Available Writings by Steve Paxton I already translated in Chinese:

Contact Improvisation, 1975, The Drama Review: TDR Vol. 19, No. 1, Post-Modern Dance Issue, pp. 40-42

A Matter of Delicacy, 1975, CQ Vol. 1 No. 5, Summer 1976, "Contact Newsletter", p 27

Teacher Teaching, 1976, CQ Vol. 1 No. 5, Summer 1976, "Contact Newsletter", p 24

Solo Dancing, 1977, CQ Vol. 2 No. 3, Spring 1977, p 24

Q & A, 1981, CQ Vol. 6 No. 2, Winter 1981, Focus on Perception, p 46 - 49

Hier-Visibility, 1989, CQ Vol. 14 No. 1, Winter 1989, Still Moving – Contact shop talk and dialogue, p 44 - 45

Jumping Paradigms, 1992, CQ Vol. 17 No. 2, Summer/Fall 1992, p 37

Drafting Interior Technique,1993, CQ Vol. 18 No. 1, Winter/Spring 1993, Still Moving - Contact shop talk and dialogue, p 61

Transcript: Chute,1979

Transcript: Fall After Newton, 1987

Improvisation Is a Word for Something That Can’t Keep a Name

Composition, a comment from Steve Paxton, CQ Vol. 44 No. 1, Winter/Spring 2019, p 76 - 76

The History and Future of Dance Improvisation, a talk given at the Art of Movement Festival in Russia, CQ Vol. 26 No. 2, Summer/Fall 2001, p 98 - 101

Why Standing? Steve Paxton talks about how The Stand relates to stage fright and entrainment in Contact Improvisation, 2015, CQ Vol. 40 No. 1, Winter/Spring 2015, p 37 - 40

The Small Dance, The Stand transcription of 1977 classes, CQ Vol. 11 No. 1, Winter 1986, Space/Time Issue 1, p 48 - 50

Gift: Cage, Cunningham, and the Modern Dance Mutants

Steve Paxton on Judson Dance Theater, 2018, Art Forum

Grand Union, 1972, The Drama Review: TDR, Vol. 16, No. 3, The "Puppet" Issue (Sep., 1972), pp. 128-134

Letter to Trisha, CQ Vol. 20 No. 1, Winter/Spring 1995, p 94 - IBC

Steve Paxton's Talk at CI36 (transcript), re: the conception of Contact Improvisation and his current work, Material for the Spine, June, 2008, CQ Vol. 34 No. 1, Winter/Spring 2009, Special Focus: Contact Improvisation's 36th Anniversary, p 11 - 15

So Here You Are, Against All Obstacles...A talk given at Culturgest in Lisbon, 2019, CQ Vol. 45 No. 1, Winter/Spring 2020, p 26 - 33

Writings on Steve Paxton's Work

A Physical Quest for Natural Rights, Bojana Cvejić

Steve Paxton's "Interior Techniques": Contact Improvisation and Political Power, Robert Turner, TDR (1988-) Vol. 54, No. 3 (Fall 2010), pp. 123-135 (13 pages)


Translated Writings on Ideokinesis and Release Technique

1. 释放:一个谜团

Release—A Mystery

by Melinda Buckwalter

2. 什么是释放技术?

What is Release Technique?

By Daniel Lepkoff


MRPJ #18/Release: “Movement Research: Release Technique: Nancy Topf”

by Sophia Cowing, Loraine Corfield, Tania Apelbaum and Jon Gibson

4. 回忆玛莎·帕鲁丹

Remembering Marsha Paludan

by Robin Gilmore

5. 身体动能觉知的想象:采访琼·斯金纳

The Kinaesthetic Imagination an interview with Joan Skinner

by Bettina Neuhaus

6. 约翰·罗兰访谈,顺位和释放:历史和方法

John Rolland interview, Alignment and Release: History and Methods

7. 安德烈·伯纳德访谈

André Bernard Interview

8. 释放


by Eva Karczag


Recommended books on Ideokinesis and Release Technique

Mabel Elsworth Todd: The Thinking Body(1937) , The Hidden You(1953), Early Writings

Lulu Sweigard: Human Movement Potential(1974)

Barbara Clark: A Kinesthetic Legacy: The Life and Works of Barbara Clark(1993 by Pamela Matt)

André Bernard: Ideokinesis: A Creative Approach to Human Movement and Body Alignment(2006)

Nancy Topf: The Anatomy of Center, CQ Chapbook 3/37, no.2 (summer/fall 2012).
, A Guide to a Somatic Movement Practice: The Anatomy of Center(2022 by Hetty King)

John Rolland: An Ideokinetic Basis for Movement Education (Contact Editions)


Recommended Reading at the Intersection of Dance & Philosophy

Maxine Sheets-Johnstone: The Phenomenology of Dance(1966), The Primacy of Movement(1964)

James J. Gibson: The Senses Considered as Perception Systems(1966)

David Abram: The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-Than-Human World(1997)

Alva Noë: Action In Perception(2005)

Sara Ahmed: Queer Phenomenology: Orientations, Objects, Others(2006)

Erin Manning: The Minor Gesture(2016), Relationscapes: Movement, Art, Philosophy(2012)

CQ FOLIO 2 – Contact/Dance Improvisation and philosophical thinking, curated by Romain Bigé, with Lisa Nelson(2017)


Recommended Reading on Kinesthetic Empathy

Susan Leigh Foster: Choreographing Empathy(2010)

Touching and Being Touched: Kinesthesia and Empathy in Dance and Movement(2012)

Intercorporeity, Movement and Tacit Knowledge(2016, edited by Undine Eberlein)