2018 Moab Jam Workshop:



Mirva Mäkinen (Helsinki, Finland)

May 20 (Sunday afternoon) through May 23 (Wednesday).  Arrival in Moab Saturday May 19.

Below is Mirva's workshop description and and bio. The registration/costs and schedule pages currently reflect 2016 information; I am currently  (1/23/18) working to update all the pages to reflect 2018 events, and expect full website to be updated for the 2018 Moab Jam by January 28. 

This video gives a taste of the Inner Landscape workshop.

The primary inquiry in this workshop is choice-making in Contact Improvisation. What kind of choices do I make when I dance? What is my inner landscape? How do I connect with somatic presence, environment, and nature while I dance? We will explore how somatic experiences of Contact Improvisation affect our personal and collective choice-making. We will also investigate technical principals of Contact Improvisation: moving with shared weight, spherical space, and disorientation. We will craft fresh pathways for floorwork, and widen our choices for movement through the space using experimental anatomy and other somatic practices.

Once we start exploring our questions about the choice-making, we then can look at how this applies to our values in Contact Improvisation. Are we allowing the other person to see our bodily environments and our inner landscapes? Can we maintain aliveness and sensitivity in our sensations while being seen? Can we simultaneously connect to listening, seeing and sensing? 

These questions have led me to a further exploration of the sensations and intuition that guide my journey in Contact Improvisation. The material of the workshop will excite curiosity to improvise in a present moment and finding connection between senses, nature, and moments of surprise. I am interested in helping to create a space where nature supports Contact Improvisation and the experience that we share together with another person.

Mirva Mäkinen graduated (MA) from the Dance Department from the University of Arts, Finland in 2000. Prior to that she completed a Masters of Physical Education from University of Jyväskylä. In 2010 she began her doctoral studies at the University of Arts in Helsinki; her artistic research investigates and articulates Somaesthetics of Contact Improvisation.

From 2000 onwards she has been a dance teacher, choreographer and lecturer for dance at the Kallio Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts, and has been teaching in international dance and Contact Improvisation festivals. Mirva has been working with many different dance companies and choreographers, such as: Dance company Karttunen Kollektiv (choreographer Jyrki Karttunen), New Circus Company Circo Aereo, choreographer Joona Halonen, Echo Echo dance company (North Ireland), collaboration with Frey Faust and collaboration with Joerg Hassmann. At the moment she is working with finnish choreographer Valtteri Raekallio.

In dance I am interested in the feeling of flow and soft movement. I love to investigate movement, its rhythm and different ways of inhabiting the body. A feeling of dancing is created by being able to switch the body from total relaxation to extreme intensity and tension. I call this the body’s ability to breathe and create movement.