Dancing Deeper Still is a sourcebook on Contact Improvisation. This compilation of 30 years of writings is meant to accompany and support your investigation as you discover new pathways and dynamics in your dancing. It includes chapters on:
- Contact Improvisation in performance
- Boundaries and sexuality
- Political activism
- Dancing while aging
- Expanded teaching research notes
- Advanced skills
Whether you are the improviser who savors the slow rivers of sensation…or who delights in spontaneous acrobatics…or any of the bountiful realms in between, this book was written for you.
“A craftsman always knows the result of his labor,
while the artist never does.”
—W H Auden Continue reading
In the world of computers there is a revolution happening called open source programming. A piece of software is written and then anybody who wants to can improve the Continue reading
At the 2nd Annual Contact Festival Vienna there were moments during the festival where dancers could “share their practice.”
Leilani Weis, Sabine Parzer, and I did a score to draw attention to the act of observing contact improvisation. Below is the video with the Continue reading
Mahatma Gandhi never said these words: “you must be the change you want to see in the world.”
Many people speak this phrase with great authority. Now when I hear it, I’m hearing them say, Continue reading
It feels good to make a difference.
Last week I facilitated a Contact Improvisation workshop with 22 of Colombia’s foremost dance teachers, choreographers and dance academics, by invitation of the Ministry of Culture.
This was one of the biggest challenges of my 34 years of teaching. These were Colombia’s most Continue reading
I’ve heard that farmers who plant domesticated wheat have a vitally important task to do every few years if they want their crops to flourish. They must go into the wilderness and find wild Continue reading
Many years ago I put out the call for words of advice for musicians at jams. This is one of the best writings to come back. I’m afraid I don’t remember who wrote it. (If you wrote it please let me know so I can give you credit)
Improvised Music at Contact Improvisation Jams
Yes, I am a contact improvisation dancer and a musician. The keyword here is “sensitivity“. Continue reading
I used to roar into the dance studio and begin by jumping off the walls – becoming sweaty and energetic and frothy. Then I would slow down and shift into sensation. Now, as I’m in my 50’s, I slide into the studio and start slow, steeping in the ale and gradually working up to the froth.
The words “young” and “old” have never made sense to me. But I appreciate now the notion of aging, of time passing and changes in the body and outlook. Continue reading