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 with an aim to gather artists to create work with public in mind and to experiment with interdisciplinary practices with a focus 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.

We invite the participants in these sessions to bring up any questions or issues that arise out of the workshop with Katie Duck (Music Theater), out of individual rehearsal processes towards Freakatoni events, out of causal discussions taking place with participants and by the guest musician artists invited to the sessions. These discussions are what we hope you can then apply to the practice in the improvisation sessions.

The aim of the Improvisation sessions is to allow for artists to connect by lifting isolated discussions,  questions, statements and ideas in this platform. The most important aspect of these daily sessions is that anything that is brought into discussion is immediately placed into practice.

The Summer Course provides four advisors for these sessions: Katie Duck (interdisciplinary), Ellen Knops (Light), Mary Oliver (music) and Manuela Tessi (dance)

An adviser will help to get the session started, advice when to move a discussion along and when to place the discussion into the practice. Usually these sessions will contain around 30 to 40 min of discussion with one hour of practice.

The Summer Course provide local musicians to share the practice in the sessions. You are invited to ask these musicians to join your Freakatoni groups out of the work that happens in the sessions.

Advisers in the sessions schedule:

Week one

Monday July 30 Katie Duck (Interdisciplinary) 

Tuesday July 31 Ellen Knops (lights) 

Wednesday August 1 Manuela Tessi (Dance)

Thursday August 2 Ellen Knops (lights)

Friday August 3 Mary Oliver (Music)

Week Two

Monday August 6 Mary Oliver (Music)

Tuesday August 7 Ellen Knops (Light)

Wednesday August 8 Manuela Tessi (Dance)

Thursday August 9 Mary Oliver (Music)

Friday August 10 Manuela Tessi (Dance)

Week three

Monday August 13 Katie Duck (Interdisciplinary)

Tuesday August 14 Mary Oliver (Music)


Musicians in the sessions schedule:

Week 1

Camille Verhaak (Clarinet) July 30 Monday-August 1-2 Wednesday and Thursday

Robbert van Hulzen (drums) July 31 Tuesday and August 1 Wednesday

Mary Oliver (Violin) August 3 Friday

Week 2

Mary Oliver (Violin) August 6 Monday

Robbert van Hulzen (drums) August 7 Tuesday

James Hewitt (Violin) August  8-9-10 Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Week 3

Mary Oliver (Violin) August 14 Tuesday