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Contact Editions currently publishes and distributes digital books and videos. You will find links to purchase them below. See also a listing of CE's books in print with links to our new distributors.

Since ceasing to sell physical products in late 2020, we are promoting our former titles on contemporary dance, improvisation, performance, and somatic movement arts on a page of Recommended Books and Videos with links to where to purchase them. These titles are by authors and contributors to Contact Quarterly's pages over 45 years of printing. You can access articles by these authors by searching them on our site.

In January 2021, we began transitioning our website to CQ Resource-Archive Site. Thanks for your patience while we update and reorganize our pages. Some of our titles are pending new distributors. Please stay tuned here and through our e-newsletter.

Digital Books
  1. CQ/Contact Improvisation 25th Anniversary Sourcebook

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1975-1992

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    This is the first volume of writings reprinted from Contact Quarterly dance journal concerning the practice of contact improvisation, a ...read more

    $21
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  2. CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. II

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1992-2007

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    In celebration of Contact Improvisation’s 36th anniversary, we released this second volume of the multivioiced history of the dance form’s ...read more

    $25
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  3. CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. III

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 2008–2018

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    This third volume of Contact Improvisation's multivoiced evolution is collected from CQ Vol. 33 through 43, including writings from CI ...read more

    $27
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  4. This Very Moment

    teaching thinking dancing

    by Barbara Dilley

    This Very Moment braids threads of Barbara Dilley’s memoir in and out of a handbook for classroom practices of dance, ...read more

    $35
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    $40
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Digital Videos
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  1. Chute (1979)

    © Videoda
    9:36 min.
    Narration in English

    Documentary of the first Contact Improvisation demonstrations in N.Y.C. at the John Weber Gallery in 1972. With narration by originator, ...read more

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  2. Contact at 10th & 2nd (1983)

    © Videoda 49:05 min.

    Document of the 11th anniversary of Contact Improvisation performance festival at St. Mark’s Church in New York City with seasoned ...read more

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  3. Fall After Newton (1987)

    © Videoda
    22:45 min.
    Narration in English

    A sweeping look at 11 years of practice of Contact Improvisation by Nancy Stark Smith and initiator, Steve Paxton. The ...read more

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  4. Magnesium (1972)

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    9:33 min.

    Document of a dance made by Steve Paxton during a Grand Union residency at Oberlin College, Ohio in January, 1972. ...read more

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  5. Peripheral Vision (1975)

    © Videoda
    21:05 min.
    Narration in English

    Selections from a Contact Improvisation concert at Firehouse Theater in San Francisco, CA in 1973: “You Come, We’ll Show You ...read more

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  6. Soft Pallet (1973)

    © Videoda
    17:53 min.

    Selections from a vintage Contact Improvisation concert in Rome at L’Attico Gallery in 1973. With performers: Annette LaRoque, David Woodberry, ...read more

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CE Books in Print
  1. Caught Falling

    The Confluence of Contact Improvisation, Nancy Stark Smith, and Other Moving Ideas

    by David Koteen and Nancy Stark Smith
    with a Backwords by Steve Paxton

    The inside-out of dancer/CQ editor Nancy Stark Smith's life as seen through the kaleidoscope of the dance form Contact Improvisation. Includes Q&As between David and Nancy; photos of dancing & living; Talk Bubbles from friends, colleagues, and family; the Underscore; Nancy's life stories; and more. 2008. Contact Editions.

    Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

  2. CQ/Contact Improvisation 25th Anniversary Sourcebook

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1975-1992

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    The first volume of writings reprinted from Contact Quarterly dance journal concerning the practice of contact improvisation. Xeroxed articles, essays, drawings, photos, and quotes from CQ's birth as a newsletter in 1975 through 1992. An indispensable resource for dance students, teachers, and practitioners of CI to experience the roots and track the development of the practice and philosophy of this influential contemporary dance form. 1997. Contact Editions.

    Order Print edition through Contredanse

  3. CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. II

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1992-2007

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    In celebration of Contact Improvisation’s 36th anniversary, we released this second volume of the multivioiced history of the dance form’s ...read more

    Order Print edition through Contredanse

  4. CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. III

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 2008–2018

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    This third volume of Contact Improvisation's multivoiced evolution is collected from CQ Vol. 33 through 43, including writings from CI ...read more

    Order Print edition through Contredanse

  5. Handbook in Motion

    An Account of an Ongoing Personal Discourse and Its Manifestations in Dance

    by Simone Forti

    Tracing a period in her life from the 1969 Woodstock Festival through the following years living on the land, this ...read more

    Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

  6. Inside Motion

    An Ideokinetic Basis for Movement Education

    by John Rolland

    Inside Motion is a comprehensive study of anatomical imagery based on the Todd-Clark body alignment work as developed by dancer ...read more

    Perfect bound

    Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

  7. Sensing, Feeling, and Action, 3rd ed.

    The Experiential Anatomy of Body-Mind Centering®

    by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

    Pioneering movement educator Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s innovative approach to embodiment, movement analysis and reeducation, Body-Mind Centering®, is the subject of this book of collected essays, interviews, and exercises written for Contact Quarterly dance journal between 1980 and 2009. The 3rd edition includes sixteen additional pages with new articles on inspiration, expiration, and dancing through the transitional fluid, including a subject Index and List of Explorations. 1993. 2008. 2012. Contact Editions.

    Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

Recommended Books
  1. 86 Aspects of Composition

    a tool for open-ended creative research
    (deck of cards)

    by Mike Vargas

    Adapted from Mike Vargas’s article, “Looking at Composition is Like Painting the Golden Gate Bridge: 86 Aspects of Composition,” published ...read more

    Available through Global Underscore

  2. Action Theater

    The Improvisation of Presence

    by Ruth Zaporah

    Action Theater is an improvisational physical theater training and performance method that incorporates movement, vocalization, and speech. Packed with over 100 skill-building exercises with photos, this book is an indispensable training manual for actors, dancers, musicians, and all who explore the relationship between mind, body, action and performance. 1995. North Atlantic Books.

    Available through North Atlantic Books

  3. Basic Neurocellular Patterns

    Exploring Developmental Movement

    by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

    The Basic Neurocellular Patterns (BNP) form the underlying words and phrases in the language of human movement. They have a global influence on our physical, perceptual, emotional, and cognitive functioning and have extensive application in the areas of movement and psychophysical expression. With this book as a guide, Ms. Cohen invites you to directly experience, embody, and integrate your own developmental movement patterns. 2018. Burchfield Rose Publishers.

    Available through author

  4. Body and Earth

    An Experiential Guide

    by Andrea Olsen

    Integrating environmental science, biology, meditations, and creative expression, Olsen addresses the interconnectedness of body and place through a mixture of reflections, information, exercises, and visual art. 2002. Wesleyan University Press.

    Available through HFSbooks

  5. BodyStories

    A Guide to Experiential Anatomy

    by Andrea Olsen in collaboration with Caryn McHose 

    Thirty-one days of learning sessions bring heightened awareness about each bone and body system as well as providing self-guided studies to activate the learning processes. The book draws on Olsen’s twenty years as a dancer and teacher of anatomy to show how our attitudes and approaches to our bodies affect us day to day. 1998. Station Hill Press.

    Available through HFSbooks

  6. Caught Falling

    The Confluence of Contact Improvisation, Nancy Stark Smith, and Other Moving Ideas

    by David Koteen and Nancy Stark Smith
    with a Backwords by Steve Paxton

    The inside-out of dancer/CQ editor Nancy Stark Smith's life as seen through the kaleidoscope of the dance form Contact Improvisation. Includes Q&As between David and Nancy; photos of dancing & living; Talk Bubbles from friends, colleagues, and family; the Underscore; Nancy's life stories; and more. 2008. Contact Editions.

    Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

  7. Composing while Dancing

    An Improviser’s Companion

    by Melinda Buckwalter

    Dance improviser and coeditor of Contact Quarterly, Melinda Buckwalter mines her direct experience of the improvisational strategies of 26 pioneering contemporary dance artists and their varied approaches to this art form. With a mosaic of histories, methods, sample practices, source writings, and biographies of the artists, including Barbara Dilley, Simone Forti, Nina Martin, Mary Overlie, Steve Paxton, Min Tanaka, Lisa Nelson, et al. Composing offers a much needed and inspiring resource for dancers and dance educators. Watch the YouTube infomercial. 2010. University of Wisconsin Press

    Available through uwpress

  8. Contact Improvisation

    An Introduction to a Vitalizing Dance Form

    by Cheryl Pallant

    A devoted practitioner writes about contact improvisation from an experiential viewpoint, discussing its history, fundamentals, and political, social, and cultural ramifications, with questions, exercises, and a teacher's sampler. 2006. McFarland & Co.

    widely available

  9. Contact Improvisation & Body-Mind Centering

    A Manual for Teaching & Learning Movement

    by Annie Brook

    Designed to be a manual and study guide, this book supports body-mind integration and the development of an improvisational mind through movement with a blend of play, fundamental BMC exercises, and CI skills. 2000. Body-Mind.net.

    Available through author

  10. CQ/Contact Improvisation 25th Anniversary Sourcebook

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1975-1992

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    The first volume of writings reprinted from Contact Quarterly dance journal concerning the practice of contact improvisation. Xeroxed articles, essays, drawings, photos, and quotes from CQ's birth as a newsletter in 1975 through 1992. An indispensable resource for dance students, teachers, and practitioners of CI to experience the roots and track the development of the practice and philosophy of this influential contemporary dance form. 1997. Contact Editions.

    Order Print edition through Contredanse

  11. CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. II

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1992-2007

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    In celebration of Contact Improvisation’s 36th anniversary, we released this second volume of the multivioiced history of the dance form’s ...read more

    Order Print edition through Contredanse

  12. CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. III

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 2008–2018

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    This third volume of Contact Improvisation's multivoiced evolution is collected from CQ Vol. 33 through 43, including writings from CI ...read more

    Order Print edition through Contredanse

  13. Dancing Deeper Still

    The Practice of Contact Improvisation

    by Martin Keogh

    Through numerous detailed essays on the practice and teaching of Contact Improvisation, longtime Contact teacher Martin Keogh presents Dancing Deeper ...read more

    Available through author

  14. Embodied Lives

    Reflections on the Influence of Suprapto Suryodarmo and Amerta Movement

    Editors: Katya Bloom, Margit Galanter, and Sandra Reeve

    Since the mid-1980s, Suprapto Suryodarmo's moving/dancing has inspired many thousands of people in the West, and many more in his ...read more

    Available through Triarchy Press

  15. Encounters with Contact

    Dancing Contact Improvisation in College

    edited by Ann Cooper Albright, et al.

