2019 Queer CI Lab & Jam

Curated and Facilitated by Taja Will, Ryuta Iwashita, & pavleheidler

May 16, 2019 - 5:00pm to May 19, 2019 - 3:00pm

Celebrate, disrupt, and re-imagine Contact Improvisation. The Queer CI Lab and Jam aims to bring queer experience, thought, and politics into the practice of CI through movement, dialogue, workshops, & jamming.

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

*Special Discount: Sign up for both Queer CI Lab & Jam + FISSURE and get $150 off!
Email contact@earthdance.net if you're interested.

FULL Lab & Jam Tuition, Room & Board All Inclusive:
Professional Rate: $340 
Full Price:             $290 
Subsidized Rate:   $240 

Camping: $5 off/day  |  Commuting: $15 off/day

SINGLE DAY Lab & Jam Tuition (meals included, but does NOT include overnight)
Professional Rate: $95
Full Rate:             $85
Subsidized Rate:   $75

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Our Sliding ScaleThe fees to attend Earthdance Jams and Workshops are priced on a sliding scale. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This allows others who need to pay less the opportunity to attend.

Professional Rate: for those comfortably paying their rent or mortgage.The Professional Rate also helps us offer lower prices to those who could otherwise not afford to attend.
Full Rate: for those who have a regular income and are paying their mortgage or rent. Prices at this level contribute to the range of Earthdance's operating costs.
Subsidized Rate: for those with an income low enough that making ends meet is a challenge.

Participant Community Support
As Earthdance runs as a​ community, all participants contribute to 1-2 chore shifts (typically meal cleans) throughout the weekend and a Final House Clean on Sunday. These are great ways to connect more with your fellow participants, Earthdance staff, and to feel more at home here. We will be welcoming you into this collective home and thus so appreciate your contributions to our space!

About the Curators/Facilitators

Taja Will is a Minneapolis-based queer, Chilean adoptee, performer, choreographer, therapist and restorative justice facilitator. Her approach integrates improvisation, somatic modalities, text and vocals in contemporary performance. Will’s aesthetic is one of spontaneity, bold choice making, sonic and kinetic partnership and the ability to move in relationship to risk and intimacy. She explores visceral connections to current socio-cultural realities through feminine archetypes and everyday magic.

Will’s work has been presented throughout the Twin Cities and across the United States. Including local performances at the Walker Art Center Choreographer’s Evening, the Red Eye Theater’s New Works 4 Weeks, the Radical Recess series, Right Here Showcase and the Candy Box Dance Festival. Will received a Right Here Showcase commission, Jerome Travel Study Award and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant for her recent solo work Bruja // Fugitive Majesty. Most recently her futuristic trio Gospels of Oblivion: To the End received support from the MRAC Next Step Award to tour to the Lion’s Jaw Festival in Boston and MSAB Artist Initiative grant for it’s Twin Cities premiere presented by the Candy Box Dance Festival in May 2018. Will is the recipient of a 2018 McKnight Choreography Fellowship, administered by the Cowles Center and funded by The McKnight Foundation.

As an educator Will has been a guest teacher and adjunct faculty at several institutions locally and throughout the United States. She has presented workshops at Hamline University, Luther College, Knox College, Earthdance Creative Living, Moving Arts Lab, Sierra Contact Festival, wcciJam, Dance New England, Zenon Dance School, the Peaceable Barn, and the Lion's Jaw Festival among others. Will also works in healing justice and as an advocate for artists especially serving as a liaison for artists in experimental forms, people of color and the LGBTQ communities.

(Photo credit Blake Nellis)

Ryuta Iwashita​ (they/them) lives and improvises ultra-queerly in New Orleans as a facilitator/educator, visual artist and performance artist after living in Japan for over 25 years. Contact Improvisation also lives in their life as a base for their creative processes and pedagogy. While hosting Contact Improvisation jams and workshops in New Orleans, they have been invited to facilitate workshops in Japan, China and the U.S. including Tulane University, WCCI Jam and other Earthdance programs. As an educator, they have been involved in Wolftrap Institute where they incorporate CI and other movement forms in early childhood education. Their current interest is to act like an 80's Pop singer and talk non-sense when needed.


pavleheidler has been dancing-performing, studying, writing, and teaching dancing professionally since early teenage-hood; inevitably considering their varied engagements with the field of experimental dancing and choreography––where choreography is understood to be an expanded practice––as opportunities to continue studying the notions of (1) embodiment, (2) performativity, and (3) success in communication.

Their preferred method of engagement is collaboration, which is thought to be a given, a fact-of-life. INREF. People are social animals. Their preferred approach to collaboration is not meant to sustain “flat non-hierarchies” but to affirm “power relations as inescapable, but re-definable as socially-sensitive and fluid forms.” Time is, obviously, of essence. They are interested in nourishing long-term relationships and amongst other things think disagreement a form of agreement.

pavleheidler studied at the Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance, graduated from the Performing Arts Research and Training Studios in 2012, and took their MFA degree in Choreography-specialisation-Performance from the University of Dance and Circus at the Stockholm University of the Arts in 2015. They are currently studying Body-Mind Centering® with Embody-Move, UK.

In recent years they’ve been nourishing collaborative relationships with Cristina Caprioli (CCAP), Madeleine Lindh, Anja Arnquist, Louise Permig, Philip Berlin, Ulrika Berg, Louise Dahl, Hana Erdman, and others; with Silvia Marchig (KIK Melone), Sonja Pregrad and Marko Gutić Mižimakov; with the WELD Company; with Ilse Ghekiere; with Manon Santkin; with Mira Mutka; with Skye Reynolds; and TOGETHER ALONE.

pavleheidler is the recipient of the 2018/2019 International Choreographer’s Stipend awarded annually to a Swedish dance artist by the Swedish Arts Grants Committee.

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(Photo credit: pavleheidler)