Led by Nancy Hughes, The Buffalo Contact Improvisation Community has been active and growing for 5 years. It has grown in size to be able to host internationally recognized teachers in the field such as Yanna Papa, Roy Wood, and Yeong wen Lee. The group has spawned a performance branch that makes, simply titled Buffalo Contact Improvisation Jam Performance Group, or BCIJPG. This February, BCIJPG and The Buffalo CI Community are partnering with Pick of the Crop dance to host Mission Improvable: Presence in Motion with Boston Based Contact Improviser Neige Christenson. The workshop will introduce fundamentals of CI through exploration and practice, and expand to more complex exercises in contact dance and movement.
Contact Improvisation is unique in its ability to facilitate dance between movement artists from all backgrounds as well as those new to dance – CI jams are open to everyone! This form of dance uses a point of physical contact between two dancers as the impetus for all movements. It ranges widely in speed, dynamics, and tone, and is often thought of as a research-based form of dance. Pausing to observe and take notes is encouraged; CI sessions are typically followed by reflection and discussion. Long time contact improvisation dancer Monica Karwan describes contact improvisation as “playing with space, time, weight, and other people.” She believes “Play is healing. It gives us back all of our options and enthusiasm, loosens us up, re-connects us to ourselves and each other. CI is serious play.”
This year’s CI workshop will take place from February 5th to February 8th at Wasteland Studios, 700 Main Street Buffalo NY. The workshop includes all meals, and several options for performance. Mission Improvable workshops typically attract some out of town dancers, fostering relationships between dancers in Buffalo and dancers from surrounding areas. The workshop can be attended as a complete 4 day event, or for a single day for those whose availability is limited. Please visit buffaloci.weebly.com for registration information.
Top photo: Moti Zemelman
Middle photo: André Blanchett
Bottom photo: Cynthia Pegado