Mazopalooza is a dance festival which has been quietly thriving in the dead of winter in a tiny town in Southwest Wisconsin for about fifteen years! We’ve filled the streets, galleries, community spaces and storefronts of Mazomanie (WI) with spontaneous physical composition; enjoyed exquisite afternoons of focused movement; explored aerial, vocal, musical, silent, site-specific, physical, theatrical and contact-based improvisation, welcomed the curious via free classes and performances, and accrued rich memories of retreat and reconnection in a peaceful, beautiful rural setting. It is always a delight to witness new eyes opening to the lifelong practice and joyful play of improvisational movement, and to welcome back old friends for whom Mazopalooza has become a New Year’s tradition. Here are some photos from past ‘paloozas. Mazomanie is a lovely small town in Southwestern Wisconsin’s Driftless region, about 25 mi. west of Madison. Cozy local accommodations are available for a small fee on a first-come, first-served basis!
This year, we’re going to keep it very, very simple. We’re planning an easygoing long-weekend of open Contact Improvisation practice (Jamming), with warm ups, along with a few other special offerings, led by some wonderful members of our regional community of dancers. No pre-registration is necessary to join in the dancing, and all jams and other activities are by donation.
Here’s the preliminary schedule:
Friday Jan. 3, 7-9:30 p.m. Warm-up, jam.
Saturday Jan. 4, 10 a.m. opening circle, warm-up, jam. 12:30 lunch break. 2:00-5:30 warm-up, jam. 5:30-7 dinner break. 7-8 Sound healing 8-11: Jam or costume party or….
Sunday Jan. 5, 8:30 a.m. Guided warm-up, jam. 10:30 a.m. Brunch at Maria’s. Departures.
Food and Housing:
There will be minimal catering and no work-study meals provided this year. For Saturday lunch and dinner, it will be possible to pre-order off a special menu from Base Camp, the cafe across the road from the studio. You can then just pay base camp directly for your food (there’s a discount if you pay cash!). Or you can bring your own. We have a fridge and a microwave available. Sunday brunch will be at the home of Maria Van Cleve and Tim Kobernik, and is a long-standing (and delicious) Mazopalooza tradition.
Housing is available for a limited number of dancers in local homestays. There is also sleeping space (but no shower or kitchen) available at the Rumpus Room, and some Madison-based dancers might also be able to put you up.
Pre-Registration: has ended. Sorry, can’t wrangle any more local housing. EMAIL MARS if you want to camp @ the studio: firstname.lastname@example.org. And otherwise, just show up and dance!!!
Date(s) - 01/03/2020 - 01/05/2020
1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Rumpus Room