Black Swans Do Not Exist in Improvisation
Reading Nassim Nicholas Taleb's "Black Swan" gave me an idea that fear of uncertainty is not a sickness of human brain or payment for our well-developed frontal lobe, but it is a result of our approach to education.
We are taught to believe that there are rules besides physical laws and there are algorithms for any process besides digestion. We are trained to choose the right answer, but don't get a chance to ask stupid questions. We are not able to perceive the complexity of present moment, but spend days and weeks calculating our future. We are taught to categorize and follow patterns, and we feel naked when the reality touches us ignoring the shield of our inferences.
I was 23 years old, when for the first time I was asked to move "according to the situation''. After 19 years of dance training, it was the most terrified experience ever happened to me. How can I perform properly without hours of practice? How can I choose the right movement to communicate with my partner who is improvising himself?
Ten years later, I am still mastering my improvisation skills, but that fear is already in the past. Moreover, I do enjoy the uncertainty of improvised performance. The uncertainty alarms your senses; the air is filled with this tension which reminds that we are living here and now. And the color of swan does not matter, when you are open to see all the shades.
Painting by @wieslawborkowskijr
We’ve got some new work cookin we’re eager to share with you, so if you’re in the neighborhood, want to get down and groovy, join us!
June 14th, 5pm *FREE* at Borough Hall 209 Joralemon Street, on the plaza!
June 20th, 7:30pm at Dixon Place
#brooklyn#dance#nyc#summer#animals#imrpovisation @zoegalle @nyc10dance @dixonplace
Just a snippet from what I went to last night. This is a routine but to music they never heard before man it was just so special family. Shout to @_excel___ and right hand Chino man this highkey was an epic battle. 1punch man and myself called them the sayain’s cause they were going hard bro. This was probably one of the best jams I been to in my life thank you @theflooridians y’all really pushed the dancers and let them step out of they’re comfort zones when they battled. I’m glad I have the footage of my favorite battles man. Lastly, this was live music so the battles were getting so real at the point on everything. I was so hyped man LMAOOOOO. #imrpovisation#freestyle#routine#goat#supersayianblue#teamfreshjackets#legend#battle#flooridians#crewlovevol3#openstylesbattle#popping#livemusic
Just performed at One Drop Comedy Club in Tottenham thanks to Queen Sheba Monsterat. All I can say is I never thought word association would go off that well with a Caribbean based audience and in a comedic setting. Thank you thank you thank you. London you treating me nice. Full of surprises and full of Love. Which was the theme of the improvised performance tonight.
Communities that don't get to go to the theatre or that aren't being invited in to watch dance actually really want and appreciate dance. Cause dance like music is transcendental as a language form. I keep being reminded of this so actually everytime I doubt this arty stuff I should remember that what I do is complicit to human life. We yearn for communication beyond understood coded language. We yearn for the esoteric and symbolic.
Awakened ☮️ #dance#beats#jamaicaninlondon#yorkshireladinthecity#ilikeyouraccent#imrpovisation#gratitude
A little glimpse of a video project we did last spring with epic video artist @matija.pekic in the Dutch woods. You can visit the work still till tomorrow at the St. Joost Art Academie, Den Bosch.
Featuring beautiful Charlotte, @veragoetzee, @coraliemerle and some ladies of our colleague collective @arnhemsemeisjesnewseeds
A work still continuing - dit smaakt naar meer! 🎞📽📼
If you want to know what this is and how it can be used in intensive creative music... Come to Kings Place Hall 2 Thursday 5th Oct. Zhenya Strigalev will be leading 'Stan-Dun-Dun' with Linley Marthe and Stephane Galland. With support from Ivo Neame and Jim Hart.