The CI Global Calendar (CIGC) 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.
The Round Robin Project currently has two aspects :
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 Müller, 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 dance journal 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 “round robin”-style of sharing Global Calendar information), Norbert Pape, Martin Hülse, Daniel Hayes, Craig Harman and Colleen Bartley... (Sorry if we are forgetting some names. After 10 years we are for sure missing contributors, please contact us if you are one of them).
Through everyone’s efforts, the Round Robin Project has moved forward in creating a shared, cooperative, global CI Calendar. The first study and prototype of the Calendar has been done by an Italian CI dancer and web developer, Davide Casiraghi, in collaboration with Colleen Bartley. The current version has been developed by Davide Casiraghi in collaboration with Stephanie Pecoste and the current RRP Steering Committee. (See more details about the development here)
We welcome you to participate in its development and use. (See here for ways to get involved).
Both aspects of the Round Robin Project are led by a Steering Committee that meets irregularly 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 (Round Robin idea).