We, Stephanie Maher and Dorte Bjerre Jensen, will be hosting an ongoing contact improvisation series throughout 2019 at Ponderosa, running from March to October.
We will use this series to co-teach, collaborate, and research the forms of contact improvisation, while embracing the atmosphere of the communal setting of Ponderosa, in and around the summer season.
Each event in the series will have a particular focus and core, while the series as a whole will build on the accumulated skill and dedication that each individual brings to our gathering.
These events will be loosely clustered into two parts — the early-season events will run from March to May, and the late-season events will run from August to October.
These workshops will provide practices and strategies for an ongoing commitment to contact improvisation — investigating the skills, the training, and the questions that emerge from a sustained practice of contact improvisation, and pursuing them wherever they might lead us.
Contact improvisation is, by its nature, an ephemeral, transient form — it is an eclectic type of movement, sometimes somatic, sometimes technical, sometimes philosophical. In these workshops, we will learn to integrate our technical skill, our improvisational self, and our capacity for deep listening, stillness, and serenity.
This is an open series, and participants are welcome to join for just one weekend, for several events, or to participate intensively in the whole series.
Please note some of these events will overlap and co-exist with other events in the Ponderosa program — workshops, the P.O.R.C.H. training program, the Ponderosa Tanzland Festival, and more. Take a look at the program for all details.
Contact Improvisation Series 2019: March–May
18.–21. March, 2019:
Contact Improvisation: Words Become Flesh · With Dorte Bjerre Jensen
22.–24. March, 2019:
Contact Improvisation: Kinaesthetic Attention · With Dorte Bjerre Jensen and Stephanie Maher
25.–29. March, 2019:
Contact Improvisation: The Art of Waiting · With Stephanie Maher
12.–14. April, 2019:
Contact Improvisation: Thought-in-the-Act · With Dorte Bjerre Jensen
3.–5. May, 2019:
Contact Improvisation: Kundalini · With Stephanie Maher
Contact Improvisation Series 2019: August–October
12.–16. August, 2019:
Contact Improvisation: An Event Dimension of Potential · With Dorte Bjerre Jensen and Stephanie Maher
Contact Improvisation: Telling It Like It Is · With Stephanie Maher and Dorte Bjerre Jensen
Contact Improvisation: Living Dialogue Space · With Stephanie Maher