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(Dis)connecting the dots

An improvisation meeting of theatre, dance, music and more

At the end of the Carpet Sessions season, you are invited to join the exploration of an issue that is probably the biggest source of discussion in interdisciplinary art making:
How concrete and readable should our work be? What should be left unexplained – how opaque, many-layered, confusing or abstract do we like it?
Connecting_Dots_PusteblumenThe problem is often that we don’t even know from each other what we exactly mean with all these words, while the issue itself is not so complicated, and applicable to all art disciplines:
Any artist wants his work to be readable to a certain extend, in the sense that it somehow ’speaks’ to the audience. And at the same time, any piece needs a certain obscurity, leaving something for the audience to wonder about. Only in how to concretely create this mix is where genres and artists differ.
As interdisciplinary instant composition wants to be inclusive to all genres and differing perceptions of art, our question is: How can we improvise, talk and play around this topic effectively?
On 29 May (Hemelvaartsdag), we would like to do a research session with this question in mind.
As especially the perceived difference between improvisation theater and improvisation dance/music is big on this issue, Anja Boorsma is inviting a group of improv actors, while Thomas Johannsen is inviting dance improvisers. We are also inviting musicians with experience from both the ‘concrete’ theatre genre and the more ‘modern/abstract’ performance genre.
Any other disciplines/improvisers who would like to participate are absolutely welcome. Just write us a comment below this post if you are interested (if the group becomes too big to be workable, we keep the option of selection).
Let’s see if we can create both crystal-clear and many-layered pieces of performance, and survive the clash to tell about it.  😀
What are the Carpet Sessions? / Where is the studio?  (click here)
There has been so many reactions that we had to make a selection. Otherwise the studio would be too crowded for what we want to do.
So the session is not open anymore, and this is the research group for the 29th of May:
Anja Boorsma
Esmeralda Detmers
Jurriaan Kamp
Wouter Snoei
Hans Kuykens
Ralph de Rijke
Thomas Johannsen
Annabel Garriga
Johnny Schoofs
Tanaquil Schuttel
We will keep you posted on our findings!

About Thomas Johannsen

interdisciplinary performer, director, improviser


11 thoughts on “(Dis)connecting the dots

  1. Sounds right up my alley. I’d like to be there.

    Posted by Ralph de Rijke | April 28, 2014, 15:41
  2. Hi Thomas,
    Yes indeed very “hot” issue. I am very interested in joining but I don’t know yet about the dates. I will let you know asp


    Posted by Marianthi Michailidou | April 28, 2014, 16:39
  3. Sounds interesting! I’ll check whether I can join…

    Posted by hans kuykens | April 28, 2014, 18:17
  4. Klinkt goed! Ik doe graag mee.

    Posted by Marion | April 29, 2014, 15:37
  5. open vraag: ik zou alleen de 1e datum kunnen. Zou dat ook mogelijk zijn of hebben julllie liever 1 club voor beide sessies?

    Posted by Tanaquil | April 30, 2014, 18:30
    • hi Tanaquil, we can do the second date with a smaller group than the first date, so in principle it is possible to just come to the first session.
      However, we will look at the whole picture and then see how to best compose the group for both sessions.

      Posted by Thomas Johannsen | April 30, 2014, 19:54
  6. Hi everybody,

    we are getting many reactions! (not only through this blog, but also through other channels), apparently the theme is striking a chord with many improvisers… 😀

    This is very nice, but it also means that we will need to make a selection so that the research group remains workable and is a good mix of actors/dancers/musicians.

    Please keep responding and let us know whether you are available on only the first or on both dates. We will make a selection of all the reactions after next week and then will let you know who is the research group for these two sessions.



    Posted by Thomas Johannsen | April 30, 2014, 19:57
  7. hi there, we have chosen the research group for this one:

    Anja Boorsma
    Esmeralda Detmers
    Jurriaan Kamp
    Wouter Snoei
    Hans Kuykens
    Ralph de Rijke
    Thomas Johannsen
    Annabel Garriga
    Johnny Schoofs
    Tanaquil Schuttel

    See also update in the post above.

    Posted by Thomas Johannsen | May 15, 2014, 16:31


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