The intention of CI Ground Research is to bring together dancers from all over the world who are seriously invested in Contact Improvisation. This is an artist residency for dancers to engage in the form in a variety of ways: open dancing, teaching, labbing, discussion, and performance. The residency culminates in Earthdance’s Spring Equinox Jam, which becomes a forum for sharing research from the residency. 

As CIGR evolves, the one constant element that continues to be successful is the experience of an enlivening encounter of committed dancers. As Gretchen Spiro states, “The delight of getting to dance with other very committed (advanced) dancers.” We expect that a large part of our research material and direction will come straight from our shared physical practice.

We believe that gathering experienced dancers to work together before jams improves jams and brings a higher degree of experience and investigation into the CI culture. These exchanges work from a model regularly used in Europe and are an effective way in creating stronger bridges between working CI practitioners. We hope that the energy and excitement generated at CI Ground Research will inspire other CI communities to create research exchanges leading into their seasonal jams.