Where’s the Dance? – An integrated Contact Improvisation workshop

Where’s the Dance?

An integrated Contact Improvisation workshop focusing on momentum and sensation to ask the question: How do we get out of our own way when we move and follow the dance?

with Tara Brandel (Ireland)

Toronto – Sat. Nov. 9 & Sun. Nov. 10, 2013 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

(Optional Contact Jam/Barefoot Boogie – Sat. Nov. 9 evening)

 In each moment, the dance is found by listening through:

·   habit breaking and new pathways

·   sensation with eyes closed

·   high flying and momentum

so we can go to new places and expand our dance.

The workshop includes:

·   Velcro Contact – using the commitment to skin contact to initiate more effortless, handfree lifts,

·   the Collective Mind – being conscious of the whole group as you dance contact to build a sense of togetherness,

·   Listening to the Pause for cultivating presence.

This workshop is for:

·   People with contact improvisation experience


·   People with physical disabilities regardless of experience (If you use a wheelchair, it is useful if you can work on the floor out of your chair for some of the exercises though this is not a requirement. Please contact Tara tarabrandel@gmail.com if you’ve questions about this.)

If you are unsure about your skill level or would like the opportunity to upgrade your skill in advance please contact Henry Wai.

Info and Registration: Henry Wai (226) 500-1983  henryhwai@gmail.com

Please register early as space is limited. Preference will be given to those who register for the full weekend. (We can help find accomodation for those from out-of-town)


Early Bird – Sat and Sun – $100,    (Sat only – $60)  (payment received by Fri. Oct. 18)

Regular – Sat and Sun – $130,    (Sat only – $75)

There are a limited number of partial scholarships available. Contact Henry for details.

Location: downtown Toronto fully wheelchair accessible space

Bio: Tara Brandel

– Artistic Director Croi Glan Integrated Dance Ltd, Ireland www.croiglan.com

TARA BRANDEL is a Contact Improviser and contemporary dancer who has been performing, and dancing and teaching Contact for almost 30 years. She studied Contact Improvisation with Steve Paxton, Julyen Hamilton and Kirstie Simpson. Tara studied Integrated Dance with Axis Dance Company and Alito Alessi, and in 2005 had a year’s residency at Beaumont College, a college for people with disabilities. Tara has taught Contact workshops in Ireland, the UK, Germany, the United States (including SFADI, WCCIF, and GLACIER) and Australia.


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