Category: opinion

Unicorns, or why this picture moves me

I find this picture, recently posted to the Contact Quarterly Newsletter, surprisingly moving. The reason, I think, is that it’s like seeing a unicorn. It is rare, and beautiful, and mythical. It is something that you never thought you would actually…

In and Out

The Earthdance New Year’s Jam starts today, one of the largest and longest contact jams in North America. It reminds me of the challenges of in and out in the contact improvisation community, particularly at multi-day jams.

What is “research”?

What do contact improvisers mean when they talk about doing “research”? Background I think Jess Curtis started my thinking on this. At the teachers’ meeting at the 2010 contactfestival freiburg, Jess suggested that perhaps we use the word “research” too loosely…

Sounding at jams

I often play live music at jams. I’ve done a lot of it, actually; I’ve been improvising on my instrument for contact dancers for over 9 years, and have been an official musician at several large festivals. Something that I’ve…