What is Contact Improvisation?
Read also: A Short Introduction to Contact Improvisation
What is Contact Improvisation:
Here is a definition from something called The Dictionary of Dance (no author listed
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A style and technique based on improvisation, in which the dancers support and utilize each other's body weight while in motion; attributed
to dance artist Steve Paxton working in the United States, beginning in the 1970's; normally performed as a duet and without music,
the emphasis is on touching, falling, lifting, leaning, sliding, counter-balancing, and supporting the weight of another person. Characteristics
of sharing, cooperation, egalitarianism, and informality define the social atmosphere amongst performers and with the audience.