We love the messy interstitial space of interdisciplinary improvisation.
ON MONDAY, JANUARY 11TH, AT 18H AMSTERDAM TIME, SIMON ROSE AND INGO REULECKE HAVE ACCEPTED WHAT IIIF’S INVITATION TO AN IMPROMPTU READING GROUP DISCUSSION OF THEIR NEWLY PUBLISHED ARTICLE: IMPROVISATION IN DANCE AND MUSIC.
THIS ARTICLE JUST NEWLY PUBLISHED IN HZT-BERLIN IS AVAILABLE ONLINE HERE.
Over the past 9 months, a space has been held by WHAT IIIF? online – a space called WHAT IIIF? Nowhere & Everywhere. This space allows improvisors from Anywhere to meet for 40 minutes of open improvisation. No commute, no hello nor goodbye … a shared moment of presence as if you joined in as you left the lunch or breakfast table, before leaving to run an errand, take a nap or write a paper or a song.
Yesterday, I had an epiphany. For me, this space opened wide the definition of interdisciplinary improvisation. Yesterday, my computer’s camera was focussed on a window – the grid of the panes pleased me and not showing my face, pleased me. The architecture played in direct relationship to the players – it wasn’t about how I interpreted in through my body. I moved the camera around slightly to capture different angles and light, and the sun suddenly shone in the corner of my ZOOM rectangle, a blinding light that stopped cold the harmonica in the next square. And suddenly the clouds were moving across the screen faster and faster, and as they passed by, they became the leitmotif of the moment. The sun and its shadows have played this role as well. The wind has erased my voice, the wind has moved leaves for others to dance to. Weeds have been plucked, water poured, cold has sent us inside then outside again. Suddenly interdisciplinary is no longer just Are we musicians, dancers, actors, writers collaborating ? It is this. But it is also : Are we trees, rocks, plants, buildings, carpets, planets, orbs, wind, water, vapor, shadows and sun ?
The third beta edition of the What IIIF? gathering is coming up in Gothenborg, Sweden!
From all niches of Europe and beyond a good handful of improvisers will gather 16-19 May 2019 to play, eat and bend their heads together around the maybe impossible question:
How to document and reflect on improvisation in a meaningful way when it comes to interdisciplinarity?
Read up on the participant invite here and join us if you can:
follow this link to see the TUMBLR book on what wonderful things happened at WHAT IIIF? LONDON
What IIIF ? London is beta 0.2 of the Interdisciplinary International Improvisation Festival. This research festival (the first was in Amsterdam in 2017) brings together researchers from around Europe to ask the absurd question, ‘How/Can improvisation be documented ?’
The festival moves within the London Improvisation scene and includes workshops, performances and reflection sessions. We use only one method of documentation for each iteration of the festival. For IIIF Amsterdam, it was video. For What IIIF ? LONDON, it’s writing. Writing it down, on paper, on a computer, on a board, on your hand, printing, printing pages somewhere, cursive, upside down, backwards.
Independent, artist-run and self-organized, nomadic and iterative, absent or present, it’s open to everyone who is interested.
Public venues :
PERFORMANCE Facebook Event
Organized by hosts: Catharine Cary, Benedikte Esperi and Thomas Johannsen in collaboration with all the participants. Special thanks to Anat Ben-David, Jasper Llewellyn, Independent Dance, Dam Van Huynh/Centre 151, Agata Kik, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Royal College of Art, Anne Duffau, Annette Geisriegl, Maggie Nichols, Esmeralda Detmers, Jagna Anderson, Maria Michailidou and Shelley Owen.