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Contact Editions publishes, distributes, and promotes books and DVDs on contemporary dance, improvisation, performance, and somatic movement arts. In addition to our own titles, we distribute self-published books by dancer/authors and are the primary U.S. distributor of many dance books published overseas.

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CQ Back Issue Mini-Collection:
STEVE PAXTON
6 issues featuring writings by innovative dance artist Steve Paxton
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Videoda Contact Improvisation
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Contact at 10th & 2nd (1983)
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CQ Back Issue Mini-Collection: SIMONE FORTI
6 issues featuring writings by renowned dance artist Simone Forti

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Back Issue Set
72 original issues
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Complete Back Issue Set
72 original plus 26 photocopied

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CQ chapbook Set
6 issues

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The Goldberg Observations
The Anatomy of Center
Emergent Improvisation
Passing For Dance
Forgetful Snow
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CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebooks, Two-Volume Set
Volume 1 (1975–1992)
Volume 2 (1992–2007)
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Complete Reprint Set
6 articles by pioneering voices
from CQ back issues:

Writings by Remy Charlip, Richard Bull, Andre Bernard, Frances Becker, and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
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CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebooks, Two-Volume Set
Volume 1 (1975–1992)
Volume 2 (1992–2007)
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Summer/Fall 2017
 
 
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Encounters with Contact
Dancing Contact Improvisation in College
edited by Ann Cooper Albright, et al.
CQ Dance Journal
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Vol. 42 no. 2
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Back Issues
From 1975 to recent
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CQ chapbooks
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CQ  chapbook 6
Forgetful Snow
by Melinda Ring
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CQ  chapbook 5
Passing For Dance, A HIJACK READER
by HIJACK/ Kristin Van Loon & Arwen Wilder
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CQ  chapbook 4
Emergent Improvisation
by Susan Sgorbati with Emily Climer & Marie Lynn Haas
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CQ  chapbook 3
The Anatomy of Center
by Nancy Topf, with Barbara Clark, Marsha Paludan, Melinda Buckwalter, and Jen Harmon
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CQ  chapbook 2
The Goldberg Observations
from the working diary of Jurij Konjar, with Steve Paxton, Martin Kilvady, Lisa Nelson, Natasa Zavolovsek, and Sandra Noeth
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CQ  chapbook 1
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Hélène Lesterlin, Jonah Bokaer/Nancy Wozny, Scott deLahunta, Dawn Stoppiello/Troika Ranch, William Forsythe/Marlon Barrios Solano
CQ Reprints
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#1 Interviews with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.
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#2 Kinetic Awareness
by Frances Becker
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#3 Ideokinesis & Creative Body Alignment
Interview/article by André Bernard
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#4 Regarding Richard: Richard Niles Bull, 1931–1998
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#5 Now Thyself, 3 Installments
by Remy Charlip
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#6 Growing Up in Public: The Making of an Autobiographical Dance for Lucas Hoving
Conceived and Directed by Remy Charlip
Books: Contact Editions
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86 Aspects of Composition
a tool for open-ended creative research
(deck of cards)
by Mike Vargas
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Action Theater
The Improvisation of Presence
by Ruth Zaporah
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Body and Earth
An Experiential Guide
by Andrea Olsen
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BodyStories
A Guide to Experiential Anatomy
by Andrea Olsen in collaboration with Caryn McHose 
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Caught Falling
The Confluence of Contact Improvisation, Nancy Stark Smith, and Other Moving Ideas
by David Koteen, Nancy Stark Smith
with a Backwords by Steve Paxton
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A Choreographic Mind
Autobodygraphical Writings
by Susan Rethorst
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Composing while Dancing
An Improviser’s Companion
by Melinda Buckwalter
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Contact Improvisation
An Introduction to a Vitalizing Dance Form
by Cheryl Pallant
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Contact Improvisation & Body-Mind Centering