    Through a series of student writings and essays by established artists teaching in universities throughout the U.S., Encounters considers the ...read more

    Available by email

  16. Gravity

    by Steve Paxton

    In this elegant pocket-sized book, dancer Steve Paxton traces a lifetime in the company of gravity. In pithy prose essays, ...read more

    Available through Contredanse

  17. A Guide to a Somatic Movement Practice

    The Anatomy of Center

    by Nancy Topf with Hetty King

    Making available the full text of somatic dance education pioneer Nancy Topf's manuscript, The Anatomy of Center, for the first time in print, this introduction to Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy® helps professionals, teachers, and students of all levels integrate embodied, somatic practices within contexts of dance, physical education and therapy, health, and mental well-being. 2022. University Press of Florida.

    Available through University Press of Florida

  18. Handbook in Motion

    An Account of an Ongoing Personal Discourse and Its Manifestations in Dance

    by Simone Forti

    Tracing a period in her life from the 1969 Woodstock Festival through the following years living on the land, this ...read more

    Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

  19. Inside Motion

    An Ideokinetic Basis for Movement Education

    by John Rolland

    Inside Motion is a comprehensive study of anatomical imagery based on the Todd-Clark body alignment work as developed by dancer ...read more

    Perfect bound

    Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

  20. A Kinesthetic Legacy

    The Life and Works of Barbara Clark
    revised edition

    by Pamela Matt

    A Kinesthetic Legacy presents the biography and writings of Barbara Clark, who devoted her life to the preservation and creative ...read more

    Available through Thinking Body Institute

  21. The Knowing Body

    The Artist as Storyteller in Contemporary Performance

    by Louise Steinman

    This hands-on guidebook offers a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process involved in transforming personal stories to theater. Including journal ...read more

    Available through Penguin...

  22. Landscape of the Now

    A Topography of Movement Improvisation

    by Kent De Spain

    Author Kent De Spain takes readers on a deep journey into the underlying processes and structures of postmodern movement improvisation. ...read more

    widely available

  23. My Body, The Buddhist

    by Deborah Hay

    Through a series of imaginative approaches to movement and performance, choreographer Deborah Hay presents a profound reflection on the ephemeral ...read more

    Available through HFSbooks

  24. On the Edge

    Dialogues on Dance Improvisation in Performance

    edited by Agnès Benoit

    Bilingual: English/French
    Fourteen interviews with dancers/improvisers whose creative process derives directly from instant composition: Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Katie Duck, Lisa Nelson, Julyen Hamilton, Pauline De Groot, K.J. Holmes, Suzanne Cotto, Simone Forti, David Zambrano, Mark Tompkins, Alessandro Certini, Frans Poelstra, and others. 1997. Contredanse/Nouvelles de Danse #32/33

    Available through Contredanse

  25. ONE SHOT

    dialogues on real time composition

    by Mark Tompkins and Meg Stuart

    Bilingual English/French
    Two seasoned dancer-improvisers have created a book of conversations, interviews, performance transcripts, and images about real time composition. An investigation of sensations and perceptions, a study of presence and play in improvised performance, a handbook for survival. Images by Gilles Toutevoix. 2022. Éditions L'ŒIL D'OR.

    Available through L'ŒIL D'OR

  26. The Place of Dance

    A Somatic Guide to Dancing and Dance Making

    by Andrea Olsen, with Caryn McHose

    The Place of Dance is written for the general reader as well as for dancers. It reminds us that dancing ...read more

    Available through HFSbooks

  27. Questioning Contact Improvisation

    by Keith Hennessy

    Hennessy’s zine, coming from decades of practice and questioning of CI, interrogates whiteness, racism, heterosexism, and white supremacy in the ...read more

    Available through circozero

  28. Sensing, Feeling, and Action, 3rd ed.

    The Experiential Anatomy of Body-Mind Centering®

    by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

    Pioneering movement educator Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s innovative approach to embodiment, movement analysis and reeducation, Body-Mind Centering®, is the subject of this book of collected essays, interviews, and exercises written for Contact Quarterly dance journal between 1980 and 2009. The 3rd edition includes sixteen additional pages with new articles on inspiration, expiration, and dancing through the transitional fluid, including a subject Index and List of Explorations. 1993. 2008. 2012. Contact Editions.

    Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

  29. Sharing the Dance

    Contact Improvisation and American Culture

    by Cynthia J. Novack

    In Sharing the Dance , Cynthia Novack considers the development of contact improvisation within its web of historical, social, and ...read more

    Available through UWpress

  30. Standing In Space

    The Six Viewpoints Theory & Practice

    by Mary Overlie

    “Observe the ingredients, the materials of performance, contemplate the particles. Once you find them, train yourself to listen, allow them ...read more

    Available through sixviewpoints

  31. Taken by Surprise

    A Dance Improvisation Reader

    Editors: Ann Cooper Albright & David Gere

    This collection of new and previously published writings on dance improvisation brings together twenty-one essays by prominent dancers, scholars, and ...read more

    Available through HFSbooks

  32. Terpsichore's Deck

    by Eliza Larson

    Terpsichore’s Deck (named after the muse of dance) is an instructional and inspirational creative text for novice and advanced dance ...read more

