Contact improvisations are spontaneous physical dialogues that range from stillness to highly energetic exchanges. Alertness is developed in order to work in an energetic state of physical disorientation, trusting in one’s basic survival instincts. It is a free play with balance, self-correcting the wrong moves and reinforcing the right ones, bringing forth a physical/emotional truth about a shared moment of movement that leaves the participants informed, centered, and enlivened.
—early definition by Steve Paxton and others, 1970s, from CQ Vol. 5:1, Fall 1979
Contact improvisation is a dance with gravity, momentum, and everything else that is happening in the moment, including the physical and energetic contact the dance-partners share. It is a whole-body study in the subtle art of non-verbal collaboration and co-creation. Often a meditative practice, improvisation is done without music, to allow space to tune into what is happening and the moment-to-moment impulses of the body.
– Tanya Williams – Kitchener-Waterloo Dancer and Teacher
Demonstration and Instructional Videos of Contact Improvisation Dance
Contact Improvisation: An Intuitive, Non-Verbal and Intimate Dialogue: Itay Yatuv
Introduction to some basic contact improvisation skills:
Exploring the point of contact, pivoting, rolling, sliding, pushing with partner and without.
How to start moving at a jam, what to focus on, how to warm up, making conection with yourself and others
Introduction to priciples for lifting with some excercises to practise
Contact Improvisation: Listening, Rolling with Karen Nelson
With Karl Frost talking about CI and scenes from his class
Contact Improvisation: What happens? by Daniel Lepkoff
Other Contact Improvisation Resources