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What is Critical Improvisation?

Simon Rose

& Ingo Reulecke


11:30 - 13:00



What is Critical Improvisation

Since 2016 Ingo Reulecke dance and Simon Rose baritone saxophone have performed as a duo and in numerous larger collaborative projects. Both are experienced facilitators and actively engaged in artistic research. This experiential session is designed for dancers, musicians and practitioners of all levels of experience. Those from other fields and interests, within and also beyond artistic practice, are welcomed. The session’s design will ask the questions: What is improvisation? And, how do we embody a critical improvisation? Accessible, inclusive activity will provide for the development of an experiential understanding of improvisation, that becomes relevant regardless of discipline. The accompanying commentary will assist in drawing out shared, grounded key themes in the course of the activity: process; performance; who we are; how are we situating bodies; the nature of collaboration; awareness; the nature of attention; trust; improvisation as aesthetic practice; improvisation as an ethical practice; intention and shared intention. Questions become explored through exercises that embody themes together with supportive, guided group improvisation.

Ingo Reulecke studied choreography at Ernst Busch Hochschule Berlin after completing his training in contemporary dance. 1998 German Tanzplattform in Munich with “Eklipse”. International Dance Festival NRW with “Sheik Yerbouti”. International Beckett-Festival Berlin with “Gesellschaft 1”, Stardust Festival Stockholm. 2004 a collaboration with Lukas Matthaei for „Winterreisen“ , and the collaboration with Katarina Eriksson in Stockholm ( Moderna Dansteatern ). 2006 first price in the theatre festival "vorort" Münster with "diminuendo 2". 2007 co-production with director Lukas Matthaei for Forum Freies Theater in Düsseldorf, " unsere Tage wie Schatten". 2008 artistic director for the „Dance Media Academy“ at Kunstfest Weimar. 2009 cooperation with Iranian director Ayat Najafi for „Lady Teheran“. 2012 ́Urbanscape` site specific installation in cooperation with Lukas Matthaei. 2012 -2014 `Bauhaus Tanzen` (Tanzfond Erbe Project) at Bauhaus Dessau. Since 2016 collaboration with Simon Rose in various projects, performances and a written text. Reulecke is a professor of choreography at HZT Berlin and was head of the dance department at Ernst Busch Hochschule Berlin (2005 - 2013) . From 2006 until 2013 he was director of the co-operative Dance Education Centre Berlin. He performs regularly, employing instant composition, with different musicians in diverse settings.

Simon Rose is a researcher, author and freelance musician from London living in Berlin. His recent book is ‘The lived experience of improvisation: in music, learning and life’ (2017). Rose’s Best Practice Research Scholarship (2003 BPRS teaching) developed new insights into the relation between ‘permanently excluded’ school pupils and the uses of improvisation in teaching. His subsequent research and analysis deepened understanding of the relation between improvisation in arts and its potential for learning contexts (Middlesex University, MA, 2008; Glasgow Caledonian University, PhD, 2012). With Deniz Peters he was a co-investigator with the ‘Emotion and improvisation’ research project (FWF 2014-19) (presenting in conferences in Norway, Germany, Austria and Romania). And co-investigator at Sonic Arts Research Centre, Belfast, ‘Just Improvisation: Enriching child protection law through musical techniques, discourses and pedagogies’ (AHRC 2015-17). Rose is a busy saxophonist and involved in numerous collaborations. He increasingly works in interdisciplinary settings: with dancers, visual artists, performance artists and others. Rose’s early drama training (Dartington College of Arts) led to professional work in theatre-in-education - touring schools, prisons and hospitals in the UK. Since 2005 Rose has acted as visiting lecturer and researcher at universities in Europe and U.S.A.

Photo Credits:
Portrait Reulecke & Performance © Roberto Duarte
Portrait Rose - ©Cristina Marx/Photomusix 2020

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