C o n t a c t I m p r o v i s a t i o n

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Stephanie Nugent and Claire Kimmel
Photographer: Serge Gubelman. 

What is Contact Improvisation?
The definitions are many and as continually evolving as the form.
Contact Improvisation is a partner dance form based on the physical principles of touch, momentum, shared weight, and most quintessentially - following a shared point of contact. The form was founded in 1972 by Steve Paxton. Integrating his background as a modern dancer and his studies in the martial art form Aikido, Steve developed Contact Improv through explorations with his students and colleagues at the time. This dance practice explores the skills of falling, rolling, counterbalance, lifting using minimal effort, how to make ourselves light when being lifted, centering and breathing techniques, and responsiveness to our partners and surroundings. - contactimprov.com

CI is a practice that feeds many different artistic, social, and spiritual pursuits. I host and attend jams to enjoy the physical meditation of being present - in the now within myself, with my environment, and with my community. I teach and attend workshops taught by other improvisers, as a means of deepening my understanding and discovering new applications of this ever-evolving form. I attend performances and perform improvised scores with colleagues in order to share this work with a greater community and learn through observation. Finally, I utilize CI as a creative practice in the development of inter-disciplinary, dance, and dance/theater performance. - Stephanie Nugent

Below are links to some of the jams and performances in which I have participated. Enjoy, and if you are interested in dancing with me, please check out Nugent Dance Classes

Recesses, is a CI score created /performed by Stephanie Nugent and Shel Wagner Rasch for Anatomy Riot's Dances for a Recession at Pore Dog Group, LA.

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Recesses (2009)

Stephanie and Shel Wagner Rasch jamming at the Santa Monica Jam. Video by Andre Andreev

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Shel and Step Jam (2009)

Stephanie, Shel Wagner Rasch, and Jones Welsh improvising in Sport Contact a score by Welsh for performance at the LA ID Fest.

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Sport Contact (2013)


The Score: created and performed by Stephanie Nugent and Shel Wagner Rasch

The dance Shel & Steph would not have done 10 years ago

The dance Shel & Steph could not have done 10 years ago