Contact Improvisation

The Development of Contact Improvisation

Contact Improvisation is a dance form of communicating, experiencing, and relating through physical contact between two or more people. Basic skills such as falling, rolling, sharing weight, and moving with momentum encourage a freedom of expression and communication unique to the form.

Contact Improvisation workshops introduce participants to both the roots of the movement combined with a contemporary approach to the form. Gravity, weight and a meditative entrance into sensing will be used to open the instinctive and intuitive mind of improvisation. Sensing oneself, non-verbal communication with others and experiencing the environment facilitate reflecting on the past, the present, and future of one’s ability to improvise.

Dancing ranges from simple to complex, depending on the experience levels. It is an accessible form where people can meet on equal ground and explore the movement possibilities that exist between them.

Breitenbush Jam is an annual event that Joint Forces Dance Company produces where people come from all around the world to engage in and learn about Contact Improvisation. Please see articles about Contact Improvisation in the bibliography.

To bring a Joint Forces Dance Company Workshop to your city or region, please contact us ».


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DanceAbility International
Joint Forces Dance Co.
576 Olive St. Suite 208
Eugene, OR 97401