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Spring and Summer Jams Worldwide

Here are links to multi-day jam events happening in April-August around the world:

Mini-GLACIER,Ann Arbor/Detroit,MI: April 8-9

EasterImprovFestival, Gottingen, Germany: April 11-16

East Coast Jam, West Virginia, USA: April 12-16

Ottawa Jam, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: April 14-16

Chisenhale International Jam, London, England: April 22-23

Casina Settarte Springtime jam, Apulia, Italy: April 22-25

10th Annual Moab Jam, Utah, USA
Workshop: May 7-11, Jam:May 11-14, Campout:May 14-?

International Festival of Improvisation, Zielona Gora, Poland: May 10-16

Richmond Jam, Richmond Virginia, USA: May 12-14

Festival of Interactive Physics, Toronto, Canada: May 17-21

Adriatic Jam, Italy: May 19-21

Toulouse Jam, France: May 25-28

Harbin Jam, Harbin Hot Springs, California: May 25-29

Boston May Jam, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA: May 27-29

NIM - Nordic Improv Meeting, Norway: June 1-6

Pfingst Jam, Potsdam, Germany: June 2-5

Schloss Glarisegg Jam, Steckborn, Switzerland: June 15-18

Minneapolis 30th Anniversary Contact Improvisation Festival, Minneaplois, MN, USA: June 19-25

West Coast Contact Improv Festival, San Francisco, CA: June 29-July 4

Earthdance July 4th Jam, Plainfield, Massachusetts: July 4-9

Kontact Budapest, Hungary: July 2-10

Berne, Switzerland Jam: July 7-9

Tanzland Festival / Stoltzenhagen Jam, Germany: July 7-30

Contact Moscow, Russia: July 15-23

Trans-Contact- 1st International CI Festival, Cluj-Napoca, Transilvania, Romania: July 29-Aug 6


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The "peak" of the Earthdance Equinox Jam!

Technology & Contact Improvisation
-An interview with Yacov Sharir by Doug Fox

Check out Doug's blog regarding new technologies for dancers! Here's a quote from the interview (click below for the full article):

"After interviewing Yacov Sharir yesterday about his research into wearables and performance, which can include contact improvisation between a human dancer and a 3D avatar, I thought it would be interesting to equip multiple dancers with these wearable video recording systems."

and here's the full interview with Yacov Sharir:
or even better the steaming audio podcast:


NIM is a gathering for contact improvisers with all kinds of backgrounds and
levels of experience. It is organised in the Nordic countries once to twice
a year. This meeting will be the sixteenth in a row, and its
focus will be on contact improvisation classes and jamming. You will find
more information about NIM on
or e-mail -

The meeting will be held in the countryside at Vestoppland folkhighschool
(Hadeland), 7 miles (approx. one hour bus drive) from Oslo. There are single
and double rooms to sleep in, two dance spaces, an aikido room for warm-ups,
and a sauna. You will find more information about the premises on

The total fee of 125 euros/1000 NOK includes 3 vegetarian meals a day,
lodging and dancing. In order to participate at NIM you need to pay the
deposit, 65 euros/500 NOK before the 1st of May.

Job Opportunity!

Earthdance (an improvisational dance and workshop/retreat center in Western Massachusetts) is looking to hire an Associate Director.

Job Responsibilities:

Together, the Director and Associate Director oversee and manage all aspects of Earthdance. The main areas of oversight include event programming, fundraising and grant-writing, publicity and outreach, oversight of the physical facilities, staff oversight and development and reporting to the board of directors. Candidates should be highly self-motivated, creative, and detail-oriented with strong written and verbal communication skills and strong organizational skills. Must be able to develop and oversee projects, work with and oversee other staff members, structure time to handle multiple tasks within a given time frame, multi-task, and make strategic decisions. We are looking for someone who can take leadership, enjoys the creative challenge of devising a system and implementing it, and would relish the opportunity to grow with a community arts organization. We also greatly value someone who has a personal dance, movement, or other creative practice. Comfortability and skill working in a Microsoft windows computer environment is desired.

Start date for this position is August 1, 2006.
Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to apply.

A more complete Job Description and application instructions are available
on our website or by contacting Samantha Burnell
at Earthdance: (413) 634-5678.or