I went to DC this past weekend to go to the weekly Contact Improv jam at St. James and St. Monica Church. Committing to the hour-long drive, the 3 hour jam, and the hour-long drive back always seems daunting, but I am so thankful on the days I make it a point to go.
It’s an amazing experience, if I allow it to be, to step into a space and a time in which I only have one thing to do: dance. I don’t need to plan or execute any particular task. I just need to be there.
Having that one job and that simple focus is such a relief.
As someone who tends toward extreme multitasking or extreme tunnel vision focus, I relish the opportunity to be present and to practice following impulses (from both outside and in) without an agenda. Or, at least, with an agenda that I can shed as soon as I realize I have it.
This is why I love CI. It allows me physical and experiential insight into the metaphysical. I am able to practice, in a tangible and real-time way, what it is to let go of agendas, expectations, plans, and tasks. And then I can feel, in my body, the openness, possibility, and choice that is accessible in the absence of a concrete plan.