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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, both in print and in two online publications which 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. See our current subscription options.

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

Read more about our mission and publications, and our late beloved co-founder Nancy Stark Smith (1952-2020).

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 here on our website. In response to this moment, we offer a new online blog format, CQ Rolling Edition, chronicling the irrepressible creativity of dance artists and improvisers during this time of an ongoing Unknown.

CQ staff are mostly working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our shipping team is processing and shipping orders on a weekly basis. We thank you 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!

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

CQ 45th Anniversary Calendar 2020 Basic Neurocellular Patterns CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. III Gravity This Very Moment

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
Image of treasures from the CI Archive

Read the current CI Newsletter
with world-wide news & views photo © Illuminate Theatre Productions

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programming by Daniel Lepkoff
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,
Contact Editions, Videoda, & Performance/Workshop project.

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