Emergent Improvisation for Dancers & Musicians – 6 Week Series

Emergent Improvisation for Dancers & Musicians – 6 Week Series

6 Week Series on Thursdays 11:30am-1:30pm
April 6th- May 12th
In Emergent Improvisation, developed by Susan Sgorbati, dancers and musicians will learn how to compose in the moment through solo, duet, trio and group scores inspired by formations found in nature.
Led by Carson Efird and Joe Westerlund, and open to all dancers and musicians desiring to hone their improvisation skills, we will begin each class with solo warm ups and progress into larger group scores. While each individual artist refines their improvisational impulses we will simultaneously form a collective consciousness that invites us to compose spontaneously as an ensemble. Our intention is to utilize this 6-week workshop to assemble an Emergent Improvisation Ensemble of dancers and musicians that continues to practice and perform regularly in the Triangle and beyond. Therefore, we will aim to have an informal sharing of our work at the end of our 6-week session. Previous dance and/or music improvisation experience required.
Sliding Scale Pre-Registration: $40-100 (6 weeks)
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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

Choreographer, Carson Efird, and composer, Joe Westerlund, met in an improvisation for dancers and musicians class at Bennington College in 2002. Over ten years later, as EFIRD/WESTERLUND, they produced their first evening length debut, Diamonds & Tapestries: The Embellished Grandma Sparrow & His Piddletractor Cirquestra at Highways Performance Space in Los Angeles, CA (2014). Since then they have produced Grandma Sparrow at Alverno Presents in Milwaukee, WI (2015) and Eaux Claires Music Festival, Eau Claire, WI (2015). EFIRD/WESTERLUND most recently produced I am Come for You (Mojave Interlude) at Eaux Claires Music Fesitval (2016) and The Shed in Durham, NC (2016). Their pre-EFIRD/WESTERLUND collaborative work has been performed at WAVE RISING Series, Brooklyn, NY (2013), UCLA’s Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance’s Upstarts Series, Los Angeles, CA (2013), Fowler Museum’s Fowler Out Loud Series, Los Angeles, CA (2013), American Dance Festival’s Acts to Follow Series, Durham, NC (2006), White Wave’s DUMBO Dance Festival, Brooklyn, NY (2005), and Deane Carriage Barn, Bennington College, Bennington, VT (2004). http://carsonefird.com/efirdwesterlund/
Carson Efird outside Evolve Studio, Raleigh, N.C., May 2015

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.