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36th edition
Montreal Annual Jam

November 24th and 25th 2018
Circuit-Est - Centre Chorégraphique
2022 Sherbrooke East street‬

More infos : jamannuel@contactimpro.org

Early bird registration ends November 14th
Make sure you register online soon!

Note that master classes with Andrew Harwood
and Jori Snell will precede the jam from Monday
November 19th to Friday 23rd:
Details HERE

Link for carpooling : HERE

Friday the 23rd, CI jam ($5) from 7 to 10 pm
at UQAM, 840 Cherrier, studio 4110

Saturday during supper (5 to 7 pm) it will be possible to jam
(dance & instruments) in the studio downstairs, so bring your instruments!

Sunday, musical jam withBenoît Guillemette and John Hugues

After the jam on Sunday, it’ll be possible to access the pool
(with heated portion) from 7 to 8:30 pm. Details HERE

Looking for the help of 20 cooks, one apprentice head cook
(like a coordinator) and 5 volunteers for lunch service at the Jam:


Volunteers / barter system / exchange for the annual jam:

We’re still looking for 1 numbers for the Saturday evening
performance at the annual jam. Come register and give us a show!

Details HERE

"Environment + Contact"

01. Jam annuel 2018

Credit: Nikki Carrera

02. Neige

A CI workshop for beginners with
Neige Torrey Christenson

« Navigating the Kaleidoscope »

Open to all: beginners and those with a more advanced practice: DETAILS

3.Jam annuel 2017

Saturday and Sunday, warm-ups with our guest teachers Andrew Harwood and Jori Snell
Biographies HERE

Note that master classes with Andrew Harwood
and Jori Snell will precede the jam, go from Monday November 19th to Friday the 23rd:


Credit : Gary Kurtz
02. Charles Van Goidtsenhoven
02. Benoît Converset

AN EVENING OF DANCE with Charles Van Goidtsenhoven and Benoît Converset
Biographies of musicians

Credit : M-C Lapointe

Price list

Early bird:
Whole week-end: 70$
Single day: 40$
Saturday evening performance and musical jam: 10$

From November 15th to 23rd (midnight, online):
Whole week-end: 80$
Single day: 45$
Saturday evening performance and musical jam: 10$

November 24 and 25 (at the door, by cash or cheque) :
Whole week-end: 90$
Single day: 50$
Saturday evening performance and musical jam: 10$

The price includes all-day dancing, a light breakfast and lunch both days.
Please bring your plate, cup and utensils.

The jam will be in the magnificient Jean-Pierre-Perreault building:
Circuit-Est Centre Chorégraphique
2022 Sherbrooke Street East
‪Montreal, QC H2K 1B9‬

If you need a place to stay, or if you have a place to offer please contact: hebergement@contactimpro.org

If you want to volunteer to help with the jam in any way,
please reach us at:

TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE ALLERGIC OR SENSITIVE TO SCENTS, please refrain from wearing perfume, essential oils, perfumed products for hair, etc. Also, please wear clothes that are free of chemicals such as fabric softeners, scented deodorant, etc. Let’s be mindful of this request to foster an environment accessible to everyone.

Bring your reusable dishes!
« If it’s not too complicated for you, please bring your reusable dishes and encourage everyone you meet to do the same. Gaia will be grateful to you. »

NEW: Jam Pool on Sunday 25 from 7 to 8:30 pm

This year we have again rented for our private use a rehab swimming pool that is heated and perfect for water contact dance, and an attached huge 15+ person hot tub for water massage. The pool will be available to us Sunday from 7 - 8:30 pm so bring your bathing suits, towels, Lock, soaps, sandales and goggles/snorkel mask . 

Price : $5 and you can sign up at registration.

Centre de réadaptation Lucie-Bruneau
2295, Avenue Laurier Est, Montréal

Directions from Circuit-Est
Go out the door and turn right, at the next street (De Lorimier) turn left and go 7 blocks to Avenue Laurier, turn right 4 blocks to the dead end. Enter last door on the left.

