Elisabeth Osgood-Campbell, a faculty member of Tamalpa Institute, cherishes the body as a primary medium for learning, creativity, and growth. She has taught creative arts to people of all ages in a variety of contexts, from a private elementary school for girls to the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For the past 7 years, Elisabeth has supervised graduate students in Lesley University’s Self-Designed Master’s Degree Program and has served on the Board of Directors of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association.
On the 2nd Sunday this month because of our January 2016 Workshop with Nancy Stark Smith.
Every 4th Sunday of the month, the dance floor becomes a learning lab for Contact Improvisation. Old- and new-timers discover the form together with a class that leads easefully into a jam. All dance levels and styles are welcome!
Daniela Braga de Souza is a dancer, Contact Improvisation teacher, and producer. She has been practicing different dance forms and somatic approaches since her childhood. She grew up surrounded by Brazilian traditional rhythms and immersed in a very particular local culture of the 80-90’s. She spent an incredible amount of time going to dance parties and music shows - completely addicted to improvisation! The last few years of her undergraduate studies, she began studying Contact Improvisation in conjunction with yoga and meditation.
A Fundraiser for the Earthdance Tool Shed
One Sunday a month, Earthdance Co-Founder and community member, Penny Schultz, brings us together to raise our voices in joyful harmony. Songs from around the world celebrate the earth, love, and community. No singing expertise is required, and people of all ages are invited to join!
Amy Rose plays flute, piano or accordion (no, not all at the same time!), and teaches for a living. In addition to various freelance gigs, her main gigs are with Klezamir, with the house band at Temple Beth El in Springfield, and with the flute/piano and guitar duo Dream Street with Zack Danziger. Amy is the pianist, flutist, accordionist, manager and founder (in 1986!) of Klezamir, a klezmer band playing Jewish music, jazz, rock, and a variety of other styles.
Maggie S. has been investigating Contact Improv and Authentic Movement for over 25 years, using the forms to develop the practice of deep partner-listening and inter-playing within improvisational structures. She brings this intention to her music and loves to explore the possibilities of playing with another musician and the dancing. Maggie is the proud piano teacher to many of the children of the wider Earthdance family.
with Sara Shelton Mann
Our energetic bodies convey deeper-rooted messages than any culture or identity can express. This workshop begins with structured exercises designed to make contact with these messages as they are expressed through the energetic body. As we refine our kinesthetic perception, we begin to perceive messages - the Morse code of our collective body - in the patterning of energy, tissue, and motility.
Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood began his dance career in 1975. After three years of study in contemporary techniques, he quickly gravitated toward instantaneous composition and Contact Improvisation which allowed him a greater freedom of expression while incorporating other disciplines such as gymnastics, athletics, yoga, meditation, martial arts, and various somatic approaches. Formerly artistic director of AH HA Productions, Andrew has dedicated himself to the research, education, development, and dissemination of improvisation as a performing art for 40 years.
with Andrew Harwood
In this workshop, we will explore the many facets of suspension: the suspension of our weight in the air, permitting a stretch of time and allowing freer movement as we float or hang, delaying a fall; suspension as a system of springs or shock absorbers in our bodies which cushion the impact of our mass into the floor; and the postponement of a judgment, impulse, decision, or opinion, as in "suspension of disbelief."
hosted by Lisa Nelson & Steve Paxton
This 2-week laboratory continues research initiated in a 6-week workshop at Earthdance in 2011/2012 with the same participants. Steve Paxton's Material For the Spine uses a technical approach to explore the sensations of the center of the body. Lisa Nelson's Tuning Scores research composition, communication, and the sense of imagination. The laboratory will combine these unique approaches to observe and cultivate compositional and performance possibilities that arise from these roots of dance motivation. This workshop is not open for new participants.