The Five Elements of Musicality, Part 7: Harnessing Musicality

In this series, I have proposed that we think of musicality as a gathering of the senses, and that we gather our senses creatively, emotionally, somatically, relationally, and improvisationally around the relationship between movement and music. These elements are not complicated. They are incredibly simple, and yet they allow for great complexity when applied consistently with time […] Read more…

Choreography as Selective Improvisation

“To find new things, take the path you took yesterday.” – John Burroughs In my series on musicality, I described improvisation as one of the five elements that comprises musicality. I defined improvisation as the process that brings life to the other four elements (our creative, emotional, somatic, and relational impulses) by following the invitation […] Read more…

The Five Elements of Musicality, Part 6: The Improvisational Element

We usually think of improvisation as creating something without advanced planning, like a kind of free association. But when it comes to musicality, I have come to see improvisation in much more holistic and nuanced light. Now I think of improvisation as a process that gives life to our dancing. Architect-philosopher Christopher Alexander’s work is what […] Read more…

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