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date: 21 May 2019

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The chapter is an investigation of the concepts of ‘improvisation’ and ‘choreography’ and of the reasons why many contemporary ‘choreographers’ (artists whose movement is primarily predetermined and rehearsed) might build moments of real-time movement generation and choice-making into their concert dances, a practice of which audiences may be completely unaware. What does improvisation bring to a danced moment? What are the benefits and the costs? By engaging with the literature and through interviews with two American dance artists who direct successful companies—Bebe Miller and Joe Goode—this essay attempts to shed some light on improvisation’s ‘secret life’.

Keywords: improvisation, choreography, composition, movement, Bebe Miller, Joe Goode

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