Improvisation

Improvisation

Improvisation … the practice of acting, dancing, singing and reacting, of making, creating in the moment and in response to one's immediate environment and inner feelings.

Warning This may result in new thought patterns, new practices and new ways to act.  It occurs most effectively when the artist has a thorough intuitive and technical understanding of the skills necessary for improvisation.

Sometimes referred to as ‘an invention cycle’ or ‘on the spot’ or ‘playing it by ear’…

We work to support improvisation in performance in the region with Embrace Arts in Leicester.  Part of this programme is Quick Shifts - a creative series of exchange days and performances that take a close look at the very nature of dance and improvisation.

Absolutely everyone is welcome to these sessions that are ideal for all those interested in dance, drama, theatre, martial arts and movement - whether professional, amateur, a student or just wanting to watch and learn.  There are no age restrictions.

Quick Shifts takes place at Embrace Arts in Leicester and details about the forthcoming events on Sunday 4th November and Sunday 2nd December can be found on our What's On section.

Miriam Keye is a local professional artist with an established improvisation practice who also performs during the Quick Shifts sessions.  We asked Miriam to share a moment from the recent event and you can read about this on our improvisation blog.  Miriam holds regular weekly improvisation classes, called The Art of Being Present held on Wednesdays at Sneinton Old School Hall, Windmill Lane in Nottingham.  People from all walks of life, genres and disciplines attend these sessions that are friendly and fun.  Dates and details can be found on Strandlooper's website www.strandlooper.yolasite.com and also on our event pages.

Get Involved:   We'd love to hear from you.  Feel free to comment or on our blog pages, share your improv experiences or tell us about classes,  sessions or events that you attend.  Email laura [at] dance4 [dot] co [dot] uk with all your improv news.

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