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(VFR) Contact Improvisation video night Archive & jam

Saturday May 18th from 5pm to 10pm
Danse Orée des Bois, Eastern Townships

01.Steve Paxton and David Woodberry

Pour signaler votre présence écrire à :
ADRESSE : 823, chemin Sainte-Anne, Stukely-Sud, J0E 2J0
À 1 heure de Mtl et 30 minutes de Sherbrooke.
Co-voiturage : écrire sur la page FACEBOOK
 Arrivée 15 minutes avant, si possible.
 Projection, 17h30 (durée 2h15).
 Le jam devrait commencer à 20h, soutenu par une "playlist" musicale.
 Maïs éclaté, biscuits et tisanes seront fournis. Vous pouvez aussi venir avec votre nourriture et manger lors de la projection.
 Apportez un coussin pour votre postérieur.
 Le tout est suivi d’un moment de partage et d’un jam.
 Le bain extérieur japonais sera aussi disponible à la communauté alors, apportez le nécessaire pour vous baigner.

02. Head

Visionnement sur les débuts de ce mouvement révolutionnaire, vous verrez, cette recherche vous fascinera ! Suivi d’un jam.

Collected Edition 1972 – 1983
VIDEODA, a project of Contact Collaborations, Inc.,
archives performance documents of Contact Improvisation from its inception in 1972. 
Le Contact Improvisation (CI) a été présenté pour la première fois sous la forme d’une série de performances conçues et dirigées par le chorégraphe américain Steve Paxton en juin 1972 à la galerie John Weber à New York. Paxton a invité environ 17 étudiants et collègues à participer à ce projet de deux semaines. Ces danseurs comprenaient Tim Butler, Laura Chapman, Barbara Dilley, Leon Felder, Mary Fulkerson, Tom Hast, Daniel Lepkoff, Nita Little, Alice Lusterman, Mark Peterson, Curt Siddall, Emily Siege, Nancy Stark Smith, Nancy Topf et David Woodberry. Plusieurs d’entre eux continuent à pratiquer la forme de Contact Improvisation aujourd’hui.

La vidéo de ces premières performances peut être visionnée dans deux documentaires relatés par Paxton, Chute (1979) et Fall After Newton (1987) dans l’édition colligée des archives de CI de 1972 à 1983 de Videoda.

Autres informations

Steve Paxton, a dancer with a background in tumbling and martial arts, was a member of several modern dance companies in New York in the 1960s, including that of the revolutionary choreographer Merce Cunningham and his longtime collaborator, composer John Cage, a major innovator in musical and artistic thinking.

Paxton was a prime mover in the groundbreaking performances of the Judson Dance Theater in the mid-1960s in NYC, challenging assumptions about dance and opening up new possibilities for the art form, including what kinds of movement could be considered dance and how dances are made. Paxton’s radical choreographic propositions in the sixties included his exploration of improvisation—both solo and in groups, most notably with the dance theater collective, Grand Union (1971–1976), which included Yvonne Rainer, Barbara Lloyd (Dilley), Nancy Lewis, David Gordon, Douglas Dunn, and Trisha Brown. It was during his time with the Grand Union that Paxton first proposed Contact Improvisation.

About Contact Improvisation (CI) - Definitions
There are many ways of defining the dance form Contact Improvisation. Here are two:

Contact Improvisation is an evolving system of movement initiated in 1972 by American choreographer Steve Paxton. The improvised dance form is based on the communication between two moving bodies that are in physical contact and their combined relationship to the physical laws that govern their motion—gravity, momentum, inertia. The body, in order to open to these sensations, learns to release excess muscular tension and abandon a certain quality of willfulness to experience the natural flow of movement. Practice includes rolling, falling, being upside down, following a physical point of contact, supporting and giving weight to a partner.

Contact improvisations are spontaneous physical dialogues that range from stillness to highly energetic exchanges. Alertness is developed in order to work in an energetic state of physical disorientation, trusting in one’s basic survival instincts. It is a free play with balance, self-correcting the wrong moves and reinforcing the right ones, bringing forth a physical/emotional truth about a shared moment of movement that leaves the participants informed, centered, and enlivened.
—early definition by Steve Paxton and others, 1970s,  
from CQ Vol. 5:1, Fall 1979

Contact Improvisation is an open-ended exploration of the kinaesthetic possibilities of bodies moving through contact. Sometimes wild and athletic, sometimes quiet and meditative, it is a form open to all bodies and enquiring minds.
—from Ray Chung workshop announcement, London, 2009

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