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(TIN) TransDisciplinary Improvisation Network presents What’s in a Name?

Event information

START DATE 23 October 2015
START TIME 01:00pm

The Grove and Ravensfield Theatre

END DATE 24 October 2015
END TIME 05:00pm

TIN_Whats in a name?

Event times

  • Friday 23rd October: 13.00pm – 20.30pm
  • Saturday 24th October: 9.00am – 17.00pm

Improvisation is a long–standing practice that is central to the processes of many performance forms with well-established practices and associated discourses. More recently the significance of improvisation has been recognised in contexts beyond the arts, including for example design, education, therapy and management, making this a dynamic and emergent field of research.

Strongly grounded in the creative arts and led by expert improvisers this event will be an opportunity to articulate and elaborate practices and contribute to the emerging critical discourses of all things improvisatory, refining understandings of creative approaches, terminologies and significances.

The day will include key note presentations, papers by leading researchers/artists, workshops, performances and open research spaces for shared creative dialogue, such that we use the modalities of the improvised (and the various practices we bring) as a way to consider the nature, benefits and problems of improvisation.

Guest Key Note Presentations

David Toop, Professor of Audio Culture and Improvisation
Into the Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation and the Dream of Freedom
Based on volume 1 of his forthcoming book of the same title, David Toop analyses examples of free improvisation, a musical movement originating in America, Japan and Europe. Free improvisation was a rejection of composers, the score, instructions and guidelines, a search for a collective sound created in the moment, without boundaries or restrictions. Inspired by the gestural freedom of painting and rooted in politics of the post-war period and its libertarian ideals, free improvisation was (and remains) a test of the limits and potentialities of what it is to be human.
Click here to view the University of Arts London Website

Sondra Fraleigh, Professor emeritus and Dance Artist/Writer
Themes of "Improvising Natures"
Sticky Morphology
Nature is not about domination and competition
Nature is about networking and improvising
Paying attention in improvisation as somatic attunement
Ethics of attention in improvisation
Integral actions and second nature
What about habits
Awkwardness as strength
Primordial Memory

Sondra will also lead a session on improvising the chakra energy centres of the body, and there will be a Q&A dialogue at the end of the session.
Click here to view Sondra's website

Gary Peters, Professor of Critical and Cultural Theory
Naming the Void: the Language of the Improvised Event
In April 2009 I organized a day of improvisation with Dance, Theatre and Music students at York St John University. The sessions were led by myself, Vida Midgelow, Guy Dartnell, Veryan Weston, David Richmond, Beth Cassani and Rob Wilsmore. As part of the proceedings, participants were asked to reflect on the improvisation and write down their thoughts on large sheets of paper. I collected these at the end and took them away with me. This talk will revisit these 'reflections' and reflect further on the language used and its significance within the context of this conference and its concerns with the process of naming.

In the evening we have a improvised performance event, in conjunction with the Inside Out festival by: Jonathan Impett, Simon Limbrick, Ben Dwyer, Helen Kindred, Robert Vesty, Vida Midgelow, Suzanne Martin and guests.
Click here to view the York St John website

Programme (Subject to change)

Day 1 – Friday 23rd October 2015

13:00 – 14:00Registration and Refreshments – Studio 3, Ravensfield
14:00 – 14:20Welcome and introduction to the day – Vida Midgelow and Signy Henderson – Theatre, Ravensfield
14:20 – 15:30Keynote Lecture – Gary Peters – Theatre, Ravensfield Naming the Void: the Language of the Improvised Event
15:30 – 15:45Refreshment Break – Studio 3, Ravensfield
15.30 – 19.30Installation - Theatre Arts Studio 2, Grove Open throughout – please book a slot
Maria Kapsali – Switch On!: Using mobile phones for producing soundscapes through movement
15:45 – 18:00

Parallel Sessions:

Theatre, Ravensfield

Panel 1 – Chair: Benjamin Dwyer

John Dack – Composition/Improvisation and Freedom/Constraint: the 'open'  form in music

Jane Carr – Disrupting the Habitus-What can be learned from the experiences of dance improvisation to inform creative models for social interactions and the identities to which they give rise?

Panel 2 – Chair: Vida Midgelow

Lee Simpson – The International Institute of Improvisation

Paul Z Jackson – Applied Improvisation Network (AIN)

Workshop – Theatre Arts Studio 1, Grove – Chair: Helen Kindred

Matilda Leyser – Permission Improbable - workshop

Theatre Arts Studio Grove 2

18:00 –19:30 Evening Reception / Buffet – Grove Atrium
19:30 – 21:00Performance – 'TIN Pieces'
As part of TCCE Inside Out festival – Theatre, Ravensfield

Day 2 – Saturday 24th October 2015

09:00 – 09:30Registration and Refreshments – Studio 3, Ravensfield
09:30 – 10:00Welcome and introduction to the day – Vida Midgelow and Robert Vesty – Theatre, Ravensfield
10:00 – 11:15Keynote Lecture – David Toop – Theatre, Ravensfield Into the Maelstrom: Music, Improvisation and the Dream of Freedom
11:15 – 12:15Keynote Lecture – Vida Midgelow – Theatre, Ravensfield Everywhere and Nowhere: Dance Improvisation as (Un)Disciplinary Knowing
12:15 –14:00  Lunch – G230, 2nd Floor Grove Building, including 'Open Space' discussion topics
14:00 –15:30 

Parallel Sessions

Theatre, Ravensfield

Panel 3 – Chair: Jonathan Impett

Lisa Parsons and Angela Walton – A philosophical, pedagogical and creative insight into the notion of habit in improvisation

Steve Tromans – Improvisation contra composition: Redefining the terms of music made in performance

Anders Eskildsen – To play or not to play: Systems theoretical perspectives on the problem of agency in collective free improvisation

Workshop - Theatre Arts Studio 1, Grove – Chair: Susanne Martin Corinna Eikmeier – To improvise with an improvising Body

15:30 –15:45 Coffee Break – Studio 3, Ravensfield
15:45 –16:00 

Parallel Session – Theatre, Ravensfield

Panel 4 – Chair: Robert Vesty

Veronika Semelkova – 'Moving Knowledge'

Detta Howe – 'Sometimes''

16:45 –17:30 Keynote Lecture – Sondra Fraleigh – Theatre, Ravensfield Themes of "Improvising Natures"
17:30 –18:30 Roundtable discussion with invited performers and feedback plenary – Chair: Robert Vesty
18:30  Conference Close

Registration open online at our online store.

£75 (waged/ institution) and £45 (unwaged/freelance artist/student)

Middlesex Staff free attendance to conference, evening reception £15. Please register through the Online Store.

(NB. All presenters need to register)

How to get here

The conference is held at our main campus in Hendon, north London, which is located 10 minutes from the Northern Line and Thameslink rail line, both of which take you to central London in under 30 minutes.

For directions and maps please click here.


Further Information

Informal inquiries can be directed to the conference conveners below:

Vida Midgelow

Helen Kindred

Booking reference number: EHE1029

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