4.07.2009

class is tomorrow

improvisation class is tomorrow, does no one else have advice or suggestions? nothing? nada? maybe i need to quit blogging...

5 comments:

libby said...

I have actually been thinking about your question, and here is what I have come up with:

Choreography: try doing your choreography backwards, and see what comes out. I also like to try each movement at different tempos, and see if anything comes from it. These can work well for improv as well, but here is my favorite form of improv:

Have the dancers stand still until they FEEL a movement. I mean literally, until some part of their body inadvertently starts moving (i.e. and arm swing, a finger twitch, etc.). Then they allow that movement to continue, and slowly grow. These movements turn into the most beautiful improvisations, if people really follow what their body naturally wants to do.

Another type of beloved improvisation: have a confident dancer (or yourself) start the improv, and allow a few more dancers to join in when they feel appropriate. At that point, have people mirror each other as they feel the urge. The mirror may last for four counts, or thirty-four counts. This is a way to let people 'bum' off of other's improv for part of the time, and takes some of the pressure off.

Last idea, just make everyone move for five minutes straight. Tell them they absolutely cannot stop. I think your dancers will surprise themselves.

So, those are my ideas. Hopefully one of them is useful. Improv can be very intimidating, but it's also incredibly therapeutic and cleansing if you allow yourself to let go of your inhibitions and follow your impulses. (maybe that will be the pep talk they need. maybe not. :) ). Good luck. I want to hear how it turns out!!

mem said...

you just spawned so many ideas. brilliant, brilliant. thanks a million. and of course, i can't beg for help without doing a follow-up post.

Annalece said...

i'm really sick of playing phone tag. i hate this funk we're in right now. can't our schedules just come together for one short minute? i love you...and I need you to answer some questions for me...i'll send them to you somehow

libby said...

Is it strange that I'm on the edge of my seat waiting to hear how class went? I call it love. You can call it strange if you would like, though. :)

Annalece said...

it turned out great! (I wasn't there, I just had to find out too!) I was nervous about it all day yesterday! Yes, Em...this equals love