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date: 19 April 2019

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This chapter draws upon artistic practice research to discuss the construction of improvisation scores as a deeply site-sensitive, time-sensitive, and person-sensitive process that leads to the construction of specific microrelations that connect specific practitioners to specific places on the earth. These microrelations manifest as mindful actions in the detailed cultivation of the earth as a score, where the artists can become concerned with the relational dimensions of their actions in terms of sustainability. The chapter proposes that the cultivation of mindfulness and explicit intention of each and every gesture as a contribution to the cultivation of the earth as score is where the ethical work of the artists resides. The chapter offers a broad, questioning, and critical perspective on how the practices of improvisation might contribute to the development of a future dance ecology that is both sustainable and interconnected. Dance improvisation is thus proposed as an activist and applied practice that enables the experiential examination of ecologically sensitive relations, and the chapter asserts that the future of the dance ecology is entwined with how we relate to and embody the places in which dance is made

Keywords: improvisation, somatics, environmental change, choreography, site-specific, ecology, ethics, partnering, creativity, eco-art

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