Contact Improvisation Dance – with Luc
WHAT IS CONTACT IMPROV DANCE?
Contact Improvisation is a unique freestyle dance form that explores the body’s connection to the world through touch. It is an open-ended exploration of the kinesthetic possibilities of bodies moving through contact. Sometimes wild and athletic, sometimes quiet and meditative, it is a form open to all bodies, changing from moment to moment and dance to dance, as a result of the physicalities of those meeting. Contact manifests in different ways depending on accidents of physics and the intentions and curiosities of those participating. It is a dance that fine tunes your senses and wakes up your ability to listen and respond to what is happening in the moment.
Contact Improvisation is a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially – following a shared point of contact. The form was founded in 1972 by Steve Paxton. Integrating his background as a modern dancer and his studies in the martial art form Aikido, Steve developed Contact Improv through explorations with his students and colleagues at the time. This dance practice explores the skills of falling, rolling, counterbalance, lifting using minimal effort, how to make ourselves light when being lifted, centering and breathing techniques, and responsiveness to our partners and surroundings.
Contact Improvisation is an honoring of every moment. There is a sweet surrendering that happens when our bodies stay faithful to what is happening now, and now… and NOW! One learns to recognize and differentiate subtle impulses in our movement choices and our partner’s choices. We begin to decipher the cues that we give and receive which tell us when to lead or follow, when to go up, when to go down, where to touch, how to lift, when to slow down, and when to be still. In this form one learns to stay in integrity with each choice, never forcing, never rushing. When Body, Mind, and Spirit are united in their instinctive wisdom one finds ones-self at home in every moment expressing ones true nature. – Mark Moti Zemelman
From Contact Improv – a wildly incomplete guide to the art v 3.3
Contact Improvisation is a unique freestyle dance form that explores the body’s connection to the world through touch.