A Manual for Teaching & Learning Movement
by Annie Brook
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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
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CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebook, Vol. 2
Collected Writings and Graphics from Contact Quarterly dance journal 1992-2007
Eds: Nancy Stark Smith & Lisa Nelson
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Embodied Lives
Reflections on the Influence of Suprapto Suryodarmo and Amerta Movement
Editors: Katya Bloom, Margit Galanter, and Sandra Reeve
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Encounters with Contact
Dancing Contact Improvisation in College
edited by Ann Cooper Albright, et al.
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Handbook in Motion
An Account of an Ongoing Personal Discourse and Its Manifestations in Dance
by Simone Forti
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Ideokinesis
A Creative Approach to Human Movement and Body Alignment
by André Bernard, Wolfgang Steinmüller, and Ursula Stricker
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Inside Motion
An Ideokinetic Basis for Movement Education
by John Rolland
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A Kinesthetic Legacy
The Life and Works of Barbara Clark
by Pamela Matt
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The Knowing Body
The Artist as Storyteller in Contemporary Performance
by Louise Steinman
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Landscape of the Now
A Topography of Movement Improvisation
by Kent De Spain
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My Body, The Buddhist
by Deborah Hay
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On the Edge
Dialogues on Dance Improvisation in Performance
edited by Agnès Benoit
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The Place of Dance
A Somatic Guide to Dancing and Dance Making
by Andrea Olsen, with Caryn McHose
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Rapids
Visions for Body-Mind Centering®
by Ziji Beth Goren
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Sensing, Feeling, and Action, 3rd ed.
The Experiential Anatomy of Body-Mind Centering®
by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen
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Sharing the Dance
Contact Improvisation and American Culture
by Cynthia J. Novack
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Taken by Surprise
A Dance Improvisation Reader
Editors: Ann Cooper Albright & David Gere
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Terpsichore's Deck
by Eliza Larson
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This Very Moment
teaching thinking dancing
by Barbara Dilley
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Through the Back
Situating Vision between Moving Bodies
by Jeroen Peeters
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Wisdom of the Body Moving
An Introduction to Body-Mind Centering®
by Linda Hartley
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DVDs: Contact Editions
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Anna Halprin, Dancing Life/Danser
la vie (DVD-Rom)
by Baptiste Andrien, Florence Corin / Contredanse,
with Anna Halprin
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Contact Improvisation at 36 (DVD)
Perspectives on the Dance Form in its 36th Year
a documentary film by Nathan Wagoner
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Force of Nature (DVD)
a performance documentary with Kirstie Simson
by Katrina McPherson
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Material for the Spine - Steve Paxton (DVD-rom)
A Movement Study
Produced by Contredanse
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A Moving Presence (DVD)
Ruth Zaporah and Action Theater
a film by Kent De Spain
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Videoda Contact Improvisation
DVD #3
Contact at 10th & 2nd (1983)
[also included on Collected Edition]
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Videoda Contact Improvisation Archive (DVD)
Collected Edition 1972 – 1983
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Workshop with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen (DVD)
Dance and Body-Mind Centering®
Produced by Contredanse

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CQ Back Issue Mini-Collection: SIMONE FORTI
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Simone Forti in Sleepwalkers (1968/2010), Los Angeles, September 2010. Photo © Jason Underhill.

This selection of six Contact Quarterly back issues, dating between 1984 and 2012, contains eight major articles by and about renowned dance artist, writer, and CQ contributing editor Simone Forti.

Through essays and drawings, in-depth interviews, and first-hand articles about Forti’s practices and teaching methods, readers can trace three decades of her thought and evolution as an artist. Forti’s voice, written from the body, is singular in its clarity and full of surprise.

In addition to Forti's writings, each journal contains myriad writings from others working in the field at that time.

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BUY YOUR COLLECTION NOW, as these beautifully illustrated in-print journals will soon become collector's items.

