A collaboration between: Jean-Hugues Miredin, Charlie Morrissey and Adrian Russi. Moving Men has already performed in Rome, Frieburg, Moscow, Brighton, Rotterdam, Bern.
Improvisation in Performance.
Improvisation in performance is very much like the rest of life.
People survive their day - to - day experiences, responding to, and acting upon all the random and expected events that take place with a mixture of instinct, experience, organisation, intelligence, and emotion. In this way, our lives are lived out in all their fascinating simplicity and complexity.
With improvisation in performance we are bringing all of these things – the totality of our experience, understanding, intelligence and craft, as people and as dancers and choreographers, to the practice of creating performance before the eyes of the audience.
When an audience observes a good improvised performance, these things are palpable; the audience can recognise the humanity within the work. They can see that the decisions are being made now and that their consequences are immediately apparent. They are observing the compositional minds of the performers and the reflexes, skill and craft of the dancers can be seen in action.
Both audience and performer share the experience of the performance unfolding before them. They are all participating in something which will happen only once and which is a product of all the details of the particular situation in which it occurs – this night, this theatre, these people.
This can create an extraordinary charge within the performance in which the senses of both audience and performer are sharpened. There is a wonderful quality of possibility – the possibility that anything might happen. It can feel both dangerous and exciting.
Don’t miss it – it will only happen once!
“Improvisation allows me to be in the moment and to face my fear of the unknown.
There is a feeling of fullness in time and space.
I don't feel the need to please the audience or myself but I am simply responding to what is given to me in that moment.
Preconceived ideas are instantaneously being dissolved by constant change.
The combinations and possibilities are endless;
It could be called freedom.”
(text elaborated by Charlie Morrissey)
Photographer: Mark Nolan, performer, Charlie Morrissey, Jean-Hugues Miredin, Adrian Russi