Dear ones, please join us for a benefit concert in honor of our friend Michael Mathieu November 10 at Tensegrity Warehouse starting at 7:30pm.
Please send your love and prayers to Michael Mathieu. He was in a mountain biking accident on Monday 8/27 and broke his neck. It is very serious. He is currently in the hospital ICU, stable and beginning to breathe on his own. He will need our love and prayers and help, particularly in the next few days, as he adjusts to big changes--his condition is quite fragile. Whatever happens, he will need our deep love and support. We have been asked to please focus on good energy and positive thoughts.
What can I do to help?
We are asked to visit his website: LoveForMichael.com to post love and support for Michael and Beth and their families. Please, for now, do not call Beth. She is currently focusing her attention on Michael and their families. We are asked to use the website as a hub for our support for Michael.
For now, stay moving. Dance, breath, love, and pray for this beautiful man.
We love you Michael.
Summer Solstice - Extended Lab
Dance with us in the fresh air, sunshine, n' shade at North Boulder Park!!!
Sunday, June 24th
10:00am - ???pm
NORTH BOULDER PARK, southwest corner
9th and Balsam
Boulder, Colorado 80304
Bring potluck food to share!
We will have some makeshift flooring but wear grass-stain-able clothes just in case :)
Lindsay will facilitate a simple site-specific warm up score after the opening circle
We'll dance as long as we want to...
Bring instruments, blankets, friends!
Come dance with us!
Hello dear contact dancers,
We've got some exciting news! Please read below...
Dancing at Boulder Circus Center (and Pearl St. Studio): After many months of collecting feedback and experimenting with different dance spaces it feels like the next step for our growing community is to host Lab more often at the Boulder Circus Center. We strongly considered the Avalon Ballroom, but for many reasons (including that Movement Mass is moving to Avalon on Sundays) we feel the BCC is the best next step for us, and is a wonderful space in general.
Due to scheduling conflicts at the BCC we cannot reserve the space every Sunday. Therefore we'll be dancing at the Pearl Street Studio some weeks and the Boulder Circus Center on other weeks. For the next 4 months we'll be dancing at BCC 11 out of 18 Sundays. Please get used to checking the website calendar (www.BoulderContactLab.com/calendar) for the week's location!
We'll also be passing out wallet-size calendars for the upcoming quarter at Lab to help you remember.
Extra 30 mins (10am - 12:30pm): We've noticed at the end of Lab people are hungry for more dancing. So we've decided to experiment with making the Labs at Boulder Circus Center 30 mins longer. Labs at the BCC (with a few exceptions) will run from 10-12:30pm!
New cost = $5 - $10: Hosting lab at the BCC and extending lab by 30mins will double our rental costs, but as always, our goal is to keep the price reasonable for the community. The cost for dancing at Lab is now $5-10.
Thank you! Our community is growing and evolving. Thank you for all of your patience, feedback, love, and support as we experiment with how to create an environment that lets us dance, love, and grow together.
For the dance,
Lucien, J'free, Susan, Jennifer, Morgan, Victor, John and Lindsay
Lab is at Boulder Circus Center this Sunday April 8: 10am - 12:30pm, $5-10!
NEW Calendar on Website!
If you hadn't noticed, there's been a lot of changes at Lab recently. Experimentation with music / no music, changing locations, introducing more scores, etc. It's all part of growing and evolving to make this event and this Contact Improv community more alive. To keep up we'll be improving the website and updating our new Calendar. We invite you to co-create this experience with us.
Boulder Contact Lab - Music Discussion
1. Opening Circle - 12:15pm (10-15 Minutes)
- Historical evolution of music and CI
- Current Guidelines on music.
“Music. Music can be an amazing addition to help support the dance.
It can also be a hindrance. Playing music for improvisational movement is
different than playing for a listening audience. Sometimes people feel like
they want the added support of a musical score in the dance space and sometimes
they feel like the music is creating the agenda of the dance instead of their
own inner improvisational impulse. In this light we ask that musicians be very
mindful of the impact their music has upon the entire space and everyone’s
dance within it. Learn to “read the space”. When you make music you are
basically introducing another dance partner into the space with which dancers
must either contend or move. Generally speaking, music with a less
driving presence and few or no words is more supportive of dancing at the
Lab. Another rule of thumb is to create equal times of silence and music
in the Lab.”
2. Experiential: (10 Minutes)
- Brief dances in dyads to 3 different sound environments.
3. Small Group Discussions: (20-30 Minutes)
- Everyone’s opinion is important!
- Ideally, everyone has the opportunity to speak. Please share the talking time.
- Some Guiding Questions…
a. What did you notice in the experiential/how does music affect your dance?
b. What has been wonderful about music at Lab?
c. What has been challenging for you about music at Lab?
d. What kind of music works best with C.I.?
e. As a musician, what do youwant to make sure the dancers know about what you do?
f. As a dancer, what do you want to make sure the musicians know?
g. How have you seen music and C.I. done in other contact communities?
h. Anything else unsaid or needing discussion?
4. Large Group Discussion and Harvest: (20-30 Minutes)
- What do you take away from this as a musician/dancer for you own personal use?
- What can the lab core take away from this in order to best support the dance and the accompanying soundscape?
- END at 1:45pm (Everyone out of the space before 2:00pm studio users)
5. Please use the back of this paper to write any notes for yourself or the Core.
- Thank you for investing in your community!