Moving's View: EVOLUTIONARY 2018

 with Susan Schell, Karen Nelson, and Nancy Stark Smith

Programming category: 
May 20, 2018 - May 27, 2018

A week-long workshop 

Tracing the living evolution of forms in and through our own bodies, this workshop dives into and weaves together Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, the Underscore, Tuning Scores, meditation, and other current passions in the 9th occurrence of this intensive at Earthdance since 1998. Each body-mind is a map of evolutionary territory no matter where we are on the spectrum of experience. How does a sense of contributing to developing forms live in each of us?

We bring together a 38-year history shared amongst Moving's View facilitators, the space of Earthdance, and an evolutionary intimacy with the forms we continue to grow and share.

Moving's View is open to dancers and movers with some experience in Contact Improvisation and dance making, and a deep interest in somatic, inner-life work.

Apply HERE!

First 20 workshop spaces are first come, first serve; after that a waiting pool

Pricing: (includes meals and dormitory-style lodging)
Professional: $795
Full:                $745 
Subsidized:   $695 

Commuting: $90 off
Camping: $60 off

Work Study

Full Payment due April 20, 2018
Cancellation Policy 

We can refund half of your deposit if you cancel by March 20th, 2018.
Deposits are non-refundable after March 20th, 2018.


Our Sliding Scale

The fees to attend Earthdance Jams and Workshops are priced on a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend.

Professional Rate: for those comfortably paying their rent or mortgage. The Professional Rate also helps us offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend.
Full Rate: for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Earthdance's operating costs.
Subsidized Rate: for those with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge.
Work Study is often, but not always, available to offset the costs for Earthdance events.
There are Scholarships available for this workshop. Please follow the link to apply.

Work Study

Participant Community Support
As Earthdance runs as a​ community, all participants contribute to 1-2 chore shifts (typically meal cleans) throughout the workshop and a Final House Clean on Sunday, May 27th. These are great ways to connect more with your fellow participants, Earthdance staff, and to feel more at home here. We will be welcoming you into this collective home and thus so appreciate your contributions to our space!

Photo credits (clockwise from top left): Mike Vargas; Derrick Fore; Michael Cooper; Raisa Kyllikki Ranta

About the classes:

Unimaginable ~ a physical doorway to everywhere - with Karen Nelson 

This class follows an embodied journey of Contact Improvisation from before it was imaginable thru the discovery of flow and onwards towards resonance. During Unimaginable we attend to the sensations of falling, momentum and reflex in solo and with a partner. In Flow we open to sustaining connection without losing the fresh taste of gravity, autonomy, and “the third thing” that is shared between the partners. With Resonance we expand into space, nurture inner and outer spirals, puzzles of the spine, and using gravity’s kind support to fly. Further enhancing our practice we will use Tuning Scores as a way to compose dances in space. How does this dancing evolve in you?

Under and Over the Underscore - with Nancy Stark Smith

The Underscore is a long-form dance improvisation structure that has been evolving since 1990 and is practiced all over the globe. The form includes contact improvisation and allows for a full spectrum of energetic and physical states, including periods of very small, quiet internal activity and other times of higher energy and interactive dancing. Within the frame of the Underscore, dancers are free to create their own movements, dynamics, and relationships—with themselves, each other, the group, the music, and the environment.

In this class, we’ll use the practice of the Underscore as a vehicle for our dancing experience and for probing fundamental questions about scores, structures, and forms—how they contain, focus, and direct practice, and how they evolve. What essential principles and assumptions underlie the Underscore, where is it pointing us, and how does our practice of the Underscore contribute to its evolution? What impact do our choices have—as individuals and communities—in the way forms live over time?

Bigger than the Body - with Susan Schell

As movers, we will begin with the bare bones that support the form of Authentic Movement: connection to self, sensation, imagination, memory, and perception. We will also be deepening our experience of what it is to hold the space, both within us as well as outside our physical bodies as we witness one another. At first glance, we are often most aware of what occupies the space — the people, walls, floor, etc., and less aware of the space that is surrounding and infusing everything. In our seemingly concrete world, it is unusual to register the fact that what appears as “object” is predominantly “space.” To recognize that space does not belong to anyone yet fills ALL, can provide us with an experience of space as the connective tissue, the unifying element between the visible and invisible, form and essence, that which is holding us. Through time an intimacy grows, a balance between “knowing” and “not knowing” that can bring us to the threshold of the unexpected.


Susan Schell

Susan Schell has been teaching and performing from a foundation deeply rooted in the practice of improvisational forms for 40 years. She came east in the early 80’s to study in-depth the practice of Authentic Movement with Janet Adler. Since then, she has been exploring, developing and teaching on- going classes, intensives and retreats in the U.S. and abroad. In 2012 she completed a two year interfaith chaplaincy program and also serves as a hospice chaplain.

Nancy Stark Smith

Nancy Stark Smith danced in the first performances of Contact Improvisation in 1972 with Steve Paxton and others and has been central to CI’s development as dancer, teacher, performer, writer/publisher, and organizer. Nancy has traveled extensively throughout the world teaching and performing Contact and other improvised dance work with many favorite dance partners and performance makers, including musician Mike Vargas.
In 1975, she co-founded Contact Quarterly, an international journal of dance and improvisation, which she continues to co-edit and publish. Nancy’s work is featured in several books and films, and she has been developing the Underscore, a long-form dance improvisation structure, since 1990. Her first book, Caught Falling, came out in 2008. She continues to explore the bodymind states that are generated while dancing, the life cycle of form as it manifests in improvisation, and how any of this research can be communicated in performance and in print.

Photo credit: Tim Roberts

Karen Nelson

Karen Nelson has danced, toured, taught and performed since 1977, collaborating with many leading artists in the field of dance improvisation. Karen’s decades long work with Steve Paxton and his system Material for the Spine, Contact Improvisation, and Lisa Nelson’s Tuning Scores forged a tremendous influence on her improvisation practice. Throughout the 1990’s she danced with Image Lab, a group of choreographer/improvisors including Scott Smith, K.J. Holmes, and Lisa Nelson, committed to exploring Tuning Scores as a tool for making dances in performance. Karen co-founded Breitenbush Jam, DanceAbility and Diverse Dance Research Retreat, and worked for 8 years in early 2000’s as a caretaker of a Buddhist meditation retreat facility. She trains in and teaches Embodied Life ™, based on teachings of Russell Delman, combining Feldenkrais-influenced movement, zen-influenced meditation and embodied listening or “Focusing.”

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