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Improvisational Imprints

Vaughn Barclay

Published: 2010-10-22

This article explores the definition of improvisation, the language of improvisation, as well as how and when improvisatory practices emerge. By using biographical accounts of experiences in contact improvisation, voice work, and women's theater processes (in Vancouver in the 1980's), and by tracing connections to current cultural sites in Guelph and within the aims of the ICASP initiative, this highly reflective piece draws on personal experience in its exploration of improvisational practices.

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Listening itself, an improvisative act engaged in by everyone, announces a practice of active engagement with the world, where we sift, interpret, store and forget, in parallel with action and fundamentally articulated with it ("Mobilitas Animi" 113).

– George E. Lewis