Contact Improvisation residential jam

with Jacqueline McCormick US/UK / Andrew Harwood, Canada

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Contact Improvisation is based on the communication between moving bodies that are in physical contact and their combined relationship. The body learns to release excess muscular tension and abandon the bodies’ habitual way of moving to experience the natural flow of movement. Practice includes rolling, falling, being upside down, following a physical point of contact, supporting and giving weight to a partner.

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Join us for Cheshire Dance annual CI jam residential weekend April friday 8th - sunday 10th April 2016 on the beautiful Welsh coast at Conway Retreat Centre with open-dancing, guided sessions and a beach site jam.


Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood has been dedicated to improvisation as a performing art for nearly 40 years and is recognized worldwide as a specialist in instantaneous choreography and contact improvisation. Since 1976, his work has evolved through ongoing collaborations with several artists from various disciplines and through exploration into performance, composition, spatial design and various movement techniques. His improvisation work is influenced by the practice of gymnastics, athletics, yoga, modern dance, Alexander technique, Aikido, Release Technique, and a variety of somatic approaches.

He was introduced to dance in 1975 by Linda Rubin in Vancouver. While studying with Ms. Rubin, he formed the company Fulcrum with Peter Bingham and Helen Clark. From 1976-1988, he gravitated toward Contact Improvisation. During this period, he studied, taught and shared the stage with Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and Nita Little, founding members of this art form, and danced with the Jo Lechay company in Montreal.

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In the late 80’s Jacqueline McCormick was teaching dance at Western Oregon University in the USA when she bumped into (c)ontact (i)mprovisation, her first teachers were Alito Alessi and Karen Nelson in a workshop in Eugene.

That same year Jacqueline attended Breitenbush Contact Improvisation Jam in the beauty of Oregon’s mountains, this is now the world’s longest running annual Jam and is hosted by Alito Alessi. Jacqueline has attended annually since 1989! You do the maths, that’s a lot of Jams and even after moving back to the UK she still makes that pilgrimage.

Open-dancing, guided sessions with Andrew and Jacqueline and a beach site jam! What better way of experiencing the beautiful Welsh coast.

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This is excellent value, accomodation, jamming and food is all included for £140 in a shared dormitory or £170 for a single room.


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