THAT WHAT IS

The context of an improvisation performance is most basically ‘that what is present‘.

This includes the concrete entities in the location of the performance:

  • the space itself
  • the people (performers and audience) present
  • all objects (instruments, furniture, coffee cups, lamp posts, etc.)

It might also include more ephemeral entities, like the history of the building that can be felt, the remembrance of what happened in this space a few hours ago (which are both aspects of Memory), and more of such intangible things.

One way to approach improvisation performance is to state that all entities in the room at the beginning of the performance are the ‘score’ or the ‘script’ of what is about to happen in the unfolding piece.

This could be either an implicit understanding (that you assume all improvisers share) or an explicit understanding that you create for the performance (by expressing it to your fellow performers).

Read more about context under

IMPLICIT AGREEMENTS (Common Ground)
EXPLICIT AGREEMENTS (Structures)

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