Improvisation in the Expressive and Performing Arts: The Relationship Between Shaping and Letting-Go

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Author: Beliz Demircioglu (author), Stephen K. Levine (foreword)

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

Published: 21/02/2019

ISBN: 9781785925757

This book explores the process of improvisation and outlines the ideal conditions for an inspirational creative state. Examining her own process as an artist and drawing on interviews with peers, the author considers how the forces of shaping (intellect-driven decisions) and letting-go (more intuitive moves) interact in improvisation.

The book follows the journey of seven performing arts graduates and undergraduates, examining their experiences of improvisation and the interplay of shaping and letting-go. It reveals how the approach and methods of expressive arts can enrich an improviser’s experience and spur the desire for discovery.