Feb 2 – 4 |Principles of Improvisation: Masterclass with Katie Duck

Dance Dialogues is delighted to bring Katie Duck back to Bombay for a three-day masterclass in February. 

Katie Duck has been investigating theatre, dance and music with live performance for over 30 years. In her masterclass, she takes a microscopic view of the role improvisation plays in a live performance, combining her background in the performing arts with her curiosity for advances in brain studies, music and movement research.

Katie guides the dancers and performers through physical exercises that highlight how the eyes and ears affect movement choices. She extends the masterclass towards improvisation sessions by setting a fictional front in the studio space and then declaring this as a platform to choose pause, flow or exit. This platform highlights how the limit of these three choices can already provide the frame for a composition to take place, and that misunderstanding, coincidence, live time, interactivity, messiness, emotions, intuition and inspiration are basic materials in a creative process. These raw materials are integrated with the combined fact that everyone attending the masterclass can choose.
Choice is introduced to the group as a compositional reality but also as a means for individuals to choose to participate in the performative/ musical or as a viewer, and yet remain involved in the process. These experimental physical activities point towards the recognition that in a creative process, time is passing at different perceived speeds and that space is shifting in several dimensions at once. This awareness creates a presence in the space. This sustained presence of space is eventually placed in the hands of the masterclass participants in improvisation sessions.Katie says, “The combination of moving, seeing, hearing, feeling and deliberately volunteering to expose myself in front of an audience alters my perception of time, space and emotions. What I do for a living is an induced neuron madness.”

Join us for what is sure to be an exciting masterclass, in the all new Wooden Stage studio. 

Contact 9892094052 or write to dancedialogues@gmail.com to register.