La gravité

Authors : Steve Paxton

Language : FR

Topics : Writings by artists

Number of pages : 96

Publisher : Editions Contredanse

Year of publication : 2018

EAN : 9782930146423

Price :  12.00

In this groundbreaking booklet, dancer Steve Paxton traces a life in the company of the force of gravity. From memories of his first plane flight to dance lessons, from metaphysical meditations to pig watching, Steve Paxton questions what lies at the edge of our consciousness and invites our senses to enter the dance. Gravity is the first book by Steve Paxton, the great international dancer, choreographer and teacher. Throughout his fifty-five year career, he explores the fiction of “cultured” dance and the “truth” of improvisation.


Birth is not so much a beginning as it is an abrupt change, an upheaval of the conditions previously offered in the womb, and there is gravity. With it, a new negotiation begins, whose terms condition us for the rest of our lives. (p.3)

One day, I saw a pig jumping very high, making a complete turn on itself, landing in front, in the same direction as at the beginning, then gamboling in its enclosure as if taken by madness. Primitive instinct of survival or love parade (a fellow pig was observing the scene), I don’t know what caused this behavior. It was so out of the norm of pig movement that it looked like improvisation. (p.25)

For the most part, we wander around in a divided universe, the sensory universe where the sun rises and the rational universe where the Earth turns. Meanwhile, we forget that the moon rises too. It is a dilemma for the senses, which do not know the difference, and a success for the rational mind, which does. (p.41)

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