LONG JAM BRNO
12th – 14th April 2024
A weekend-long immersion in the practice of Contact Improvisation
A long jam is an opportunity to delve into the very essence of contact improvisation – jamming sustained by curiosity and attentiveness to the riches of moment-to-moment experience.
A space dedicated to exploration, nourished by care and collective commitment to staying present – to one self and one another as we journey through different landscapes of movement in contact.
Accompanied by live music, led by our sensing bodies, moved by moment, let’s share and dare to leap beyond the bounds of the known.
Pavla and Monika are music performers. They both work with voice and looper. Pavla likes to create soundscapes of intertwining harmonies. Monika, besides melodic loops, sometimes also weaves in words and tones of cello. Electronic piano, clarinet, overtone flute, ocarina and more can be also heard within the range of sounds.
Playfulness, minimalism, communication with what is happening on the dance floor. Waves of sound, waves of silence.
Lada Koprivova, somatic movement therapist and group facilitator
Pavla Koprivova, music performer, dancer, voice worker
Monika Bucharová, musican and music therapist
We will be jamming in 2.5 hour long blocks.
The intention of the jam is to co-create a space, which is held by shared interest and mindful attention to what is taking place inside the room and inside ourselves as we jam together. Whether dancing in contact or solo, resting or witnessing the space, in stillness or motion, we would like to invite all participants to use the opportunity to be active co-creators of the space.
Saturday afternoon (14.30 – 17.00) will be dedicated to a silent jam. No music nor speaking during this jam. We dance to the inner music and rhythms of our moving bodies.
Attending only part of the Long Jam:
In line with the intention of this long jam, we would like to encourage everyone to attend the entire weekend jam.
If you are unable to commit to the whole event, you are welcome to take part in individual blocks. To support the community spirit and a sense of continuation within the group, we ask that you attend at least two blocks.
Please aim to arrive at least 15 minutes before the start of each block, so we can start the jam together. For the safety reasons, the door to the main building has to be locked, and we cannot guarantee we would be able to let you in after the start of the jam.
Friday 12th April
18.30 – 21.00
Saturday 13th April
10.00 – 12.30
14.30 – 17.00 (silent jam)
18.30 – 21.00
Sunday 14th April
10.00 – 12.30
14.00 – 16.30
All levels of experience are welcome, however, please note that at least some experience with CI is needed to attend this Long Jam (you have attended a CI workshop, class/es or a few regular jams).
You are also expected to have a clear understanding of what contact improvisation is and what it isn’t. To facilitate this, we created a written document of CI principles + safety rules that are observed within the CI practice. Please familiarise yourself with these at the time of registering. By applying and attending this Long Jam, you are agreeing to follow these rules (please see attached):
Price: 65€ / 78€
Early Bird: 65€ (registration and payment received by 1st March)
Standard price: 78€
Individual blocks: 13€
To reserve your place, please fill in the registration form and transfer the deposit within the next 24 hours of your registration. If you are planning to attend only part of the event, we would appreciate if you could fill in the form, too.
In case you cancel your reservation, we will deduct a non-refundable deposit fee of 35€. In case you cancel less than 48 hours before the event, your payment in non-refundable.
However, your payment can be transferred, if you find another dancer who takes your spot.
Food: Everyone to bring their own food for lunch/dinner. We will have access to a kitchen, where you can heat up your food and dine together with others. If the weather is good, mealtimes can be also spent on the lawn in the park, just outside the venue. For restaurants, it is about 5 minutes tram ride to the town centre.
Feel free to bring snacks, treats or home-made foodies to share with other at our snacking station.
Accommodation: for those coming from far, there is an option to sleep on the floor in the dancing hall and use the facilities of the venue (primary school hall). Please bring your sleeping bag, mat and towel. You will have access to the showers, kitchen with a kettle, microwave, fridge and stove. The fee is 50 Kč (just over 2€) / night / person.
Venue: Cyrilometodějská základní škola, Lerchova 65, BRNO. Entry from RUDIŠOVA street.
From the Brno Main Train Station, it is best to take the tram no 4, which will get you to Namesti Miru – the final stop on this tram line, which is just outside the venue.
The venue is an elementary school. Please note that the entry to the building is from Rudišova street. Coming from the tram stop, you will see the front of the school building. Follow the road on the right hand side of the building and after a few metres, you will see the white door that is the entry for the hall.