New here / Welcome

03Mar09

Hello and welcome everybody.

This is the blog for a new music/drama project running at Queen’s University in 2009. The project is entitled Improvisation for two crowds (on being on and off-line).
The idea was  derived from the 1970’s concept of the ‘Company Week’, which consisted of successive performances for anything from 4 -10 performers who would play in regular events with constantly changing groups. The project Improvisation for two crowds addresses recent developments of Web 2.0 environments and their possible artistic practices that are still widely under-explored.
The original Company Week explored different improvisatory strategies for musicians from diverse backgrounds (classically trained, jazz musicians, free improvisors etc.). In theatre, improvisation has a long established tradition going back to at least the 16th century with the Commedia dell’arte street improvisations. Improvisation in theatre has been a major influence in the training of actors (made popular in the early 1900s by directors and actors such as Konstantin Stanislavski and Jacques Copeau and in the 1940s and 1950s by directors such as Viola Spolin and Keith Johnstone)

Improvisation for two crowds approaches the concept of improvisation from two sets of practices: Music and Drama and on and off-line. The project is led by two major figures in the field of music and drama: Pauline Oliveros and Chris Johnston.

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