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Thursday, May 16 • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Going Feral, Forbidden Language, Scrutinizing and Awareness (4 presentations)

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TITLE: Going Feral: Improvising into Multi-Species Relations

Improvisation is not exclusive to humans. When, as humans, we practice it in relation to our living environments, improvisation is a fantastic approach to exploring and deepening multi species relations. It increases our eco-social awareness. Classic improvisation performance training is in fact a really useful entry into developing inter-species communication. Within this talk, I will explore how we can apply cross-arts improvisation towards realising a stronger sense of place and relationships within the world. I discus why this contributes towards critical practices of care and survival, and how we can value the process of ‘going feral’ as a transitional and transgressive state.
Based upon a feralosophy, feralism is an embodied creative practice of being in place and making place. In my work this has included collaborative performance, cross-arts and site-specific improvisation, reflective outdoor exploration, outdoor playwork and adventure. Through examples of feral practice, I discuss what these practices have in common, or not and their relevance to increasing multi species agency and relational equity. From these understandings, how does a feralosophical approach to life help locate us within wider multi-species relationships and act on our common 21C struggles? This paper challenges prevalent perceptions of where and what improvisation is and what constitutes social space when we consider multi-species relationships.

TITLE: Improvisation in a Forbidden Language
PRESENTER: Koray Bülent Tarhan

Language is one of the most important tools in our lives. We learn, play, love, share, suffer, struggle and resist by using it. What if our mother language was forbidden? How our lives would be effected? What happens when we improvise in a forbidden language of our mothers? Kurdish actors have many things to say on "awareness" about language, politics, organization, art and teamwork through improvisation. Life can not be scripted with prohibitions. What happens if we jump into the unscripted, free zone of improvisation?

TITLE: Scrutinizing – or how to unfold more from what’s happening
PRESENTER: Hervé Charton

In 2017, I had the privilege to introduce the most unknown improv pioneer Alain Knapp to the GII Symposium, both practically and historically. I’ll focus here on the cornerstone of his philosophy and practice of artistic creation: scrutinizing. Scrutinizing is looking at things very carefully; training the mind to see in every location, specific time, object, even gesture that appear in the creative process, more than just what it is: what does it mean? What does it reveal about the characters? How does it deepen the political and social meaning of what we create?

TITLE: The awareness of improvisation
PRESENTER: Yuri Kinugawa

To investigate the different awareness in creative cognition between improvised performance and scripted performance we employed protocol analysis of post performance interviews. This revealed improvised performance showed more dynamic cognition than scripted performance, because actors in improvised theater operate with five viewpoints (actor, character, audience, director and writer) while scripted performance required only three (actor, character, audience). Furthermore, we discovered that the improvised actors used eye-action effectively to get and convey information for prospective control (Hofsten,1993) of their five viewpoints.


Mel McCree

Mel McCree (UK) is a senior lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at Bath Spa University, England, and Director of Free Range Creativity. Her background is in environmental education, outdoor arts, play and learning. Mel researches eco-social justice, such as multi species relations... Read More →
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Koray Bülent Tarhan

Koray Bülent Tarhan (TR) graduated from Ankara University Theater Department. In 2000, he co-founded one of the first improv groups in Turkey. He works as an actor, instructor, musician and project coordinator at Istanbulimpro.  He also works with children, teenagers, and adults in different foundations and organizations. He wrote the first handbook on Improv in Turkish, Dogaclama Icin Elkitabi (2013) and designed the first Impro App in Turkish in 2018. He is the coordinator of Istanbul International Improv Festival. Tarhan participated as a workshop l... Read More →
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Hervé Charton

Hervé Charton (FR) is a French theater artist. Mostly working as an actor, he has been involved into directing, writing and teaching. In Lyon, he co-founded the LACSE (acronym for Creative, friendly and committed actors laboratory), where improv is used to deal with political and... Read More →
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Yuri Kinugawa

Art director, Impro Works Ldt.,
Yuri Kinugawa (JP) Actor, Improvisor, Director, Author and Researcher. Winner Best Actress (Stockholm) and Best Foreign Performer (New Zealand) in 1998.She’s performed and taught impro for 20 years in 12 countries. The founder of Impro Works Ltd (1994) the longest running impro... Read More →

Thursday May 16, 2019 12:30pm - 1:45pm BST
Seminar 2 (RV103) Ravensfield, Middlesex University, The Burroughs, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT