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What is contact improvisation?

As well as the majority of hobbies fashionable now, contact improvisation came to us from the West. As her founding father it is considered to be the American choreographer Steve Pekston who at the beginning of 70 - x together with colleagues presented to the USA to public the representation under the name “Magnesium“.

Having developed from choreography, contact improvisation breaks barriers of genre convention of any dancing direction to become technology of aerobatics something like that of art. Being at the intersection of sport, theater, dance and meditation, it organically combines lines, apparently, of so unlike phenomena.

In the presence of public occupation by contact improvisation gets a theatricality raid, turning into alphabetical bases of acting skills.

Out of the audience theatrical rehearsal becomes sports training with elements of acrobatics and gymnastics: contact improvisation takes a form of physical discipline. Therefore it has the second name - an art - sport, or art sport.

And for someone contact improvisation can become some kind of spirituality, a form of research, work on itself which purpose is freedom in the movements, trust to a body, its release from - under dictatorship of consciousness.

However most often contact improvisation define as dance without rules .

Contact improvisation resembles dance really a little superficially. Dancing contact improvisation, or kontaktnik, do the movements in couple: touch to each other, are discharged of the partner`s body. Fade, hanging the friend on the friend, come to life, accelerating a rhythm. Hang in a jump, roll down a floor.

But if dance can be assimilated to reproduction of the learned texts, then contact improvisation in this sense is freely flowing speech. It is dance which is born now and here, in the face of the audience. Kontaktniki is not used by schemes or templates of movements of certain types of dances. Their freedom is limited only by time and patience of public.

That is why it is impossible to tell about kontaktnik: they dance. More correct will be: it is danced, in the same way as we speak is impersonal about the nature - “dawns“ or “gets dark“.

One more difference of contact improvisation from dances is lack of music . According to one of the key principles of this art form - allow dance to happen - kontaktnik allow a body to do the movements in response to the partner`s impulses, vchuvstvovavshis in his mood, having got into it is so deep that dance becomes continuation of a state of mind dancing, its reflection at the corporal level. Translation of internal communication into a sign language, body language.

And though in contact improvisation elements of choreography, gymnastics and acrobatics are used, for all three components the touch to a body of other person, contact of several (most often two) people when there is possible an achievement of surprising harmony, the harmonies of two “I“ dissolved in each other, become organic part whole is binding nevertheless.

In other words, contact improvisation is a communication through a touch.