Many years ago I put out the call for words of advice for musicians at jams. This is one of the best writings to come back. I’m afraid I don’t remember who wrote it. (If you wrote it please let me know so I can give you credit)
Improvised Music at Contact Improvisation Jams
Yes, I am a contact improvisation dancer and a musician. The keyword here is “sensitivity“.
I used to roar into the dance studio and begin by jumping off the walls – becoming sweaty and energetic and frothy. Then I would slow down and shift into sensation. Now, as I’m in my 50’s, I slide into the studio and start slow, steeping in the ale and gradually working up to the froth.
The words “young” and “old” have never made sense to me. But I appreciate now the notion of aging, of time passing and changes in the body and outlook.
Recently some of the organizers of my “advanced” workshops have turned away students for not having enough of the fundamentals of C.I. to join the group.
In Barcelona this past July the organizers and I asked two people to not continue because we didn’t feel
Boundaries and Trust
…it is important that awake people be awake, or
a breaking line may discourage them back to