Contemporary Rave is a combination of a rave, a dance class and consciousness dancing all over the walls. It’s a rave in a dance studio. It’s consensual touch, the best dance floor in the city and a rave for your 30 best friends that you just don’t know yet.
The night has a precise structure, but you can arrive when you feel like it. Of course the night has been designed as a whole so you will get the most out of it if you journey through it in full. If you arrive later, please note that the beginning of the night is very delicate so do respect other dancers’ experience when entering the space.
B E G I N N I N G
20.30 – 21 Entering the space. Selecting the blindfolds. Your own tuning in before beginning together.
D A R K N E S S
21 – 22.30 Dancing blindfolded. For those who have visited the Blindfold Jam this is familiar, but in this session we also play music after the quiet tuning in. This sensitizes you to both to the movement of others, touch and music.
L I G H T
22.30 – 24 Dance with your eyes open. A second tuning in towards the rise of the energy. DJ set also lifts the energy higher than in the usual dj jams.
N E W W O R L D
00 – 00.30 Cooling down in the space without music.
The night is based on gentle somatic exercises, contact improvisation, experiencing the music with your whole body and dancing your brain away in a safer space. You don’t need to have experience about dance, contact improvisation or basically about anything to take part. You do need to read the guidelines of a safer space at the end of this description and follow them.
DJ & FACILITATOR
Samee Haapa is an actor FIA, dancer and a dj, who has 20 years of experience in organising alternative clubs and raves and teaching and making radical contemporary dance. They have previously started the dj jam which is now running its fourth year and Blindfold Jam, which has aroused a lot of interest as a new form of jam this year. Contemporary Rave is their latest proposal for a better contemporary party in 2020.
TIME & LOCATION
The next Contemporary Rave is after situation with the coronavirus is cleared.
Eskus – Performance Center, studio 2, Puhdistamo (building n:o 6) 2. fl. Official address: Kaasutehtaankatu 1/33, 00540 Helsinki.)
Contemporary Rave is committed to the principles of safer space. This means respect for all genders, sexualities, backgrounds, bodies and abilities. Racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic or other oppressive behavior is not allowed.
DJ is in charge of safety in the space and they are never too busy to react so do feel free to contact them at any point if you have any concerns.
Contemporary Rave is intoxicant-free and naturally high.