May Newburgh Open Movement
May 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
After a break in April, we are so excited to continue our 2017 season with our upcoming May event! Ophra’s back and energized from teaching and performing in Ecuador, and we’re really excited to have Katie Down with us again, making magic happen with glass instruments.
There are some great opportunities to expand your movement horizons coming up – look out for info about the Open Movement Mob at the Newburgh Illuminated Festival on Saturday, June 3 which you’re invited to be part of. Also coming up is a 5-week Contact Improvisation Workshop with Ophra Wolf at the Center for Creative Education in Beacon from June 15 – July 13.
Most importantly, join us in co-creating this beautiful space on the last Saturday’s of the month, where diversity, and relaxed, attentive playfulness reign. Creating time and space to experience your life this way is so extraordinarily satisfying and important. That’s why we’re thrilled to be able to keep Newburgh Open Movement going on a more regular basis this year. More on our May 27 event below…
May 27th Newburgh Open Movement!
@ Music & Art @ Raffle @
1:00 – 2:00 PM
Workshop with Ophra Wolf
2:00 – 4:00 PM
Open Jam featuring
Live Music with Katie Down on Glass Instruments
& Craig Chin (errant.space)
Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz
107 Broadway, Newburgh, NY
Open to all ages, creeds, abilities, colors, shapes and sizes.
Join us on the Last Saturdays of the month as we co-create time and space for people of all walks of life to come together and enjoy three hours playful dancing, deep listening and mindful movement.
The first hour of the event is a guided warm-up and movement awareness workshop led by Ophra Wolf of Force & Flow, followed by free and open time and space for you to move or observe as you please starting at 2 PM and featuring live music with monthly guest musicians.
Kids of all ages are welcome to the jam portion with adult supervision, the workshop at the start is suitable for adults and teenagers.
Movement and dance improvisation is about moving from the inside, in a way that feels good and organic to your body, and an Open Movement jam is a setting in which everyone is an equal part of co-creating the dance of the room.
You can come dance your heart out, and you can also just come to stretch quietly, listen, observe, draw and just enjoy the energy and focus of a room full of moving bodies. You can dance alone and you can dance with others, even your stillness is part of the dance that we’ll be co-creating.
It’s about tuning in – to your own body, to the space around you, and to the people you’re sharing it with.
The only requirement is willingness to look, listen and contribute your awareness – because it’s your awareness that’s making it all come to life.
Your donation helps to keep it going!
$5 – $10 suggested donation for the jam, $15 for the workshop
*NO ONE WILL BE TURNED AWAY FOR LACK OF FUNDS*
Before or after the jam, stick around for a number of other great events as part of #NewburghLastSaturdays.
You can warm up your body and mind and support our wonderful sponsor, Safe Harbors Lobby at the Ritz, by attending a pilates class with Angela Et Newburgh from APG Pilates from 12 noon – 12:55 PM in the Green Room, just downstairs from the Ritz. Proceeds go to The Ritz theater!
Thank you to our sponsors Raghaus and Force and Flow
We’re thrilled to announce that Newburgh Open Movement was awarded a Community Arts Grant from the Orange County New York Arts Council for 2017, which will help us to cover 6 months of musician stipend. Many thanks to the OCAC for their support!
We still have lots to cover to guarantee a year full of great events and we’re relying on business support and your donations to make it happen. Donate now!
We’re supported by our local businesses and community members like yourself – please consider making a contribution, the best one of all is showing up and telling your friends! If you’re interested in learning about partnering with us as a business, please message us.
Still not sure what an Open Movement Jam is all about?
An Open Movement Jam is simply a space where you can move however you please in the company of others. You can bring whatever movement practice you already have – yoga, hula hoop, tai chi – or you can invent you own freestyle dance form. You can even take a nap.
Nervous about having to dance? You don’t. You can watch, listen, draw – as long as you are staying aware of yours and others’ presence in the room. It’s about tuning in – to your own body, to the space around you, and to the people you’re sharing it with. The only requirement is willingness to look, listen and contribute your awareness – because it’s your awareness that’s making it all come to life.
If you do feel like dancing, there will be no moves to learn or rhythm to keep up with other than your own. Dance Improvisation is about moving from the inside, in a way that feels good and organic to your body. There is always the possibility that what feels good is to sit and watch and listen, that’s your dance. Regardless, you are an equal part of co-creating the dance of the room, simply by being there and contributing your awareness.