CI celebrates CDS


a spectacular day of events to raise funds for this seminal organisation

Saturday 13th September 2014
10:30am to 9pm

From 11 am- 6pm in Main Studio

Contact Improvisation Jams with a morning warm-up by Kathy Crick and afternoon warm-up with Rick Nodine, and Simonetta Alessandri and live improvised music from Jamie McCarthy.

Tickets for single jam either 10:30am-2:30pm or 2:30-6:30pm or Full Day (includes performance evening)

Photo-dancers Srik Narayanan and Shakti Zapata Gomez will be subtly documenting the day with their cameras and dancing amongst the jammers.

Irene Pulga will be drawing and offering up the work for auction at the end of the day.

From 11:30-6pm in Small Studio

A Body Work Studio, where you can have treatments by suggested donation from 4 professional masseurs offering holistic massage, Chair massage, Shaitsu, and VMI massage or a one-to-one Feldenkrais session with Simonetta Allesandri. It’s an opportunity to get a great deal on treatment. The therapists have donated their time so all proceeds go to the cause! See the CDS website for bodyworkers’ profiles and call the office to pre-book your place with a deposit!

From 11:30- 6pm in the Lounge

An Improvised Tea Bar: Laura Willoughby MBE, of Club Soda will be brewing the finest teas from India Japan and China to order. People can brew their own at the bar, top up their cup and also buy a selection of loose teas. Come and try a high mountain oolong, first flush Darjeeling, buttery green, floral jasmine, or MATCHA tea! Amazing prices!

A Swishing Room: A fun way to get a new outfit and exchange old clothes for new. Bring clothes to swap. There will be an area to donate clothes and also try on new ones. Anyone can swish!

Homemade cake stand: Luscious cakes and cookies all gifted to us and available by donation.

Silent auction: bid on prizes all day (until 7:30). See list below for prizes.

Archival Chisenhale Videos: Self-serve VHS station. See rare historical archival videos of artists who have made work at Chisenhale Dance Space over the years.

Video Screenings by the couches: members and related artists submitted films to be screened on-going all day including: Becky Edmunds, Rosemary Lee, Matalakas, Julie Havelund and Agnese Lanza, Luke Pell, Fearghus Ó Conchúir, Colleen Bartley and more.

From 7:30pm in Main Studio

Evening Performances and Live Auction from 7:30 (doors open at 7pm) in the Main Studio

Line Up:

An improvisation featuring longstanding collaborators Rick Nodine and Jamie McCarthy (who were commissioned for the Place Prize in 2013) and Simonetta Alessandri

An improvised trio featuring dance artists Anne Gaelle Thirot, Laura Doehler andMonica Giacomin

Performance by visiting South Korean performance artists Gwang Cheol and Kyeong Hwa, here on their European Tour

Screenings :

Fiona Millward performing her Deborah Hay solo at Trinity Laban filmed by Becky Edmunds

Rare, personal video of footage of Gill Clarke rehearsing a solo at Chisenhale in 1996 “The Galliard, every morning before breakfast” created for her by Rosemary Lee with original music by Alexander Balanescu.

During the evening there will be performances and auctioning of prizes.

Auction prizes include: a long weekend (or weekdays) at 2 Penrhiw (a cosy characterful cottage and artistic residency restored by Stirling Steward (a Chisenhale member) in Abercych,Pembrokeshire), an original Andrew Logan Brooch, a signed copy of Nancy Stark Smith’s Caught Falling, a brunch at the Acoustic Café in Stoke Newington, and much more!

If you are interested in bidding but cannot attend the event, please who will place a proxy bid.

Prices :

Single Jam (morning 10:30am-2:30pm or afternoon session 2:30-6:30pm) £10/8

All Day Ticket includes both jams and performance evening £20/15

Performance/Live Auction doors and bar from 7pm £8/6

Limited capacity so please book ahead of time.

Booking for bodywork: see suggested donation and therapist’s bios online

BOOKINGS: 020 8981 6617

The day is one of the closing events of the £30k for 30 years campaign, raising money for studio renovation at Chisenhale Dance Space. The space has a proud history of supporting artists, and has been key in the development of Contact Improvisation in the UK. We want to celebrate this history and ensure the survival of the space by fundraising to improve the studios as part of the current fundraising campaign.

See: for more details.

The event is being supported through Chisenhale Dance Space’s Allotment programme, nurturing projects where artists take the lead. It was initiated and is coordinated by Colleen Bartley and Gale Burns and supported by Eva Rozas, Jussi Tolvi, Valentina Bongiovanni, Adam Moore, Hamish MacPherson, Laura Willoughby and a team of dedicated volunteers.

All services, performances, food and prizes have been generously donated by supporters of Chisenhale Dance Space.