricing:   
Discount on-line registration closes midnight, Wednesday, 3/1/2023

$165 - Regular rate - Employed, retired, self-employed. 
$135 - Reduced rate - For hard economic situations (Also see Financial Aid, below)
$185 - 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 $45 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. 

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At the door pricing: (If available)
$185 - Regular rate - Employed, retired, self-employed. 
$140 - Reduced rate - For hard economic situations (Also see Financial Aid, above)
$205 - Well-employed rate - Please pay this if you can. Help keep the Reduced rate low.
$235 - Supporting the arts rate



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.  



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.



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 spots in the church lot behind the building; check there first.



CONTACT THE REGISTRAR WITH A QUESTION:

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



ARTISTS' BIO:
 
Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser have extensive experience teaching CI nationally and internationally at festivals such as the Freiburg Contact Festival, Moab Jam, i-dance (Asia), The Bates Dance Festival, Impulstanz and many others.  They are recognized for their skillful integration of contact improvisation and dance improvisation in performance.  They have worked extensively with many leading figures of the form, including Nancy Stark Smith, Ray Chung, Andrew Harwood and Kirstie Simson.  They are professors at Smith College.



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!