    Available through author

  33. This Very Moment

    teaching thinking dancing

    by Barbara Dilley

    This Very Moment braids threads of Barbara Dilley’s memoir in and out of a handbook for classroom practices of dance, ...read more

    $35
    PDF - covid discount (6.8 MB)

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    $40
    PDF (6.8 MB)

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  34. Through the Back

    Situating Vision between Moving Bodies

    by Jeroen Peeters

    In today’s visual regime, contemporary dance operates as a critical force. It questions univocal representations and dominant cultural ideals of ...read more

    Available through Books on the Move

  35. Wisdom of the Body Moving

    An Introduction to Body-Mind Centering®

    by Linda Hartley

    A comprehensive guide to the basic philosophy and key elements of Body-Mind Centering®, the innovative approach to embodiment pioneered by movement educator Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen; with concrete and poetic explorations, clear exercises, and extensive anatomical drawings and photos. 1989. 1995. North Atlantic Books.

    Available through Pengiun...

Recommended Videos
  1. Anna Halprin, Dancing Life/Danser
    la vie (DVD-Rom)

    by Baptiste Andrien, Florence Corin / Contredanse,
    with Anna Halprin

    This interactive DVD-ROM presents the unique approach of this groundbreaking dance artist through more than six hours of video covering the entirety of a 2012 workshop in Paris, previously unpublished interviews, and extracts of precious archive material. 2014. Contredanse.

    Available through Contredanse

  2. Contact Improvisation at 36 (DVD)

    Perspectives on the Dance Form in its 36th Year

    a documentary film by Nathan Wagoner

    This documentary about Contact Improvisation was shot at CI36, a celebration of Contact’s 36th birthday in 2008 which brought together ...read more

    video streaming buy or rent coming soon

  3. Force of Nature (DVD)

    a performance documentary with Kirstie Simson

    by Katrina McPherson

    Over the course of five years, award-winning director Katrina McPherson filmed improvising dance artist Kirstie Simson performing and teaching across ...read more

    Livestreaming at GO/AT

  4. Material for the Spine - Steve Paxton (WEB_APP)

    A Movement Study

    Produced by Contredanse

    This interactive WEB-APP immerses us in Paxton's world, to experience the logic and invention at the core of Material for the Spine, a technique evolved from his observation of the spine in the practice of Contact Improvisation. Includes original audiovisual essays, motion capture sequences, extracts from lectures, classes, and performances, and each of the forms of the technique is detailed. 2008. Contredanse, Brussels.

    Available through Contredanse

  5. A Moving Presence (DVD)

    Ruth Zaporah and Action Theater

    a film by Kent De Spain

    Following sixteen people through a two-week workshop in New Mexico, we enter the challenging improvisational world of Action Theater™ and ...read more

    Available through ZAP

  6. Videoda Contact Improvisation Archive

    Collected Edition 1972 – 1983

    Six edited programs in Videoda's Archival Collection of Contact Improvisation track a key period of exploration and discovery through narrated ...read more

    Available to stream or download here

  7. Workshop with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (DVD)

    Dance and Body-Mind Centering®

    Produced by Contredanse

    A rare document of a workshop led by ground-breaking movement educator Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in Brussels in May 2004. She speaks about the evolution of her work and demonstrates her theories of weight, time, and space as they apply to dancing and the body systems. In English, with live translation into French. 2006. Contredanse, Brussels.

    Available through Contredanse

category: Improvisation & Dance-making
  1. 86 Aspects of Composition

    a tool for open-ended creative research
    (deck of cards)

    by Mike Vargas

    Adapted from Mike Vargas’s article, “Looking at Composition is Like Painting the Golden Gate Bridge: 86 Aspects of Composition,” published ...read more

    Available through Global Underscore

  2. Action Theater

    The Improvisation of Presence

    by Ruth Zaporah

    Action Theater is an improvisational physical theater training and performance method that incorporates movement, vocalization, and speech. Packed with over 100 skill-building exercises with photos, this book is an indispensable training manual for actors, dancers, musicians, and all who explore the relationship between mind, body, action and performance. 1995. North Atlantic Books.

    Available through North Atlantic Books

  3. Anna Halprin, Dancing Life/Danser
    la vie (DVD-Rom)

    by Baptiste Andrien, Florence Corin / Contredanse,
    with Anna Halprin

    This interactive DVD-ROM presents the unique approach of this groundbreaking dance artist through more than six hours of video covering the entirety of a 2012 workshop in Paris, previously unpublished interviews, and extracts of precious archive material. 2014. Contredanse.

    Available through Contredanse

  4. Caught Falling

    The Confluence of Contact Improvisation, Nancy Stark Smith, and Other Moving Ideas

    by David Koteen and Nancy Stark Smith
    with a Backwords by Steve Paxton

    The inside-out of dancer/CQ editor Nancy Stark Smith's life as seen through the kaleidoscope of the dance form Contact Improvisation. Includes Q&As between David and Nancy; photos of dancing & living; Talk Bubbles from friends, colleagues, and family; the Underscore; Nancy's life stories; and more. 2008. Contact Editions.

    Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

  5. Composing while Dancing

    An Improviser’s Companion

    by Melinda Buckwalter

    Dance improviser and coeditor of Contact Quarterly, Melinda Buckwalter mines her direct experience of the improvisational strategies of 26 pioneering contemporary dance artists and their varied approaches to this art form. With a mosaic of histories, methods, sample practices, source writings, and biographies of the artists, including Barbara Dilley, Simone Forti, Nina Martin, Mary Overlie, Steve Paxton, Min Tanaka, Lisa Nelson, et al. Composing offers a much needed and inspiring resource for dancers and dance educators. Watch the YouTube infomercial. 2010. University of Wisconsin Press

    Available through uwpress

  6. Contact Improvisation

    An Introduction to a Vitalizing Dance Form

    by Cheryl Pallant

    A devoted practitioner writes about contact improvisation from an experiential viewpoint, discussing its history, fundamentals, and political, social, and cultural ramifications, with questions, exercises, and a teacher's sampler. 2006. McFarland & Co.

    widely available

  7. Contact Improvisation & Body-Mind Centering

    A Manual for Teaching & Learning Movement

    by Annie Brook

    Designed to be a manual and study guide, this book supports body-mind integration and the development of an improvisational mind through movement with a blend of play, fundamental BMC exercises, and CI skills. 2000. Body-Mind.net.

    Available through author

  8. Contact Improvisation at 36 (DVD)

    Perspectives on the Dance Form in its 36th Year

    a documentary film by Nathan Wagoner

    This documentary about Contact Improvisation was shot at CI36, a celebration of Contact’s 36th birthday in 2008 which brought together ...read more

    video streaming buy or rent coming soon

  9. CQ/Contact Improvisation 25th Anniversary Sourcebook

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1975-1992

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    This is the first volume of writings reprinted from Contact Quarterly dance journal concerning the practice of contact improvisation, a ...read more

    $21
    PDF (15 MB)

    add pdf to cart

  10. CQ/Contact Improvisation 25th Anniversary Sourcebook

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1975-1992

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    The first volume of writings reprinted from Contact Quarterly dance journal concerning the practice of contact improvisation. Xeroxed articles, essays, drawings, photos, and quotes from CQ's birth as a newsletter in 1975 through 1992. An indispensable resource for dance students, teachers, and practitioners of CI to experience the roots and track the development of the practice and philosophy of this influential contemporary dance form. 1997. Contact Editions.

    Order Print edition through Contredanse

  11. CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. II

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1992-2007

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    In celebration of Contact Improvisation’s 36th anniversary, we released this second volume of the multivioiced history of the dance form’s ...read more

    $25
    PDF (43 MB)

    add pdf to cart

  12. CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. II

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1992-2007

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    In celebration of Contact Improvisation’s 36th anniversary, we released this second volume of the multivioiced history of the dance form’s ...read more

    Order Print edition through Contredanse

  13. CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. III

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 2008–2018

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    This third volume of Contact Improvisation's multivoiced evolution is collected from CQ Vol. 33 through 43, including writings from CI ...read more

    $27
    PDF (10.9 MB)

    add pdf to cart

  14. CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. III

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 2008–2018

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    This third volume of Contact Improvisation's multivoiced evolution is collected from CQ Vol. 33 through 43, including writings from CI ...read more

    Order Print edition through Contredanse

  15. Embodied Lives

    Reflections on the Influence of Suprapto Suryodarmo and Amerta Movement

    Editors: Katya Bloom, Margit Galanter, and Sandra Reeve

    Since the mid-1980s, Suprapto Suryodarmo's moving/dancing has inspired many thousands of people in the West, and many more in his ...read more

    Available through Triarchy Press

  16. Encounters with Contact

    Dancing Contact Improvisation in College

    edited by Ann Cooper Albright, et al.

    Through a series of student writings and essays by established artists teaching in universities throughout the U.S., Encounters considers the ...read more

    Available by email

  17. Force of Nature (DVD)

    a performance documentary with Kirstie Simson

    by Katrina McPherson

    Over the course of five years, award-winning director Katrina McPherson filmed improvising dance artist Kirstie Simson performing and teaching across ...read more

    Livestreaming at GO/AT

  18. Gravity

    by Steve Paxton

    In this elegant pocket-sized book, dancer Steve Paxton traces a lifetime in the company of gravity. In pithy prose essays, ...read more

    Available through Contredanse

  19. Handbook in Motion

    An Account of an Ongoing Personal Discourse and Its Manifestations in Dance

    by Simone Forti

    Tracing a period in her life from the 1969 Woodstock Festival through the following years living on the land, this ...read more

    Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

  20. The Knowing Body

    The Artist as Storyteller in Contemporary Performance

    by Louise Steinman

    This hands-on guidebook offers a behind-the-scenes look at the creative process involved in transforming personal stories to theater. Including journal ...read more

    Available through Penguin...

  21. Landscape of the Now

    A Topography of Movement Improvisation

    by Kent De Spain

    Author Kent De Spain takes readers on a deep journey into the underlying processes and structures of postmodern movement improvisation. ...read more

    widely available

  22. Material for the Spine - Steve Paxton (WEB_APP)

    A Movement Study

    Produced by Contredanse

    This interactive WEB-APP immerses us in Paxton's world, to experience the logic and invention at the core of Material for the Spine, a technique evolved from his observation of the spine in the practice of Contact Improvisation. Includes original audiovisual essays, motion capture sequences, extracts from lectures, classes, and performances, and each of the forms of the technique is detailed. 2008. Contredanse, Brussels.

