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An Analysis of Contact Improvisation as Rhizome

Lee Na-Hyun 1 MalborgKim 1

1이화여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

This study aims to interpret the atypic of contact improvisation as rhizome. As Deleuze and Guattari’s concept of rhizome, contact improvisation is open to a constant change by a external impulse and does not have a internal goal to achieve or a complete composition with a climax. Like plateaus, it is for the intensity of process, not for the certain result. The purpose of contact improvisation is in ‘becoming’ rather than what it ‘is’. It is for the new way of thinking and moving without blocking ourselves in the dance territory. Through contact improvisation, dancers are able to break up the form and cliché of traditional dance expression or movement and shows the force, which is sensation itself. It is for drawing a map to open up the body’s sense and virtuality, instead of copying the Idea(i.e. ideal form or beautiful shape). Contact improvisation opens up the new way of thinking as rhizome.

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