Dancer/choreographer Susan Sgorbati presents a new body of work that addresses the relationship between dance/music improvisation and complex systems. The scientific study of emergence in complex systems explores how the many components of a particular system give rise to a collective behavior. Through the practice and performance of Emergent Improvisation, dancers and musicians, without an exterior agent or choreographer, exhibit self-organizing properties similar to those found in the complex systems of the natural world. In linking the creative work of art-making to the emergent process evident in nature, there is basis for a rich and textured inquiry into how systems come together, transform, and reassemble to create powerful means of communication and exchange. Observing and identifying natural phenomena informs the making and meaning in the creative work of improvisation, where the matching of form and content reveals ideal conditions for a particular system or composition.
The Emergent Improvisation Project is a co-commissioning project by the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts in partnership with Bennington College, The Neurosciences Institute, New England Complex Systems Institute, and the National Performance Network Creation Fund. The Creation Fund is sponsored by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Altria, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency).
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