Bristol National Jam 2-5 May 2014 http://contactdance.co.uk/events/bristol-national-jam-2014/
The Bristol National Jam 2014 got off to a fantastic start when we welcomed dancing colleagues from the city of Bristol as well as London, Cardiff, Southampton, Brighton and as far as Dublin at our Friday night meet and greet gathering. Some of us just danced, while some watched the background screening of the ‘ 0th and the 2nd' grass roots performances. We mingled and shared cups of tea and heavenly cake in our set up "raw food cafe".
Next morning, local teachers set a tone for a day of intense dancing with an invigorating warm up class. As we allowed for an easy arrival, Adrian Russi later took us off and into a landscape of fascia, tensegrity and soft centre work that primed us for an exciting night of jamming. We were properly flowing with it on a Sunday - two long segments of dancing, with Manuela Blanchard offering a comprehensive afternoon class reaching, pivoting, finding a flow . An unusual closing circle happened that night as we ventured to a waterfront thai restaurant to share a spicy feast all 40 plus of us.
Next day we diverted - one stream headed back to the main venue and the other drove to Abbots Leigh woodland's Freeways Pool to take Manuela's Contact Improvisation in Water workshop.
We hosted 70 something dancing folk over the long weekend period, some just dropping in, most attending it all. Three long inspiring classes, every day offerings from the local teachers, Underscore practice and an all day long focused dance in water workshop. Three amazing musicians accompanied us in the evening jams, several children of the dancing parents danced on the fringes of the studio. An alternative space for own creations was available.
The Community Dance Centre - a long term home for practitioners from across the dancing spectrum and city corners, and once upon a time a home to swimming enthusiasts, collaborated with the organising team in timely fashion to make the creative work happen. A bunch of lovely memories shall be feeding our appetites for the next edition - next spring.
Here is Bristol, we equally own and manage the BCI (Bristol Contact Improvisation), we strive to meet our dancing and socialising needs through just and equitable ways and open communication. This year's event aspired to reflect the core intention in the process of organising events that is about empowering individuals to pursue self growth and community building, with self volunteered members equally sharing hard preparation work/event management and benefits. We felt this was acknowledged and appreciated.
Written by': Agnieszka Grenckowska
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