Nancy Stark Smith 3-week Training

January 2, 2012 - 6:00pm to January 20, 2012 - 3:00pm

The January 2012 OPEN training is a residential workshop specifically designed to develop our practice of contact improvisation and other related improvised dance work. The workshop will include physical training, improvisation and composition scores, listening practice, jamming, watching, discussion, feedback, labs, contemplative practice, and performance studies.

In solo, duet, trio, and group work; in and out of contact; in silence and with live music, we will move toward greater clarity and inspiration in our dancing and watching.

Please come prepared physically and psychologically for intensive practice (and a bit of fun!).

Monday–Friday, 10 am to 5:30/6 pm
There will be some early morning, evening, and weekend activities.
(Workshop involvement is full-time–with the exception of some weekend time–so please don't expect to schedule other things during the workshop.)

At Earthdance, a beautiful dance retreat center located in Plainfield, Massachusetts, 35 minutes west of Northampton, MA, in the Berkshire Mountains, with two dance barns and a wood-fired sauna. We will also practice at an Aikido dojo in Florence/Northampton.

Who is eligible?
The January 2012 OPEN workshop welcomes dancers who have intermediate-level experience in contact improvisation. Although levels in CI are difficult to assess, your CI practice should comfortably include: fluency with falling, rolling, weight taking and giving, being upside down, dancing with disorientation, following a point of contact, working with subtlety (and exertion), and improvising in physical contact. Other background in dance and improvisation a plus.

Language: The workshop will be conducted in English. Moderate fluency in the English language required. (Verbal exchange is an important part of the workshop.)