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The West Coast Contact Improvisation JAM is created for dancers, by dancers. Come find us at the festival! We can help orient you, answer questions, and have a dance.
wcciJAM 2019 Core Team
wcciJAM 2019 Advisory Team
These are the primary organizers. You got questions? They got answers!
René Alvarez, practicing physician, fire dancer, and erstwhile recreational slam dancer, is the founder of InterKinected LLC, whose mission is to investigate and promote Contact Improvisation through organization and sponsorship of classes, jams, festivals, intensives, laboratories, films and showings. ~ interkinected.org
Vitali Kononov, born in St-Petersburg, Russia, has been teaching CI since 1997. Vitali has completed Somatic Educator, Developmental Movement, Embodied Anatomy and Yoga programs from The School for Body-Mind Centering®. He teachers at Moving On Center – School for Participatory Arts and Somatic Research since 2002, and was a faculty member of American Dance Festival (2003-04.)
Ronja Ver is a dancer, dance maker, teacher, mother, and activist. A perpetual student of performance as a way of participating in community and a tool for social change, Ver is deeply inspired by Contact improvisation and its capacity to create deep and meaningful impact in themself and the world. Ver is proud to be spinning underwater in Steve Paxton’s DVD Material For The Spine. ~ ronjaver.net
These fabulous folks serve primarily to assist the Core Team make wcciJAM awesome.
Cathie is an international dance artist who has been working at the edges of movement research, improvisation and performance for over 25 years. She is the director of MAMMALdance, a forum for embodied, inter-media research and performance. ~ caraker.com
Subrato is a painter, printmaker, and dancer. He balances his demanding role as a medical device professional with creating and expressing himself artistically through painting, printmaking and dancing. Storytelling through personal essays and journalistic photography are also big passions of his. Movement is at the core of who he is. Whether it's moving fast on the squash and sand volleyball courts, or through a dance floor, movement is his essence. He is working towards a future of being more connected and present with himself and the natural world, and wants to help people realize deeper connections through art, dance, and self awareness.
Rosemary dances and makes performances exploring perception, perseverance, fear, femininity, the intersection of identity and aesthetic values, the nature of story and experience of the body within shifting cultural contexts. She also performs in the work of other choreographers, teaches and organizes dance events. ~ rosemaryhannon.com
Megan is a dancer, choreographer, singer, teacher, and administrator. She creates dances with an affinity for site-specificity and dynamic partnering. Save the date for Action Potential, a site-specific dynamic dance and live music adventure by Megan Lowe Dances, created for Emeryville's Athletic Playground, August 17th-25th, 2019. Megan has performed with Flyaway Productions, Lizz Roman & Dancers, Scott Wells & Dancers, Epiphany Productions, Dance Brigade, and more. She teaches for Joe Goode Performance Group, Flyaway, Bandaloop, for contact improvisation gatherings, and at UC Berkeley.
Antonia is a mom, dreamer, catalyst, and project manager. Perpetually on a quest for meaningful contribution, unhurried connection, and zest, she has discovered conscious movement to be her primal source of energy and her favorite form of meditation. Although relatively new to CI, Antonia is a regular at the jams in Berkeley, and is excited to be part of this awesome wcciJAM crew.
Michael is a dancer from the San Francisco Bay Area. He's big on awareness of somatic delight and surprise, attention to the sensory processes, and contact improvisation as a social dance form. His background includes physiology and body reading, bunches of physics and maths, psychology, and conversation as an ephemeral artform.
Karin is the Artistic Director of Dance-Is-It, a contact improvisation group based in Palo Alto. She is currently a Harbin Jam organizer/teacher and a regular teacher for the Berkeley Jam. She also teaches both modern dance and contact improvisation at DanceVisions in Palo Alto, Dance Odyssey in Santa Cruz, Ecstatic Dance in Palo Alto, and Stanford University.
Rajendra was born the same year as Contact Improvisation and grew up wrestling as a playful and loving practice. He has had the privilege of collaborating with many wonderful artists including Sara Shelton Mann, Scott Wells, and The Residents. He is also the designer of the Simplication watchfaces for Pebble. ~ rjndr.net
Miriam Wolodarski Lundberg
Miriam is an experimental performance maker, dancer, improvisation teacher, organizer, comanager of The Finnish Hall, and freelance translator. She holds a MFA in Contemporary Performance, a BA in Political Science, and a banana in her left hand. ~ senseobject.com
Andy Wolodarski Lundberg
Andy is an outdoor education teacher, organizer, activist, and co-manager of The Finnish Hall. He takes a deep interest in politics, history, place, and such things that bring joy and wonder to juxtapositions otherwise seen and felt.