How to Land: Contact Improvisation with Elizabeth Weinstein

STUDY GROUPFebruary 26, 2019 6:30-8:30pm

4017 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

CRC is organizing workshops with movement facilitators and mental health providers living with vicarious trauma to explore Contact Improvisation–a framework for kinesthetic communication that offers practitioners a new way to access the body as a site of creation and resilience. This session is free and open to the public, but space is limited so please confirm attendance by emailing

Contact Improvisation is an inherently collaborative discipline, one that requires a mutual instability to propel an instant collaboration through space. As a dance form, CI takes the body as its site of creation - the body in all its messy, traumatic, and unspoken histories. Through offering a framework for kinesthetic communication, tactile sensation, and integrative creative exploration, Contact Improvisation offers practitioners a new way to access the body as a site of creation and resilience.

We will also be exploring a short excerpt from the text "How to Land" by Ann Cooper Albright. Please read in advance for a fruitful discussion! Excerpt available here.

Elizabeth Weinstein is a dancer, doula, and movement educator living and creating in Philadelphia. Her primary mode of movement is improvisation, and she has been practicing, performing and teaching contact improv for 10 years. She has performed with Myra Bazell/SCRAP, allendance, Lily Kind/PIDGIN, Polyglot, Hua Hua Zhang (Philadelphia and Taiwan), Atsushi Takenouchi (Italy) and was a 2018 Earthdance E|MERGE Artist in Residence. In 2012, she taught a Contact Improvisation course at Oberlin College, and has since led community workshops to people all ages and abilities in Michigan, Ohio and Philadelphia, Her own work has been performed in the woods,rivers and warehouses of Philadelphia, as well as at Vox Populi, Headlong, and abroad. As a birth doula, she is constantly seeking ways to integrate movement and improvisation practices more effectively into her birth work.

This workshop was made possible thanks to the Velocity Fund.

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Creative Resilience Collective is a health justice organization based in Philadelphia. We partner with underserved communities and advocates looking to combat stigma and improve access to self-determined mental health care.

We believe our collective agency can create positive change in care systems, leading to more equitable futures. We do this through educational workshops, study groups, critical writing, public art, youth programs, and the building of local tools and resources to shape the evolution of dignified care.


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