    Available through Contredanse

  23. A Moving Presence (DVD)

    Ruth Zaporah and Action Theater

    a film by Kent De Spain

    Following sixteen people through a two-week workshop in New Mexico, we enter the challenging improvisational world of Action Theater™ and ...read more

    Available through ZAP

  24. My Body, The Buddhist

    by Deborah Hay

    Through a series of imaginative approaches to movement and performance, choreographer Deborah Hay presents a profound reflection on the ephemeral ...read more

    Available through HFSbooks

  25. On the Edge

    Dialogues on Dance Improvisation in Performance

    edited by Agnès Benoit

    Bilingual: English/French
    Fourteen interviews with dancers/improvisers whose creative process derives directly from instant composition: Steve Paxton, Yvonne Rainer, Katie Duck, Lisa Nelson, Julyen Hamilton, Pauline De Groot, K.J. Holmes, Suzanne Cotto, Simone Forti, David Zambrano, Mark Tompkins, Alessandro Certini, Frans Poelstra, and others. 1997. Contredanse/Nouvelles de Danse #32/33

    Available through Contredanse

  26. ONE SHOT

    dialogues on real time composition

    by Mark Tompkins and Meg Stuart

    Bilingual English/French
    Two seasoned dancer-improvisers have created a book of conversations, interviews, performance transcripts, and images about real time composition. An investigation of sensations and perceptions, a study of presence and play in improvised performance, a handbook for survival. Images by Gilles Toutevoix. 2022. Éditions L'ŒIL D'OR.

    Available through L'ŒIL D'OR

  27. The Place of Dance

    A Somatic Guide to Dancing and Dance Making

    by Andrea Olsen, with Caryn McHose

    The Place of Dance is written for the general reader as well as for dancers. It reminds us that dancing ...read more

    Available through HFSbooks

  28. Sharing the Dance

    Contact Improvisation and American Culture

    by Cynthia J. Novack

    In Sharing the Dance , Cynthia Novack considers the development of contact improvisation within its web of historical, social, and ...read more

    Available through UWpress

  29. Standing In Space

    The Six Viewpoints Theory & Practice

    by Mary Overlie

    “Observe the ingredients, the materials of performance, contemplate the particles. Once you find them, train yourself to listen, allow them ...read more

    Available through sixviewpoints

  30. Taken by Surprise

    A Dance Improvisation Reader

    Editors: Ann Cooper Albright & David Gere

    This collection of new and previously published writings on dance improvisation brings together twenty-one essays by prominent dancers, scholars, and ...read more

    Available through HFSbooks

  31. Terpsichore's Deck

    by Eliza Larson

    Terpsichore’s Deck (named after the muse of dance) is an instructional and inspirational creative text for novice and advanced dance ...read more

    Available through author

  32. This Very Moment

    teaching thinking dancing

    by Barbara Dilley

    This Very Moment braids threads of Barbara Dilley’s memoir in and out of a handbook for classroom practices of dance, ...read more

    $35
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  33. Through the Back

    Situating Vision between Moving Bodies

    by Jeroen Peeters

    In today’s visual regime, contemporary dance operates as a critical force. It questions univocal representations and dominant cultural ideals of ...read more

    Available through Books on the Move

category: Contact Improvisation
  1. Caught Falling

    The Confluence of Contact Improvisation, Nancy Stark Smith, and Other Moving Ideas

    by David Koteen and Nancy Stark Smith
    with a Backwords by Steve Paxton

    The inside-out of dancer/CQ editor Nancy Stark Smith's life as seen through the kaleidoscope of the dance form Contact Improvisation. Includes Q&As between David and Nancy; photos of dancing & living; Talk Bubbles from friends, colleagues, and family; the Underscore; Nancy's life stories; and more. 2008. Contact Editions.

    Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

  2. Chute (1979)

    © Videoda
    9:36 min.
    Narration in English

    Documentary of the first Contact Improvisation demonstrations in N.Y.C. at the John Weber Gallery in 1972. With narration by originator, ...read more

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  3. Contact at 10th & 2nd (1983)

    © Videoda 49:05 min.

    Document of the 11th anniversary of Contact Improvisation performance festival at St. Mark’s Church in New York City with seasoned ...read more

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  4. Contact Improvisation

    An Introduction to a Vitalizing Dance Form

    by Cheryl Pallant

    A devoted practitioner writes about contact improvisation from an experiential viewpoint, discussing its history, fundamentals, and political, social, and cultural ramifications, with questions, exercises, and a teacher's sampler. 2006. McFarland & Co.

    widely available

  5. Contact Improvisation & Body-Mind Centering

    A Manual for Teaching & Learning Movement

    by Annie Brook

    Designed to be a manual and study guide, this book supports body-mind integration and the development of an improvisational mind through movement with a blend of play, fundamental BMC exercises, and CI skills. 2000. Body-Mind.net.

    Available through author

  6. Contact Improvisation at 36 (DVD)

    Perspectives on the Dance Form in its 36th Year

    a documentary film by Nathan Wagoner

    This documentary about Contact Improvisation was shot at CI36, a celebration of Contact’s 36th birthday in 2008 which brought together ...read more

    video streaming buy or rent coming soon

  7. CQ/Contact Improvisation 25th Anniversary Sourcebook

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1975-1992

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    This is the first volume of writings reprinted from Contact Quarterly dance journal concerning the practice of contact improvisation, a ...read more

    $21
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  8. CQ/Contact Improvisation 25th Anniversary Sourcebook

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1975-1992

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    The first volume of writings reprinted from Contact Quarterly dance journal concerning the practice of contact improvisation. Xeroxed articles, essays, drawings, photos, and quotes from CQ's birth as a newsletter in 1975 through 1992. An indispensable resource for dance students, teachers, and practitioners of CI to experience the roots and track the development of the practice and philosophy of this influential contemporary dance form. 1997. Contact Editions.

