Queer CI Lab & Jam 2020

Facilitated by Kristin Horrigan & Paul Singh

May 28, 2020 - 5:00pm to May 31, 2020 - 3:00pm

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Celebrate, re-imagine, and queer Contact Improvisation (CI). The Queer CI Lab & Jam aims to explore queer experience and thought through the practice of CI in movement, dialogue, workshops, and jamming. In this queer container, we create time and space for queer voices to be heard and for queer folks to explore ideas around movement and embodiment. We offer classes that dive deep into the CI experience, developing our practice of Contact Improvisation as a common language to connect and converse. In lab sessions, we create questions and seek answers, dance, discover, fail, witness, and discuss. In jams, we move with our questions, practice our CI skills, and grow our awareness of each other’s unique abilities. Come dance!

For anyone who identifies as Queer, Trans, Lesbian, Pansexual, Gay, Asexual, Nonbinary, Two-Spirit, Agender, etc. No prior experience necessary.

Queer CI Lab & Jam is part of a 3-week-long immersion at Earthdance, featuring 4 back-to-back programs with opportunities to stay in between as a personal retreat:

Spring Work Weekend 2020 (FREE)
May 8–10

Forces of Nature: A Six Viewpoints Performance Intensive
May 15–19

Tree Land Sky: Site-Responsive Improvisation & Collaboration
May 21–25

Queer CI Lab & Jam 2020
May 28–31

Sign up for both Forces of Nature AND Tree Land Sky and get 10% off!
Sign up for Forces of Nature, Tree Land Sky, AND Queer CI Lab & Jam and get 15% off!
Email contact@earthdance.net to take advantage of these offers.

Earthdance's personal retreats include dinner & breakfast, sleeping accomodations in the Gratitude Lodge, as well as access to Earthdance's beautiful facilities with open studios, a wood-fired sauna, massage room, and 100+ acres of trails and streams. Find out more about Earthdance's personal retreats here.
To book your overnight retreat, email contact@earthdance.net.

Read: Earthdance's Pledge to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.
Earthdance's buildings are ADA accessible. More info here.

Early Bird ends April 16th.

Our Fees Explained
Our fees are priced on a sliding scale to help allow for a diversity of people to attend. We ask that you please pay at the highest level you can afford:

The Sustainer Rate is for those able to help sustain someone else’s tuition.
The Full Rate is for those comfortably able to pay at cost (what it costs for Earthdance to run this program).
The Subsidized Rate is for those needing financial assistance to attend.

Tuition, Room & Board 
(prices shown include meals and dormitory-style lodging)

$335 Early Bird | $365 Regular Sustainer Rate
$280 Early Bird | $310 Regular Full Rate
$230 Early Bird | $260 Regular Subsidized Rate

Housing Options
Commuting: $15 off/night
Camping: $10 off/night

See our Work Study Opportunities >>
Earthdance Cancellation Policy

Our Community Ethos
During all Earthdance workshops and jams, participants contribute 1–2 shifts (typically Meal Cleans) and participate in a Final House Clean on Sunday. This is to enable a process of collective care for the space, where participants and staff work side-by-side to establish a shared sense of home. If, for whatever reason, you are not able to participate, please email contact@earthdance.net.

Earthdance's Jam Guidelines 
Earthdance's Nudity Policy

Kristin Horrigan has been questioning gender for more than 20 years and dancing Contact Improvisation for nearly as long. The two explorations have been deeply bound together. In recent years, Kristin has been creating workshops and events that help CI dancers unpack the conscious and unconscious ideas about gender that live in their bodies and come out to play in their dancing. Begun as an exploration of the queer potential of CI as a gender-fluid dance, her research unearths the habits and histories that limit us to gendered stories in our dancing and queers our potential for embodiment and expression in CI. Kristin has also been involved in creating CI spaces for queer-identified folks, as an alternative for those who feel unsafe or unwelcome in the atmosphere of heteronormativity present in some mainstream jams. A CI teacher since 2001, Kristin has taught and performed CI around the USA, as well as in various places in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Japan, Australia, and Argentina. Kristin’s CI teaching explores pedagogy that preserves the accessibility of CI for people of all body types and abilities, the skill of being interested in the moment, and the relationships between play and composition in CI. A professor of Dance and Gender Studies at Marlboro College, Kristin directs a curriculum that is oriented towards social justice, creative process, critical thinking, and interdisciplinarity. Kristin also holds an MFA in Choreography from Ohio State University, and works as a community-based artist, drawing together untrained and trained dancers to collaborate around issues of mutual interest or concern.


Paul Singh is a dancer that lives and works in New York City. He earned his BFA degree in Dance from the University of Illinois, where he focused on a variety of dance techniques including Alexander Technique, Ballet, Modern, and Contact Improvisation. He began his studies in CI with Chris Aiken and since then has studied with Angela Dony, Yaniv Mintzer, Ray Chung, and others. He has traveled the world to all the CI festivals in Israel, Russia, India, Spain, Germany, Finland, Canada, etc. He has led intensives at many of these contact gatherings as well as assisted others in teaching fundamentals of falling, flying, failing, and laughing. As a student and teacher, he uses his understanding of Bartenieff Fundamentals as well as his innate sense of spatial awareness to explore more deeply the ideas of being grounded, becoming softer, and forgetting the difference between up and down. He is currently on faculty at The Juilliard School, Sarah Lawrence College, and Movement Research in NYC. He specializes in Contemporary Partnering, Floor Work, and CI.

photos © Kikuye Sugiyama, featuring Spirit Joseph (bottom)