[Update 3/2/19 2PM MST;: Workshop Registration is full, with a full waiting list.

2019 Moab Jam Workshop:

Gravity Waltz—A Contact Improvisation Workshop

with

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]

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Gravity Waltz —A Contact Improvisation Workshop   Within this workshop, we will cultivate a sensitized relationship to the physical laws that govern our motion—gravity, weight, mass, momentum, and inertia— and use touch and partnering to amplify those elements in order to express the form through its range of potentials.  Time will be spent texturing the solo body with floor-based work, waking the interior space into movement, exploring known pathways, and developing a kinesthetic ear to hear and follow sensation. Awakening the physical forces involved with play, we will open up permissions to engage with impulse and immediacy, responding to the constancy of change, ready to meet and engage another person at any moment. With a tuned empathy we will explore what it means to embody permeability, to physically hear a partner, and to ride the dance.  *This workshop is open to all levels of experience with Contact Improvisation; clear physical understanding of CI fundamentals is strongly suggested.

Gravity Waltz—A Contact Improvisation Workshop

Within this workshop, we will cultivate a sensitized relationship to the physical laws that govern our motion—gravity, weight, mass, momentum, and inertia— and use touch and partnering to amplify those elements in order to express the form through its range of potentials.

Time will be spent texturing the solo body with floor-based work, waking the interior space into movement, exploring known pathways, and developing a kinesthetic ear to hear and follow sensation. Awakening the physical forces involved with play, we will open up permissions to engage with impulse and immediacy, responding to the constancy of change, ready to meet and engage another person at any moment. With a tuned empathy we will explore what it means to embody permeability, to physically hear a partner, and to ride the dance.

*This workshop is open to all levels of experience with Contact Improvisation; clear physical understanding of CI fundamentals is strongly suggested.

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).

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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.