Improvisation Sessions


16:30 – 18:30. Weeks 1 and 2 July 30 to August 10, Monday to Friday. Week 3 August 13 to 14 Monday and Tuesday. 

The improvisation sessions on the Summer course are reflective of the Sunday Sessions held weekly at the OT301 Bodlabot studio by the Amsterdam community of dancers, performers, text artists and musicians. The Amsterdam community sessions were created in 2014 in relationship to the MD301 series curated by Manuela Tessi at the OT301, Amsterdam. MD301 aims to gather artists to create work in confrontation with public with an experiment that focuses on the relationship between improvisation and composition.

The Improvisation Summer Course sessions sessions are held in the studio 1 space integrating lighting, music, dance, text, performance art, acting and song with a fully equipped lighting board and sound system.

The sessions are chaired by Katie Duck, Manuela Tessi and Miri Lee alongside local guest musicians and performance artists whom they invite to the sessions. Chairing a sessions means that individuals can bring to the group issues to discuss and place in practice, about live time performance and inter disciplinary collaboration practices. These issues can come out of the workshops with Katie Duck (Music Theater), out of individual rehearsal processes towards Freakatoni events, out of causal discussions taking place with participants and/or from the guest artists invited to the session. These discussions are applied in the practice of short sessions and then a one hour session.

The aim of the Improvisation sessions is to allow for artists to connect their community in an artistic platform and to lift out of isolated situations questions, statements and ideas. The most important aspect of these daily sessions is that anything that is brought into discussion is immediately placed into practice.

A list of the guest artists invited to these sessions will be placed on this page by May 2018.