The CI Global Calendar is part of the Round Robin Project (RRP), an international adventure initiated in 2008, to serve the dance form Contact Improvisation (CI) and all the people worldwide who are engaged in that work—dance practitioners, performers, researchers, teachers, and any other interested people.

The goal of the CI Global Calendar is to make information about Contact Improvisation events easily accessible in several languages—representing, at a glance, CI activities around the globe. It offers listings of CI classes, jams, workshops, festivals, and events happening throughout the global CI community, posted individually by event organizers and teachers.

Round Robin Team

The Round Robin Project currently has two aspects :
  • The CI - Global Calendar (CIGC)
  • A collective CI - Global Archive (CIGA), with a broad and diverse index of materials about Contact Improvisation ranging from articles, books, chapters, theses, transcripts, videos, to other CI artifacts, in many languages (currently in process).

Some history

The vision of creating a global sharing place on the Internet for CI calendar and archival material emerged from CI36, Contact Improvisation’s 36th Anniversary event in 2008, at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, US. The initial team investigating this vision included Eckhard Mueller, Nancy Stark Smith, and Dieter Heitkamp.

The idea was introduced to CI teachers at the 2009 ECITE (European Contact Improvisation Teachers Exchange) in Ormskirk, UK, and subsequently presented and updated at various CI festivals and conferences over the following years. Regular reports on RRP’s development appeared in Contact Quarterly and CQ’s CI Newsletter. Numerous individuals have joined the team for periods of time, contributing their expertise and commitment to the project, notably Tinu Hettich (who introduced the idea of a shared Global Calendar), Colleen Bartley, Norbert Pape, Martin Huelse; and more recently Defne Erdur and Romain Bigé.

Through everyone’s efforts, the Round Robin Project has moved forward in creating a shared, cooperative CI Calendar. The current CI Calendar has been designed and developed by Italian CI dancer and computer programmer, Davide Casiraghi, in collaboration with Colleen Bartley and the current RRP Steering Committee.

We welcome you to participate in its development and use. (See here for ways to get involved)

The Round Robin Project Steering Committee

The Round Robin Project Steering Committee (irregularly) meets to oversee the development and launching of the CI Calendar and Archive projects—with the secret hope that once these projects are established, others will rotate into their roles in maintaining and supporting the project.

The RRP Steering Committee as of June 1, 2018:
  • Dieter Heitkamp (GER)
  • Eckhard Mueller (FR/GER)
  • Nancy Stark Smith (USA)
  • Romain Bigé (FR)

We hope this CI Calendar serves the brilliant work of Contact Improvisation and all those engaged in it throughout the world. You can help this CI Calendar thrive by using it regularly to post your CI events and to find out what is going on in CI around the world, by donating funds and services, and by referring your CI friends and community to this global CI resource.