Organizing the jam space

Organizing So Everyone Can Be Involved At Their Own Pace

Returning after COVID quarantine we saw heightened importance in each person getting to choose how and when they share their personal space. To make it easy for everyone to have whatever time they need to return to partnering, we maintain the following structure – an improvisation-organizing "score". We’ve continued with it because people like how it supports people’s making their own choices.

Here's the score:

  • The edges of the space are for solo moving, except for the edge with the windows.
    When you’re on these edges you do not need to let others know that you’re moving solo – that is a given.

  • Those in the interior of the space are available for partnering.
    All the regular sensitivities and sensibilities for negotiating engagement apply.
    You can still move solo while away from the edges, but you may have to engage with others enough to respond to their invitations.

  • The edge with the windows is for people who are available for engagement.
    Particularly but not only for those who wish to observe but don’t necessarily want to be solo.

This way, those not yet available to engage with others do not have to do anything to indicate that, other than being on one of the soloing edges. That is, they need not engage with others in order to indicate that they are not yet available to engage.