Are they really making this up in front of my eyes?
The LA Improv Dance Festival exploded onto the downtown scene last week with classes and jams from Tuesday on though the weekend. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, audiences were treated to some amazing performances by the workshop faculty and local dancers/improvisers. I was lucky enough to get there on Friday night for the In-Site Collaboration Performance.
When performers find their groove in these improvisations, it’s hard to tell that they are improvising. It looks like they’ve been in the studio rehearsing and practicing a set choreography when, in fact, they’re responding in the moment with their bodies and minds. I think this is very fulfilling for both the audience and, I assume, for the performer. And, a little bit more exciting to know the work is actually being created right in front of us.