8th Annual May Jam
May contact improvisation jam with Daniel Bear Davis as Artist-in-residence
Friends! Fun! Community!
Great breakfasts and lunches.
Monday, off-the-dance-floor gathering (optional)
Sat. night music/dance improv jam w/ Stan Strickland
Daniel Bear Davis has been teaching and dancing CI and improvisational composition for over half his life. He utilizes the form as personal practice as well as in the creation of performance work. His teaching has been greatly influenced by The Axis Syllabus (which he teaches). His approach to CI is one of constant research into the expansion of range and choice. He also has been taking Contact Improv to new heights with its application to acrobatic stilts in collaboration with Kristen Greco and The Carpetbag Brigade.
Daniel has taught internationally in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and throughout North America. He has performed on submarines, desert rocks, construction scaffolding, and art galleries. He’s made pieces about dementia, gender, war, heritage, identity. He cares about image, awe, and beauty. In creating a wide and rich acceptance of what it is to be human. He has been blessed with opportunities to perform with Nancy Stark Smith, Nita Little, Scott Wells, Guillermo Gomez Peña, Kira Kirsch, The Body Cartography Project, Live Art Installations, Felix Ruckert, Erika Tsimbrovsky, Caro Novella, and many other inspiring body/minds.
Stan Strickland Singer, saxophonist, flutist, actor, Stan Strickland has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe, New Zealand and the former Soviet Union. He has performed with the Boston Pops, Take Six, the Village People, Aretha Franklin, and jazz greats Yusef Lateef, Pharoah Sanders, Shirley Scott and Herbie Mann, and opened for Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, and The Bare Naked Ladies. He has work with many local dancers and choreographers as well as members of the Alvin Ailey, Jose Limon and Bill T Jones dance companies.
Stan is an associate professor of voice at Berklee College of Music and Co-Executive Director of Express Yourself, a multi-cultural arts agency that serves mentally ill youth through the Department of Mental Health. Stan’s one-man show, Coming Up For Air, An auto-jazzography received the prestigious Eliot Norton Award in theatre for best solo performance.