Gough, M. P. (2009) A Neo-Structuralist pedagogy for contact improvisation. Congress on Research in Dance (CORD) Conference: Global Perspectives On Dance Pedagogy: Research and Practice, De Montfort University, Leicester, 25-27 June 2009. USA: Congress on Research in Dance.
This lecture demonstration outlines a pedagogy for teaching Contact Improvisation. Designed for educational settings (universities/schools) it teaches improvisation for performance, and self-developed practice. The pedagogy eschews ‘structured’ and ‘task-based’ improvisation for ‘open scores’ and ‘perceptual/spatial’ harmonics. The basic curricula can be taught in a single semester module (12 weeks, 3 hours per week), and is suitable for dance, and 'non'-dance students, without compromising 'quality' or 'depth' of engagement. This session covers the four areas of study students learn: Philosophy and Principles, Practical skill-sets, Applied Contextual & Critical theory, and Performance.