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Contact Improvisation

Contact Improvisation (CI) is a contemporary danceform, which was invented 1972 through an intitiative of Steve Paxton.


Influences that have helped the development of CI were:

  • postmodern danceimprovisation
  • acrobatics
  • gymnastics and
  • martial arts

Meanwhile CI is a self defining form, which is being used in therapeutic and artistic settings, is being taught in workshops and at dancefestivals and is being practiced worldwide in „jams“ as a free practice of dancing with each other.


The starting point for Contact Improvisation is the meeting of two people who share touch in improvisational movements. Three dimensional movements are being created through the play of the elements weight, force, speed and momentum.

During this contact of the two bodies, it can happen that

  • the surfaces of the touch change: i.e. hand to hand, hand to back, head to foot
  • the levels of the movement shift:
    standing, lyind down, in the air
  • the bodyweight is being transfered onto the partner in
    different degrees: partial bodyweight, so that the partner can stand on their own, full bodyweight: balancing on the partner
  • Changes in speed occur

From this simple setting duets, trios, quartetts and groupimprovisations can develop. Scores are simple improvisational structures, which give a frame for the events to take place (i.e. timestructure, spacelimitations, groupdevelopments).


Contact improvisation is a selfresponsible and selfdefined danceform, where each participant can choose their movement. People with different physical facilities can practice this form, since everbody can at any point decide with whom, how long, how fast and how intense the dance happens.