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38th edition
Annual Montreal Jam

Friday 20th - 7 to 10 p.m - Pre Jam -
Circuit-Est: 1881 Saint Andrée street - Studio C
October 21th and 22th 2023
Circuit-Est: 2022 Sherbrooke Est street‬

Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser
More info: jamannuel@contactimpro.org

REGISTRATION for the 38th Annual Montreal International Jam is open: Details HERE

01. Cercle ouverture jam annuel

until September 15th
Make sure you enjoy it!

Credit: André Blanchet
During the week before the Annual Jam, INTENSIVE COURSE with Chris, Angie, Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood and Stephanie Gaudreau. Details HERE

October 20th FRIDAY 2023 19h-22H - Pre jam
at Circuit-Est: 1881 Saint Andrée street - Studio C.
Warning: pre-jam address is not the same as the jam address

LOGISTICS: Voluntary research for annual Jam (COMPLETE)

The event is eco-friendly. Please bring your bowl, mug and utensils! !

Meet Again

Credit: Jonathan Hsu

03. Chris Aiken et Angie Hauser octobre 2023(3)

We are welcoming Chris Aiken and Angie Hauser for a Saturday class for beginner.

Both Saturday and Sunday we will have a warm up from Chris and Angie.

Biography of Chris Aiken and Biography of Angie Hauser

Note that intensive classes will precede the jam from Tuesday 17th to Friday 20th of October : INFO HERE

Credit: Michaël Boudreau
03. Michael

MUSIC SATURDAY NIGHT from 21h to 23h with Michaël Boudreau
Michaël knows how to build meditative and organic layers conducive to trance. His first commitment is always to offer a deep listening in order to channel and nourish the energy of co-creation of the present community.


04. Shanti Lalaina

SUNDAY 14h30

with Shanti and Lalaina

A duo of musicians as much inspired by the blues as by traditional music and jazz, all while listening to the dance score created by the improvisers during CI jams.

Musicians bio

Credit: Laure Marin de la Vallée


Early Bird: Until September 15th 2023 – 23h59 : Online only
 100 CAD$ full annual jam
 60 CAD$ / Saturday or Sunday
 10 CAD$: Only Friday night pre jam 7 pm to 10 pm
 20 CAD$: Only Saturday night performance and musical jam 7 pm to 11 pm
Bipoc, visible minorities, colored people, etc…
 80$ full annual jam

Regular price online

 120 CAD$ full annual jam
 70 CAD$ / Saturday or Sunday
 10 CAD$: Only Friday night pre jam 7 pm to 10 pm
 25 CAD$: Only saturday night performance and musical jam 7 pm to 11 pm

At the door (cash only)

 130 CAD$ full annual jam
 75 CAD$ / Saturday or Sunday
 10 CAD$: Only Friday night pre jam 7 pm to 10 pm
 25 CAD$: Only saturday night performance and musical jam 7 pm to 11 pm

Food Included except dinner.

Please bring your bowl, mug and utensils.

For those who have a limited budget the ACI (association of contact improv of Montreal) wants to offer accessibility for everyone. Please be in touch with jamannuel@contactimpro.org to find a solution. We hope that money is not decided for you to come or not.

Circuit-Est Centre Chorégraphique
2022 Sherbrooke Street East‬
‪Montréal, QC H2K 1B9‬

Come one come all!

If you are from out of town or even from another country we will have solutions for you in the homes of local dancers in town or nearby.
Register early and let us know your needs and we will take care of you.
To communicate with the housing crew, please contact David Altmann: daltmann@gmail.com.

If you want to volunteer to help in any way,
contact us at:

To assist dancers who are sensitive or allergic to odors, please refrain from wearing perfume, essential oils, scented hair products, etc. Wear clothes that are free of chemical agents, such as scented laundry soap, scented deodorant, etc. Thank you for paying attention to this request which will promote an environment accessible to all.

Please bring your bowl, mug and utensils!


FRIDAY October 20th 2023

19h-22H - Pre jam at Circuit-Est 1881 Saint Andrée Street

Attention – check the address as it is a different location from the week-end jam !!

SATURDAY October 21 2023

 9:00am: fresh fruits and bread
 9.30am to 10:00am : Meditation for peace with Marie Claude
10:00am: Opening circle
10:30am: Warm-up with Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser
11:00am to 4:30 pm: Open jam 
12:00pm to 2:00 pm: Lunch
2:30pm to 4pm: Beginner’s workshop and discussion with Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser
5:00pm: Dinner … Enjoy !

7:00pm: Doors open
7:30pm: Performances
9:00pm to 11:00pm: Jam with music live features Michaël Boudreau
11:00pm: Have a good rest, see you tomorrow!

