Contact Improvisation Class & Jam – NOV 2014

Class: 6:30-8:00PM (Beginning-Intermediate Level)

Instructor for November: Jess Curtis

Jam: 8:00-11:30PM

$15 Single Class, $5 Single Jam, $18 for both

How do we use Contact skills, principles and specific pathways to deepen and expand our dancing (and teaching) rather than letting them become habits we are stuck in?  How do we use habits productively and how can we interrupt them or re-direct them to find our way into the ecstasy of the unknown.  How do we lay a groundwork, as dancers and teachers, for a common understanding of what the dance of CI is, without merely reiterating a boring prescribed vocabulary? As CI jams in many communities explore and embrace the sensual/sensory trance of contact, how can we keep the ecstasy and heat of our full physicality engaged and awake?

For more information about classes and the jam, click here.

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Performing Diaspora: Kimpa Vita!

Muisi-kongo Malonga

Presented as part of Performing Diaspora

NOV 7-16, FRI-SAT at 8PM, SUN at 7PM

Kimpa Vita! is a music, dance and theater narrative told through the dual lens of Kongolese and African American cultural arts traditions, exploring the controversial life of Kongolese prophet and martyr, Mama Kimpa Vita. At the heart of Kimpa Vita! are movement and poetry set to a musical score that layers the wailing cadence of African American spirituals with the textured harmonies of traditional Kongolese song and percussion.

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Co-presenters: Chinese Cultural Center, Fua Dia Congo, and Tulamuisi Media Arts

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Contact Improvisation Class & Jam – NOV 2014

Class: 6:30-8:00PM (Beginning-Intermediate Level)

Instructor for November: Jess Curtis

Jam: 8:00-11:30PM

$15 Single Class, $5 Single Jam, $18 for both

How do we use Contact skills, principles and specific pathways to deepen and expand our dancing (and teaching) rather than letting them become habits we are stuck in?  How do we use habits productively and how can we interrupt them or re-direct them to find our way into the ecstasy of the unknown.  How do we lay a groundwork, as dancers and teachers, for a common understanding of what the dance of CI is, without merely reiterating a boring prescribed vocabulary? As CI jams in many communities explore and embrace the sensual/sensory trance of contact, how can we keep the ecstasy and heat of our full physicality engaged and awake?

For more information about classes and the jam, click here.

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Dance Discourse Project #20: ALL THE PRACTICE: What we’re really making…

NOV 11, TUE at 7:30PM
Z Space450 Florida St, San Francisco, CA 94110
FREE

Guest Moderators: Jesse Hewit and Larry Arrington

Guest curator Jesse Hewit asks: How do we address a dominant system of values about art, in which the worth of our artistry is measured by our ability to produce a string of sellable art-objects/deliverables? How do we insist on the value of our practices; the actions that exist long before and after our “pieces” are done, our funding is dry, and our careers have likely been made socio-economically impossible? Let’s rally around practice, look at it closely, let it compose our reality, honor it obsessively, and allow it to give us connectivity, catharsis, and criticality.

This salon will address, question and unpack the notions of practice and making in relation to dance. Hewit and Arrington will be joined by panelists Dia Dear, Nina Haft, Margaret Jenkins, Brontez Purnell, and Sara Shelton Mann—together with the audience—to engage deeply in this conversation.

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