This section includes some general info about Contact Improvisation, details about the DC CI jam - a Washington DC gathering to practice CI that's been happening weekly since around 1980 - and explorations that have helped me find my way in the practice.
Here are some frequently consulted items from the full listing, further below:
- Washington, DC metro-area contact improvisers: see the DC Contact Improv section.
- For my take on CI, see About Contact Improvisation
- Contact Improv as a Way of Moving is my best attempt to describe the extraordinary opportunities and challenges in learning Contact Improv.
- Among those opportunities and challenges is realizing clear personal boundaries in an inter-personal context that's so different than typical daily life. Respecting Boundaries describes some fundamental guidelines for safe and healthy involvement in open ensemble improvisation, including Contact Improv.
- Ensemble Improvisation's Essential Ingredients describes what I see as the single crucial element for constructive involvement in ensemble improvisation. I would dare say that it's the central principle underlying any of these essays.
Here's the whole collection.
|About Contact Improvisation||In CI, partners discover their dance by mutually following shared points of contact. How does that work? Here's my enthusiastic perspective.|
|DC Contact Improv||Jams and other contact improv community resources in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area. Check here for up-to-date jam status, as well as info about joining the dc-ci mailing list to be informed via email about venue changes and other local ci-related events.|
|Ensemble Improvisation's Essential Ingredients||The ability to cooperate is developed in practice, and ensemble improvisation provides an opportunity to explore a balanced combination of external and internal receptivity, developing cooperation as an art.|
|Contact Improv As a Way of Moving||Contact improvisation is organized differently than other kinds of partner dance, but that doesn't mean it has to be unclear or confusing. In getting clear about this for myself, and helping others, I've become fascinated with the particular challenges in learning CI, and how to navigate them well.|
|Respecting Boundaries||Contact Improvisation and open ensemble movement improv are based around mutual cooperation rather than control. To work well they depend on respect for one another's boundaries, which we describe here. Please read, to help foster a healthy and safe jam!|
|What People Do At Jams||Here are some touch-points that may help in finding your way at Contact Improv jams.|
|Sharing the Moment||in contact improv, depth of engagement depends on mutual responsiveness rather than imposition of control.|
|CI Is An Opportunity to Play||CI offers an extraordinarily engaging opportunity to play. the only "equipment" necessary is an open space with a suitable floor and partners with a shared interest.|