Improvisation Ensemble for Dancers and Musicians (MPF4357.02)

Michael Wimberly & Susan Sgorbati

This course is for dancers and musicians interested in working on the performance of improvisation. For musicians specific attention is given to creating rhythms and sonorities which can then be manipulated and developed while interacting with dancers in the moment. Once a week dancers will have a class with musicians in collaboration on improvisational structures. Musicians will meet separately to explore improvisation concepts, readings, and discussions on the history of improvisational forms and its development. Musicians are expected to have basic skills on their instrument and be able create and convey a sense of form to other musicians.


Learning Outcomes:
• Advancing your music vocabulary and improvisation concepts
• Learning to listen deeply while listening to each other
• Improving your abilities on your instrument
• Learning to create in collaboration with other musicians and dancers
• Learning the history of dance and music improvisation at Bennington College



Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Prerequisites: Students must demonstrate basic skills on their instrument; approval from instructor. Auditions scheduled by appointment - contact mwimberly@bennington.edu.
Corequisites: A course in improvisation, composition, jazz, instrumental music, form and analysis, orchestration
Course Level: 4000-level
Credits: 2
M/Th 3:40PM - 5:30PM (2nd seven weeks)
Maximum Enrollment: 8
Course Frequency: Once a year

Categories: All courses , Dance , Performance , Fully In-Person
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