About the Knowledge Base – improvisation.wiki

These pages are an open Knowledge Base for the craft of Improvisation and Instant Composition.

They are meant to grow like an open source dictionary, with contributors from the whole field of professional improvisers.

The idea is to try and define the basic concepts of improvisation which we can all agree on, whichever art discpline we are coming from. Can we create a vocabulary that is not linked to a specific discipline, and which can be used to talk about improvisation in any context?

At the moment, this knowledge base is housed on the website of the Carpet Sessions (www.instantcomposition.com), which are the interdisciplinary improvisation research sessions that are happening regularly since 2012 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and which have created the first incentive to build this beginning ‘wikipedia of improvisation’. Look at this post to see an overview of the themes that have been covered in those sessions in the last two years.
In the near future, we will move the Knowledge Base to it’s own website (www.improvisation.wiki) to give credit to the fact that already improvisers from other parts of the world are contributing as well.

See the pull down menu above or the menu on the right to go to the different sections that have already been created.

Chapters and Entries until now:

Improvisation Basics

Skills and Craftsmenship

Context and (possible) Formal Agreements

Common Ground and Types of Interaction

Structures, Rules and Scores


Performance Issues


Time and Duration


Please contribute if you feel you can add definitions/aspects from your own practice that have a value for interdisciplinary work. I can give you acces to create new pages that link to existing ones. You can also contribute by simply writing a comment to the specific subject/page.

Do let yourself be heard if there is anything you read here that you cannot agree to. If that is the case, please provide us with an alternative text that includes your understanding of that aspect of improvisation. The idea is that we gather all relevant information on improvisation methods and concepts, and it is not a problem if it will contain various visions next to each other.

Also in terms of structuring this Knowledge Base, all feedback and comments are welcome.

You can contact us about anything via the contact page.

Have fun reading and contributing!




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