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date: 27 October 2021

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This introduction speaks of the encompassing approach this handbook takes to the topic of improvisation in dance. Following an overview of published writings, I discuss the nature and potentialities of improvised practices in dance, with a focus on the question: ‘What if improvisation?’,. The introduction ends with a short discussion of the difficulties of writing about improvisation, before presenting the handbook authors and the topics readers will find in the pages that follow.

Keywords: discourses of improvisation, ‘way of going about things’, convergence, irreversibility, receptivity, memory, processuality, emergent-construction, improvisation and writing

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