Welcome to the playground for individual and collective impulses, spaces & adventures!
This year JamJam will take place for the second time. A festival in the countryside with a focus on dance and music improvisation.
We want to continue the brilliant experience of last year and will go one better. With a much bigger dance floor, a bit more participants and an extra day. But most of all, we are fine-tuning the concept. At the second JamJam, there will not only be a series of intensive workshops on improvisation in dance and music. We will coordinate the workshops more closely this year and bring them together and make them work at the latest in the evening open JamJam sessions. We will be professionally supported by a number of inspiring artists with their individually very different qualities.
Like last year, Denis Altschul (Brazil, currently living in Berlin) will provide us with his filigree electro sounds. So the dance floor is prepared so that each of us can discover what it is like to spontaneously do what needs to be done, out of ourselves, in encounter and connection with others. It will be exciting, very exciting. And we want you to be part of it. No matter if you already have a lot of experience or if you are completely new. Welcome to our play space!Facts: The JamJam will again take place at the idyllic Fellershof (near Velbert) from 27 – 31 July. The workshops build on each other and we can only dive deep into creativity if there is a development process. Therefore, our big request is: be there from the beginning to the end. We will prioritise those who are there on all days when registering.
We’ll be pitching in again and doing everything ourselves – for this we need help with set-up and take-down, as well as creative hands for the decorations. If it’s possible for you to arrive early or stay a little longer, you can get a taste of court air and be part of bringing the JamJam to life. We will start with the preparations on July 15th.
The contribution is in a sliding range according to self-assessment: 250€ – 465€. There will be three delicious vegan meals a day from a new kitchen team (Kayleigh and Reinhold from Gaurangas Event Catering www.gaurangasevents.de and Julia). We stay overnight in our own tents on the fruit meadow, all activities take place outdoors. There will be showers and a construction trailer sauna with a swimming lake :). A maximum of 90 adults plus children can take part, for whom there will be supervision. The workshops will be held in English or German. The JamJam will of course take place in accordance with the current Corona regulations.
More info to follow.You can find more info in our FAQ.
The body sings (Voice and Movement Improvisation/Research) (Dutch, English) (Intensiv-workshop)
Ciska Ruitenberg (Netherlands)
Singing is an important way for us humans to express our inner world, When we sing we are not just singing heads but our whole body is involved. Our voices resonate within and outside our bodies. When we listen we allow ourselves to be moved.In this workshop we take our voices out for an adventure guided by our senses. We explore in what way movement influences the voice and how the voice moves to the body. No special skills are needed, everybody can join, everybody can do it. Together we provide a safe space to experiment and enjoy ourselves. Ciska Ruitenberg is a singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and vocal coach based in the Netherlands. She graduated at the conservatory in jazz singing. As a vocal coach and musician she is very much inspired by the sensoric approach of the Lichtenberger Method. Her roots in movement lie in Chi Kung and just loving to dance.
Improvising with the whole space — and your whole self! (JamJam-Introduction) (English) (Intensiv-workshop)
Bryce Kasson (USA, currently in Cologne)
Bryce Kasson (USA/D) is a dance improvisor, clown and musician. He has been researching, teaching and performing Contact Improvisation and Tuning Scores for over 25 years. Both practices are fundamental to his dance / improvisation work. He has taught them to professional dancers, contact improvisors, actors and clowns at festivals and workshops in Europe, USA and Argentina. He is also, with Olivia Platzer, one half of the clown duo Fort Willy.
“In my labs I will offer methods, scores, tricks and tips for taking the material you are working with during the intensives and integrating it into play in the evening jams. I will also offer some possibilities to the jam space as a whole, for it to wake up to itself, and for all of us inside it to wake up to one another.”
In the workshop “Friede Freude Pustekuchen” participants will try out improvisational forms of playing in a small groups and deepen their musical-communicative spectrum of expression. Mastery of an instrument is welcome, but not required. Leonie Mayer is a violinist and singer, improvisation teacher and music therapist. Her performative focus is on improvising and composing music in connection with dance and movement theatre.
Stéphani Auberville (France, currently in Brussels)
A jam is a place where we explore and play with companions, but sometimes it’s not so easy to enter or end a dance. Many things, thoughts, and social patterns can interact and disturb us. It’s not always a question of dance skills or experience. In this class, we will focus on the passage from dancing with touch to non-touch and vice versa. How can we manage the transitions of connection? How can we play/trick with our sense of continuities or discontinuities to develop dances in solo, duet, or group forms? This class works based on inner and outer perceptions, it also proposes games and inner scores. It aims on developing a sense of jam by exploring together, on opening the door of playing with the unknown and escaping patterns, integrating all people’s needs. This class is suitable for beginners and experienced people, for all who wish to dive into explorations of touch and sharing weight.”How can I answer my surroundings with the dance?“ This sentence guided Stéphanie Auberville along her career as a dancer, improvisor and choreographer. Since the early ’90s, she has been involved in the practice of improvisation. She met teachers such as Lisa Nelson, Nancy Stark Smith, Nita Little, Deborah Hay, and Simone Forti. Stephanie has been teaching CI and improvisation since 2003, in weekly classes and workshops.
