Like scaling Mt Everest, pursuing States of Grace is a pinnacle—elusive, ever-present, fantasized, in our minds, and in our bodies. “States of grace” is what can happen when all the balls are in the air at once: solo dancing, contact improvisation, non-CI improvisation, contemplation, composition, listening, performance/art, mystery, and humanity.
Thursday through Saturday will take place at the Solstice Center (302 Pearl St). The Sunday Community Underscore will take place at the Boulder Circus Center (4747 26th St) and the Sunday potluck will take place at the Nomad Cohousing (1480 Quince Ave).
Community Underscore with Nancy Stark Smith and Mike Vargas (music)
Talk-through: Friday, December 19, 6:00-7:30pm (Solstice Center)
Underscore: Sunday, December 21, 3:00-6:30pm (Boulder Circus Center)
Nancy Stark Smith danced in the first performances of Contact Improvisation in 1972 with Steve Paxton and others and has since been centrally involved in its development as dancer, performer, teacher, writer/publisher, and organizer, traveling worldwide sharing CI and related movement improvisation work. She cofounded Contact Quarterly dance and improvisation journal in 1975 which she continues to coedit and publish. Her first book, Caught Falling: the Confluence of Contact Improvisation, Nancy Stark Smith, and Other Moving Ideas, with David Koteen, came out in 2008. Her work is featured in several books and films, and she has been developing the Underscore, a long-form dance improvisation structure, since 1990. www.nancystarksmith.com
Mike Vargas began studying music in 1959. He started specializing in music for dance in 1978. He works as a freelance composer across the USA and internationally, performing, teaching, recording, and improvising. For the past 15 years, he has been working around the world with Nancy Stark Smith. He has released 9 CDs of his music and is currently on the faculty in the dance department at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. www.mikevargas.net
2014-Dec-16: We have closed registration for the Workshop and for the Underscore.
Workshop (includes Community Underscore & Talk-Through)
* Regular: $280 (early registration on/before November 2: $250)
* Student: $250 (early registration on/before November 2: $220)
The Workshop with Nancy Stark Smith and Mike Vargas is now full!