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Special Events 2024

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facilitated by Olivia Treviño

A POC-only jam on the first day of the festival, followed by a jam for POC and invited allies on Friday, followed by a report-back from attending allies that is open to all on Saturday. 

Olivia Treviño (she/her) is a second and seventh generation Mexican-American of Indigenous (Chichimeca), Spanish and other mixed descent. She is a theatre artist, dancer, community organizer, activist, educator and drama therapist who places decolonization and liberation at the center of her personal and professional practices. Olivia began training in contact improvisation in 2015 and is the co-founder and current co-host of the Bay Area POC Jam, the goal of which is to increase accessibility and ease the entry of people of color into the predominantly white contact improv community. In her social justice work, Olivia weaves together the power of the arts and her various artistic communities to raise awareness and fundraise for causes with a particular focus on the rights of indigenous people, immigrants and refugees. Olivia served as an adjunct faculty member in the Theater Department at Saddleback College from 2013-2017 where she taught theatre production, improvisation, beginning acting and movement for actors. She has directed more than thirty theatrical productions and has assistant direct productions at South Coast Repertory, UCLA and Juilliard. She holds a BA in Theatre in Acting and Directing from Cal State Long Beach and a MA in Counseling Psychology in Drama Therapy from California Institute of Integral Studies. She is currently pursuing licensure to become a Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in Drama Therapy.


Teacher - Student One-on-Ones
facilitated by Rajendra Serber and Vitali Kononov


1-1s take place Wednesday through Saturday, 1:45-3:30pm, and 3:45- 5:50pm.

1-1s are short sessions in which you can get individualized attention from our incredible teaching body. Different teachers will be in attendance each day. Work on specific skills, get feedback, or dialogue. You are also welcome to bring a partner or two to a 1-1 session, and have the teacher observe a dance.

Rajendra first attended WCCIF in 2003 and was involved in facilitating wcciJAM until the inglorious year of 2020. He now lives in Bellingham, Washington where he is a co-facilitator of the seasonal Jam In Bellingham and is studying Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. He has had the privilege of collaborating with many wonderful artists including Sara Shelton Mann, Scott Wells and Carmen Serber.

Vitali Kononov has been teaching CI since 1997. He is a Somatic Movement Educator, Developmental Movement, and Dynamic Embodiment Coach. He studied at The School for Body-Mind Centering® (2008-2013). He was a faculty member of American Dance Festival (2003-04.) and Moving On Center – School for Participatory Arts and Somatic Research (2002-2020).

Community Talk: Consent Practices in CI
facilitated by Wowlvenn Seward Katzmiller


Wowlvenn Seward-Katzmiller has been loving CI for 20 years and has taught it here and there since 2015. She is a queer, cis-gender female Ashkenazi Jew committed to nervous system resilience and accountability and Tikkun Olam (repairing what is broken in ourselves and in the world). She loves creating movement forums to explore boundaries and the sacred energies of expand, contract, push, reach, pull, move away, move toward, join, be still and more within CI. She dances imperfectly toward her own freedom, toward healing ancestors, and for collective descendants.

Community Talk — Creating Welcoming & Inclusive Jams
An opportunity for dancers, jam hosts, and teachers to come together to discuss best practices for inclusive jams.  A time to celebrate what is going well in our communities, as well as discuss all the challenges we face: accessibility, finances, race, class, and gender imbalances, and more. Who is seen and heard? Who is excluded? What makes a jam community thrive as a whole?

Queer Dancers Affinity Space
facilitated by Ronja Ver

Fishbowl Conversation:
History & Future of CI in the Bay Area Community
with special guests TBA

Aging in Dance: 
a focus group
facilitated by Belinda He and Karla Quintero

Classic CI Films Screening
Magnesium, Fall After Newton, Chute, and more!
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