Moving's View: EVOLUTIONARY 2018

 with Susan Schell, Karen Nelson, and Nancy Stark Smith

May 20, 2018 - 5:00pm to May 27, 2018 - 3:00pm

Programming category: 

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.