Improvising Across Abilities, Media, Communities


DANCE 100, Improvisation (Fall 2012, Michelle Heffner-Hayes) and AMS 998: Improvisation, Bodies, Difference (Fall 2012, Sherrie Tucker) Hayes and Tucker have developed and taught a collaborative interdisciplinary “meets-with” course among graduate students of theories of improvisation with undergraduates who are primarily dance majors. In Fall 2012, they added the AUMI to facilitate practice and dialogue about embodiment, disability studies, and sound and movement. In the center of the dance studio was a laptop with the AUMI interface and an amplifier.  In pairs, small groups, and alone, students interacted and experimented with movement-triggered sound, range of motion, listening, and responding, and discussed their experiences in light of readings in disability studies, improvisation, and interconnections of music and dance.

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Performance this Friday!

Please join us Friday, August 11th at  5:30 for a 30-45 minute performance, followed by audience feedback and discussion.  The performance features Jesse Stewart and the Wooden Snap Dragons Ensemble.