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*  Nowhere Bound  *  with Martin Keogh

Martin Keogh has taught and performed contact improvisation on six continents over thirty-seven years. For his contribution to the development of the form he is a Fulbright Senior Specialist and listed in Who’s Who in the World. Martin spent time traveling to monasteries in Japan and Korea and was the director of the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley before discovering the world of dance. He is the author of four books including the acclaimed: Hope Beneath Our Feet: Restoring Our Place in the Natural World.
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“My greatest sense of accomplishment comes from seeing students increase their capacity for sensation and risk—seeing them dance less with their “ideal” and more with their partner—and the profound gratification of introducing contact improvisation to those who then realize they have found the dance form they were seeking all their lives. I attempt to teach and model that the beauty and reach of our questions, in the end, determine the beauty and reach of our lives.”  Martin Keogh


*  Void And The Emergence Of Forms  *  with Andrew Marcus - School of Disappearance

A dancer and visual artist, Andrew Marcus founded DISAPPEARANCE in 2010 to explore boundary space between the ordinary, the beautiful, and the sublime. DISAPPEARANCE develops practices to effectively transcend such boundaries; to encourage experience of the magical and the erotic; and to unequivocally engage the real.  Andrew holds an MFA in Dance and Performance from Arizona State University.  His experiments with improvisation and somatic practices date to 1980, and he is active internationally.  The SCHOOL OF DISAPPEARANCE opened in 2013.
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*  EDGY BUSINESS and FALLING ON PURPOSE  *  with Shel Wagner Rasch

Shel Wagner Rasch has been fascinated by Contact Improv for over 30 years as a dancer, performer, producer, and teacher; and sharing CI with other people is one of her favorite things to do!  She currently teaches Contact Improv at UCLA and is a co-coordinator of the weekly Eastside Lab Jam in Pasadena, Ca as well as a recurring teacher at the Santa Monica and Long Beach Jams.  Shel co-taught the 2016 SFDI (Seattle Festival of Dance Improv) Contact Intensive with Stephanie Nugent, and was the featured teacher at the 2015 Portland Regional Jam and at the 2014 Detroit (mini GLACIER) Jam.  She has enjoyed teaching and dancing at many past WCCIJs and is very happy to be back!  Shel has a private Somatic Therapies practice as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, incorporating the Alexander Technique, Bodynamics, and intuitional movement.


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Not Man Apart – Physical Theatre Ensemble

 A collective of performers, dancers, actors, designers and theatre artists who make dance/movement inspired theatre pieces using a mash-up of theatre traditions, modern technology and dynamic partnering. Cultivating new storytelling forms from ancient techniques to present thrilling staging of both modern and classic texts using multi-track scoring, physical prowess, unconventional dance and movement.

Praised by The Hollywood Reporter as a “Futuristic Theatre Company,” by The Los Angeles Times as “Exhilarating and Propulsive” and as “Exciting and Innovative” and “Startlingly Refreshing” by the British Theatre Guide, N.M.A. has developed quite a following both overseas and in their home state of California. Known for their athletic, intense modern versions of Shakespeare, N.M.A. will be building its’ repertoire in the coming year not only with classics but with its’ original works as well.

Not Man Apart strives to be among one of the premiere Physical Theatre Ensembles of the Americas.


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