Contact improvisation is ultimately a fundamentally peer based practice that springs from each individual’s wealth of presence, experience and knowledge. However, because some participants will have mixed experience with movement, be very new to the practice of contact improvisation, improvisational practices, somatic practices, etc. and/or may struggle to step into their own quality of knowing, the Facilitator Cohort offers a very structured format full of information and clear practices (facilitated by CJ O’Reilly). Still, this cohort works toward a peer ethic and practice. The facilitator will bring and share significant written material, experience, and in-person facilitation and instruction, and structure, however, within that structure, participants will from the start also be asked to share from their own rich experience and background. As the cohort progresses, and depending on the readiness and willingness of the participants, everyone will be called into facilitation roles as well, within a continued container of rich reflection and feedback.
Topics include (but are not limited to):
- Exploring the practice and spirit of Contact Improvisation
- CI skills for physical and emotional safety
- Holding jam spaces
- Jam Guidelines
- Community Organizing and decision making
- Inclusivity in Contact Improvisation: creating safer spaces in the face of privilege gradients created by race, gender, ability, etc.
- Cultivating healthy community spaces
Schedule & Attendance
All participants are expected to attend all sessions unless other arrangements are made.
- In-person Cohort Labs in Asheville – scheduled around the Contact from the Ground up series. (likely on a Friday or Sunday of the given weekend, specifics TBA)
- February 22nd & 23rd
- March 7th & 8th
- April – skipped for workshop with Daniel Bear Davis
- May – 2nd & 3rd
- June 27th & 28th
- July – 18th & 19th
- August – 15th & 16th
- Sept – 12th & 13th
- Oct – 3rd & 4th
- Nov – 14th & 15th
- Remote Cohort Discussion – online via video chat (or phone) between sessions (specific schedule TBA)
- one-on-one support – depending on the needs of the individual this may include one-on-one CI dance sessions, discussion and consults, or support in your home dance community
If you are not within some hours of the Asheville area and therefor not able to attend in person, but your are interested in joining the CI Facilitator’s Cohort remotely, please apply and explain your situation in the application, we may be able two work something out.