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Contact Improvisation & Related Practices Pedagogy Course

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In 35 hours over five days we will investigate pedagogical principles, considerations on the nature of study in Contact Improvisation and related movement practices, teaching practicum, and guided discussion around essential topics to support a teaching and facilitation practice.

Course Details

When

March 29 - April 2, 2023

Where

Arts District

Los Angeles, California

Schedule

Daily 10am - 9pm

with spacious meal breaks

Morning: Praxis & Theory

Afternoon: Practicum & Response

Evening: Discussion

Tuition

$725 - $925

sliding scale

Applications

Due January 20th

Limited to eight participants

Praxis & Pedagogy

The crux of the course is investigating the six-part viewpoint of pedagogy for movement practice I have developed over 15 years teaching movement pedagogy for graduate arts programs. We will focus this on the work of Contact Improvisation and related movement practices. As CI is presented as open source, our concentration will be placed explicitly on teaching practice with space for each participant to utilize their own research and interest through hands-on praxis work to apply methodology.

Daily Schedule

The pedagogy course will be hosted at the Movement Lab in the Arts District in downtown Los Angeles. Mornings will begin at 10am with theory through practice, followed by teaching practicum and critical response in the afternoon, and fireside evening discussions that will wrap by 9pm. This immersive format will support up to eight participants in a hands-on investigation of CI & movement pedagogy. The course location is ideal for a variety of healthy food options, and a rooftop deck with hot tub and pool available during breaks for relaxation, study, and conversation.

Course Facilitator

Ezra LeBank is a Professor and Head of Movement in the Department of Theatre Arts at California State University Long Beach. He has taught movement pedagogy for the graduate programs at The University of Montana and CSULB for the past 15 years, and has facilitated pedagogy courses for movement teachers across Europe and the United States. Read more about Ezra here.

Ezra will be the primary facilitator, with support from special guests.

Cultivate Community

The purpose of this course is to establish space for investigation and collaborative support in service of Contact Improvisation community(ies). This includes material attending to work in teaching, facilitation, and organization. Through practice, reflection, and conversation we will approach a range of topics including pedagogical principles, jam facilitation, event organizing, ethics, diversity and inclusion, and building a teaching practice.

Commitment to Diversity

Honoring the nature of Contact Improvisation as an open form, this course seeks to value and include diversity as it speaks to diverse forms of CI-related movement practices and the backgrounds of those included. We will work toward these aims through curated content presented in the course, and financial support for BIPOC and participants from underrepresented communities.

For Applicants

This course is designed for those who currently teach or are interested in developing a teaching or facilitation practice. The format of the course is compressed into an intensive environment to be accessible for both local and traveling participants. Housing is available for a limited number of participants. Please note that this is not a teacher training certification course. As Contact Improvisation is an open source practice, there is no certification. This course may be eligible as continuing education for teachers or professors.

Working with Ezra has expanded my ability to express myself more fully as a teacher and mentor. He finds a way to say the things I think but don't yet know how to articulate.

LW, Oregon

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we are on the land of the Tongva/Gabrieleño and the Acjachemen/Juaneño Nations who have lived and continue to live here. We recognize the Tongva and Acjachemen Nations and their spiritual connection as the first stewards and the traditional caretakers of this land. We thank them for their strength, perseverance and resistance.

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