Sponsors: HERE

Tentative Schedule

Credit: Gary Kurtz

06. Jam annuel 2017

Activity for Friday evening November 23rd
07:00 pm to 10:00 pm: Open Jam (with playlist, $5 at the door for all.)
Location: Pavillon de danse de l’UQAM, Studio 4110
840 rue Cherrier, Mtl (Sherbrooke Metro)

Saturday, November 24th
08:30: Doors open for registration
09:00: Light breakfast
10:00 am: Opening circle
10:30 am: Warm-up with guest artists Andrew Harwood and Jori Snell
11:00 to 4:30 pm: Open Jam
12:30 to 2:15 pm: Lunch
02:30 to 04:00 pm: Contact improvisation workshop for beginners
with Neige Christenson in the studio downstairs.
05:00 pm: Dinner outside - Enjoy!
New : The studio downstairs will be available to jam
(dance and jamming musically, bring your instruments)

07:00 pm : Doors open upstairs for performances

07:30 to 08:10 pm: Performances of the week’s intensive class participants
08:10 to 08:40 pm: Dancer performances (prepared in advance)
09:00 pm: Musical jam with Charles Van Goidtsenhoven and Benoît Converset
11:00 pm: Evening ends

02. Jam annuel 2018

Sunday November 25th  
08:30 am: Doors open ‬
09:00 am: Light breakfast‬
10:30 am: Warm up with guest artist Andrew Harwood and Jori Snell
11:00 to 04:00 pm: Open jam (with music starting at 2:30 PM)
12:30 to 02:30 pm: Lunch
02:30 pm: musical jam with
Benoît Guillemette and John Hugues
04:00 pm: Closing circle
05:00 pm: Clean-up & leaving the building

There will be a pool event Sunday evening, after the jam.
Bring you bathing suit! More info will follow.

Credit : Gary Kurtz
02.Andrew et Jori

Biography of Andrew Harwood and Jori Snell

Andrew Harwood: HERE

Jori Snell: is a physical performing & visual artist from Holland/Denmark (1972). She was educated at Institutet för Scenkonst (93) in Italy and Nordisk Teaterskole (98) in Denmark.

Since 1998 she works as a freelance performer/dancer, director and educator in Europe and South Africa, transforming her training in physical theatre, visual art, contact improvisation, martial arts and butoh-related approaches into a personal language.
Between 2008-2016, she single-handedly initiated and sustained the contact improvisation scene in Cape Town, South Africa, and taught theatre and dance in many contexts, institutions and universities (Drama & Dance Departments of Cape Town and Rhodes). Her solo-productions: ‘Very Short Stories..’, ‘Inua’ and ‘Kitchen Fables in a Cookie Jar’ have won several awards and international acclaim. In her performances and teaching she aims to bring alive an authentic expression in body, personality, object & space, moving between physical theatre and fairytales, dance and myth, poetry and the creation of magic visual pictures. Her inspiration in improvisation and contact improvisation has come from intensive work with Kirstie Simson, Bo Madvig, Lucia Walker, Nancy Stark Smith, Ray Chung and Andrew Harwood.




Charles Van Goidtsenhoven (http://charlesvan.com/)



Contact Improv workshop for beginners with Neige Torrey Christenson

« Navigating the Kaleidoscope »

The practice of Contact Improvisation requires us to tune in to ourselves, our partners, and our environment. We learn to shift our attention effortlessly as needed, even at high speeds, to avoid collisions and to integrate new information as it arrives. In a big crowded jam like this one, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, or to wonder how to enter and navigate through the space in a way that feels grounded and honest. This class will give you some simple tools to center yourself, connect with your partner, increase awareness of your neighbors, and also feel yourself a part of the whole room’s beautifully shifting composition.

open-level class: For newcomers and those with more advanced practice.

02. Neige 2017
Neige Torrey Christenson has enjoyed over 30 years of exploring, teaching and performing Contact Improvisation, supported and enriched by the practice of Authentic Movement, and the Work of Byron Katie.

She holds an MA in Expressive Arts Therapy from Lesley University, and is a graduate of the National Theater Institute and Smith College. She loves the way a Contact Improvisation duet can be a metaphor for human relationship and also be an abstract expression of life-force energy. Her teaching encourages opening the improvisational mind and body to full presence and connection with self and other. Performance and dance portraits can be found HERE. She offers private lessons and workshops. Her writings on the improvised life and our relationship to this earth have appeared in Contact Quarterly; The Sun magazine; Fire in the Womb: Mothers and Creativity; and Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring our Place in the Natural World.



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