THE QUEER SPACE AS A WAY OF INTIMATE RESISTANCE
Can we create space for being without explaining to the world who we are? What if we just rest together for a moment from the discrimination and social expectation to dance and share intimacy? What if we value our queer spaces as places where our intimacy and practices resist the external desire of the heteronormative? Can we celebrate our collective? Can we imagine other possible ways of performing our gender?
(Questions as a raw process of agency)
RITUAL TO EXPLORE QUEER IDENTITY
Our vision to hold the space for the QUEER JAM is to create the space of ritual that will contain the theme of exploring queer identity in dance and other forms of expression. The sacredness, contemplation, and repetition of gestures or words of the ritual could bring us the possibility of looking at our body as a form of celebration and considering it in different ways than we are in the habit of doing.
In contrast to the constant expectations of our culture or society, we can compose the time together to just be the way we are, and let ourselves explore what else is there that we don’t know yet. These are the parts of our ritual, and we encourage you to create it with us:
- IDENTITY TRANS-MUTATION: Transformation, setting up intention, group and individual process.
- DECENTRALISING OUR BODIES: Organic matter being queer, decentralizing and renaming our bodies.
- BOUNDARIES AND CONSENT: Intentions and quantities to the touch.
- CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICES: Nature is queer, witnessing and dreaming toghether.
- CELEBRATION: DRESS UP PARTY, PLAYING AND DISCOVERING WITH DIFFERENT ROLES.
Everyone is welcome to participate in the Queer Jam and to have the opportunity to question, discuss, explore, dance, talk and share experiences about gender and sexuality from a different angle. This means that you may identify as queer, but it is not necessary for you to identify as queer. If you are in support of respectfuly questioning gender, and consider yourself LGBTQI+ and/or an ally of LGBTQI+ people, it is a right place for you!
We are wanting to meet with as Covid-safe a container as we can create together. Please see below for more details.
Please note the following:
- The event is open to both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.
- The Jam will be a closed container with no single day options to attend
- All participants will need to arrive during either of the specified arrival times (4-7pm on Thursday or 8-9:30am on Friday)
- All participants need to attend the Opening Circle at 10:00am on Friday
- Please understand that Earthdance cannot assist in transportation needs or requests of any kind.
Arrival, Check In, and Opening Circle:
- Check-In, Welcoming and testing will be at the Gratitude Lodge (AKA: The Dorm) from 4:00pm-7:00pm on Thursday, and again from 8:00-9:30am on Friday. (We cannot accept arrivals outside of these two times.)
- Opening Circle will be at 10:00am on Friday. All participants must attend Opening Circle.
- You will need to wear your mask upon arrival and until you test negative on-site.
Our Fees Explained
Earthdance offers a wide range of sliding scale 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.
Tier One: $550
Tier Two: $325
Tier Three: $275
Tier Four: $235
Ages 2- 13: $225
*More details about the distinction amongst rates can be viewed on our sliding scale page.
Limited financial support is possible for people needing assistance. If you have any questions or concerns about cost, or if you cannot issue payment by credit card and need to pay by check or some other means, please email email@example.com.
Earthdance Dormitory: The Gratitude Lodge (a.k.a. the Earthdance dorm) is Earthdance's main lodging facility, connected to the Farmhouse by a short wooded trail. The Gratitude Lodge includes an assortment of large and small rooms featuring dormitory-style bunks and beds (twin & queen size) and is included in the base Jam cost. Beds are available on a first come basis.
Camping: $20 off
Refund available up to 14 days before the event less a $75 processing fee
No refunds available less than 14 days from the start of the event.
Note: If testing positive for COVID upon arrival, a full refund will be provided. If testing positive for COVID part way through the event and needing to leave, a proportional refund will be provided.
Participant Community Support
As Earthdance Jams run as a community, all participants contribute to 2 work shifts (typically meal prep & cleans) and chores throughout the jam & workshop and will participate in a final house clean on the final day of the event. These are great ways to connect more with your fellow participants and Earthdance staff, and to feel more at home here. Your contributions to this collective caring of this space are invaluable!
