These pages relate to several threads of research in and about improvisatory practices pursued by Vida L Midgelow.
This thread includes; making solo dance works, developing improvisation tasks and scores, undertaking the foolhardy effort of defining the features and significance of improvisation, as well as musings upon and proposals for the place of improvisation within the academy.
Listening on the inside – do you see my attention pulling me inwards, sideways, upside down? Head dropping backwards and recoiling, dropping and recoiling. I notice the left hand – it hangs loosely from the bent elbow – tucked into the waist – rippling with each fall of the head – folding at the wrist to uncurl in time with the drop and recoil, drop and recoil, mirroring with a fold and uncurl, fold and uncurl.
My, mainly solo, improvisation practice is informed by somatics, in particular skinner releasing, and offer a place for pleasure in the act of dancing, conscious unconsciousness and reflexivity, in the moment composition and exploration. The work is informed by somatic modes of attention (Csordas), nomadism (Braidotti), meshwork (Ingold), phenomenology (Merleau-Ponty) and relational ethics.