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Dance Improvisations
July 2, 2010   
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An international festival in a post-modern dance technique known as Contact Improvisation (CI) will be held at the Central Artistic Pool in Warsaw July 10-16, the first time ever in Poland. The venue for the event, entitled Poland Contact Festival—Warsaw Flow, will be specially adapted to accommodate the dancers, who will live there, mix with each other and—above all—dance.

“We want as many people as possible to familiarize themselves with the Contact Improvisation technique,” says festival organizer Anna Wyganowska. “To this end, we’ll be holding workshops at various locations around Warsaw and local residents will be able to come to the evening sessions.”

CI was pioneered by American dancer and choreographer Steve Paxton in the early 1970s and draws on different types of contact, like embracing, supporting and pantomime. CI enables both novices and experts to take part—something that had not previously been possible.

Duets are most common but dancers can form larger groups. The dancing is spontaneous, creative and extemporized.

“This form of dance has unlimited possibilities,” says CI instructor Paulina ¦więcańska. “Every dance is a journey into the unknown. Dancing releases creativity and develops non-verbal communication skills. It’s a source of childlike joy and liberation.”
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