Femina Kinetica: The Female Body in the Motion of Contact Improvisation – REGISTER NOW!

Femina Kinetica: The Female Body in the Motion of Contact-Improvisation is an intensive workshop tailored to explore the nuances of the female body through the practice of Contact-Improvisation. This immersive experience is ideal for those looking to enrich their understanding of movement and connectivity, emphasizing the expressive potential of the female form in motion. 

Designed by Valerie Sabbah, Femina Kinetica is an invitation to engage deeply with the singularity of your female body, discovering how its unique biomechanics influence your movement, presence, and interaction with your Contact-Improvisation practice.

In Femina Kinetica, you will engage with Contact-Improvisation as a powerful gateway for getting closely acquainted with your personal physiology and kinetics. Carefully curated sessions will blend theoretical knowledge of female biomechanics with the playful study of weight, gravity and moving bodies notorious to Contact-Improvisation. 

Your body, in this context, becomes the landscape and architecture for a deliberate and precise self-study—encouraging a respectful and curious engagement with its capabilities and learning to read its signals and adapt accordingly. This personal journey not only enhances your practice in CI but also fosters a greater appreciation and understanding of your female body.

Although assembled as a deep solo study, the female-body group container of Femina Kinetica will naturally give rise to essential collective insights. This support will lead your solo towards the pathways of optimizing a heightened and autonomous lucidity of expressiveness, efficiency and creativity within your female-bodied dance.

Femina Kinetica leverages the benefits of a female-body container to deepen the study of the female body in motion.  It is specifically designed for those with female bodies, creating a nurturing and empowering environment that highlights the diversity, strength, and fluidity inherent in the female form. The shared experience of like-bodied participants enriches the learning process, enabling a deeper, collective exploration of movement that is tailored specifically to female biomechanics.

Femina Kinetica is a call to those who are inspired to dive into a transformative exploration and deep study of The Female Body in the Motion of Contact-Improvisation. 

“Femina”, Latin for “woman” in Latin, referring to female humans. “Kinetica” is derived from “kinetic,” relating to motion. “Femina Kinetica” could be interpreted as “the study of the woman in motion” or “the dynamics of the female body.” 

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Arrival, Onsite Check-In, Opening Circle, and Departures.

  • Arrival and Onsite Check-In: The welcoming will commence for participants on Friday, August 2nd from 4:00pm-7:00pm. Dinner is at 6-7pm.
  • Opening Circle: Friday, August 2nd at 7:30pm after dinner.
  • Full House Clean: Sunday, August 4th at 2-3pm (after Lunch from 1-2pm).
  • Departure: All participants will depart after the final group clean at 3pm on Sunday, August 4th.

Our Fees Explained

Earthdance offers a sliding scale payment for participation in this event, please take a moment to reflect as you decide on where you best fit. 

Your level of contribution is self selected and does not need to be advocated for. However, we invite you to remember this contribution is currency and we ask that you stretch where you are able so that those who cannot stretch as far of a financial distance may also have potential access to community events. As you choose your rate please consider the following factors:

  • Your access to income and wealth, as connected to family and partnership, both currently and anticipated in the future.
  • The historical, systemic impacts of wealth accrual based on culture, race and other intersection marginalizations for you and your family.
  • The regional ease of your attendance, while some community members can drive to Earthdance, others will need to consider tuition based on their ability to travel longer distances. 
  • Earthdance is a community and rental funded organization which recently, historically and uniquely through the Covid-19 pandemic has struggled to have viable income.

PRICING

Earthdance Gratitude Lodge

Financially Wealthy ($675)

Financially Abundant ($550)

Financially Stable ($425)

Financially Coping ($375)

Financially Strained ($325)

Camping

Financially Wealthy ($650)

Financially Abundant ($525)

Financially Stable ($425)

Financially Coping ($350)

Financially Strained ($300)

Commuting

Financially Wealthy ($625)

Financially Abundant ($500)

Financially Stable ($400)

Financially Coping ($325)

Financially Strained ($275)

Equity & Access Tickets 

Although we’re not able to offer any full scholarships this year, we’re excited to offer up to 3 FULL JAM Equity & Access Discounts to individuals who feel part of an underrepresented and/or marginalized group in CI and have a relationship with CI.  We know that for those who come from marginalized populations showing up to spaces filled with primarily privileged groups can be a challenge, and can feel vulnerable.

APPLY HERE! Application deadline is July 19th.

For those who do not identify as marginalized and are in a represented group of CI, we invite you to stretch in your payment to help support those who cannot stretch and create a more diverse jam experience for all. 

