What is Contact Improvisation?
Contact Improvisation is many things to many people, but I particularly like this description from Ray Chung:
“Contact Improvisation is an open-ended exploration of the kinaesthetic possibilities of bodies moving through contact. Sometimes wild and athletic, sometimes quiet and meditative, it is a form open to all bodies and enquiring minds.”
What is a Contact Lab?
A Contact Lab (rather than a jam, underscore, class, workshop, etc), is a partially facilitated exploration or ‘laboritory’ for exploring the wide range of improvisational potentials in contact.
While Labbing is primarily peer based, a facilitator will set the stage for and aid in the exploration of ideas brought by the group by opening and closing the lab, and dynamically channeling the focus of the group based on the group’s interests and capacities.
Labbing will begin with some facilitation, and progress to more and more free-form jamming, with an emphasis on intentional and specific exploration of scores, movements, themes, and other material.
Who is the lab right for?
Anyone who is relatively comfortable with improvisation in contact with others. It is less structured than the average workshop, and provides a great opportunity for all levels to dive more deeply into exploring and/or practicing any area they’re interested in, or just to dance! 🙂
What are the deets?
Mondays 5:30pm-7pm, April 3rd-May 8th @ The Living Arts Collective
(Bonus: Carpool to Durham Dance Wave afterwards!)
Cost: $50 – $150 sliding scale pre-registration – $10 Drop-in