What is Contact Improvisation?● E-Lesson by Nina DibbContact improvisation (CI) is a danceform/technique in which points of physical contactprovide the starting point for exploration throughmovement improvisation.Contact Improvisation is a form of danceimprovisation and is one of the best-known andmost characteristic forms of postmodern dance.
Lets go back to the beginning... What is DANCE???
“The dance is the mother of all languages”. Robin George Collingwood British philosopher and historian. Its been around since before the birth of the earliest human civilizations
● It has many faces (cultures, traditions)● It could be an ecstatic trance (e .g., rituals)● It is an aesthetic endeavor● The way of expressing yourself● It could be an extreme sport But can we have them all in one?
Apparently, yes. The form is called...Contact Improvisation
Contact Improvisation is a dance form, originated by American choreographer Steve Paxton in 1972, based on the communication between two or more moving bodies that are in physical contact and their combined relationship to the physical laws that govern their motion —gravity, momentum, inertia.Steves recipe: Aikido + Modern Dance = Contact Improvisation
Contact Improvisations are spontaneous physical dialogues that range from stillness to highly energetic exchangesThe body, in order to open to these sensations, must learn to release excess muscular tensionand abandon a certain quality of willfulness to experience the natural flow of movement. Practice includes rolling, falling, being upside down, following a physical point of contact, supporting and giving weight to a partner.
“Contact Improvisation is an open-ended exploration of the kinaesthetic possibilities of bodies moving through contact.Sometimes wild and athletic, sometimes quiet and meditative, it is a form open to all bodies and enquiring minds.” Ray Chung , London, 2009
Contact Improvisation (CI) is a framework for an improvised duet dance.Since it is essentially a dance of investigation of weight, touch, and communication, it adheres to no single definition or pedagogical certification program. All practitioners ultimately participate in the defining,disseminating, and development of the form through their own practice and discovery.
Physics of Contact Improvisation:● Yield to gravity● Use momentum● Be fluid as water and light as air● Grounded like a rock● Be sparkling like champagne If youre dancing physics, youre dancing contact. — Steve Paxton● After completing this lesson, you require to watch video at your own time: What is contact improvisation? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yzb9Hnjnd5g
Anyone can practice Contact Improvisation● Its a performing art● Its social dance● Its practiced at JAMs - with and without music - in round-robins - outdoors - at small workshops - at really big festivals● Its a dance therapy (for older people, kids, injured and disabled people)
Resources:● http://www.contactquarterly.com/contact-improvisation/about/cq_ciAbout.php● http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dance● http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contact_improvisation● http://www.nellymazloummadri.org.gr/dance_quotes.htm For more information and available workshops/events:● http://www.contactimprov.net Videos:● http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkreiRt8GEY● http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ltq6y06E8ew● http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hiKBt-Nubww Northern Ireland company practicing CI: Echo Echo Dance Theatre● http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oi5z1h2tIVA● http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wb_e8wHH6DA