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Re: dancing loops
Contact Improvision is a free-form dance method where two
(or more) people are in constant contact with each other.
The "point of contact" can be anywhere on the body, eg
arm against neck, hip to back, etc. A large part of the
practice is to keep this point(s) flowing between the
dancers organically. Breaking the bounds between
leading and following, upright and floor work, and
generally ignoring gravity also are standard.
Traditional, "pure" Contact is done without any music
at all, the idea being that music would cause the
dancers to move with it instead of each other. A very
high degree of synchronisation and feedback is
essential for Contact to work.
The compromise between silent Contact Improv and a
musically lead dance is to play such that the dancers
do not entrain with you. This might mean playing
without a compelling rhythm, or shifting rhythms, and
so on. Definitely ambient and not attention-getting.
In a community dance class or jam there is much more
likely to be music, and for it to be "danceable" since
the non-purist enthusists prefer this. This is the
environment in which I'd like to play. I'm a bit in
awe of the gentlemen describing their experiences
accompanying academic dance classes, which sound more
like modern dance than any Contact I've seen. Not my
For midi input from the dancers or myself as I dance,
I have the fairly simple idea of putting a potentiometer
in some hand-held wrapper(how about a Nerf ball!) and using
the MidiSolutions pedal-to-cc gizmo to tweak the looper or
effects processor. This would require only the midi
converter box, pot, and some wire to do(I think. Maybe
also a six-pack to bribe some local electrical engineer.
JW, what's your favorite brew? ;-) ) This would
definitely _not_ be traditional Contact, but lots of fun!
Yours in rhythm,
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