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Explore the practice of contact improvisation (CI) and its relationship with a wider field of improvisation, composition, contemplation and live music.

For people with previous experience in contact improvisation.

 

Fri, Feb 14, 10 am-3:45 pm, Sat & Sun, Feb 15 & 16, 1:30-5:30 pm

 

Brief Bios

Nancy Stark Smith first trained as an athlete and gymnast, leading her to study and perform dance in the early 1970s, greatly influenced by the Judson Dance Theater breakthroughs. She danced in the first performances of contact improvisation with Steve Paxton and others in 1972 and has since been central to its development as dancer, teacher, performer, writer/publisher and organizer, traveling worldwide to teach and perform CI and other improvised works. She co-founded and has been making Contact Quarterly dance journal since 1975. Her first book, Caught Falling: The Confluence of Contact Improvisation, Nancy Stark Smith, and Other Moving Ideas, came out in 2008. She lives in western Massachusetts. www.nancystarksmith.com.

Mike Vargas began playing music in 1959. His curiosity and love of collaboration have led him through many contexts and cultures, from cocktail lounges in Indonesia to New York’s Lower East Side, from cancer wards to the Kennedy Center. He started specializing in music for dance in 1978. He works as a freelance composer across the USA and internationally performing, teaching, recording and improvising. For the past 13 years, he has been working around the world with Nancy Stark Smith. He has released 9 CDs of his music and is currently on the faculty in the dance department at Smith College. www.mikevargas.net.

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