Contact Improvisation at WMAC
Playful Movement and Cross-Training for All
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Hosted by WMAC + Tania Velásquez and Camilla Davis, but really, anyone is welcome to hold CI space 🙂
Sunday, March 22 from 2-4pm
at World Martial Arts Center 540 Atlantic Ave, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn NY, 11217
100% of proceeds this month will go towards earthquake relief and humanitarian aid for Puerto Rico through the Grassroots International Puerto Rico Earthquake Recovery Fund (they have a 4 out of 4 rating on Charity Navigator!). You may also donate here.
Thank you for your support as a mover and global citizen!
“Contact Improvisation is an open-ended exploration of the kinesthetic 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.”
The 3rd Sunday of every month!
Sun, March 22, 2020
at World Martial Arts Center 540 Atlantic Ave, 3rd Floor, Brooklyn NY, 11217 [map]
$5+ suggested donation, though no one is turned away for lack of funds.
Se habla español (both facilitators are native speakers).
*All donations go to the Grassroots International Puerto Rico Earthquake Recovery Fund*
Note: There is a sweet cat here. The space is big, so there’s never been an issue reported from anyone with allergies, but giving a heads-up just in case 🙂
Please make sure you’ve read thru the FAQs below and understand the guidelines before participating.
All future jam dates on the 3rd Sundays in 2020:
March 22, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, Aug 23, Sept 20, Oct 18, Nov 22, Dec 20
- Fundamentals are covered for the first 30-45 minutes.
- The rest is an open contact jam [source]. A jam is a gathering where both movement and stillness can be investigated in any way, in a non-structured setting . It’s just like jazz 😉
- This is a kid-friendly space as long as there’s a parent or guardian present. Though CI is playful, it can be dangerous without proper attention or focus. Children whose behaviors present a risk may be asked to play on the red mats for their own safety and the safety of all participants. Thank you in advance.
- If you’re new to CI, please know it’s technically practiced on wood floors or harder surfaces. It’s a very different movement experience on mats, so it’s encouraged you also take it to a regular floor in order to embody the skills accurately. Mats are fun! They’re just different.
- To guests: Be mindful this is a martial arts space where the tradition of bowing to honor the space is appreciated. This is typically done when entering/leaving the dojang and before stepping on/off the mat when training.
Benefits of Contact Improvisation
Improved body and breath control
Enhanced proprioceptive awareness
Movement meditation and exploration
Learn More About CI
→Learn (and practice!) the basics demonstrated here:
→Watch these other videos on sharing core balance, the history and applications of CI, and what it looks like in context:
→Find other contact improvisation groups: Beginners can check out Movement Research The Basics, and all-level jams are featured on Richard Kim’s up-to-date NYC Contact Improv Blog.
•What is contact improv?
It’s a movement awareness practice and improvised dance form with deep roots in Aikido. It was founded by choreographer Steve Paxton in 1972, and further developed by Nancy Stark Smith and others [wiki] [video link]. You can see Aikido influence here:
“Contact Improvisation (CI) is a movement practice involving an open-ended exploration of listening and connection with one’s self, others, and the surroundings, through spontaneous, moving points of contact.” [source]
“Contact Improvisation is the simultaneous exploration of, experimentation with, and execution of physical and perceptual attention to the location, duration, and operation of one or more touching or potentially touching surfaces between two or more bodies.” -Andrew Wass [source]
•What should I wear?
Comfortable, clean clothing to move in. Cottons work best. Shirts are required. Materials made of slippery, lycra-type fabric and shorts are not recommended. Soft kneepads are optional. No zippers, no shoes. (See examples in videos.)
•What if I’ve never done this before?
Perfect! Even a 2 year old can do this! Everyone is welcome regardless of age, body-type, or experience levels. You are invited to move and play in your own unique way. This is about you taking care of your body-mind and exploring intrapersonal connections through curious movement, alongside others doing the same. This is a judgement-free zone. Just have fun!
•Is there music?
Not usually. But it may be included on occasion 😉
•What if I get hurt?
Rule #1 is: Always take care of yourself. This is done by enforcing healthy boundaries. Please note this is an at-your-own risk environment and you will be required to sign a consent and liability waiver in order to participate. Download to View and Complete the Liability Waiver
Do not engage in any activity that does not feel safe for you. Do not interact with any participant who doesn’t honor your choices. You can stop at any time or decide to do your own thing. You are responsible for understanding and asserting your limits. Boundaries are to remain fully respected.
•What if there’s an instance where I feel my boundaries were not respected?
Boundary and consent practices are taken very seriously. Contact improvisation does entail various forms of contact, but if ever there’s an instance you feel uncomfortable in any way, please reach out. You may choose to remain anonymous. The foundations of CI are built on maintaining a safe environment for everyone and in ensuring a sustainable culture of consent, as outlined here ↓
Please reach out to the appropriate support networks in the unlikely event a circumstance may arise.
Free and Low Cost Counseling Resources: