2020 Moab Jam Workshop
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2019 Moab Jam Workshop:
Gravity Waltz—A Contact Improvisation Workshop
Bradley Teal Ellis (NY)
Live music during the Workshop with Ira Echo (LA)
May 19 (Sunday) through May 22 (Wednesday)
[Arrival in Moab Saturday May 18]
Bradley Teal Ellis is a Brooklyn, New York based dance improviser. He has practiced Contact Improvisation for 20 years, and frequently collaborates in process and performance with other artists. Bradley teaches as adjunct faculty at NYU/Tisch - Experimental Theatre Wing, NYU/Tisch - Dance & the Conservatory of Dance at Purchase College. He also is faculty at Movement Research (one of the world’s leading laboratories for Experimental Dance) and Gibney Dance (NYC), and offers workshops in Contact Improvisation. Upcoming projects in 2019 include leading public classes in Contact Improvisation at MoMA (Museum of Modern Art, NYC) and teaching at Contact Festival Freiburg (Germany).
Ira Echo is a violinist, pianist, dancer, performer and composer living in New Orleans, LA. They began their study of violin performance at the Transylvanian Kalotaszentkiralyi Music Academy, Sâncraiu Romania. Ira's path of performance then took them to New Orleans where they play funny jazz and freely improvised music for dancers. Concerning Ira presently is; how can the Contact Dance musician use space within the structure of the music to facilitate breathy even tempered daring tranquil dance exploration. How can the musician read the room to stoke voluptuous sensation in the hearts and bellies of the movers? As the movers cultivate alertness in a state of distortion, and trust in their physical survival instincts, can the musician embrace their own musical survival instincts? Ira is working on Ripples and Waves, a series of compositions inspired by contact culture.