The Thousand and One

Here we have another week-long contact improvisation festival, this one taking place in France. It was set in Grenoble last July, but the information for 2016 remains scanty. From what we can tell this is a camping festival, though you can rent nearby chalets if so desired. There does seem to be a chef on site and meals supplied. As well there’s a gymnasium, inside of which everyone can get your contact improvisation freak on as desired.

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Something like this

There is no video that we can find, so the best thing is to read the following bit of history whilst imagining groups of people improvising into each other and large foam blocks (as the case may be).

“The organizing team is part of the Chorescence Collective. Chorescence, founded in 2005 by Isabelle Üski, offers spaces for searching, learning, creating with moving and relating integrated bodies. Contact improvisation is central in all Chorescence activities, at least in its spirit. In a few years, Chorescence became a key place in France for Contact Improvisation and Improvisation. Within the association, an amazing collective and volunteer dynamic made possible various events such as the regular jam, Underscores gatherings, Bare foot Boogies, Sylvester Jams, French Contact Improvisation teacher Gathering, 36th CI celebration, and the festival.”

Check out more at les 1000 et une webpage, hopefully updated with this year’s event soon.