I’m happy to announce my first video about my work on Safer Brave Space!
In the video, I explain that the foundation for safer brave space is the value: “respect each other.” I suggest making “take care of yourself,” which is what some people describe as the “first rule of Contact Improvisation,” the second rule. I show how to use the Beaulieu Test to determine whether group guidelines support safer brave space and then apply the test to the guidelines of several groups, including Touch&Play.
The video is a recreation of the presentation, “The Foundational Value of Safer Brave Space,” which I did as part of a panel, Openings into Just Space: The Role of Consent, Governance, and Pedagogy in Contact, at Critical Mass: CI@50 at Oberlin College in July 2022. Critical Mass was a celebration of 50 years of Contact Improvisation. I changed my presentation upon learning that Daniel Hayes, who founded Touch&Play, which seeks to explore “chemistry in Contact Improvisation,” would be presenting on consent. My presentation was not recorded so I recreated it in this video, which is also posted in the CQ Contact Improvisation Newsletter: CI 50th Anniversary 2022 special edition.
I reference the following links in the video:
- Safer Brave Space page on this blog
- “How the First Rule Brought #MeToo to Contact Improvisation” published in Contact Quarterly Vol. 44.1.
- A Compendium of Contact Improvisation Jam Guidelines and related material from around the world.
- Explanation of my oil pastel triptych, “Jam Series,” in the blog post, “Art about Safer Brave Space.”
In addition to the presentation on safer brave space, I wrote “Getting There from Here: A Roadmap for Safer Brave Open Jams as part of the Critical Mass: CI@50 long form essay collection. To find out when it gets published and other news about my advocacy, please subscribe to this blog:
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