Recently I traveled to Willard, Wisconsin for a week long Contact Improvisation workshop named GLACIER. The workshop was located at the Christine Center , a local retreat center nestled in the Wisconsin woodlands.
Since 2002 the GLACIER group, which stands for Great Lake Area Contact Improvisation Enthusiasts Retreat, has been organizing CI workshops, jams and classes in the Mid West and the Great Lakes area particularly. This was my first time at their annual week long GLACIER workshop but it was not my first time mingling and grooving with GLACIER community members. For the past four years, since I started practicing CI, I have rubbed shoulders with the GLACIER community at such places as Detroit, Ann Arbor, MI, Chicago, and Mazomanie, WI. It was a pleasure seeing so many familiar and friendly faces. GLACIER 2016 included a talented teaching team which included Stephanie Nugent, Andrew Brightman, Holly Jaycox, Daniel Halkin, Susan Mckenna, and Margaret Paek.
The last night of the workshop we had an informal showing of different performance ideas the GLACIER participants wanted to show each other at the Christine Center. Kelly Hurlburt, Laura Mobley, and myself performed an improvisational score that consisted of a, “trio of duets”. The score was thought up by Kelly and the three of us fine tuned the score the hours before the performance. The idea was to create a constant with in the trio that would anchor the three dancers together while said dancers shifted between duets with each other. The results were wonderful and it was a pleasure to create. I hope you like it as well….