Art about Safer Brave Space at Going Dutch Festival

Michele Beaulieux stands with her oil pastel triptych, "Jam Series," at the Side Street Studio Arts Gallery in Elgin, Illinois Photo by Ivette De Santiago I had a great weekend in Elgin, seeing the amazing historic homes, biking the Fox River trail, consignment store shopping, visiting with my gracious host and hostess (who makes beautiful … Continue reading Art about Safer Brave Space at Going Dutch Festival

Creating and Showing Counterstories in Elgin, Illinois

Going Dutch Festival, Elgin, Illinois, 2022 Art about dance at a festival of dance and art! I will be showing my triptych, "Jam Series," and leading a workshop at the 12th annual Going Dutch Festival in Elgin Illinois, June 3-25, 2022. Produced by Side Street Studio Arts, the festival is a celebration of the female … Continue reading Creating and Showing Counterstories in Elgin, Illinois

A Call for Contact Improvisation Citizens

The Future of CI 3-Day International Online Conference April 23-25, 2021 I am happy to announce that I'm presenting "A Call for Contact Improvisation Citizens” at The Future of CI international online conference this coming Friday, April 23, 8PM CDT Chicago time. Conference registration is sliding scale, and presentations will be available online for a … Continue reading A Call for Contact Improvisation Citizens

Just Say “No” to Teachers Who Troll : Counterstory #2: Alternatives

Alternatives © 2020 Michele Beaulieux Oil pastel on paper How might Contact Improvisation (CI) groups respond to teachers who are known to troll? And by that I mean teachers who consciously and systematically search for sexual partners among students. I wrote two counterstories—stories with alternative outcomes that represent a moral shift away from the dominant cultural narrative—that imagine how … Continue reading Just Say “No” to Teachers Who Troll : Counterstory #2: Alternatives

Published Articles on Safer Brave Space

Jam with Maria: Listening for "Yes" #3 of 3 in Jam Series; Oil Pastel on Paper © 2019 Michele Beaulieux This post provides links to my writing published in Contact Quarterly and the CQ Contact Improvisation Newsletter on preventing sexual violence and creating what I call "safer brave spaces"—places where being brave is as safe … Continue reading Published Articles on Safer Brave Space

Can’t We Just Dance? A Counterstory

Believing Maria #2 of 3 in Jam Series; Oil pastel on paper © 2019 Michele Beaulieux In this post, I share a counterstory inspired by and following up on my article, "Can't We Just Dance? Not if We Want to Create Safer Brave Contact Improvisation Spaces" in the Winter/Spring 2020 CQ Contact Improvisation Newsletter. In … Continue reading Can’t We Just Dance? A Counterstory

The Shift from Rape Culture to Consent Culture

Chart showing the progression through the stages from rape culture to consent culture

This chart, “The Shift from Rape Culture to Consent Culture," lays out five possible states that groups might exhibit in how they handle sexual violence and other types of harm. The chart depicts two phases of rape culture and three phases of consent culture. The phases of rape culture—ignoring and reacting— support individual freedom, and … Continue reading The Shift from Rape Culture to Consent Culture

The Beaulieu Tools for Creating Safer Brave Spaces

Colorful empty chairs around a fire pit

Help in finding and creating safer brave spaces for contact improvisation jams and other voluntary group gatherings Campfire Circle Ready for Us © 2021 Michele Beaulieux On this page, I provide tools for answering the question: Is a group gathering, in which people are voluntarily participating, a “safer brave space,"—a place where being brave is … Continue reading The Beaulieu Tools for Creating Safer Brave Spaces

What is Contact Improvisation?

Michele Beaulieux presented "A Call for CI Citizens" at the Future of CI 3-Day International Online Conference April 23-25, 2021. For those unfamiliar with Contact Improvisation, I provide quick definitions and references on this page. What is Contact Improvisation? Contact Improvisation is a dance form that dancers make up as they go along; dancers’ entire … Continue reading What is Contact Improvisation?