Registration OPEN: “Dance Improvisation: A Philosophical Perspective” Leeds, May 21-22, 2015

The registration for Dance Improvisation: A Philosophical Perspective is now open.

This is a two-day conference to be held at the University of Leeds on the 21st and 22nd of May. This event is organized by Aaron Meskin and Sara Protasi, and generously supported by the British Society of Aesthetics and the Centre for Aesthetics at University of Leeds.

Registration details can be found here: Please note that the deadline for registrationis the 14th of May.

Please refer below for the schedule.


Program (please note this may be subject to change):

Thursday 21st May

9:30: Welcome

10:00: Keynote Speaker: Renee Conroy “The Art of Making Mistakes?”

11:15: Submitted Paper: Ian Heckman “Are Instances of Improvisation Works of Dance?”

12:20: Improv Exchange Workshop: Rachel Dean “Starting with sensation”

Description: Take time to tune into sensation, awaken body awareness and open the way for embodied knowledge to inform us throughout the conference. A practical session suitable for all.

13:20: Lunch

14:30: Submitted Paper: Donnchadh O’Conaill “Is Improvisation Non-Intentional?”

15:30: Submitted Paper: Louise Douse “Flow in Improvisation: A Liminal Space”

16:30: Coffee break

17:00: Keynote Speaker: Vida Midgelow “Improvisation in Dance: Un/Trans/Disciplinary Knowledge”

18:15: End of day

18:30: Conference Dinner


Friday 22nd May

9:30: Keynote Speaker: Barbara Montero “Should Dance Improvisation be Spontaneous?”

10:45: Submitted Paper: Sherri Irvin “Variability and the Work of Contemporary Dance”

11:45 Coffee Break

12:00: Improv Exchange Presentations:

Daliah Touré “Non-consensus in collaboration…a closer look at Mathilde’s work with performance scores”

Marie Andersen “Body, Practice, Knowing: Enquires in Somatic Epistemologies”

13:00: Lunch

14:10: Submitted Paper: Carla Bagnoli “The Springs of Action in Buto Improvisation”

15:10: Submitted Paper: Rebecca Stancliffe “Representing the Essential Properties of Dance: Scores for Improvisation”

16:10: Coffee break

16:30: Improv Exchange Performance: Daliah Touré, Marie Andersen, Rachel Dean “Constant Beginnings”


17.30: End of day