Musicians in Space with David Leahy
Invited researcher David Leahy joined us for a workshop, panel discussion and two concerts exploring free improvisation and movement in space.
A project with guest researcher David Leahy
‘Musicians in space' is based on the argument that the formal separation and the static positioning of the audience and performer, does little to support a musical process, such as free improvisation, that is supposedly built on the close inter-relationship of all the elements of a performance ecosystem. Accordingly, all the ‘musicking’ participants, the improvisers and listeners, were invited to build on their existing understanding of a free improvised performance and change position during the performance to explore the spatial dimension of the performative experience.
‘Improvising in space’ is a workshop for researchers and practitioners of improvisation-based performance which aims to look at the three inter-related aspects of an improviser’s practice; embodiment, listening, and responding. The workshop explored the intrinsic embodied nature of an improvisatory process which transcends disciplinary boundaries. By exploring our varied methods of multi-sensory listening, we ask how improvisers may perceive and describe their relationship to the performance environment and what approaches can be shared amongst us. We then focus our attention on how our experiences of the past and the present combine to inform our choices, both conscious and pre-conscious, of what we hear in our environment and the ways in which we respond. The aim of the workshop was not to find definitive answers to these questions, but rather to generate further avenues of questioning and ways of approaching improvisation.
The panel discussion will provide an opportunity to broaden the discussion and hear the thoughts of experienced improvisers, from a range of disciplines, with questions offered by the audience.