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Contact Improvisation:
what Wikipedia hides from you
Exploration of what?
- physics and possibilities of body
- interactions with a Human Being
- possibilities of improvisatio...
Historical note
● Isadora Duncan:
free dance
(around 1903)
● Merce Cunningham:
deliverance from story
(1940)
● Steve Paxto...
CI is...
● Unplanned dance
● Live philosophy and practice
● Community of people with alike interests
● Unplanned dance
● L...
Traits of CI as a dance
● Responsibility on your own
● Naturality of movements
● Escape from verticality
● Touch..
● Share...
People dance CI as
● Social dance, another language
● Exploration of Self and Other
● Part of own spiritual path
● Materia...
If a dancer tries to show that there's no gravity, that's ballet.
If a dancer tries to show that gravity oppresses him, th...
That's it.
Now you know something about CI,
But a lot better than «knowing about CI» —
practicing it!
Come and try out :)
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Contact Improvisation keys

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Contact Improvisation keys

  1. 1. Contact Improvisation: what Wikipedia hides from you
  2. 2. Exploration of what? - physics and possibilities of body - interactions with a Human Being - possibilities of improvisation - ergonomics of movement … … every dancer will have his/her own opinion... CI: exploration in form of dance
  3. 3. Historical note ● Isadora Duncan: free dance (around 1903) ● Merce Cunningham: deliverance from story (1940) ● Steve Paxton: contact improvisation (1972) ● Isadora Duncan: free dance (around 1903) ● Merce Cunningham: deliverance from story (1940) ● Steve Paxton: contact improvisation (1972)
  4. 4. CI is... ● Unplanned dance ● Live philosophy and practice ● Community of people with alike interests ● Unplanned dance ● Live philosophy and practice ● Community of people with alike interests
  5. 5. Traits of CI as a dance ● Responsibility on your own ● Naturality of movements ● Escape from verticality ● Touch.. ● Shared weight in a duet ● ... ● Responsibility on your own ● Naturality of movements ● Escape from verticality ● Touch.. ● Shared weight in a duet ● ...
  6. 6. People dance CI as ● Social dance, another language ● Exploration of Self and Other ● Part of own spiritual path ● Material for choreography and performances ● Actor skills training ● Art-therapy ● ... ● Social dance, another language ● Exploration of Self and Other ● Part of own spiritual path ● Material for choreography and performances ● Actor skills training ● Art-therapy ● ...
  7. 7. If a dancer tries to show that there's no gravity, that's ballet. If a dancer tries to show that gravity oppresses him, that's modern. If a dancer tries to show that can die in struggle with gravity, that's jazz. ... if a dancer loves gravity, that's contact improvisation ... If a dancer tries to show that there's no gravity, that's ballet. If a dancer tries to show that gravity oppresses him, that's modern. If a dancer tries to show that can die in struggle with gravity, that's jazz. ... if a dancer loves gravity, that's contact improvisation ...
  8. 8. That's it. Now you know something about CI, But a lot better than «knowing about CI» — practicing it! Come and try out :)

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