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

Tilt is a 3-day event at Earthdance gathering movers/artists from the LGBTQIA+ spectrum for dancing, discussion, and collaborative research on the potential of queering* Contact Improvisation practice and community.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, there will be workshops led by Kristianne Salcines and Ryuta Dutah (bios below), open dancing/jamming, QPOC movement spaces, special topic discussions, and other activities initiated by participants.

*Queer (verb): To problematize, puzzle, trouble, reevaluate, ruin, consider from a new angle, apply queer theory, make-more-queer…

Class Descriptions


<Survival Project>

What are your survival mechanisms? Where did you learn them? We will explore the lineage of our coping mechanisms in the studio through a series of durational practices. We will highlight our physical practices as an integral part of the dialogue in coping with current socio-political issues. In our togetherness, we will explore how to create a world where our survival mechanisms are used as catalyst for a creative process and healing.

<POC and allies CI Jam>

How do we as movement practitioners create spaces for healing and resistance of oppressive structures and systems? What kind of space might that be? Together, we will train and practice how to be in a community where we share, listen, play, discuss, coexist, touch and be touched, lift and be lifted by our beautifully-ugly sweaty dancing.

<Ancestry Class> coming soon!


<Safe and Conscious CI for all levels>

An introductory workshop for those who are new to this movement form. Experienced movers can also join to revisit the safe and conscious land of CI.

<Dream and CI>

Can we be your dream? Embodying, rejuvenating and reactivating dreams through movement, we will let our subconsciousness stir the improvisational and compositional soup. The intention is not to analyze your dream but to let your dream elements breath and dance outside of the dream.

<Water and CI>

Working with a few props, we will investigate the texture, weight, color, taste of water and navigate our improvisational path. Our journey will include swimming through the wide spectrum of CI and interacting with fluidity of identity.



Kristianne Salcines
Dancer. Maker. Collaborator. Facilitator. Salcines is a queer Filipino born and raised in the Philippines. They explores their cultural heritage and gender representation in their choreographic work. To integrate their culture and non-western ideologies in their artistic work, they incorporates the epistemologies of Filipino Martial Arts and other Southeast Asian movement practices such as Qigong, Taiji, and Kung Fu in their movement practices. Currently, their research focuses on queer identifying people of color and their ways of developing survival strategies to cope with our current socio-political realities. They examines how can these strategies can be translated into a communal physical practice, which they then use as catalyst for a creative healing process. They are interested in reimagining the process of making dances, how can the process serve the dancers as they continue to have agency in directing the trajectory of the work?
Kristianne Salcines


Ryuta (Dew-tah) Iwashita
[Performance/Visual Artist and Educator]
With his strong foundation as a Contact Improviser, Ryuta fuses a few artistic forms such as Butoh and sound-making with found objects. His recent project "Ultra Mongoloids/Ultra Containers (2017-2018)" explores the tension and fluidity of identity around race and ethnicity, as inspired by his recurring encounters with neighbors addressing him (a Japanese national) by saying "Ni hao (hello in Chinese)". He has led Contact Improvisation workshops in his home country, Japan as well as China and the United States. Currently he resides in New Orleans and organizes workshops and festivals for Contact Improvisation. His current interest is meeting new people without thinking that he never met them.
Ryuta Dutah Iwashita

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


Tuition, Room & Board All Inclusive:

Full Lab & Jam Option
Professional Rate: $300 
Full Price:               $250
Subsidized Rate:   $200

Single Day Rate (includes all meals and events throughout the day, does NOT include overnight)
Professional Rate: $85 
Full Price:               $75
Subsidized Rate:   $65

Single Class (+meal): $30
Single Class (no meal): $20

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



Work Study Opportunities
Earthdance cancellation policy   

Our Sliding Scale: The 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 Jam and a Final House Clean on Sunday, May 20th. 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!

Scholarships for Tilt:

  • We have a special dedicated fund to help people afford to come to Tilt! Scholarships will be awarded based on need & availability. 

Apply for a Scholarship by submitting a statement of need to tilt@earthdance.net or sending a letter to Earthdance 252 Prospect St., Plainfield, MA 01070 Attention: Tilt. (Please explain your financial need and why attending the workshop is important to you.) To be considered for a Scholarship, please apply before April 25th. We will let you know by April 30th.

Give a scholarship donation! Help enable attendance to one of our workshops for someone who is financially prohibited.