2018 Theme

Reflections on our culture and practice

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! 
De/Constructing Power
The theme of wcciJAM 2018 is De/Constructing Power. In light of the #metoo movement, and following years of discussion in CI circles regarding the frequent failure of jam culture to make safe space for women, LGBTQI folks, and people of color, this year we hope to engage our participants and teachers in an effort to shake things up. In that spirit, we hope the jam will include much reflection, discussion, challenging of norms and power structures, and disruption of business as usual. Please check out this article in inDance magazine, in which female wcciJAM 2018 teachers reflect on how #metoo has changed contact — or not.  Please also read our new Jam Guidelines and Protocol for Response to Incidents.
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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.


About wcciJAM

Abled, disabled, connect through DanceAbility

- Berkeley Times


WCCIJAM 2013: Talking Bay Area Contact Improvisation, Past Present & Future

- inDance

Contact Improvisers Consider #metoo

- inDance



About CI

Contact Improvisers consider #metoo

- wcciJAM 2018 organizers & teachers

Contact Quarterly

- 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

White Fragility

- Robin DiAngelo

Transphobia and Discrimination

- Trans Accessibility Project

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