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In Real Life

The Jamstas

[CI Jam] [2021] [Joey Lehrer, Leah Baxter] [Ian Ferguson]
25 July 2021

Sylvia Staehli Theatre, Dancehouse

Members: $10
Concession/Unwaged: $15
Full Price: $18

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Due to the current lockdown this event has been cancelled. All ticket holders will be refunded in full.

In Real Life invites the audience to witness what happens when two or more bodies enter a dance without pre-determining or knowing what they are going to do. This one-off Contact Improvisation (CI) performance brings together a group of experienced contact improvisors into the unfolding moment of the here and now and asks them to be present. CI is the exploration of the natural forces of gravity, momentum and shared weight in relationship to other bodies, that leads to spontaneous composition and communication made on-the-go.

The 14 performers could not dance together for a year due to Covid. When allowed back on the floor (masked) they wondered how they would go with a form that involves touch and trust.

Performers: Abi Hector-Taylor, Ashley MacQueen, Alice Robinson, Caroline Ellis, Catherine Magill, Cezar Mincu, Emily Bowman, Flynn Braithwaite-Tucker, Ian Ferguson, Joey Lehrer, Johnathan Sinatra, Martin Hughes, Rachael West, Shelley O’Meara and Yoko Maeda

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The Jamstas is a collective of experienced Contact Improvisation (CI) practitioners, committed to keeping the richness of the CI form alive in Melbourne. For more than a decade, The Jamstas have caretaken and nourished the Melbourne CI Jam – a weekly event for over 25 years and the longest running CI Jam in Australia, held for most of its life at Fitzroy’s Cecil Street Studio.

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