Contact Improvisation is a form of improvised dancing that has been developing internationally since 1972. It involves the exploration of one's body in relationship to others
or the space in between ?
American dancer and choreographer Steve Paxton originated contact improvisation, drawing from his past training in aikido, a martial art form, to explore and push boundaries with his colleagues and students to develop this new practice. Contact improvisation plays with the artistry of falling off
balance, counterbalance, finding the shelves of the body, learning the mechanics of the body in order to handle someone else's weight or be lifted, breathing techniques,
sharing the space, sharing the air
and can involve the art of getting to know your partner past the physical point through the physicality.
Steve Paxton, along with other pioneers Nancy Stark Smith, Danny Lepkoff, Lisa Nelson, Karen Nelson, Nita Little, Andrew Harwood, and Ray Chung, thus participated in creating an "art-sport," oscillating
waves, the space between
between different emphases depending on the moments and personalities who practice it:
- experimental dance (practice-based research organized in dance laboratories)
- theatrical form (improvised performances and lectures-demonstrations)
- educational tool (classical training for professional and non-professional dancers in improvisation and in partnering)
- social dancing (through informal gatherings known as "jams"
- awareness practice
Formally, contact improvisation is a movement improvisation that is explored with another being. According to one of its first practitioners, Nancy Stark Smith, it "resembles other familiar duet forms, such as the embrace, wrestling, surfing, martial arts, and the jitterbug, encompassing a wide range of movement from stillness to highly athletic."
Various definitions establish in their own ways what was at stake in a contact improvisation duo. Steve Paxton proposed the following in 1979:
The exigencies of the form dictate a mode of movement which is :
relaxed, constantly aware and prepared, and onflowing. As a basic focus, the dancers remain in physical touch, mutually supportive and innovative, meditating upon the physical laws relating to their masses: gravity, momentum, inertia, and friction. They do not strive to achieve results, but rather, to meet the constantly changing physical reality with appropriate placement and energy.
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Departing from that definition of "Contact Improvisation" or "danse contact" in french, what would be a textcontact practice be ?
Perhaps someone can help here further.