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Contact Improv Playshop (First Class Free) Every Thursday

  • Contact Improv Playshops Los Angeles 1629 18th St #7 Santa Monica, California 90404 United States (map)

Hi friends! Come Dance and Play with us! Your FIRST CLASS IS FREE! There are so many benefits to contact improv: move, stretch, and release the body in new and novel ways, connect with other amazing beings, build strength and resilience, and have FUN playing like little children or puppies :-D

Each week we learn a new intermediate-to-advanced level contact improv skill, including all the foundational skills that are required to execute the advanced technique. Your CI toolbox will expand exponentially :-)

If possible, arrive by 7pm for the warmup, and definitely before the opening circle at 7:20pm. However, if you are running late it is ok to join whenever you are able.

6:40pm: Space is open. Meet people, drop in
7:00-7:30pm Guided Warmup and Opening Circle
7:30-8:30pm: Skill-Building // Instruction // Group Exercises
8:30-9:15pm: Jam // Open space for exploration

At 9:15pm the Playshop is officially over, but you don't have to go home :-) The space will remain open for 1-2 hours afterwards to continue exploring, connecting, and practicing.

Tickets are $20, available online or at the door. Cash or Venmo preferred. @davidrhein

This is a beginner-friendly event, no experience required. You will learn everything you need to know in order to enjoy and participate at your comfort level.

So, "Contact Improv Playshop & Jam" ... What does that mean exactly?

1. "Contact"
We practice awareness and connection. The contact is with our own selves, with the space, and with others around us, both energetically and physically. We create a safe and explicitly non-sexual space to give and receive physical touch, which is an essential nutrient for a healthy mind and body.

2. "Improv"
This is about being present, and not planning ahead. Listening to our partners and letting the dance dance itself. When totally present, the mind becomes meditative, the body becomes unpredictable and supple, and we find ourselves exploring movement patterns we've never explored before.

3. "Playshop"
Because of the skill-building elements, it may feel a bit like a workshop. But don't we all work enough? We all come together with the intention to heal our bodies, connect with others, and have a good time. It's an opportunity to let go of the outside world and PLAY like puppies or small children would.

4. "& Jam"
The jam is an open space for exploration, play, adventure, and practice. It can be whatever you desire to make it. You can dance by yourself, with a partner, or with a group of any size. This is when we explore and integrate the skills that were presented during the instructional portion of the Playshop.

Logistics:

If this is your first Playshop, please review the community standards and agreements before you enter (they are pasted below). In order to create a safe environment for exploration, we will review these agreements during the opening circle and confirm that all participants are aware and in agreement.

I encourage you to wear pants that cover your knees and a comfy long-sleeve shirt. Socks are optional and can be fun. Tank-tops do not play great with this carpet; you'll definitely want to cover your shoulders.

Call if you need anything :-)

David: 530-385-8502 || Matthew: 424-262-1085

Community Standards and Agreements:

1. Take care of yourself. Pay attention to what you’re feeling.
2. Set clear boundaries! Don’t hesitate to end a dance or leave an exercise. If it’s not a clear YES, then it’s a no. Do not tolerate things that don’t feel good.
3. When others communicate their boundaries, pay attention! This is a dance of listening. Don’t make choices for your partner… instead make suggestions and see how they respond. If you get a “no,” don’t take it personally. It’s not about you. Find some other partner(s) or enjoy dancing by yourself.
4. Move slowly and with awareness. This can be a very crowded space. You must pay attention to more than just the people you think you are dancing with. We are all dancing with each other.
5. This is a non-sexual space. If you get aroused, move away from the arousal. Physiology happens, there’s nothing to be ashamed of… just don’t follow that impulse. Learn to separate touch from sexuality.
6. The far-left corner of the room against the brick wall (near the sound system) is a place where you can go when you don’t want to be touched. We call it “the beach.” Do not approach or touch others when they are resting on the beach.
7. You are encouraged to remove jewelry, especially if it’s sharp or dangly.
8. There is no unauthorized photography or filming allowed. Authorized staff may take some promotional photos or video during the event. If you don’t want to be filmed, please say so.
9. This is a cell-phone free zone. Please silence your phone. If you need to use your phone please do so outside in the hall. Quiet Hours in the hall begin at 9pm! Artists live here.
10. Be present with your speech. You may express yourself, set verbal boundaries, make noises and sound effects, and generally play like children. Conversation about unrelated people, events, and the past or future is discouraged.
11. When any participant joins late, it must be confirmed that they are aware of and have agreed to honor the community standards. When asked “Do you agree to honor the community standards?” Their response should include the word “eleven” to confirm that they’ve actually read them all ;-) Anyone who fails this simple test will be asked to read them again.

Thank you for reading all the way to the end. See you soon!

David Rhein || ciplayshops@gmail.com