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Contact Quarterly is an international journal of dance, improvisation, performance, and contemporary movement arts.

WITH SORROW, we announce the passing of our beloved founder, codirector, and coeditor, NANCY STARK SMITH, on Friday, May 1st. Read here words honoring Nancy's life and work.
Dance in peace, dear Nancy.

COVID-19 Update
Dear CQ Friends & Readers,

We hope this finds you well and safe. As our world shifts and changes, we hope too that you will find pleasure in reading the groundedness of dance thinking right here on our website. In response to this moment, we offer two new features: a page of CQ Resources for Remote Dancing, and a special edition of the CI Newsletter devoted to the irrepressible creativity of Contact Improvisers during this ongoing Unknown.

Due to the Stay-at-Home order in place in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, our staff is safe and working from home. Hence, there will be a delay in processing shipments for a bit longer. We thank you all for your patience.

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!

Here you can access the dancer's voice in both print and online writings about the many emerging dance and improvisation forms, teaching methods, somatic movement practices, and creative processes which intrigue and nurture our art form. See our current subscription options.

In addition, CQ makes available a special collection of dance books and DVDs through Contact Editions and is an important hub for historical and current materials about the dance form Contact Improvisation.

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

Contact Editions books & dvds

Basic Neurocellular Patterns CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. III Gravity Dancing Deeper Still CQ 45th Anniversary Calendar 2020

Publications on contemporary dance, improvisation, performance, and somatic movement arts.

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Contact Improvisation
a dance form—resources

Watch a clip of Soft Pallet–video of CI by its founding practitioners. Videoda Archive.
Dancers: Steve Paxton & Daniel Lepkoff, 1973

CI Resources
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with world-wide news & views photo © Illuminate Theatre Productions

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Contact Quarterly is the longest living, independent, artist-made,
reader-supported magazine devoted to the dancer's voice in the field        
of contemporary dance and improvisation.

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CC is the 501c3 non-profit parent organization of Contact Quarterly,
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