Here is one minute of a 20 minute duet with dancers Sole Medina and Sergio Palomares Vicente. This was at the Salt Spring Island Plunge
Here is what I notice:
• The soft tone in their bodies that allows for an alive responsiveness
• The ease looking into, and entering the backspace
• Their use of hands to map their partner (rather than manipulate)
• Sole’s use of sound to communicate her current state
• They don’t seem to be putting impulses into the dance, but rather are receiving impulses from the mutual conversation
• How they don’t have “terminus stations.” They let one moment, one motion, be the seed of the next
What do you notice?
(In my book, * Dancing Deeper Still: The Practice of Contact Improvisation * I talk about seasoned C.I dancers and their terminus stations or rather lack of terminus stations)
Any time we risk really hearing someone, letting who they truly are dance against the intimate core of our being, what we give that person is the gift of themselves. When the space in us is an invitation, we find things around us answering by coming alive. It is in the nature of things that a beautiful opening inspires us to find something of equal beauty to put within it.
— “The Creative Imperative” Charles Johnston
An old African proverb says, “When one flower opens, dozens open.”
I watched two contemporary dance teachers peering through a small window in a door in a large dance complex. Through that window they were observing a contact improvisation class. The students were sitting in a circle articulating their experiences with the previous dance.
One of the teachers said to the other: “I can’t believe they are…