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Finding inspiration in solo movement through exploration of changing balance

Contact Improvisation offers extraordinary opportunities to explore movement cooperation with others and oneself. I've been investigating a question about how to find in solo moving the kind of inspiration that can come from dancing with others. I had been exploring a practice for a long time before the COVID pandemic. Having to concentrate on solo moving during the pandemic has given me the opportunity to resolve some questions about how to describe the practice and its purpose, enough so that I feel ready to describe it.It's based in the small dance that Steve Paxton associates with the stand, also informed by Nancy Stark Smith's finger dance.The Basic ScoreAfter stretching a little I standTime happens. I gradually notice more about what's happening in my body.Eventually I notice some small movements – shifts of weight, displacement from breathing, and needing to adjust my position; everything counts.Eventually I might notice very slow shifting – gradual tendencies i…