This book examines the often-posited opposition between dance improvisation and choreography, despite the emergence in the last fifteen or twenty years of an all-encompassing, expanded notion of choreography. In this alleged relation of opposition, choreography is often identified with the ‘known’ and improvisation the ‘unknown’. Concomitantly, the more unknown and spontaneous the action, the more risk-taking will be involved. This book challenges this opposition and proposes that choreography and improvisation are indeed different approaches to making dances, but their differences are best exposed when one thinks of spontaneity, the notion at the core of the difference but hardly scrutinized, in a more dimensional, situated and less determined manner. Doing this helps us to understand not only how improvisation is indeed not just “spontaneous and free” ad choreography not just a “system of command and obedience”, but also how improvisation does not necessarily entail more risk-taking than choreography. Risk-taking is as a multifaceted, distributed and situated process as are improvisation and choreography. In order to argue for this, the book engages with the work of two choreographers, Mary O’Donnell (Fulkerson) and Lia Rodrigues, as well as a vast and eclectic number of theories.
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Publisher Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki Release-year 2017 Page-count 270 Language English Appearance B5,pehmeäkantinen ISBN 9789527218181 ISSN 2242-5314