Reflections on our culture and practice
Jam Guidelines and Protocol For Response to Incidents
Following years of discussion in CI circles regarding the frequent failure of jam culture to create safer spaces for women, People of Color and LGBTQI folks, we continue to reflect and learn, engage each other and our teachers, and welcome disruption of business as usual. We are grateful for the community that challenges us to do better. Please check out this article in the Contact Quarterly that also features the #metoo interruption from last year's wcciJAM. Please also check our living document of Jam Guidelines and Protocol for Response to Incidents.
Inclusivity & Assumptions
We have the fortune and misfortune to "live in interesting times." As festival organizers, we are keenly aware that what we do takes place in a specific sociopolitical context. At the 2017 wcciJAM, we put out a statement meant to generate dialogue. Click here to read the 2017 Statement and feel free to contact us if you wish to engage!
The theme of wcciJAM 2020 is Interdepend(a)nce. Contact Improvisation is a relational dance form that cultivates the experience of mutual support, as two or more bodies move in physical contact. The practice of CI has been described as both art-sport and social experiment. It exists at the intersection of dance improvisation, physics, and somatics, with implications for ecology and social justice. This year’s festival invites participants to unpack the meanings of “interdepend(a)nce” - physically, socially, ecologically and creatively - and to explore the connections between these ways of relating.
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Follow the links to the articles and publications below for good reads on the festival, CI practice, and some of the issues we face as a community of practice.
- by Nhu Nguyen, published in Contact Quarterly
Abled, disabled, connect through DanceAbility
- Berkeley Times
WCCIJAM 2013: Talking Bay Area Contact Improvisation, Past Present & Future
Contact Improvisers Consider #metoo
- by Andrew Suseno, in Contact Quarterly
- by Megan Lowe, in Contact Quarterly
Contact Improvisers consider #metoo
- wcciJAM 2018 organizers & teachers
- CI's publication of record. Subscribe!
Interview with the Fear Snuggler
- Miryam Coppersmith interviewing Eroca Nicols
IWB = Improvising While Black
- Mayfield Brooks
Myths to Break Down: Moving Toward Ethical Communication and Ethical Sexuality in CI
- Sarah Gottlieb
Respecting Boundaries / Coexisting Genders Women’s Experiences of Feeling Unsafe in Contact Improv
- Brooks Yardley
“That lady”: The story of what happened when a woman put up a boundary in the contact improv world
- Kathleen Rea
The Newcomer Experience in Contact Dance Improvisation
- Kathleen Rea
The Stages of Consent Culture for Dance Communities
- Megan Emerson & Portland Country Dance Community
About the world we live in
Wetoo: What dancers talk about when they talk about sexism
- Ilse Ghekiere
The Difference Between Cultural Exchange and Cultural Appropriation
- Jarune Uwujaren
Privileges Held By Straight People
- Queers United
- Robin DiAngelo
Transphobia and Discrimination
- Trans Accessibility Project
***Want to recommend an article or resource for inclusion here? Contact us!