[3/17/18 6pm-Mountain Standard Time] The 2018 Workshop is full, with a full waiting list. We regret that we can't accomodate all those who were interested in the Workshop this year.
[5/3/18] THE MOAB JAM 5/24-5/28 is full, including the wait list. 

2018 Moab Jam Workshop:



Mirva Mäkinen (Helsinki, Finland)

May 20 (Sunday) through May 23 (Wednesday)  
Arrival in Moab Saturday May 19

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION        The primary inquiry in this workshop is choicemaking in Contact Improvisation. What kind of choices do I make when I dance? What is my inner landscape? How do I connect with somatic presence, environment, and nature while I dance? We will explore how somatic experiences of Contact Improvisation affect our personal and collective choice-making. We will also investigate technical principles of Contact Improvisation: moving with shared weight, spherical space, and disorientation. We will craft fresh pathways for floorwork and widen our choices for movement using experimental anatomy and other somatic practices.

Once we start exploring our questions about choicemaking, we will look at how this applies to our values in Contact Improvisation. Are we allowing the other person to see our bodily environments and our inner landscapes? Can we maintain aliveness and sensitivity in our sensations while being seen? Can we simultaneously connect to listening, seeing, and sensing? 

These questions have led me to a further exploration of the sensations and intuition that guide my journey in Contact Improvisation. The material of the workshop will excite curiosity to improvise in the present moment and find connection between senses, nature, and moments of surprise. I am interested in creating a space where nature supports Contact Improvisation and the experience that we share together in the dance.

This video gives a taste of the Inner Landscape workshop. [length: 5 min]

This workshop is open to those with all levels of experience in Contact Improvisation. Solid understanding of CI fundamentals is suggested.

MIRVA MAKINEN (Helsinki, Finland) graduated (MA) from the Dance Department from the University of Arts, Finland in 2000. Prior to that she completed a Masters of Physical Education from University of Jyväskylä. In 2010 she began her doctoral studies at the University of Arts in Helsinki; her artistic research investigates and articulates Somaesthetics of Contact Improvisation.

Since 2000 Mirva has been a dance teacher, choreographer and lecturer for dance at the Kallio Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts, and has been teaching in international dance and Contact Improvisation festivals. She has been working with many different dance companies and choreographers (Dance company Karttunen Kollektiv (choreographer Jyrki Karttunen), New Circus Company Circo Aereo, choreographer Joona Halonen, Echo Echo dance company (North Ireland), collaboration with Frey Faust and collaboration with Joerg Hassmann. At the moment she is working with Finnish choreographer Valtteri Raekallio.

"In dance I am interested in the feeling of flow and soft movement. I love to investigate movement, its rhythm and different ways of inhabiting the body. A feeling of dancing is created by being able to switch the body from total relaxation to extreme intensity and tension. I call this the body’s ability to breathe and create movement."

ADDITIONAL SUPPORT TEACHERS PRESENT AT THE WORKSHOP:      Our 2018 "Jam Hosts" and Moab Jam organizers will be present at the Workshop --available for dancing, conversation, and generally being in creative community. See the Jam Hosts page for bios and photos. 

BASTIEN AUBER (Grenoble, France)



SOLE MEDINA (Santiago, Chile)

BLAKE NELLIS (Minneapolis, MN)

BRAD STOLLER (Charlottesville, VA) 

RONJA VER (Oakland, CA)    

Organizers: Gretchen Spiro, Alicia Grayson, Steve Homsher, Ryder Turner (Nederland, CO)

ORGANIZERS NOTE:   Since we were unable to have a Moab Jam last year (2017), we wanted to invite an exceptional workshop teacher for 2018. We (Gretchen, Alicia, Steve) asked CI dancers from around the world for their suggestions regarding the teacher they would recommend who embodied the following qualities: clear and innovative teaching pedagogy, generous towards dancers with all levels of experience, sensitivity and finesse towards creating an engaged and supportive group dynamic, inquisitive and enthusiastic attitude, generosity, and very kind and heartful. "MIRVA!" was the frequent refrain from people in Europe and the US. We have been in conversation with her for several years about our desire to have her teach in Moab, and this year is the magic year where it was able to coordinate with her busy teaching/performing schedule. We are excited to have her for the Workshop teacher this year. We hope you can join us.