Becoming & unbecoming(Physical Theatre and body research) (English, German) (Intensiv-workshop)
Marc Carrera (Spain/Catalonia, currently in Berlin)
The aim is to experience through sensitivity the expressive possibilities of our body. The expression goes in two directions: outwards and inwards, as we can become spectators of ourselves. Deep playfulness and playful depth. The domain of physical theatre is interdisciplinary (dance, butoh, viewpoints, etc.) and broad enough to encompass inner exploration, game, collective flow, and composition in physical or non-physical spaces.Marc Carrera is a choreographer and physical theatre artist working in the Freie Szene in Berlin and Hamburg. He studied Philosophy at the University of Barcelona and holds a MA in Performance Studies from the Universität Hamburg. With Das Kollaktiv he has been directing the Physical Theatre course in Berlin since 2017 without interruptio
Voicing Moving Needs & Boundaries (Voice and movement, improvisation/research Stimme und Bewegung) (German/English) (Intensive Workshop)
Sofia Liebermann (CH/SE/D, currently in Bern)
In this intensive, through somatic approaches and improvisational methods, you will be invited to explore the membrane of you as an individual cell, so to speak, within the membrane of us as a collective cell, through the expression and impression of your own voice, sonority and movement. We explore in detail specifically the experiential ”soundness” within us and in the given space (which may be outside any norms or aesthetics), train to recognize/listen, communicate and honor our and others’ boundaries in contact, and practice self- responsible pursuit of our own needs (for the good of all, including the art itself). With a sharpened somatic understanding of these phenomena of YES and NO, we then move more and more from organically arising, playful encounters into conscious co- creation of musical & moving compositions. No previous experience necessary, you are and already have everything you need.
“Use the spectrum!” (Physical Improvisation and Storytelling) (German, English) (Intensiv-Workshop)
Tabea Gregory (Germany, currently in Heidelberg)
By activating the senses, connecting to your interior world, your inner child and imagination we will embark onto the endless sea of stories. You will experience the relationship between attention, awareness and action. You engage the mind and heart simultaneously, building improvisational skills, and uncovering another sense of play. Let’s tell all the stories that are out there to be told: With our bodies, voices and words.
topics we may work on:
developing frames, active stillness, monologue and dialogue, collaborative development, separating & combining language, movement & voice.
Tabea Gregory lives as a performing artist and yoga teacher in Essen. Internationally trained in Action, Improv, Social Presencing Theater as well as Contemporary Dance. In her own pieces she loves to create poetic stories with language, movement and sound. Her mission is to increase awareness through artistic practice. She teaches through awakening the senses and supports to trust the body and its impulses.
Soundtechnic und electronic musik-improvisation (open-workshop)
Denis Altschul (Brazil, currently in Berlin)
Apart from creating sound landscapes for theatre pieces, dance performances, and artistic installations, 2018-2019 Denis Altschul was also resident at PLAYGROUND a weekly dance improvisation session at Berlin contemporary dance school Marameo. There will be no Intensive Workshop by Dennis but probably some smaller Workshop, if people are intersted.
Contact Improvisation PURE (German/English) (open-workshop)
Nadja Schwarzenbach (Germany, currently in Freiburg)
In these classes we are going to dive into a few principles of Contact Improvisation (CI) that I consider essential and as a base for happiness in dancing CI.A good, juicy and alive center to center connection is one of them and can be heaven, so let’s explore it together!Another one is having options on how to get in and out of full weight and in and out of touch with ease.Leaning, falling and bridging into each other is a third principle we will explore. That one gets us traveling in space and levels without losing each other physically.We will be getting into our listening qualities, to weight shifts and subtle changes in body tone in ourselves and the person we are moving with, while staying connected to our dance partners. We let sensation tell us where to move next. Softening the mind and the body and finding support and strength helps to connect while moving together. And makes me more ready to adapt quickly to the possibilities of the moment and having choices.
Mark Nowakowski (Germany, Berlin) is a dancer, instrumentalist, and ethnomusicologist based in Berlin. He teaches Body Percussion to people of all ages and enjoys simplicity and the basics.
