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Newburgh Open Movement

June 25, 2016 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

June 25 is the third and final Newburgh Open Movement, a series of movement improvisation workshops and open movement jams that create safe, fun and inclusive space for people from all backgrounds and abilities to express themselves and experience conscious and creative connection to others.

Over eighty people ages 2 thru 92, in all shades and shapes have already come together to enjoy this event, which opens up a space like no other for three hours of improvised dancing, mindful movement and playful co-creation.

The event begins with a dance improvisation workshop with Ophra Wolf at 1:30 PM, followed by two hours of free and open jamming from 2:30 – 4:30 PM with live musical accompaniment by the renowned and insanely talented Katie Down making music on glass instruments, toys, and other unexpected tools. And! as a grand finale bonus, we just got wind that Katie will be joined by grammy award winning reed player, Matt Darriau (of Klezmatics fame). You won’t want to miss this extraordinary experience!

Dance improvisation is about moving from the inside, in a way that feels good and organic to your body, and a dance 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 observe, stretch quietly, sketch and 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 all about tuning in – to your own body, to the space around you, and to the people you’re sharing it with.

You don’t have to live or work in Newburgh to take part – it’s open to all and aims to bring together people from all over the Hudson Valley. And again, all levels of ability are welcome – the library is accessible and a wheelchair is no barrier to dancing with us. Neither is language – Spanish translation and assistance will be available, and most of the time we won’t be talking, we’ll be dancing and listening. Children are welcome with adult supervision, the workshop is recommended for kids 12 and up.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. It is sponsored and supported by the Friends of the Newburgh Free Library.

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June 25, 2016
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Newburgh Free Library
124 Grand Street
Newburgh , NY 12550 United States
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Ophra Wolf