Undefining ‘Contact Improvisation’ – Daniel Hayes

In the 70’s when CI was created it was named but never copyrighted or defined. This for me is paradoxically one of Contacts most defining characteristics. Its non existence gives space for all our 10.000 manifestations which in turn come together to create The One. Without a goal is there anywhere to be except here? Without aesthetics can we still dance? In these three connected workshops we will focus on the physical basics of CI as an infinite game of life as play and possibility1.

1 Carse, James P.. Finite and Infinite Games. New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 0-345-34184-8.
“The rules of the finite game may not change; the rules of an infinite game must change.
Finite players play within boundaries; infinite players play with boundaries.
Finite players are serious; infinite games are playful.
A finite player plays to be powerful; an infinite player plays with strength.
A finite player consumes time; an infinite player generates time.
The finite player aims for eternal life; the infinite player aims for eternal birth.
The choice is yours.”

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