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[email protected] – Ephemeral Stream/A Public Contact Improvisation Jam

Bradley Teal Ellis

3:00pm – 5:00pm
January 22, 2019
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“Contact Improvisations are spontaneous physical dialogues that range from stillness to highly energetic exchanges. Alertness is developed in order to work in an energetic state of physical disorientation, trusting in one’s basic survival instincts. It is a free play with balance, self-correcting the wrong moves and reinforcing the right ones, bringing forth a physical/emotional truth about a shared moment of movement that leaves the participants informed, centered, and enlivened.” —Early definition by Steve Paxton and others, 1970s, from Contact Quarterly, vol. 5:1, Fall 1979

Contact Improvisation is most often practiced in leaderless, open “contact jam” settings, wherein practitioners gather to express the form through its range of potentials. It is in these jam settings where conditions are present for the deepest form of exchange to take place.

Ephemerality (literally, “lasting only one day”) is the concept of things being transitory, existing only briefly. The term ephemeral is used to describe objects found in nature, although it can describe a wide range of things, including human artifacts intentionally made to last for only a temporary period, in order to increase their perceived aesthetic value. An ephemeral stream is a waterbody that exists and flows only briefly under specific conditions, usually in response to or following a period of rainfall or snowmelt in the immediate locality.

This event will take place at The Museum of Modern Art, in conjunction with Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done. Click here for more information regarding the exhibition at MoMA.

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Bradley Teal Ellis

Bradley Teal Ellis is a Brooklyn-based improviser. He has practiced Contact Improvisation for 20 years, and frequently collaborates in process and performance with other artists. In addition to Movement Research he teaches as adjunct faculty at ...