Fw: CI at Burning Man, August 28- Sep 4
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From: "Burning Man Contact Improv" <ci_bman@...>
Sent: Thursday, June 02, 2005 12:04 PM
Subject: CI at Burning Man, August 28- Sep 4
> Burning Man Contact Improvisation camp
> Plans are underway this year for a camp based around
> contact improvisation at the Burning Man Festival in
> the Black Rock dessert in Nevada, USA
> Dates - August 29-September 4
> The Burning Man Festival is an annual gathering where
> for a week, we let go of money economy and just give
> of ourselves and our art. Last year, some 40,000
> people gathered to make a small city of creative
> giving. visual art, dance, music, performance, events,
> discussion, chance meetings, spontaneous ritual,
> lightness and depth, silliness and meaning. check out
> the web site for details
> There has for many years been a contact improvisation
> presence at burning man, with a daily jam at Center
> Camp. When classes have been offered, the reception
> has been fantastic! This year, we plan on organizing
> a camp to share the practice more actively, with open
> daily classes and jams, and focused labs for more
> experienced contacters. a mini-festival of contact in
> the wild atmosphere of burning man.
> If you are interested in participating or being a part
> of the camp or for more details, goto the evolving web
> page at
> or write to Claudia at ci_bman@... -- (Claudia
> Anfuso is currently our electronic coordination
> Burning Man CI crew
> As of May 30, Burning Man CI camp crew is Anna
> Landauer (US), Claudia Anfuso(Italy/US), Daniel
> Ayers(Canada), Hailie Aldrich(US), Isabelle
> Kyrouac(Canada), Karl Frost(US), Kay Ceredwin
> Bachman(US), Laurel Levasheff(US), Louise Woollen(US),
> Michelle Arvin(US), Naomi Claire(UK), Pepper
> Yelton(US), Rick Milligan(Canada), Samantha Beers(US),
> Satya Curcio(US) for sure, plus a score of others in
> the loop from around the globe. maybe you too?
> PS please feel free to pass this on to any who you
> think have interest.
> Some details..
> Vision for Burning Man Contact Improv .
> For most, the vision of contact that we bring will be
> obvious, but for clarity's sake, we really want to
> focus on contact as physical investigation and art
> form, as opposed to simple free movement space.
> Celebrating it as an open space of exploration, but
> also holding space for the specificity of its
> reference point in the studies and play of the physics
> of bodies moving through weight and contact.
> We will have something in the calender of Burning Man
> describing contact, which will read something like the
> "Contact Improvisation is a body-based art, a physical
> investigation of the possibilities of bodies moving
> through contact. weight, structure, momentum, balance
> and off-balance, falling, touch, forces, physics,
> skin, muscle, and bone are our starting places, and
> from there our curiosities takes us where they will.
> We experiment, observe, take risks, play. While the
> investigation can move to many different places it has
> a reference point in awareness of physics in motion,
> bodies in contact, and delight in the unknown. As a
> practice, Contact is flexible, taking on whatever
> forms the curiosity of the practitioners discover
> together. athletic and wild or quiet and meditative.
> The pleasure of contact comes of this active
> investigation." (feedback on the description
> If you want to help make this vision happen, get in
> touch. The extent to which this will happen depends
> on people getting involved and making it happen. The
> space we create will be a collaboration based on this
> shared vision.
> We are looking for people to join the crew who 1)
> want to help make the project happen through camp set
> up/breakdown, and event assistance whether you live at
> the camp or not. 2) are interested in being part
> of the living experiment of the camp
> as well as wanting people to simply participate in
> events. In other words, looking for people to
> participate in the co-creation of the event, whether
> living at CI Camp or elsewhere on the Playa.
> The Camp
> We are aiming for a camp of about 40 -50 people.
> We'll have two or three public spaces. one or two work
> spaces and a smaller chill-out space for tea and
> conviviality. These will be domes/circus tents with
> carpets and pillows. We will also have a camp kitchen
> and shower and a basic food/water supply. We are
> hoping to be located in a quieter zone, ideally near
> Hushville and Heebeegeebee.
> For camping with us, we are looking for people who are
> willing to work as part of a team to make camp happen,
> but who also are happy with autonomy. we'll probably
> have one or two camp meetings during the week, but
> outside of that, we aim to create a space that
> supports all of our explorations and independence,
> rather than create a binding schedule. people will be
> encouraged to collaborate on meals, but there won't be
> a specific schedule to adhere to. There will be basic
> food stock provided, but people are encouraged to
> supplement that with the things they desire to bring
> and share. While we will each commit to being there
> for a few of the classes/jams to make them happen, we
> are not expected by any means to be there for all of
> The main things as a camp that we will be
> collaborating on creating are.
> Daily classes in contact (ideally 2 per day). A few
> scheduled open jams, both silent and with dj'd sonic
> atmosphere An open space for contact improvisation
> when things aren't scheduled A daily Jam at Center
> Also if there is energy and space for it, people will
> be encouraged to create and collaborate on ci related
> events like
> Closed labs for those with experience Performances
> (Axolotl, Karl Frost's blind-fold participatory
> performance event will be one such event) CI related
> If you are an experienced teacher of contact and would
> like to offer a class, get in touch, and let's talk
> about it. Open classes will primarily focus on basic
> skills for beginners that give people some ins into
> jamming. 'which route in is up to the teacher.
> Being There .
> If you would like to help make events happen, we are
> looking for people to sign up and commit to being
> there for specific jams and classes. We want to make
> a welcoming space for newcomers, so we hope to have
> people with a bit of experience both inviting people
> in to participate and also just doing it and being in
> their investigation so that people get a feel for what
> possibilities there are. With that in mind, we look
> to have some people committed to be there for each jam
> to "hold the space" and for classes to help explain to
> people what is going on and to assist. Help
> We are looking for lots of kinds of help . physical
> help setting up structures and cleaning up camp
> afterwards, material help with structures (large
> tents/domes for work spaces, carpets and wood for
> floor, propane space heaters, or anything you think
> might help make such a camp work), and of course
> financial help in getting the structures together). If
> you have other ways you could offer something that
> haven't been named, again, feel free to write.
> The Burning Man CI Camp team CI_bman@...
> PS Deadlines - if you come to burning man, we would be
> delighted by your spontaneous participation. If you
> want to make it happen though, we need to know
> earlier. How big and well it happens depends on how
> many put energy into it. Some relevant deadlines.
> We need to have our camp map to the burning man
> organizers by the end of June and events list for the
> calender by mid July. We hope to have our camp 80%
> set by then, and our open class/jam/event schedule 90%
> set by then, so if you want to be involved in making
> it happen, best to be in dialogue with us by late
> P2S Even if you are not planning on coming to Burning
> Man, if you want to help make it happen, that would be
> delightful. We are looking for useful things to make
> camp happen, ranging from kitchen equipment to
> tents/shelters to carpets and pillows for flooring.
> Of course, financial donations to help spread the
> gospel also appreciated. Anything you think might
> help, feel free to contact us.