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2008-2009: Project Administrator Assistant

McGill University

I was a contemporary dancer, hold an MA in dance from UQAM, and am now working on an undergraduate degree in philosophy at McGill University. As a dancer, I was fortunate enough to have had the experience of performing in many parts of the world, most extensively throughout Europe, but also Asia, Australia, and North America. Much of my professional dance experience involved various improv-based projects. I worked for EDAM Dance in Vancouver, a contemporary dance company that, along with pre-choreographed works, is committed to presenting open improv performance. Upon my arrival in Montreal, I performed with local improv dance artists, founded and organized the Sunday Sessions (a studio/practice-based exploration of improv involving local dancers), and was co-founder of the IMF Improv Ensemble here in Montreal (a project that realized a series of multi-media open improv performances at l'Usine C). I am currently the ICASP project administrator assistant and financial fund manager for Prof. Eric Lewis.

So one of the things that improvisation has come to mean in the context of highly technological performance is that improvisation is the last claim to the legitimate presence of a human in the performance of music.

– Bob Ostertag