Choreographic Improvisation

with Rosalind Crisp

With Rosalind Crisp

Rosalind will share her practice of choreographic improvisation – a dynamic set of principles and practical tools that guide a dancer’s attention to the continual process of composing in real time with and from the materiality of the body. The body is prepared by undoing held tension and unquestioned patterns and pathways. Breath, weight, and sensation are prioritised.

Practical tools and compositional parameters guide the exploration of movement sourced from touch, texture, imagination and every part of the dancer’s body – parts that are anatomically segmented or fictitiously separated.

Processes of flow, delay and rupture detach the dancer from presenting “moves” and guide attention to the continual emergence and shaping of dance material in a shared and porous relationship with an audience.


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Level: Professional dance artists and movement practitioners of diverse physicalities and sensory modalities
Date: Sat 23 – Sun 24 Feb 2019
Time: 11am – 5pm
Price: Standard £130 Low income £110 Concession £90
Booking: Click here to fill out a booking form, or call 020 7091 9650 to make the payment


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Rosalind Crisp is one of Australia’s foremost dance artists. She founded the Omeo Dance studio – home to experimental dance in Sydney (1996-2004). Invited to Paris in 2003, she became the first choreographic associate of Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson (2004-2012). The Atelier managed and toured her company work in Europe for ten years. In 2016 the French Ministry of Culture awarded her a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Dame of the Arts).

For over thirty years Rosalind has been developing a radical physical critique of dance, through dancing. The foundation of her practice is her consistent solo studio research and her long-term collaborations with, amongst others, French dancers Celine Debyser and Max Fossati and dance scholars Isabelle Ginot and Susan Leigh Foster. In 2014, in acknowledgment of her influence on many generations of Australian dancers, the University of Melbourne – VCA made her an Honorary Fellow. Rosalind currently lives and works between Europe and Australia.

Beyond analogy, Crisp’s movement is astonishing in its sheer otherness, … the standard syntax of dance is erased. It’s magical…

Keith Gallasch, RealTime

Read more about Rosalind Crip’s work here


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