Contact Improvisation is relational medicine. It is freedom grounded in connection. It is a powerful balm and sublime fun when there’s awareness present and options available for immediate use.
It is improvisation. You are the source, filter and framer of your experience. You are the initiator/responder, receiver/transmitter, master/student…… in charge of the ever changing nature of your experience.
Commit to caring for yourself and all you are related to! You are an intricate and unique part of a whole. If the whole is not healthy, the parts suffer. Own that you are the one and the all. Pay attention to the lively dynamic of continuously and simultaneously influencing and being influenced. Own your participation in and responsibility to the mutuality of interbeing.
Become intimate with gravity. It is the lord of us all, dictating that we are relational. Track the perpetual unfolding of the one and only moment. Notice whether what is happening is beneficial. If it isn’t, notice and explore what else is possible.
for how to use your touch @ the point/s of contact
(ideally, this option is a constant that supports exploring all the other options)
Gravity is our context. Support is inherent.
Touch to be aware of your circumstance.
Touch to assess the existing support.
Touch to track support changing.
Touch to do nothing. Touch to experience and witness the complexity of being.
Touch to receive and to be received. Touch to explore non-doing.
ENTER / LEAVE
Touch to enter. Touch to leave. Touch to relate to what is. Touch to rearrange what is.
Support precedes movement. Assess support and use it to move.
Touch to push, pull, roll, slide, pivot……….. to move your own body.
Touch to notice how you align with support for ease and oppose it for effort.
Touch to play with how you organize yourself in movement.
Touch to express, balance, dial comfort and explore possibility.
Touch to Adjust For Comfort (AFC and you shall receive!)
Touch to move your partner.
Touch to initiate, to influence and direct your partner’s movement.
GO WITH WHAT IS OFFERED
Touch to accept being moved, to go with the direction that is offered.
COUNTER WHAT IS OFFERED
Touch to counter what is offered, to not go with the direction suggested.
Touch to counterbalance. Counterbalancing creates structure.
Structure creates support for movement.
Use the options to explore ‘spectrums of possibility’ ~such as the range and degrees of effort, weight, speed, tone, surface, space, states, intent, emotion, response, allowing………
practice being ever curious, ever noticing……
“What am I doing? What is my partner doing?”
stay with the and that is the we of you and me
use seamless, continuous awareness to track what is co-evolving
aim towards mutual well-being through mutual mattering
~Awareness of what IS creates safety and defines what ELSE is possible.
~When we’re aware of what IS we don’t need to know where we are going, what’s next will reveal itself.
~Committing to a continuous connection unifies the diversity necessary to achieve mutual well-being.
~Track what is occurring!
If what is, is not working- use the point/s of contact to maintain connection and change what YOU are doing!! Choose another option. Notice how changing your participation changes what is happening.
Awareness + Curiosity = Exploration
Connection + Options = Belonging + Freedom
Participation is Divine!
show up / pay attention / tell the truth / don’t attach to outcome