The practice and performance of Emergent Improvisation addresses the nature of improvisation in dance and music. In this context, improvisation is understood to mean the spontaneous creation of integrated sound and movement by performers who are adapting to internal and external stimuli, impulses, and interactions. Ordinarily, we think of order and form as externally imposed, composed, or directed. In this case, however, new kinds of order emerge, not because they are preconceived or designed, but because they are the products of dynamic, self-organizing systems operating in open-ended environments. www.emergentimprovisation.org
About Joe and Carson
Carson Efird earned her MFA in Dance from UCLAʼs Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance where she taught yoga for the Department while researching the points of intersection between dance and theater. As a collaborative choreographer, Carson’s interdisciplinary inquiry cultivates new dance theater works that integrate the holistic practice of yoga as a rehearsal ritual for performers. Carson received her BA in dance and theater in 2005 from Bennington College, VT, where she served as Recent Graduate Trustee on the Board of Trustees from 2005-07. Since then, her work has been presented at Meredith College, NC; North Carolina Dance Festival, NC; Goose Route Dance Festival, WV; Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theater Festival, MA; White Waveʼs DUMBO Dance Festival, NY; Danspace Projectʼs After School Series at St. Markʼs Church, NY; among others. Carson has danced with the Emergent Improvisation Project, VT and Immediate Theatre, NC; and with choreographers/improvisors Ros Warby, Lionel Popkin, Simone Forti, Dana Reitz, Keith Thompson and Ann Carlson.