Contact improvisation is a style of dance centered on using the body as a point of contact where the dancers balance, roll, and move off of one another.
This “Early Morning Contact” piece aptly demonstrates the sheer strength of the human body and the ease and fluidity with which it moves. Gender roles and assumptions of men’s strength and women’s weakness are smashed as both dancers carry and lift each other with what seems like seamless expertise. The dancers use every inch of their body as a point of contact, be it their shoulder blades, thigh, hips, or underarm. Faulty or jerky movements do occur sporadically throughout the performance but do not hinder the experience or the dance–they add character and further display the human, almost animalistic, element that contact improvisation relies on.