Improvised Contact Between Luminous Beings
Contact improvisation, according to wikipedia, is defined as: "a dance technique in which points of physical contact provide the starting point for exploration through movement improvisation...one of the best-known and most characteristic forms of postmodern dance."
According to my friend Lisa, contact improvisation is "a bunch of [wierdos] rolling around on each other"
I would define contact as a way to develop, through exercises of physical and mental meditation, an appreciation of the sensitivity, strength, softness, familiarity and unpredictability of our bodies and, consequently, the bodies of others. I would argue that the purpose of contact is to explore the expectation which our bodies' movements and habits conform to, and find the edges of those expectations to peel away the layers that insulate us from one another.
The individual and cooperative efforts by which these exercises take place are as diverse and meaningful as the attitudes of the participants. The code of contact is that no participant is ever obligated to take part in any exercise that they are not comfortable with, and anyone may join in or step back from these exercises as they see fit. Of course, the Tao Te Ching says (paraphrased) "Opposition is growth," and thus it should be noted, that every offering that participants bring to this class will be rewarded.
anda flamenco in ivy building
2637 27th Avenue SouthMinneapolis, MN 55406
Ryan Pusch is new to contact improvisation, new to dance, and new to teaching. He's a patient person. He's extremely excited by the prospect of increasing accessibility and contributing to the creativity of the contact community in the twin cities.
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