Contact [and] Improvisation

Dey, Misri ORCID logoORCID: and Sarco-Thomas, Malaika (2014) Contact [and] Improvisation. [Journal]

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This special issue of the Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices focuses on contact [and] improvisation praxis. As a movement proposition, contact improvisation (CI) has done much to influence developments in the field of dance and somatic practices since its inception in the early 1970s. In the nearly 40 years of Contact Quarterly’s circulation as a vibrant publishing platform and newsletter for dance, improvisation and CI practices (since the first Contact Newsletter in 1975), and despite a rise in postgraduate and doctoral research into CI, there has not yet been a peer-reviewed academic journal issue dedicated to a discussion of practices and theories emerging from CI.
For the editors, this gap seemed an important one to name, and the invi- tation to edit this issue emerged following organisation of two conferences as part of Contact Festival Dartington 2013 and 2014 at Falmouth University, UK, both of which focused on discussing CI practices. The 2013 conference, Political Ecologies in Contact: Articulating Improvisation Practices,1 invited practitioner and academic responses to the notion of articulating what CI is, and in 2014 Contact Improvisation for Critical Response 2 asked contributors to consider how CI practices might operate as platforms for critical exchange.

Item Type: Journal
Uncontrolled Keywords: Dance Improvisation, Somatic Practices
ISSN: 1757-1871
Subjects: Performance > Dance > Choreography
Performance > Dance
Performance > Theatre
Courses by Department: Academy of Music & Theatre Arts > Theatre
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Depositing User: Misri Dey
Date Deposited: 29 Oct 2019 12:31
Last Modified: 11 Nov 2022 16:25


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