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 dance form initiated by American dancer Steve Paxton in 1972, and now practiced by dancers and movement enthusiasts worldwide. It covers the formative years of the form, from CQ’s birth as a newsletter amongst the pioneering practitioners of CI in 1975 through its seventeenth volume as a dance journal covering myriad developments of improvisational and experimental dance. Under one cover, you will find the articles, letters, essays, interviews, discussion, drawings, and photos that fed the development of the practice, teaching, and performance of CI in the U.S. and abroad. 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.
ISBN 0-937645-04-4
260 pp. photos, drawings.
8 ½ x 11”