Tilt: A Queer Contact Improvisation Lab & Jam

Organized by Béu (Isabel) Tornaghi, Lailye Weidman & Natasha Brooks-Sperduti

May 18, 2018 - 10:00am to May 20, 2018 - 3:00pm


Celebrate, disrupt, and re-imagine Contact Improvisation for our own queer bodies and identities through movement, discussion, peer workshop, jamming. Part lab, part jam, Tilt is for queer dance artists, CI practitioners, teachers, and a broader queer public who want to bring queer politics, theory, and experience into the practice of CI.  

For anyone who self-identifies as Queer, Trans, Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Asexual, Nonbinary, Two Spirit, Agender

2nd Sunday Music & Movement Jam with Mark Ettinger (new time!)

Our music & movement jams are now 7 - 9pm

February 11, 2018 -
7:00pm to 9:00pm

Experience music & movement unfolding together in improvisation. Each month a new musician fills the space as we dance in playful exploration. All dance levels & styles are welcome.

$10 - $15

(No one turned away for lack of funds)

Post-Jam Overnight Special: $30 | includes self-serve dinner and breakfast for one night only

David Brick

David Brick is Co-Director of Headlong- a platform for performance and art research and Director of the Headlong Performance institute. He collaborates broadly in creating performance, participatory installations and community. The experience of growing up in a Deaf family continually informs David’s interest in the body as an active manifestation of culture.

Shavon Norris

Shavon Norris is an artist, educator, and facilitator. She uses movement along with text and sound and imagery to reveal and highlight the stories living in our bodies. Her work explores our relationship to our identities, our experiences, and to others. An examination and celebration of what we feel, think, and believe. As an artist her work has been presented at venues including the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival, PIFA, Temple University, the National Constitutional Center, Art Sanctuary, and at Joyce Soho.


Lalitaraja (Joachim Chandler MA ) is a senior lecturer in the dance department of Roehampton University in London where he teaches choreography, contact improvisation and improvisation. As a performer he danced in many leading British companies and he has presented more than 25 choreographic works. He has been dancing contact improvisation for around 30 year and teaching for 25 years. The name Lalitaraja was given on ordination into the Triratna Buddhist Order and he also teaches meditation and Buddhism in London.

"4th" Sunday CI Class & Jam with Lalitaraja (January Workshop Participant)

January 14, 2018 -
3:30pm to 7:30pm

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!

*This month's "4th Sunday" Class & Jam will take place on the second Sunday of the month and will be led by Lalitaraja, a participant in Nancy Stark Smith's January Workshop.