Improvisation: Survival, Adaptation, Invention (DAN2175.01)

Elena Demyanenko

In this semester-long laboratory on improvisation, we will place ourselves attentively into particular environments and situations in order to access and develop the skills of individual and ensemble physical problem solving. Pattern recognition will be one lens through which we will view the role of perception in real time decision-making. Ultimately, our choices will activate scores and systems that explore the relationship between the body, image, and place. The body, therefore, will be the main locus for understanding and unpacking our spatial and narrative interactions through real-time composition development. Regarding the use of improvisation, we will direct our analyses of experiences to identify the commonalities across disciplines. We will try to untangle the relevance of improvisation in the broader context of a world where productive argument and healthy engagement needs to be fostered. In order to understand cause and effect in our work, a vocabulary and set of by-products for making will be developed through writing, drawing, and collage. Regular performances of class work will be staged to open up conversations on structure, organization, and disorganization. Attendance at Dance Workshop (Thursday 7pm-8:30pm) is highly recommended.

Prerequisites: None
Credits: 2
T 4:10pm - 6:00pm; F 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Maximum Enrollment: 16
Course Frequency:
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