The Touch 'Taboo' and the Art of Contact: exploring Contact Improvisation for prisoners

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/118128
Title:
The Touch 'Taboo' and the Art of Contact: exploring Contact Improvisation for prisoners
Authors:
Houston, Sara
Abstract:
The article examines the experience of participating in Contact Improvisation by male prisoners. It specifically focuses on issues of touch for this participant group and how inmates can learn different ways of acting from acquiring Contact skills, contributing to their rehabilitation. The paper looks at the culture in prisons that propagates a touch ‘taboo’, which sets the context for investigating its subversion in Contact Improvisation. Linking the context of the prison to discussion of the nature of touch in Contact Improvisation, the article weaves primary data obtained from a dance project in an adult male prison, with other sociological data on touch in prisons and on Contact Improvisation. It concludes using a philosophical argument on the social value of touch in dance.
Citation:
Research in Dance Education, Vol.10, 2, 2009, 97 - 113
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Journal:
Research in Dance Education
Issue Date:
2009
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10142/118128
Additional Links:
http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14647893.asp
Type:
Article
Language:
null
ISSN:
1464-7893; 1470-1111
Appears in Collections:
Department of Dance Collection

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dc.contributor.authorHouston, Saraen
dc.date.accessioned2010-12-20T10:46:23Z-
dc.date.available2010-12-20T10:46:23Z-
dc.date.issued2009-
dc.identifier.citationResearch in Dance Education, Vol.10, 2, 2009, 97 - 113en
dc.identifier.issn1464-7893-
dc.identifier.issn1470-1111-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10142/118128-
dc.description.abstractThe article examines the experience of participating in Contact Improvisation by male prisoners. It specifically focuses on issues of touch for this participant group and how inmates can learn different ways of acting from acquiring Contact skills, contributing to their rehabilitation. The paper looks at the culture in prisons that propagates a touch ‘taboo’, which sets the context for investigating its subversion in Contact Improvisation. Linking the context of the prison to discussion of the nature of touch in Contact Improvisation, the article weaves primary data obtained from a dance project in an adult male prison, with other sociological data on touch in prisons and on Contact Improvisation. It concludes using a philosophical argument on the social value of touch in dance.en
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dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/14647893.aspen
dc.subjectdanceen
dc.subjectcontact improvisationen
dc.subjectprisonen
dc.subjecttabooen
dc.subjecttouchen
dc.subjectcommunity danceen
dc.titleThe Touch 'Taboo' and the Art of Contact: exploring Contact Improvisation for prisoners-
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalResearch in Dance Educationen
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