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date: 18 October 2019

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Improvisation is a practice known experientially (‘in the doing’); given this, to what extent can the generation of this experiential knowledge be sought through attending to processes such as writing, ‘languaging’, and conceptualizing which commence alongside its practice? The work enables reflection on the ways language is used, functions, and constructs meaning within the practice(s) of dance improvisation, drawing support from recent work of Candace Feck to establish language as a contributory feature of dance improvisation practice. This chapter encourages a reluctant field to broaden the possibilities of debate regarding the exchange and ‘languaging’ of dance improvisational experiences. To cultivate an understanding of improvisation practice as a conversational practice could lead to a greater appreciation of the way language not only consolidates but also exposes the ways concepts and experiences are facilitated into existence through language.

Keywords: dance improvisation, language, ambiguity, experience, uncertainty, choice, habit, possibility

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