An Intimate Dance

Directed by Sanford Lewis
Visit Film Site: contactimprovonscreen.com

Contact Improvisationis a dance form that is well loved by those who practice it…and virtually unknown to those who do not. In 1972, a dancer named Steve Paxton conceived of contact improv as a dance experiment, defying social norms like “keep your distance” and “stay upright.” 40 years later, contact is a social dance playground and a worldwide subculture. Our feature-length contact improv documentary will explore both the physics and metaphysics of contact. We are aiming for an emotionally honest, truth seeking exploration of contact improv as a physical and mental practice, a source of joy and challenge. We will also meet people for whom it is a way of life and spiritual practice.

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Contact improv commands your respect and awareness. It offers abundant communication, touch, play and fun! It is also a deep and joyous opportunity to expand presence and awakeness in a context of touch and movement. As such it can be a practice as profound as meditation, yoga or martial arts.

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Sanford Lewis
has danced contact improv for about 20 years, and has been filming it for 11 of those years. He considers this film a “total labor of love.” He has produced numerous environmentally oriented documentaries including Contaminated Without Consent, Burning Issues in Medical Waste and Off the Books: Environment and Human Rights. He is also a career public interest lawyer focusing on environment, human rights and shareholder rights.

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