touch + talk: Ecologies of questioning in contact and improvisation | Intellect Skip to content
Volume 6, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 1757-1871
  • E-ISSN: 1757-188X



This article explores the potential of the touch + talk score to act as a framework in which to articulate and open up dance practitioners’ questions underlying the practice and performance of contact and improvisation. Guattari’s model of three ecologies is used as a reference point from which to identify how a practice of questioning is significant to improvisational modalities in dance as well as wider practices of relating to social, mental and physical spheres of thought. I suggest that negotiating contact with another through physical and verbal questioning can be a route towards articulating our emerging understanding of current improvisation practices and makes visible the ethical practice of encountering another.


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