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WhatIIIF 2019 in full swing!

Dear improvisers,

the 2019 edition of WhatIIIF in Gothenborg, Sweden, is going into its second day and the work is expanding, connecting and thickening. What a wonderful, intense time.

If you happen to be close enough, come tomorrow for witnessing more of this process of exchanging about the art of interdisciplinary improvisation performance at Galleri 54 (11:30-15:00) or in the evening during the Tiny Festival where we will do the opening performance at Theater Trixter (18:00)

participant-performers-observers-researchers-editors-authors of WhatIIIF? 2019:

Tuva Hildebrand, Nathalie Fari, Marianthi Michailidou, Catharine Cary, Reinhard Gagel, Thomas Johannsen, Shelley Owen, Esmeralda Detmers, Benedikte Esperi, Alexandra Mahnke

WHAT IIIF? GOTHENBURG: 16-19 May 2019 – you are invited !

What IIIF logo Gothenburg 2019
poster design: Catharine Cary

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:

What IIIF Gothenburg 2019 – Closer Invite






WHAT IIIF? LONDON book is on the WEB !

follow this link to see the TUMBLR book on what wonderful things happened at WHAT IIIF? LONDON

Early invite to WHAT IIIF Gothenburg – May 2019

We would like to give you an early wake-up call, mark your calendar, fireworks zap ! to join us for the beta 0.3 version of WHAT IIIF?.    We will be gathering from noon on the 16th of May to the 19th of May 2019 in Gothenburg, Sweden.

This rendition of What IIIF? Gothenburg is organized in collaboration with The Tiny Festival Producers,  Galleri 54 and Teater Trixter.


The research festival WHAT IIIF ? asks the absurd question, ‘Can improvisation be documented ?’  What IIIF ? Gotenburg is the third beta version (the first was in Amsterdam in 2016, and number two in London in 2018).  WHAT IIIF? brings together International Interdisciplinary Improvisation researchers from around Europe. We focus on a method or a concept for several days, and through labs, discussions, performances and observations, we ‘document’ improvisation.  Our thought is that this work will feed and develop the open source website  .


For the first two beta festivals, we focussed on documentation methods – video in Amsterdam and writing in London.  This time we are interested in the way we connect to other people with our improvisation work. We want to think about the fact that we are always addressing someone and within that awareness, on a meta level, ask how do I use material in the improvisational moment, put it out and put it forward.

Over the next few months, we look forward to developing the particular way we will spend these four days in May working with the circle of people committed to come.


  • being in the same space (an open to the public ‘white cube gallery’ named Galleri 54) for the entire time, creating the space, covering the walls, ongoing ongoing, ongoing.
  • observers will be invited, to participate or witness, in the space, or through the windows. Passers by are the instant witnesses
  • collaboration with the TINY FESTIVAL PRODUCERS and TEATER TRIXTER which provides the spaces and an opportunity to perform
  • time to reflect, listen and document on why we do this
  • time to eat together

There is no official participation fee.  You are responsible for your travel and housing.  We split the costs of the festival among ourselves, usually this does not exceed 40 euros each.

If you would like to join us, please write Thomas at

with a paragraph telling us why you are fabulous, and why you find a research festival interesting.

If you will be able to apply for funding for your travel and lodging, we can provide you with an official invitation letter from Galleri 54.  Please write to


a Tumblr “book” about the recent festival of interdisciplinary international improvisation : iteration “WHATIIIFLONDON”



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 :

Thursday, 27/09 6 pm Dyson Gallery, Royal College of Art, SW11 4AN LONDON
PERFORMANCE Facebook Event
Saturday 29/09 10:20 am Middlesex Filter Beds Nature Reserve

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.


Carpet Session 6 april – Prohibition

After Support and Challenge by Maria and James we continue our research with Prohibition.

To break your own patters or habit in an improvisation piece, we gave each others tasks or a prohibit. See where your Challenge is?

This Thursday from 13.00 – 17.00 at Dansstudio, Vredenburgersteeg 31 at Amsterdam. If you not a member: 5 euro.

See you 6th of April, Esmeralda

Support and challenge

In the first session, we explored practices and discovered tools that provide support in interdisciplinary instant composition pieces.
Questions we worked on:
How  we get and give support to ourselves and the environment.
How we identify support and how we change types of support.
(We realised that each one of us has their own support tools. Shifts of attention ,listening awareness, being in the context, silence, even confusion can provide support.)
In what ways we support the context of an improvised piece.
When  support becomes challenge.
In the second session, we will explore challenge.
How do we identify challenge and how do we challenge ourselves, existing structures and formats, the course of a piece?
How does each discipline identify challenge?
Is there any distinction between challenge and support?
Please, bring with you your curiosity, life experience, skills and willingness to support and challenge yourself and the practice.
23 March
From 1.30-17.00
Doors open at 13.00
Studio Vredenburg
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carpet sessions : challenge and support

James Hewitt/musician,performer and myself Marianthi Michailidou/dance artist give another session on 23 March based on the topic: Challenge and support.

In this session we”re going to investigate challenge. Detailed description will follow soon.

It is open to musicians, dancers, actors, vocalists, painters, performers, singers and whoever is curious to explore Interdisciplinary Instant Composition practice.

23 March from 13.00-17.00 , Studio Vredenburg

For non members contribution/donation: 5E

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to share, exchange, work and enjoy interdisciplinary instant composition practices.


Two Carpet Sessions on Support and Challenge



In two sessions, we, James Hewitt -musician and Maria Michailidou- dance artist are going to examine questions on support and challenge.

How do we identify and experience support and challenge in an Interdisciplinary Instant Composition context? What are their applications and implications?

What are their specific features? What do they share? When does support become challenge and challenge support?

In which ways do they determine the relationship between fellow practitioners and the evolution of the improvised work?

More specifically: How do we get and give support? We are getting support from the outside environment, as we see, hear, perceive, become aware, notice, respond to stimuli, relate. We’re getting support from the inner environment as well, as our focus is on physical sensations, thoughts, images, memories.

How do we challenge ourselves and own patterns, the materials of the work, individual choices, relationships, stories, the course of the improvised piece?

Bring your curiosity and more questions with you and come to share and explore together..

We are looking forward to!


WHEN: 2ND AND 23rd MARCH  FROM 13.00 TO 17.00