SUNDAY October 22 2023

9:00am: fresh fruits and bread
9:15-10:15am: Contemplative dance practice with Marie Claude
10:30am: Warm-up with Chris Aiken & Angie Hauser
11:00pm to 4:00pm: Open jam
12:00pm to 2:00pm: Lunch
2:30pm to 4pm: Music live with Lalaina and Shanti
4pm: Closing circle
5pm: Event ends


Credit: Jonathan Hsu

Biography of Chris Aiken

05. Chris derek fowles

Chris Aiken is an internationally recognized performer and teacher of dance improvisation performance and contact improvisation. He has performed and collaborated with many renowned dance artists including Steve Paxton, Kirstie Simson, Nancy Stark Smith, Peter Bingham, Andrew Harwood, Ray Chung and Angie Hauser.
His work has evolved through ongoing investigations of poetics, design, and performance. It is also grounded by years of research in the science of movement, perception and learning. Hi teaching and dancing has been influenced by extensive work with the Alexander Technique, Gyrotonic/Gyrokinesis and myofascial bodywork. Chris has received numerous awards for his artistic work, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as commissions from the Walker Art Center, Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, Dance Theater Workshop, and the National Performance Network. He received his MFA from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, and is a Professor at Smith College in the Department of Dance.

Biography of Angie Hauser

04. Chris Aiken et Angie Hauser octobre 2023(4)

Angie Hauser is a choreographer, performer and teacher. In addition to her duet work with Chris Aiken, Hauser is a long time member of the Bebe Miller Company, receiving a BESSIE Award for her creative work with the company. Her work is featured in the online score “TWO” as part of MotionBank a Forsythe Company project and in the 2015 eBook “Dance Fort.”
Credit: Derik Fowles

Other choreographic projects include collaborations with gifted dance artists including Jennifer Nugent, K.J. Holmes, Darrell Jones, Kathleen Hermesdorf, and musicians Mike Vargas, Jesse Manno, and Tigger Benford. She is a sought after teacher in the realms of improvisation, performance and dance technique regularly teaching on the faculty of major festivals and intensives including Bates Dance Festival, American Dance Festival, SaltFest, Florida Dance Festival, Earthdance, Transformation Danse (Montreal), and La Escuela Profesional de Danza (Mazatlan). She received her MFA from Ohio State University and is currently a Professor at Smith College in the Department of Dance.

Biography of Michaël Boudreau

Credit: Michaël Boudreau
03. Michael

Michaël Boudreau is a contemporary music composer and improviser based in Montreal. Between his explorations as a musician for the contemporary improvisation troupe Lindex from 2013 to 2017 and his training in free improvisation at UdeM, Michaël has sharpened a sense of musicality always in search of a symbiosis specific to the performing arts. . Practicing contact improvisation himself for more than ten years, he developed a sensitivity, an ability to listen and a deep respect for the rituals emanating from this discipline.
Whether with the guitar or the acoustic piano, with synthesizers and loopers or with installations interacting with the raw material of the sound environments present (footsteps, breathing, crackling, etc.) Michaël knows how to build meditative layers and organic conducive to trance. Her first commitment is always to offer a deep listening in order to channel and nourish the energy of co-creation that emanates from the dance, the space and the present community.

Biography of Shanti Minor

6. Shanti

As a musician and contact improvisation dancer, Shanthi Minor is passionate about finding a fluid partnership between sound and movement. Using the violin to channel energy in motion (e-motion), the soundscape fuses styles of Celtic, classical, folk and Indian devotional music. Since the age of 6, Shanthi has been playing classical piano and violin, and in her early twenties realized that she could have more fun improvising with others. She therefore began to play improvised and traditional music on the violin with Celtic and folk groups, and on the harmonium to accompany her singing kirtan (devotional music).

Credit: Laure Marin de la Vallée

She has performed at folk festivals and yoga retreats across Canada and the United States. Currently, in Montreal, she plays and sings with the kirtan “big-band” Le Noble Chemin, the spiritual group Amma QC, and for contact improvisation dancers when the moment is improvised.

Biography of Lalaina Ravelojaona

8. Lalaina

From one camouflage to another, this son of the concrete jungle melts into the artistic experience to find his true nature there, whether through music or dance, he always seeks contact with the flow of present time.
Active in the musical universe for several years and having assiduously immersed in the practice of contact improvisation, this lover of movement, of both cellular and sound fluidity, wishes that all of you can share this liberating co-writing.
Credit: Laure Marin de la Vallée

Aided by his practice of musical improvisation during underscores, jams, laboratories, or even ecstatic dances, his listening to dancers has never ceased to be refined, these practices offering him more joy and inspiration each time. inspiration. It is in this perspective that this one comes to occupy the sound space of CI jams, in this awareness of the other in everyone. For him, contact improvisation is an artistic practice that is as somatic as it is cathartic, as creative as it is poetic, making it possible to understand in a physical way a policy of the meeting of two entities. He is committed to transmitting these values ​​of inclusion and awareness through these rhizomatic exchanges.

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