Tuesday, September 30, 2008
I finished shooting my upcoming improvisation skills video last week! Assuming all goes well with the fulfillment company, it should be available to order by mid-October.
Here's the trailer:
This is the first volume in a three-part series called the Improvisation Toolkit. Many dancers are frustrated by improv, and for good reason; most instructors teach improvisation by telling their students to "just do it" in class.
Throwing someone in the deep end of the pool may teach them to swim, but it will also teach them to hate swimming!
ABOUT THE SERIES:
My series starts you off in the shallow end. We'll use practical, step-by-step exercises to develop the most fundamental (and often neglected) skills needed for improvisation:
Movement Recall (Volume 1)
Without choreography, you have to think of movements on the fly, but still leave enough of your brainpower free to focus on other aspects of your performance.
Structure and Variety (Volume 2)
Nothing bores an audience faster than scribbling! In order to keep them engaged but not overwhelmed, you need to cultivate just the right amount of variety, no more and no less. You also need to put your movements and variations together in a logical and structured way. Your audience can't appreciate your artistry if they can't follow your train of thought!
Musical Interpretation (Volume 3)
It is often said that the dancer should be the visual embodiment of the music, but that can be a tall order. When working with unfamiliar or live music, you must analyze and respond to the music on the fly.
For more details, visit the Improvisation Toolkit project website.
HOW TO ORDER:
To be notified when Volume 1 is released, join the Taktaba mailing list. This list is only for notifications about the Taktaba podcast and Improvisation Toolkit project. Your information won't be shared, and you can remove yourself at any time.
Plus, one lucky list member will receive a copy of Volume One. I'll choose the winner at random from the members of my mailing list on the day the video is made available for sale. As always, this is NOT limited to US residents; I'm happy to ship it anywhere USPS/UPS/Fedex can deliver it.