$15 (reg. $30)


List of Articles:
[click on volume #s to see full contents of each issue]

Vol. 9.3 (Fall 1984):
“Full Moves: Thoughts on Dance Behavior” by Simone Forti [7 pgs]
“Movement Research, Inc. and the workshop process of Mary Overlie, Simone Forti, and Ping Chong” by Laurie Lassiter [7 pgs]

Vol. 10.3 (Fall 1985):
“Spring: interview with Simone Forti" by Cate Miodini [6 pgs]

Vol. 19.1 (W/S 1994):
“Thoughts on To Be Continued, a sketch of a dance/narrative process” by Simone Forti [9 pgs]

Vol. 26.1 (W/S 2001):
“CI at World Tai Chi Day” by Simone Forti [2 pgs]
“Hearing/Miraculously/Structure: an apprenticeship with Simone Forti in Logomotion” by Carmela Hermann [11 pgs]

Vol. 26.2 (S/F 2001): “Animate Dancing: a practice in dance improvisation” by Simone Forti [8 pgs]

Vol. 37.1 ( W/S 2012):
“Forti On All Fours: a talk with Simone Forti” by Patrick Steffen [6 pgs]

Simone Forti is a dancer, choreographer, and writer. She was a pivotal figure in the Judson Dance Theater community, which revolutionized dance in the 1960s and ‘70s. Over the years, her work has evolved though various approaches: early minimalist dance-constructions, animal movement studies, news animations, land portraits, and, currently, Logomotion—an improvisational dance narrative form in which movement and language spontaneously weave together to explore thoughts and feelings about the world. She performs and teaches worldwide. Forti is the author of Handbook in Motion (1974, 1980), Oh, Tongue (2003), and Unbuttoned Sleeves (2006). She began publishing writings in CQ in 1980 and a full listing of her articles can be found by entering her name in Search.

CQ Back Issue Mini-Collection: STEVE PAXTON
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Steve Paxton in video still from DVD-rom Material for the Spine – A Movement Study, produced by Contredanse, Brussels.

This selection of six Contact Quarterly back issues features writings by innovative dance artist Steve Paxton as well as performance reviews of Paxton’s solo work. Through a voice that is singularly clear, humorous, and ever provocative, in essays, interviews, images, and letters that span 1975 to 2015, Paxton speaks to a wide range of subjects including Contact Improvisation core principles and practices, performance and choreography, perception and sensation.

In addition to the Paxton articles, this collection of journals is chock full of writings, photos, and drawings by vital dance artists and movement practitioners such as: Alito Alessi, Melinda Buckwalter, Kent De Spain, Irene Dowd, devynn emory, Frey Faust, Simone Forti, Anna Halprin, Dieter Heitkamp, Paula Josa-Jones, Deborah Jowitt, Eva Karczag, Martin Keogh, Ralph Lemon, Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson, Nancy Stark Smith, Nancy Topf, Mike Vargas, Ruth Zaporah, and more.

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List of Articles:
all articles are by Steve Paxton unless otherwise noted
[click on volume #s to see full contents of each issue]

Vol. 16.3 (Fall 1991)
“Helix – Nine Rolls” (6 pgs)

Vol. 20.1 (Winter/Spring 1995)
“Letter to Trisha” (2 pgs)
“The Man in the Box” (2 pgs)

Vol. 26.1 (Winter/Spring 2001)
“Steve Paxton: Extraordinarily Ordinary and Ordinarily Extraordinary”
a performance review by Daniel Lepkoff
with side notes by Paxton (8 pgs)

Vol. 28.2 (Summer/Fall 2003)
“Nothing Comes To Mind: mindscapes and the space; an amble” (3 pgs)

Vol. 30.1 (Winter/Spring 2005) CQ: The Early Years 1975-1987
Editor note: “For thirty years” (1 pg)
“Dartington March” (1 pg)
“Is Contact Improvisation a Performance Art?” (1 pg)
“Steve Paxton’s Improvisations” by Jack Anderson (1 pg)
Letters to CQ: “Improvisation Issue?” “What Authority?” (2 pgs)

Vol. 40.1 (Winter/Spring 2015)
“Gifts: Cage, Cunningham, and the Modern Dance Mutants” (3 pgs)
“Why Standing? Steve Paxton talks about how the Stand relates to Stage Fright and Entrainment in Contact Improvisation” (4 pgs)

