Contact Improvisation dancers Stephanie Nugent and Sarah Gottlieb bring kinetic and kinesthetic excitement to AiOP in their performance, Moving Where We Are. Contact Improvisation––or CI––is a form of social/theatrical dance characterized by improvised physical contact and weight sharing between partners. The dance itself can be thought of as the physical shifts that occur between people as they lean in, push, yield to, and move one another through space. These artists excite their environment through a dynamic exploration of dance.
Stephanie Nugent is a choreographer, performer, and educator of dance/theater and improvisation. Her creative work is rooted in collaborations with artists and scholars addressing social issues surrounding empathy and nonviolence. As a freelance artist and Artistic Director of Nugent Dance (2001-2013), she has presented work at REDCAT Theater and Highways Performance Space (Los Angeles), Dance New Amsterdam (New York City), Theater Aicoli (Padova, Italy), The Walker Fine Arts Center (Minneapolis), Sushi Visual and Performance Art (San Diego), and Capitol Theater (Salt Lake City).stephanienugent.com