Contact Quarterly, a vehicle for moving ideas,
is an international journal of dance, improvisation, performance, and contemporary movement arts.
Here you can access the dancer's voice in writings that shed light on the many emerging dance and improvisation forms and practices, somatic movement approaches, and creative processes which intrigue and nurture our art form.
In addition, CQ is an important hub for historical and current materials about the dance form Contact Improvisation and promotes a special collection of dance books and DVDs, authored by journal contributors, through Contact Editions book publishing project.
Read more about our mission and Online Publications—CQ Unbound and Rolling Edition, and our late co-founder Nancy Stark Smith (1952-2020).
In 2021, we ceased being a subscriber-supported organization and began our transition to a Resource-Archive Site, when we will add the full contents of our print issues in digital form, and much more, to be accessible to everyone.
Like all arts organizations in this uncertain time, we are dancing into new territory and especially look to your generous support to help us continue to move forward. Please stay safe and keep your imagination moving!
Thank you for your patience while we update and reorganize our site.
CQ gives progressive dance artists, working in a range of modalities, their own voice. It invites them to experiment with ideas, with language, with form: to bring to the page the same experimental attitude and excitement they bring to the studio and the stage.
—Elizabeth Zimmer, dance writer
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Dancers: Steve Paxton & Daniel Lepkoff, 1973
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