Steve Paxton has researched the fiction of cultured dance and the "truth" of improvisation for half a century. Born in Phoenix, Arizona, he began training as a gymnast, studied a variety of modern forms (Graham, Limon, and ballet), and Aikido, yoga, and Tai Chi Chuan. He performed with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company 1960-64, and was one of the founders of the Judson Dance Theater of the 1960s, the Grand Union of the 1970s, and Touchdown Dance (for the visually impaired, UK) in the '80s. In 1972, he instigated Contact Improvisation, which continues today as an international network of dancers who convene to practice and who publish news and research in the dance and improvisation journal, Contact Quarterly, for which he is a contributing editor.
    In 1986, he began work on Material for the Spine and produced a DVD-rom on his approach with Contredanse (Brussels) in 2008. Paxton wrote and co-edited three Contact Improvisation documentaries (distributed by Contact Editions): Peripheral Vision 1975, Chute 1979, and Fall After Newton 1987. A film of his solo, The Goldberg Variations improvised by Steve Paxton, was produced by Walter Verdin and KAAI Theater, Belgium, in 1992.
    Paxton received the Vermont Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts (1994) and Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Venice Biennale (2014) and the N.Y. Bessies (2015). His choreography for Quicksand, an opera by Robert Ashley, premiered in N.Y.C. in January, 2016. He lives on a farm in Vermont.

A full listing of Paxton's articles in Contact Quarterly can be found by entering his name in Search.

CQ/Contact Improvisation Sourcebooks
Two-Volume Set
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Volume 1 (1975–1992)
Volume 2 (1992–2007)

This two-volume set is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in Contact Improvisation (CI). The Sourcebooks offer a multi-voiced history of CI's development through letters, articles, poems, dialogues, reports, photos, and drawings by a wide range of dedicated practitioners of this unique contemporary dance form. The best of CQ's CI writing (1975–2007) in their original layout. Many photos.

Volume 1:  260 pp (reg. $26)
Volume 2:  352 pp (reg. $30)

Contact Editions
8 1/2 x 11, spiral bound

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For the first time in 20 years, CQ offers brand new t-shirts!

Celebrate Contact Quarterly’s 40th Anniversary in style with a new, limited edition t-shirt! Made of 100% cotton, these Bella + Canvas unisex jersey short-sleeve t-shirts are super soft and feature an original drawing by George Manupelli and design by Ajitate. Perfect to wear both on and off the dance-floor. Support CQ and share the love.

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Terpsichore's Deck
a choreographic tool
by Eliza Larson

2013. NEW EDITION 2017.
52 cards (plus 3 title cards)
2¾ x 4¾ in.
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Terpsichore’s Deck (named after the muse of dance) is an instructional and inspirational creative text for novice and advanced dance makers to explore choreographic principles. The cards, numbered 1-52, outline different ideas and elements used in choreography and composition. Through poetic language and provocative questions, each card describes a different aspect of choreography for the user to consider.

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The cards can be read sequentially as a way of investigating concepts of choreography from the external to the internal. Starting with broad aspects of creating work (how far are the performers from the audience?), they move through spatial relationships and movement principles: looking at pathways and levels, and culminate with a look at subtle elements of performativity and more esoteric aspects of dance: examining focus, intention, and the internal dialogue of the dancer.

The deck can also be used playfully. Choosing a card at random and using it as compositional or improvisational inspiration may offer insight or illuminate new choreographic possibilities.

Just as there is no right or wrong way to create art and dance, there are no right or wrong answers to the questions posed in the deck. The ideas are designed to lead the user into furthering their own thoughts about creating dance.

Eliza Larson is an independent artist and writer based in Portland, Oregon. She holds an MFA in performance and choreography from Smith College where she was a Gretchen Moran Teaching Fellow in the Five College Dance Department. Eliza's primary research on gender in dance has been presented at several conferences around the country and has been published in Dance and Gender (2017), edited by Doug Risner and Wendy Oliver. Her writing also appears in DanceUSA, Kinebago, the Journal of Dance Education, and Contact Quarterly, a journal devoted to performance and improvisation.

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of contemporary dance and improvisation.

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