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Register now to profit from some preregistration discounts

1- CI classes "The Contact Weave’’ thusdays evening, January 20 to 24

2- Intensive workshop "Sources" in the country, CI and SRT, jointly with Catherine Lessard and Eryn Dace Trudell, February 18-20

3- CI classes "The invisible kinesphere": sundays morning, from April 3 to 24

4- CI classes "The weaves" : thursdays, from March 24 to June 2

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1- "The Contact Weave" - with Catherine Lessard

"The Contact Weave" : training in contact improvisation and deeper study, to develop physical tools for research and exploration, to better understand and control the concrete forces that run through us, to become confident observers and actors of our responses to the environment and to touch.

New formula, 6 classes of 2 hours

Thursdays, January 20 to February 24,

6:00 to 8:00 p.m., followed by the focused jam

Revised prices : 120$ before January 7,

$140 there after (focused jam included in prices).

Jam only : $5

Studio Fleur d’Asphalte,

6847 St-Hubert, Beaubien or Jean Talon metro stations

2- "Sources" - with Catherine Lessard & Eryn Dace Trudell

"Sources" : intensive workshop in the country, contact improvisation and Skinner Releasing Technique, jointly with Catherine Lessard and Eryn Dace Trudell.

This collaboration between 2 teachers will allow you to explore the influence and the importance of SRT on the elaboration and the comprehension of the form contact improvisation.

A 3 days retreat to breath, melt, float, to feel the support from the floor and from your partners, to adapt to various movement qualities and to changing body-mind states.

February 18-19-20.

Arrival Friday 5:00 p.m., end Sunday 7:00 p.m.

About 16 hours of practice, in an exceptionnal environnement.

Only 20 places available.

Pre-registration offer : $150 before February 1st.

Regular price: $170

Housing and meals in addition : prices variate from $150 tp $200 according to the choice of room (dormitories, double, single)

More information in this intensive workshop in http://www.contactimpro.org/en-article571.html

Centre Tara, in Eastern Townships, close to Eastmann.
184, 10ème rang Ouest, Bonsecours, Qc, J0E 1H0.

Visit the location: http://www.centretara.com/visite.html

3- "The invisible kinesphere", with Catherine Lessard

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"The invisible kinesphere": a way to embody, explore and tame the back space, a zone generally invisible to our gaze, to be able to offer it easily in situations of weight transfer and to receive approaching partners.

Mini-series for all levels,

Sundays, April 3 to 24,

10:15 to 11:30 a.m., just before the jam

40$ for the series (12$ drop in). The jam is included.

Studio 303,

372 Ste-Catherine West street, 3rd floor, métro PDA metro

4- "The weave", with Catherine Lessard

Spring 2011 session,weekly classes in contact improvisation and dance improvisation with Catherine Lessard, followed by the focused jam

« A course dedicated to the art of being adequately lazy and communicative in movement, the art of responding with a sharp mind and a receptive body to the physical forces passing though us. This course is a training in depth to obtain tools for research and exploration, to absorb the great influence of touch and weight on our sensations and perceptions, to clarify the creative impulses inside us, to be solid observers and actors of our own propositions in the space. Towards the end of each class, some time will be allowed to open practice. »

Trial class on March 17. Come and join in! Only $15.

Session : Thursdays, from March 24 to June 2, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (no class on May 12)

Focused jam 8:00 to 10:15 p.m. ($5)

$180 for 10 classes of 2 hours (jam included)

Friendly price: $150 if registration before March 10

Studio Fleur d’Asphalte, 6847 St-Hubert, Beaubien or Jean-Talon metro station


All registrations are confirmed by reception of the amount of your inscription through post mail at:

Catherine Lessard, 873 rue Léonard, Ste-Thérèse, Qc, J7E 2N8.

You can send a deposit ($60 minimum) if you can not pay the whole in one time. It is also possible to register through Accès D (Desjardins accounts), contact me to obtain the transit codes.

Exception: the mini-series "The invisible kinesphere" on Sunday mornings, where you can register on the spot.

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Image by Véro Boncompagni

For more information :
worksphere@hotmail.com or 514-518-6240


Catherine Lessard transmits with passion and coherence the key principles of Dance Improvisation and Contact Improvisation. She has studied and performed with dancers of international reputation such as Nancy Stark Smith, Daniel Lepkoff, David Zambrano, Andrew Harwood, Kirstie Simpson, Patricia Kuypers and Ray Chung. She also has experience in Body-Mind Centering (BMC), Authentic Movement, and butoh, and has professional training in music and communications. Combining, in a unified pedagogy, both a sharp vision of art and a hungry curiosity for science, Catherine has been teaches and performs improvisation regularly in Montreal (Bizz studio, 303, Fleur d’Asphalte, Dojos), in USA and in France. She is a member of PIE (Performance Improvisation Exchange), a collective of 5 Canadian improvisers and searchers. From 2007 to 2009, she has served as president of the Montreal Association for Contact Improvisation (ACI). Catherine’s workshops are explorations of human expression through breathing, awareness, non-judgement and various nuances of touch and movement, offered in an atmosphere of respect and playful discovery.

Catherine Lessard biography here

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