Earthdance's Jam Guidelines
The Jam Guidelines have recently been updated! Please take the time to review them ahead of the event and we will engage with them together.
Find out more about: What to Expect at an Earthdance Seasonal Jam.
Yusa Jacobo (she / they), br 1992. Yusa is a multidisciplinary artist and researcher who explores between body, clay, and poetry. She is interested in mixing, connecting, and putting arts in dialogue with each other, understanding the body as the core and matrix of these process. They studied dance at the National University of Arts and has performed in several dance plays with “Intra Nos” being her favorite one.
Yusa discovered CI in 2015 and continues to be involved in this world that makes they feel alive. She is interested in the politics of mutuality and how we manage to build dances in between us where we can learn and change our patterns of movement, expression, and organization.To dance CI for them is to inhabit a world of relational and expressive possibilities. As a queer person, Yusa is interested in the possibilities and tools that improvisation and CI can bring us in order to question, agency and create new ways of being, perceiving ourselves and new ways of build an in between us. She found “Curuzú Disidente” a LGBTQ+ group created for organizing events, discussions, actions and to gather queer people of they hometown. In 2020, they celebrated their first Pride march marking an historical event in a conservative city.
Teresa Więcko (she/her questioning the concept) br 1991, Poland. Improviser, contact dancer, musician, educator, art conservator and photographer. Starting from the theater, she dived into contact improvisation about 6 years ago and since then is looking for any opportunity to dance around the world. Lately she started to explore contact queerness and questioning contact with a collective group in Warsaw, they organised a Kłir Dżem [queer jam] with polish queer poetry and music. She takes photographs, draw, read, give strange sounds and play music. Teresa was taking part in many contact dance festivals as a volunteer, in 2019/20 she organised a CI project for the local community in Toruń. Last year she also co-created the first CI gathering in her hometown, Szczecin. She’s also a member of Toruń Improvisers Orchestra, that gathers amateurs and professional musicians. Contact improvisation is for her a lot about curiosity, playfulness, relations, boundaries, soundscape and landscape. Interested in meeting different forms of art expressions together and opening up for new inspirations, she likes to think about dance as she would never have danced before.
Photo by: Margitay Klára Photography
Sarah Young (she/her) br 1980, United States, is a dance improviser, aspiring writer, Feldenkrais practitioner, arts administrator, traveler, and mother. She was Earthdance’s Executive Director, 2013-2018, during which time she helped organize Earthdance’s 2018 Queer Jam. In recent years, Sarah co-facilitated the Earthdance 2019 July 4th Jam with Paul Singh, and Centers of Practice (online) in 2021 with Patrick Crowley. She has been co-facilitating Global Underscores from 2020–2022. While she has not been identifying as queer herself, she is very interested in supporting this project and learning more deeply about CI from a queer perspective. Sarah currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, USA and at Ponderosa Tanzland in Stolzenhagen, Germany.
State guidelines have constantly shifted. We are choosing to hold this event while understanding there are inherent risks with any public event. We understand that everyone needs to make different personal choices for a variety of reasons about what type of event feels safe. Below are the Covid related requirements for this event:
- We ask you to take a PCR or Rapid Test in the window of 2-3 days in advance of your arrival. We also invite you to then avoid situations which may involve enhanced risk of exposure.
- We ask that you NOT attend if you have any symptoms of illness. A full refund will be provided if you become sick or are exposed to someone with Covid.
- Please wear a mask when arriving on site and until you have completed your rapid test at check in bduring one of the two possible arrival windows, 4-7pm Thursday or 8-930am Friday.
- All attendees will be required to take a rapid covid test when arriving on site and may remove masks after displaying a negative test. (provided by Earthdance)
- Within the container of the weekend, the dance spaces and entire facility will be mask optional spaces, with masks not required, but optional for anyone who wants to wear one.
- In the event that you become sick while on site, please notify Earthdance immediately. You will be required to leave Earthdance. You will be responsible for organizing your own means of departure so please consider this in advance. If you leave early due to illness, you will receive a prorated refund.
This structure is subject to change in advance and during the event, depending on how conditions unfold.
You will first be asked to complete a google form, and you will then continue to the link for registration & payment.