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“Fall after Newton,” Contact Improvisation, 1972–1983

From Performance Assembles Publics: Contact Improvisation as Landmark

Many practitioners of Contact Improvisation might take issue with how this contribution describes Contact Improv as the product of Steve Paxton, rather than a social movement. In this perspective, organization-building, such as the touring group Mangrove or the establishment of Contact Quarterly magazine, would be just as essential as Paxton’s role. The video “Fall After Newton” similarly reflects this by focusing not on Paxton but on another crucial developer: Nancy Stark Smith.

Featured performers: Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith
Script/Narration: Steve Paxton
Editing: Steve Christiansen, Lisa Nelson, Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith

April 17, 2019

Curated by

Jeremiah Day