    Order Print edition through Contredanse

  9. CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. II

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1992-2007

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    In celebration of Contact Improvisation’s 36th anniversary, we released this second volume of the multivioiced history of the dance form’s ...read more

    $25
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  10. CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. II

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1992-2007

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    In celebration of Contact Improvisation’s 36th anniversary, we released this second volume of the multivioiced history of the dance form’s ...read more

    Order Print edition through Contredanse

  11. CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. III

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 2008–2018

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    This third volume of Contact Improvisation's multivoiced evolution is collected from CQ Vol. 33 through 43, including writings from CI ...read more

    $27
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  12. CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. III

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 2008–2018

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    This third volume of Contact Improvisation's multivoiced evolution is collected from CQ Vol. 33 through 43, including writings from CI ...read more

    Order Print edition through Contredanse

  13. Dancing Deeper Still

    The Practice of Contact Improvisation

    by Martin Keogh

    Through numerous detailed essays on the practice and teaching of Contact Improvisation, longtime Contact teacher Martin Keogh presents Dancing Deeper ...read more

    Available through author

  14. Encounters with Contact

    Dancing Contact Improvisation in College

    edited by Ann Cooper Albright, et al.

    Through a series of student writings and essays by established artists teaching in universities throughout the U.S., Encounters considers the ...read more

    Available by email

  15. Fall After Newton (1987)

    © Videoda
    22:45 min.
    Narration in English

    A sweeping look at 11 years of practice of Contact Improvisation by Nancy Stark Smith and initiator, Steve Paxton. The ...read more

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  16. Gravity

    by Steve Paxton

    In this elegant pocket-sized book, dancer Steve Paxton traces a lifetime in the company of gravity. In pithy prose essays, ...read more

    Available through Contredanse

  17. Magnesium (1972)

    © Videoda
    9:33 min.

    Document of a dance made by Steve Paxton during a Grand Union residency at Oberlin College, Ohio in January, 1972. ...read more

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  18. Peripheral Vision (1975)

    © Videoda
    21:05 min.
    Narration in English

    Selections from a Contact Improvisation concert at Firehouse Theater in San Francisco, CA in 1973: “You Come, We’ll Show You ...read more

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  19. Questioning Contact Improvisation

    by Keith Hennessy

    Hennessy’s zine, coming from decades of practice and questioning of CI, interrogates whiteness, racism, heterosexism, and white supremacy in the ...read more

    Available through circozero

  20. Sharing the Dance

    Contact Improvisation and American Culture

    by Cynthia J. Novack

    In Sharing the Dance , Cynthia Novack considers the development of contact improvisation within its web of historical, social, and ...read more

    Available through UWpress

  21. Soft Pallet (1973)

    © Videoda
    17:53 min.

    Selections from a vintage Contact Improvisation concert in Rome at L’Attico Gallery in 1973. With performers: Annette LaRoque, David Woodberry, ...read more

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  22. Taken by Surprise

    A Dance Improvisation Reader

    Editors: Ann Cooper Albright & David Gere

    This collection of new and previously published writings on dance improvisation brings together twenty-one essays by prominent dancers, scholars, and ...read more

    Available through HFSbooks

  23. Videoda Contact Improvisation Archive

    Collected Edition 1972 – 1983

    Six edited programs in Videoda's Archival Collection of Contact Improvisation track a key period of exploration and discovery through narrated ...read more

    Available to stream or download here

category: Dance & Somatic Education
  1. Anna Halprin, Dancing Life/Danser
    la vie (DVD-Rom)

    by Baptiste Andrien, Florence Corin / Contredanse,
    with Anna Halprin

    This interactive DVD-ROM presents the unique approach of this groundbreaking dance artist through more than six hours of video covering the entirety of a 2012 workshop in Paris, previously unpublished interviews, and extracts of precious archive material. 2014. Contredanse.

    Available through Contredanse

  2. Basic Neurocellular Patterns

    Exploring Developmental Movement

    by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

    The Basic Neurocellular Patterns (BNP) form the underlying words and phrases in the language of human movement. They have a global influence on our physical, perceptual, emotional, and cognitive functioning and have extensive application in the areas of movement and psychophysical expression. With this book as a guide, Ms. Cohen invites you to directly experience, embody, and integrate your own developmental movement patterns. 2018. Burchfield Rose Publishers.

    Available through author

  3. Body and Earth

    An Experiential Guide

    by Andrea Olsen

    Integrating environmental science, biology, meditations, and creative expression, Olsen addresses the interconnectedness of body and place through a mixture of reflections, information, exercises, and visual art. 2002. Wesleyan University Press.

    Available through HFSbooks

  4. BodyStories

    A Guide to Experiential Anatomy

    by Andrea Olsen in collaboration with Caryn McHose 

    Thirty-one days of learning sessions bring heightened awareness about each bone and body system as well as providing self-guided studies to activate the learning processes. The book draws on Olsen’s twenty years as a dancer and teacher of anatomy to show how our attitudes and approaches to our bodies affect us day to day. 1998. Station Hill Press.