Workshop Let’s discover our bodies’ sounds and groove together! From head to toe, from toe to head we will explore sounds, rhythms, beats, off-beats, and much more. Body Percussion is a basal approach to music that requires no special equipment, no preparation, no particular skills. We can instantly dive into the joy of making music together, feel the groove, be our own instrument, experience time, and relax into the group.
Workshop Move the Groove – Body Percussion into Movement In dancing we often strive for light, smooth, and somewhat soundless moves. What happens if we not only allow but actively invite and include sounds in our movements thereby utilizing our own bodies, the floor, the walls, our partners and other bodies? How can we connect to the space and to the whole group through a commonly felt and shared pulse? How may sound enrich our dances, how can we merge the groove with our movements so something new may evolve? How does it feel to make ourselves not only visible but also audible – or vice versa – and play and improvise with both elements at the same time? Curious? Let’s try it out together!
Immerse yourself in the silent and deep power of our hearts. Together in a circle. Klaus invites us with his compositions into the presence of our essence. His music touches the soul, opens a space in which silence becomes audible.
Kundalini Yoga (morning program) (German/English)
Franka Gauss (Germany, currently in Witten)
Start the day by connecting with yourself. Awaken and revitalize your whole body. Kundalini Yoga centers you, gives you clarity and spaciousness.
1. When will the JamJam2022 take place? – from Wednesday, 27 July to Sunday, 31 July 2022 – Arrival on Wednesday 12-16 hrs, departure on Sunday at 15 hrs after the first joint dismantling session.
2. Where will the festival take place? – At the Fellershof in Velbert (Fellerstraße 22, 42555 Velbert), close to Hattingen, Essen and Wuppertal.
3. Who are you? – Hello, we are a group of about 10 improvisation-enthusiastic students, working people and self-employed people in Witten. Our work is entirely voluntary. Last year we created the JamJam within a few months, the first time we had organised a festival and most of it was completely new to us. In August 2021 it took place at the Fellershof in Velbert. It was so nice that we are doing it again this year! – In addition, a number of “professional” helpers contribute to the success of this festival, from setting up to leading workshops. We pay them an expense allowance. – By the way, we who take care of you participants by email are Celine and Birte .
4. How do I get to the festival? – By car: It’s best to find the best directions for yourself. Fellerstraße can currently only be reached via Bonsfelder Straße, but no longer via the access road in the south. – There will be some parking spaces at the courtyard and enough about a 10-minute walk away. – By public transport: Velbert-Nierenhof station is a 15-minute walk from Fellershof and can be reached via the S9 from Essen, Wuppertal and Hagen, among other places. From Hattingen Mitte S-Bahnhof, also via Velbert-Nierenhof, and from Wuppertal Hbf there is also bus 647 to the Fellerstraße bus stop. – There will be a carpool exchange where you can post your search and/or offer and you can network.
5. Can I arrive with my camper bus? – There will be a limited number of parking spaces for camper buses at the farm. There is additional parking within walking distance. We will allocate spaces at the farm before the festival. Please register your bus during the official registration process. Unfortunately, this is also on a first come, first served basis.
6. How big is the festival? – 90 adults plus children can participate. There will be several stages for the workshops and evening JamJams and lots of green space on the grounds.
7. When and where can I register? – From now on we will send out the invitation flyer via the distribution list. You can send us an email if you want to register, then we will send you the information, the registration form and the bank account details. As soon as we have received your registration form and your participation fee, you are officially registered and we will count on you. The maximum number of participants is limited to 90 adults plus children. After that there will be a waiting list. – We will be happy to add you to our mailing list, just send us an email to email@example.com.
8. How much are the tickets? – There is a sliding scale of 250€-465€ per ticket. – In addition, we occasionally give 150€-helpers-tickets to people who otherwise could not afford it.
9. How do these ticket prices come about? – The upper value (465€) corresponds to our expected real expenses per person. Unfortunately, this year our applications for funding have again come to nothing, so that we are short of money and can unfortunately only pay the professional helpers less compensation. This is how the lower value of 250€ comes about.
11. How much are children’s tickets? – From the age of 12, half the price of a normal ticket applies. For children under 12 years of age, the sliding scale price of 50-100€ applies, based on self-assessment.
12. I would like to return my ticket… – Up to four weeks before the event (up to and including 29 June) we will refund your sliding fee, minus a service fee of 15€. – From 30 June we will keep 120€. – From 13 July, two weeks before the festival, we keep the minimum amount of 250€. – The retention of any fees or contributions is waived if you find a substitute participant for yourself. You will then be refunded the full fee as soon as the new registration is completed (participant form + sliding amount appears on our account). – If you cancel, please send us an email with “Cancellation” to firstname.lastname@example.org and give us your full name and account details for the refund. If you find a replacement, please include his/her name.
