This work is an exploration of the movement possibilities within the muscles surrounding the spine, as well as, the connections between the head, pelvis, and vertebrae. Paxton developed this work in 1986, after he had already developed Contact Improvisation. Created as an exploration or an exercise, this is a solo practice that is taught in workshops and intensives to help strengthen the foundation of person’s movement.
“With Material for the Spine, I am interested in alloying a technical approach to the processes of improvisation. It is a system for exploring interior and exterior muscles of the back. It aims to bring consciousness to the dark side of the body, that is, the ‘other’ side, or the inside, those sides not much self-seen, and to submit sensations from them to the mind for consideration.” – Steve Paxton