Note: While Earthdance is making efforts to better support Equity & Access at all its events, this jam offers particularly strong support for diversity, equity, and inclusion through:

  • Reduced pricing offered to people self-identifying as being underrepresented and/or marginalized in CI.
  • Classes and discussions that aim to bring up the level of awareness and inclusion at the jam as a whole
  • Affinity spaces (jams, discussions, etc.) for particular groups of people to connect, share CI space together, and rest from the pressures of being in a minority status at the jam.

Housing Options

Gratitude Lodge at Earthdance Tickets

Includes a bed in the Gratitude Lodge, event offerings, and food.

The Gratitude Lodge (a.k.a. the Earthdance dorm) is the main lodging facility, connected to the Farmhouse by a short wooded trail. The lodge includes large and small rooms featuring dormitory-style bunks and beds (twin & queen size) and is included in the base event cost. Beds are available on a first come basis.

Camping Tickets

Includes a spot to camp at Earthdance, event offerings, and food..

Commuter Tickets

You will have access to event offerings including food, but no housing accommodations.

Commuter Health Care: We ask that you please use caution when commuting and limit, if possible, to just commuting to and from your home and Earthdance, staying away from large crowds to maintain the health and well being of the other participants.

Nine Mountain is NOT available.

Cancellation Policy

Refund available up to 14 days (July 19th) before the event less a $75 processing fee. 

No refunds available less than 14 days from the start of the event.

Partial refunds might be given if a cancellation takes place under extenuating circumstances (e.g. a death of a 1st or 2nd degree family member, serious non-preventable illness or accident requiring hospitalization). Refunds in such cases remain at the discretion of the local organizers and will be decided on a case to case basis according to the timing of the cancellation and other factors. We do not offer refunds if you catch a cold, the flu or COVID after cancellation dates.

Health Precautions

No specific requirements on vaccination status are needed to attend this event. Please take adequate measures to limit your exposure in the days before arriving. If you are feeling sick, or have a known close exposure to someone with COVID in the past 5 days, please sit this one out to keep the community well. 

COMMUTERS: We ask that you please use caution when commuting and limit, if possible, to just commuting to and from your home and Earthdance, staying away from large crowds to maintain the health and well being of the other Summer Jam participants.

Participant Community Support

Earthdance runs as a​ community, thus part of the participation is that all individuals contribute to 1-2 work shifts (typically meal cleans) throughout the event and participate in a final house clean on the last day of the event. These are great ways to connect more with your fellow participants and Earthdance staff, and to feel more at home in the Earthdance buildings & grounds. Your contributions to this collective caring of this space are invaluable!

Earthdance’s buildings are ADA accessible. More info here.

Earthdance’s Jam Guidelines

Earthdance’s Nudity Policy

HOST BIO

Valerie Sabbah

Valerie Sabbah is a Montreal-based choreographer, teacher, and psychosomatic therapist. Her 17-year CI practice and research draws specifically from FIGURE SPACE, a 4 year-training with Steve Paxton (Material for the Spine) and Lisa Nelson (The Tuning Score). This profound training has reshaped her approach to viewing the body in motion, embracing a 360-degree and spherical perspective that captivates her curiosity about the body’s natural reflexes and how the body will or will not respond in states of perceived urgency.

At the heart of Montreal’s CI scene, she curates dynamic CI programming at White Wall Studio. Her offerings include varied-level weekly classes, engaging jams, and master class intensives featuring celebrated guest teachers like Mark Young, Kristen Lewis, and Stu Philipps.

Attuned to guiding women toward grounding back into their bodies and developing personal strength, as a somatic psychotherapist, Valerie’s sessions weave together CI, BMC, Cranio-Sacral Therapy, and Art-Therapy. With CI as her focus, her movement therapy work encourages women to anchor themselves in their physicality and cultivate resilience and autonomy.

Intrigued by the essence of spontaneous composition, Valerie explores how performance environments can deepen the practice of Tuning, promoting an intense, embodied experience that enhances creativity through the body’s innate survival instincts. She instinctively creates fertile playgrounds for artists to meet, gather, create, collaborate, and showcase their work. Her curatorial approach proposes a highly visual and surrealistic universe, centered on the expression of the female body: stereotypes, clichés, oppression, the feminine, the wild, and the infinitely complex and multifaceted forms it can take.

Currently, Valerie’s research in Contact Improvisation focuses on how intimate familiarity with one’s biomechanics and unique structural nuances can transform the CI dance into playful, rigorous, and expansively responsive state. She is captivated by how understanding your own body’s interactions with gravity, space, and other moving bodies can revolutionize personal expression within the art form. 

Her workshops and classes are designed to be immersive experiences, where participants are encouraged to explore their boundaries and develop a nuanced appreciation of their own bodies in motion. Deeply dedicated to psychosomatic wellness, her teaching approach resonates with profound societal themes. She advocates for healing through movement and self-expression, inviting individuals to delve into her world of motion, emotion, and transformation, whether through teaching, therapeutic sessions, or artistic projects.

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