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Wednesday, May 15 • 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Improvisation, Ethics and White Feminism (2 Presentations)

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The Problem with White Feminism in Improv: Is Open Space really Open?

Chloe Kennedy
I don’t think that many people would challenge me when I say that Improv is predominantly a white, middle-class, male-orientated space in the UK. Given that most improv is free, or relatively cheap, that it’s easy to put on, and that it’s process-orientated over a product- orientated form of art work, I can’t help but question why this is the case.
On talking to a friend of mine who discussed some approaches to improv as being ‘not quite improv, but more really fast thinking’ - I started to look at how we cognitively process information in improv in relation to our intersectional identities. The difference, I believe, and the inability for improvisation work to be open, is responsive to a need for improvisers with greater intersectional identities to use analytical over intuitive cognitive processes in their work.

Improvisation: an ethical way of going about things

Vida L Midgelow
Improvisation is a way of going about things that reaches beyond arts practices into all areas of life – be that in everyday happenings, or in pedagogy, disaster relief and law. These are places where our interactions with each other and the world need special care and attentiveness. In proposing an ethics of improvisation I draw from somatic movement practices, posthumanisms and health care discourses. I suggest we might usefully reconsider arts practice and raise awareness as to how improvisatory actions can be ethically undertaken in an expanded view of improvisation that encompasses matters of care, agency, awareness and trust.


Chloe Kennedy

Chloe Kennedy (UK) is an improviser and theatre maker from Aberdeen. She trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, where she received a Distinction MFA in Actor Training and Coaching. She has taught, mentored and assistant directed at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts... Read More →

Vida L Midgelow

Vida L. Midgelow (UK) Professor in Choreographic Practices at Middlesex University (UK), Vida is an artist scholar who works on PaR methodologies, improvisation and articulation processes. Her practice includes somatically informed improvisation (as pedagogy and in performance), performative... Read More →

Wednesday May 15, 2019 12:00pm - 1:00pm BST
Seminar 2 (RV103) Ravensfield, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT

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