    Available through HFSbooks

  5. Gravity

    by Steve Paxton

    In this elegant pocket-sized book, dancer Steve Paxton traces a lifetime in the company of gravity. In pithy prose essays, ...read more

    Available through Contredanse

  6. A Guide to a Somatic Movement Practice

    The Anatomy of Center

    by Nancy Topf with Hetty King

    Making available the full text of somatic dance education pioneer Nancy Topf's manuscript, The Anatomy of Center, for the first time in print, this introduction to Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy® helps professionals, teachers, and students of all levels integrate embodied, somatic practices within contexts of dance, physical education and therapy, health, and mental well-being. 2022. University Press of Florida.

    Available through University Press of Florida

  7. Inside Motion

    An Ideokinetic Basis for Movement Education

    by John Rolland

    Inside Motion is a comprehensive study of anatomical imagery based on the Todd-Clark body alignment work as developed by dancer ...read more

    Perfect bound

    Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

  8. A Kinesthetic Legacy

    The Life and Works of Barbara Clark
    revised edition

    by Pamela Matt

    A Kinesthetic Legacy presents the biography and writings of Barbara Clark, who devoted her life to the preservation and creative ...read more

    Available through Thinking Body Institute

  9. Material for the Spine - Steve Paxton (WEB_APP)

    A Movement Study

    Produced by Contredanse

    This interactive WEB-APP immerses us in Paxton's world, to experience the logic and invention at the core of Material for the Spine, a technique evolved from his observation of the spine in the practice of Contact Improvisation. Includes original audiovisual essays, motion capture sequences, extracts from lectures, classes, and performances, and each of the forms of the technique is detailed. 2008. Contredanse, Brussels.

    Available through Contredanse

  10. The Place of Dance

    A Somatic Guide to Dancing and Dance Making

    by Andrea Olsen, with Caryn McHose

    The Place of Dance is written for the general reader as well as for dancers. It reminds us that dancing ...read more

    Available through HFSbooks

  11. Sensing, Feeling, and Action, 3rd ed.

    The Experiential Anatomy of Body-Mind Centering®

    by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

    Pioneering movement educator Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen’s innovative approach to embodiment, movement analysis and reeducation, Body-Mind Centering®, is the subject of this book of collected essays, interviews, and exercises written for Contact Quarterly dance journal between 1980 and 2009. The 3rd edition includes sixteen additional pages with new articles on inspiration, expiration, and dancing through the transitional fluid, including a subject Index and List of Explorations. 1993. 2008. 2012. Contact Editions.

    Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

  12. Wisdom of the Body Moving

    An Introduction to Body-Mind Centering®

    by Linda Hartley

    A comprehensive guide to the basic philosophy and key elements of Body-Mind Centering®, the innovative approach to embodiment pioneered by movement educator Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen; with concrete and poetic explorations, clear exercises, and extensive anatomical drawings and photos. 1989. 1995. North Atlantic Books.

    Available through Pengiun...

category: Primary U.S. Distribution
  1. Contact Improvisation at 36 (DVD)

    Perspectives on the Dance Form in its 36th Year

    a documentary film by Nathan Wagoner

    This documentary about Contact Improvisation was shot at CI36, a celebration of Contact’s 36th birthday in 2008 which brought together ...read more

    video streaming buy or rent coming soon

  2. CQ/Contact Improvisation 25th Anniversary Sourcebook

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1975-1992

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    This is the first volume of writings reprinted from Contact Quarterly dance journal concerning the practice of contact improvisation, a ...read more

    $21
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  3. CQ/Contact Improvisation 25th Anniversary Sourcebook

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1975-1992

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    The first volume of writings reprinted from Contact Quarterly dance journal concerning the practice of contact improvisation. Xeroxed articles, essays, drawings, photos, and quotes from CQ's birth as a newsletter in 1975 through 1992. An indispensable resource for dance students, teachers, and practitioners of CI to experience the roots and track the development of the practice and philosophy of this influential contemporary dance form. 1997. Contact Editions.

    Order Print edition through Contredanse

  4. CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. II

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1992-2007

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    In celebration of Contact Improvisation’s 36th anniversary, we released this second volume of the multivioiced history of the dance form’s ...read more

    $25
    PDF (43 MB)

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  5. CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. II

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1992-2007

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    In celebration of Contact Improvisation’s 36th anniversary, we released this second volume of the multivioiced history of the dance form’s ...read more

    Order Print edition through Contredanse

  6. CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. III

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 2008–2018

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    This third volume of Contact Improvisation's multivoiced evolution is collected from CQ Vol. 33 through 43, including writings from CI ...read more

    $27
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  7. CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. III

    Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 2008–2018

    Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson

    This third volume of Contact Improvisation's multivoiced evolution is collected from CQ Vol. 33 through 43, including writings from CI ...read more

    Order Print edition through Contredanse

  8. This Very Moment

    teaching thinking dancing

    by Barbara Dilley

    This Very Moment braids threads of Barbara Dilley’s memoir in and out of a handbook for classroom practices of dance, ...read more

    $35
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    $40
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  9. Videoda Contact Improvisation Archive

    Collected Edition 1972 – 1983

    Six edited programs in Videoda's Archival Collection of Contact Improvisation track a key period of exploration and discovery through narrated ...read more

    Available to stream or download here

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