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Fractal / Rhizomatic: Improvising Change

Performance Lecture by Andrew Wass
In the frame of Open Spaces/Sommer Tanz 2017

"Is it possible to frame the improviser’s choices and changes systematically?"

Improvised dancing is often described as unpredictable and erratic. Combining concepts from phenomenology, biology, and mathematics with his improvisational practice, Andrew Wass has been researching change and choice-making possibilities in improvised dancing. Can the infinite amount of choice possible in each moment be distilled down to a finite number of options? What is the relationship between creation and critique using such a system? In a tripartite performance lecture, he will be joined by his Lower Left colleagues to illustrate his research from practical and theoretical perspectives.

Concept: Andrew Wass | By and with Nina Martin, Kelly Dalrymple-Wass, Margaret Paek, Andrew Wass | Thanks to Marfa Live Arts, Lower Left and Tanzfabrik Berlin.

Andrew Wass

By experimenting with aleatoric, improvisational, and indeterminate processes, Andrew Wass formalizes the coincidental and emphasizes the conscious processes of composition that are the generative source of much of his works. Influenced heavily by his undergraduate studies of Biochemistry at U.C. San Diego, Andrew works by creating a defined, almost crystalline palette in order to generate a myriad of possibilities. His initial exposure to improvisation was through the Lower Left Performance Collective’s summer workshops in San Diego in 1998. Since then he has performed and taught at festivals, theaters, and studios throughout the United States, Europe, and Japan. A graduate of the MA SoDA program of the HZT, he is currently pursuing an MPhil/PhD through the University of Chichester.  lowerleft.org   wasswasswass.com

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