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.

The sessions provide three advisors: Katie Duck (interdisciplinary), Manuela Tessi (dance) and Mary Oliver (music). They will distribute an agenda through out the summer course so that at least one of them are available.

We invite the participants in these sessions to bring up any questions or issues that arise our 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.

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

Guest musicians invited to the sessions:

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