13. I am a substitute participant, what do I have to consider? – Write an email to email@example.com and tell us who you are substituting for (first and last name). – If you are a substitute participant, please tick this on the participant form and state “substitute for [first and last name]” as the purpose of payment when transferring your sliding fee.
14. Can I be at the festival for a shorter period of time, i.e. arrive later and/or leave earlier? – The workshops build on each other and we can only dive deep into creativity if there is a joint development process. So our big ask is: be there from start to finish. We will prioritise those who are there on all days when registering.
15. How does the waiting list work? – If it is not possible for you to attend the whole festival or if the maximum number of 90 participants plus children has already been reached, we can unfortunately only offer you a place on the waiting list. – If a place becomes available, people who can be there for the whole festival will move up first. If there are still places available, people who want to arrive later or leave earlier can also move up. We expect this to be a possibility in the weeks just before the festival. So, if you feel addressed, keep an eye on your email inbox from the end of June ;). Unfortunately we can’t promise anything.
16. Can I stay longer at the festival? – Yes, you can! We’ll be packing up again and doing everything ourselves – for this we need help with setting up and dismantling, as well as creative hands for the decoration. If it’s possible for you, join us and get a taste of the court air and bring the JamJam to life. – We will also be setting up over the long weekend of Corpus Christi! – From 15 July we will start with the preparations. Especially a few days before the festival starts and one or two days after the official end we need bindingly promised help. – Please contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will also launch a call for help. Thank you!
17. How is it during the festival, can I stay overnight outside or leave the area? – We ask you to be with us from the beginning to the end of the festival, to avoid a station atmosphere and for infection control reasons. Leaving the farm in between should not really be necessary as we will provide you with everything you need.
18. Will there be day tickets? – No. The intensive workshops build on each other and we engage in a collective creative process as a group, so this year all participants will be there from start to finish.
20. Do I have to choose the Intensives beforehand? – Yes, you do. When you register, you fill out a participation form in which you can also tell us which intensives you would like to attend. The earlier you register, the better your chances of getting the workshops of your choice. At the festival you will find out which intensives you will participate in.
21. Is the festival family friendly? – For children who are old enough, there will be childcare, as there was last year. Parents are of course still responsible for their children and will be held liable in the event of an emergency. If you have any questions about this, please get in touch by email. – The area itself is suitable for children and family-friendly.
22. What about accessibility? – Unfortunately, the courtyard is not barrier-free due to the steep slope. – Some workshop leaders will hold their workshops in German or English only!
23. May I take photos or videos? – We have our own team that will take photos and videos during the festival. We ask you at the beginning of the festival for permission to use them publicly for presentation purposes of the JamJam. Nobody should feel observed at the JamJam, so please refrain from taking photos or videos of other people yourself.
24. What about sleeping, eating, showering and helping out on site? – On site we will camp or sleep in our own camper bus or car. – There are 3 meals per day. – During the festival, participants take on tasks such as sweeping the dance floor, cleaning toilets, cleaning up workshop tents/terrain. This ensures that you can participate in all official programme points and do not miss any workshops by helping out. – There will be toilets, hot showers and a bathing lake. – The sauna is cancelled unfortunately, but there will be a warm fire place. – No alcohol will be offered. Furthermore, we ask for conscious consumption. Drugs are not allowed on the entire site during the entire time (incl. set-up and dismantling). – The stages are covered so that everything can take place even in rainy weather.
25. Can I store my instruments at the festival? – There will be several places where you can store your instruments. A more open place where the instruments are ready to be played and a storage place where the instruments can be stowed. If you don’t want other people to play your instrument, you can mark it accordingly. Despite all precautions, we cannot be held responsible or liable for any damage.
26. a packing list… – Tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag and extra blanket if necessary. Attention: It can get cold at night on the Fellershof even in high summer. – Headlamp – Biodegradable soap + shampoo (to conserve natural waters on the farm + in the surrounding area) – Swimwear, Towel & flip-flops – water bottle, Sun cream, Rain jacket – Musical instruments – Clothes for outside, movement clothing, if necessary knee pads for dancing – Sauna clothes (the sauna is cancelled unfortunately, but there will be a warm fire place) – Perhaps: – Cutlery, plate, cup, bowl, … – Hot water bottle – Light blanket for yoga, meditation, dance breaks, etc. – Yoga mat, meditation cushion, hammock with extension ropes – Sturdy shoes if necessary – Possibly earplugs – Possibly work clothes for assembly and dismantling
27. I think what you do is great. And it’s almost entirely voluntary. Can I support you financially? – Yes, of course. In addition to applying for grants to finance the festival for the first time this year, we are of course also happy to receive donations. – Account holder: Heike Lissmann
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