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Onward Willow Improvisation Games 2010: A Critical Reflection on Playing Across Disciplines

Rebecca Caines

Published: 2010-08-25

ICASP postdoctoral fellow Rebecca Caines reflects on her involvement with a series of workshops held at the Onward Willow teen drop-in program in Guelph, Ontario. Caines describes how her background in theatre and community-based performance in New South Wales, Australia, was brought to bear on her work in improvised music. She draws extensively on the work of Viola Spolin, a renowned theatrical improviser.

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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