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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/Contact Quarterly editor Nancy Stark Smith’s life as seen through the kaleidoscope of her thirty-six year involvement with Contact Improvisation. The book includes Q&As between the authors tracing the history of the dance form; photos of dancing and living; life stories; anecdotes from friends, colleagues, and family; and a description of Stark Smith’s Underscore. The Underscore is a framework for practicing and researching dance improvisation that Stark Smith has been developing since the early 1990s. It is a score that guides dancers through a series of “changing states” from solo deepening/releasing and sensitizing to gravity and support, through group circulation and interaction, Contact Improvisation engagements, opening out to full group improvisation with compositional awareness, and back to rest and reflection.

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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

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

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) NEW

add pdf to cart

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

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

Digital Edition

$40
PDF (6.8 MB)

add pdf to cart

$35
PDF - covid discount (6.8 MB)

add pdf to cart

CE Books in Print

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/ Contact Quarterly editor Nancy Stark Smith’s life as seen through the kaleidoscope of her thirty-six year ...read more

Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

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

Order Print edition through Contredanse

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

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

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

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

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 ...read more

Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

Recommended Books

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

$25

new distributor coming

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 ...read more

Available through author

Body and Earth

An Experiential Guide

by Andrea Olsen

In a remarkable integration of environmental science, biology, meditation, and creative expression, Andrea Olsen offers a guide to a holistic ...read more

Available through HFSbooks

BodyStories

A Guide to Experiential Anatomy

by Andrea Olsen in collaboration with Caryn McHose 

The information in BodyStories is applicable to dancers, artists, athletes, bodyworkers, massage therapists, teachers, and individuals with injuries or with ...read more

Available through HFSbooks

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/ Contact Quarterly editor Nancy Stark Smith’s life as seen through the kaleidoscope of her thirty-six year ...read more

Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

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, et al. Composing offers a much needed and inspiring resource for dancers and dance educators. Watch the YouTube infomercial.

Available through uwpress

Contact Improvisation

An Introduction to a Vitalizing Dance Form

by Cheryl Pallant

In this book the author draws upon her own extensive experience and research to explain the art of contact improvisation, ...read more

widely available

Contact Improvisation & Body-Mind Centering

A Manual for Teaching & Learning Movement

by Annie Brook

This book is a playful and skillful guide that supports body-mind integration and the development through movement of an improvisational ...read more

Available through author

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

Order Print edition through Contredanse

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

On the Edge

Dialogues on Dance Improvisation in Performance

edited by Agnès Benoit

Bilingual: English/French
Devoted to improvisation as a performance form, this book consists of 14 interviews with dancers/improvisers whose creative ...read more

Available through Contredanse

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

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

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 ...read more

Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

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

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

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

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

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

Digital Edition

$40
PDF (6.8 MB)

add pdf to cart

$35
PDF - covid discount (6.8 MB)

add pdf to cart

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

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 ...read more

Available through Pengiun...

Recommended Videos

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

$15

new distributor coming

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

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

Videoda Contact Improvisation Archive (DVD)

Collected Edition 1972 – 1983

VIDEODA, a project of Contact Collaborations, Inc., archives performance documents of Contact Improvisation from its inception in 1972.

 ...read more

$60
Indiv.

Streaming soon

category: Improvisation & Dance-making

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

$25

new distributor coming

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/ Contact Quarterly editor Nancy Stark Smith’s life as seen through the kaleidoscope of her thirty-six year ...read more

Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

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, et al. Composing offers a much needed and inspiring resource for dancers and dance educators. Watch the YouTube infomercial.

Available through uwpress

Contact Improvisation

An Introduction to a Vitalizing Dance Form

by Cheryl Pallant

In this book the author draws upon her own extensive experience and research to explain the art of contact improvisation, ...read more

widely available

Contact Improvisation & Body-Mind Centering

A Manual for Teaching & Learning Movement

by Annie Brook

This book is a playful and skillful guide that supports body-mind integration and the development through movement of an improvisational ...read more

Available through author

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

$15

new distributor coming

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

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

Order Print edition through Contredanse

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) NEW

add pdf to cart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

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

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

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

On the Edge

Dialogues on Dance Improvisation in Performance

edited by Agnès Benoit

Bilingual: English/French
Devoted to improvisation as a performance form, this book consists of 14 interviews with dancers/improvisers whose creative ...read more

Available through Contredanse

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

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

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

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

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

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

Digital Edition

$40
PDF (6.8 MB)

add pdf to cart

$35
PDF - covid discount (6.8 MB)

add pdf to cart

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

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/ Contact Quarterly editor Nancy Stark Smith’s life as seen through the kaleidoscope of her thirty-six year ...read more

Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

Contact Improvisation

An Introduction to a Vitalizing Dance Form

by Cheryl Pallant

In this book the author draws upon her own extensive experience and research to explain the art of contact improvisation, ...read more

widely available

Contact Improvisation & Body-Mind Centering

A Manual for Teaching & Learning Movement

by Annie Brook

This book is a playful and skillful guide that supports body-mind integration and the development through movement of an improvisational ...read more

Available through author

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

$15

new distributor coming

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

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

Order Print edition through Contredanse

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) NEW

add pdf to cart

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Videoda Contact Improvisation Archive (DVD)

Collected Edition 1972 – 1983

VIDEODA, a project of Contact Collaborations, Inc., archives performance documents of Contact Improvisation from its inception in 1972.

 ...read more

$60
Indiv.

Streaming soon

category: Dance & Somatic Education

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 ...read more

Available through author

Body and Earth

An Experiential Guide

by Andrea Olsen

In a remarkable integration of environmental science, biology, meditation, and creative expression, Andrea Olsen offers a guide to a holistic ...read more

Available through HFSbooks

BodyStories

A Guide to Experiential Anatomy

by Andrea Olsen in collaboration with Caryn McHose 

The information in BodyStories is applicable to dancers, artists, athletes, bodyworkers, massage therapists, teachers, and individuals with injuries or with ...read more

Available through HFSbooks

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

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

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

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

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 ...read more

Available through Wesleyan Univ. Press - HFS

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 ...read more

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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

$15

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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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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

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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

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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

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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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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

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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

Digital Edition

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Videoda Contact Improvisation Archive (DVD)

Collected Edition 1972 – 1983

VIDEODA, a project of Contact Collaborations, Inc., archives performance documents of Contact Improvisation from its inception in 1972.

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