The class will investigate improvising as a way to expand and excite our dancing.
We will begin working with information we receive from the external environment and circumstance and from our internal sensations, to prepare and warm up our senses and bodies. The class will not prescribe a particular movement style or practice but draw from our imaginations and use sharing and copying as a creative tool.
We will use writing and speaking as further tools to comment, describe, imagine and see.
We will then experiment with how improvisation can be used in performance, working with simple structures in time and space and allowing an opportunity to watch each other.
A chance to enjoy dancing alone and with others – all welcome!
Kate Brown has practised improvisation for many years, using it as a choreographic resource and simply to enjoy and develop her dancing.
She completed an ‘MA in Creative Practice: Dance Professional Pathway’ (Trinity Laban, ID and Siobhan Davies Dance 2017/18) and subsequently combined original film and live action in “What’s up Buttercup?” (Laban 2020).
Previously she has made more than 30 dance pieces ranging from solos to large group works, choreographed for opera and theatre, and been a member of several improvisation performance collectives. She and the late Rebecca Skelton founded and ran London Improvisation in Performance (LIP) (2001 – 2008).
She regularly dances in her own work and performs for numerous other choreographers/companies, most recently director Mira Hirtz in “to every question there is an answer” and “ORACLE II” (live on Zoom July 2020 and April 2021).
She was a participant in Wainsgate Dance’s programme of artists’ residencies in October 2021, danced in Mira Hirtz’s video “Sensing Potatoes” in May 2022, and recently presented “# nine” with writer Nicholas Ridout as part of Siobhan Davies Dance’s Artists Archive programme in October 2022.