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date: 26 May 2019

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Everybody’s life is an improvisation, but for people who work daily with teaching and performing movement improvisation there is a heightened awareness of how this practice structures one’s life. This chapter discusses how work in improvisation has influenced three main areas of the author’s life: her movement practice and teaching, her intellectual trajectory, and her relationship to her family. In this context, improvisation can best be thought of as an approach rather than a subject; a method of inquiry rather than an academic discipline—no matter how cutting-edge. Indeed, this chapter proposes that instead of asking ‘what is improvisation?’ one might ask ‘what if improvisation?’ Implicated in this conditional statement is a practice of dwelling in possibility that can be both personally useful and politically profound.

Keywords: family, philosophy, improvisation, practice, contact improvisation

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