The May Jam in Bellingham is a Contact Improvisation weekend hosted by Carmen and Rajendra Serber, featuring a special workshop with Scott Wells and music by Serge Gubelman and YamSweets. Join us to practice Contact Improvisation with the inspiration of classes, labs, music, contemplation*, and of course jamming. Come behold the beauty and splendor of the Aikido Peace Education Center while moving yourself and connecting with people in this somatic container.
May 12 ~ Friday day workshop with Scott Wells.
May 12-14 ~ Friday evening, all day Saturday and Sunday morning see schedule below...
The low low bargain price of $50 to $100 (sliding scale) for the jam weekend, or the Friday workshop with Scott Wells (including Friday evening) $75 to $125, or join us for everthing $125 to $250.
Register by filling out the contact form and send payment via Venmo to @Carmen-Serber with the note "May Jam in Bellingham". Sign up soon! Our last weekend jam sold out.
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The Landscape of Touch
In Ci we sense ourselves, gravity, the floor and we sense our partners bones, structures, tone, grounding, balance, weight and flow. Exercises such as Mutual proprioception and X-ray touch and monkey bodywork may bring that into play and focus. We’ll be doing my favorite contact exercises and current curiosities. Created or learned over the decades investigation and indulgence.
We will take time to arrive into our bodies , then some technical/fun exercises that extend our body awareness to include our partners. We’ll expand our contact options via curiosity and focused exercises. After training, connecting, getting smooshed, and flying we unfold a journey of the senses. Your contact journey will be guided but will be your own: intersecting, sometimes joining others’ journeys, open to distractions and impulses on the way.
Your can read more about Scott on his Biography page.
Friday May 12 ~ workshop with Scott Wells
1pm Lunch Break
Friday May 12 ~ Jam starts
6:00 Open Space
7:00 Welcome experience into Jam
8ish Jam ~ music with Serge Gubelman
Saturday May 13
9:30 Contemplative Dance Practice* ~ Carmen
12:30 Another experience...
3:30 Class with Scott Wells
5:00 Open Space - Jam
7:00 Mixer into Jam
8ish Jam ~ music with YamSweets
Sunday May 14
9:30 Open Space
10:00 Underscore-like container for jamming
12:30 Closing Circle
1:00 Clean up
*Contemplative Dance Practice by Barbara Dilley is a simple yet profound practice of moving meditation. It works with the innate intelligence of the body, psyche and imagination, and their drive for wholeness and integration. We pay attention to the body and invite it to lead into movement or stillness, suspending self-criticism and cultivation awareness. We may move, or be moved, into deeper streams of consciousness. As we practice, the artificial boundaries between body, psyche and spirit begin to dissolve and we discover aspects of ourselves and our lives from fresh perspectives. As we practice with others, we develop an appreciation for the diversity of human experience.