Improvisation in dance and the movement of everyday life. / Worth, Libby.

The Oxford Handbook of Improvisation in Dance. ed. / Vida Midgelow. Vol. 1 First. ed. Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2019. p. TBC.

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Dance improvisation, as developed in the UK and the US in particular, has become associated with a number of tropes that apparently offer means of best practice. By attending to a few of these, I examine how they might offer insight into dance improvisation. This incorporates research into ways in which improvisation is a part of everyday life, as demonstrated most clearly in examples of infant movement and cognitive development. Taking Henry Montes and Marcus Coates’s dance film A Question of Movement as a case study example, I consider how their innovative way of dancing responses to life questions connects with the infant’s reliance on ‘thinking in movement’,
a term offered by Maxine Sheets-Johnstone. Finally, I consider what dancers can learn from people living with chronic dementia-related diseases who forge ways to live in a perpetual present and, conversely, what insight dancers might offer through integration of dance improvisatory processes in caregiving.
Keywords: Improvisation, dance, everyday movement, thinking in movement, infant development, dementia, life
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Improvisation in Dance
EditorsVida Midgelow
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9780199396986.
ISBN (Print)9780199396986
Publication statusPublished - 10 Apr 2019
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