Come join us to ring in the new year
in the investigation of Contact Improvisation.
Facilitated by Ray Chung and Martin Keogh.
December 29-30-31th, January 2-3-4th
On enchanted Salt-Spring Island
This workshop places us on the threshold between the familiar and the unknown. Both are necessary as we inquire as to the nature of time and place, location and occasion, and their role in collaborative movement within the frame of Contact Improvisation. We will delve into the skills and groundwork necessary to enable a fluid transition between the floor, our bodies, being aerial, and anywhere in between.
The processes of inquiry and research will guide our practice. How do we dance in ways that replenish and nurture the reunion of body, mind, and spirit?
• Three days of investigation and dancing from 10am to 5:00pm
• One day for rest, integration and laundry (January first),
• Three more days to deepen the material
We will work together six+ hours a day. Other activities will include jams, potlucks, and spontaneous surprises.
Attending a weeklong training allows the group to establish working relationships, and provides the opportunity for everyone to receive feedback and create significant changes in their dancing. We want to get to know you—your treasures, your idiosyncrasies, your distinctive pathways into contact improvisation.
Because of the advanced nature of this workshop, this intensive is for those with a solid grasp of Contact fundamentals.
Cost of Intensive:
$420 - Economically deprived, students and unemployed
$465 - Economically challenged: artists, farmers etc..
$495 - Professional rate: Happily sustained, supports the art.
We are renting a spacious deluxe house on a lake, 10 minutes from the hall. It can accommodate up to 12 dancers. Some private rooms, some shared space. Price will be announced here soon.
Food: We are offering an optional meal plan. Our food is all organic, omnivorous, mainly local, diverse, delicious and cooked on site. Cost of the meal plan is $165 for 12 meals. It must be paid in full, one week prior to event.
The hall is warm an we'll have the fireplace going, mats and cozy blankets, tea and cookies, and a sauna for some of the nights~
Martin and Ray have been dancing, performing and teaching together for over three decades. Their long-time friendship and collaboration have fostered a depth of research and play in individuals and dance communities around the world. Join us for this dance floor reunion.
-Ray Chung is a performer, teacher, engineer, and artist who has a passion for dancing which he likes to share with other people. His main focus is improvisation and he has worked with Contact Improvisation since 1979 as part of improvisational performance practice and integrates other movement forms into his work, including martial arts, bodywork and Authentic Movement. Ray has worked with the leading proponents of Contact Improvisation and regularly collaborates with dancers, musicians, and other artists. His work has been featured at numerous national and international festivals and venues, and has performed in works directed by Anna Halprin, Judith Kajiwara, and George Coates. Currently based in San Francisco & Sweden, Ray regularly teaches abroad.
-Martin Keogh has been teaching and performing Contact Improvisation for nearly four decades. After attending the Interlochen Arts Academy and Stanford University, Martin spent time traveling to monasteries in Japan and Korea and was a dharma teacher and director of the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley, California.
For his contribution to the development of Contact Improvisation Martin is a Fulbright Senior Specialist and listed in Who’s Who in the World. He has taught in 30 countries on six continents. He is author of, The Art of Waiting, As Much Time as it Takes, and the anthology, Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World.