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Improvisation in the Expressive and Performing Arts: The Relationship be
tween Shaping and Letting-go
- This book explores the process of improvisation and outlines the ideal conditions for aninspirational creative state. Examining her own process as an artist and drawing oninterviews with peers, the author considers how the forces of shaping (intellect-drivendecisions) and letting-go (more intuitive moves) interact in improvisation.The book follows the journey of seven performing arts graduates and undergraduates,examining their experiences of improvisation and the interplay of shaping and letting-go.It reveals how the approach and methods of expressive arts can enrich an improviser'sexperience and spur the desire for discovery.
- Foreword by Stephen K. Levine. 1. Introduction. 2. Methodology. 3. The Divers. 4. The Passage. 5. The Journey. 6. The Essence. 7. Conclusions. 8. Limitations and Proposals for Further Research. 9. Responses. Bibliography.
- 'This beautifully written book reminds us that creativity is an interpenetrating play ofletting go and shaping, not only in improvisational movement and art making, but alsoin life itself. With her openness to learning from others as well as from her ownpersonal experience, the author inspires us to risk diving deeply into life, to explore theinterplay of control and surrender with courage and trust.' - Sally Atkins, Professor ofthe European Gradate School, Professor Emerita and Founder of Expressive Arts atAppalachian State University'Ms. Belize Demircioglu offers a thorough and nuanced exploration of the internal andexternal forces impacting the process of improvisation as an artistic practice. Herwriting is engaging, specific, and refreshingly honest.' - Seán C urran, C hair,Department of Dance, NYU/Tisch School of the Arts, Artistic Director, Seán C urranC ompany'Ever swam up a waterfall? Beliz Demircioglu demonstrates that the seeminglyimpossible can be turned around. She beautifully and willfully serves the dance calledlife - not because she wants it, but because she believes it. This book teaches us howto forget ourselves in order to find ourselves anew in a liberated way.' - ProfessorMargo Fuchs Knill, Ph.D., Dean of Division of Arts Health and Society, EGS andProfessor Dr. h.c. Paolo Knill, Ph.D., Founding Rector of the European Graduate SchoolEGS'In this revealing and well-articulated book, Beliz Demicioglu dives down to bring hersubject alive. Beliz is a multi-talented dancer-researcher who moves together with herco-divers to explore and harvest the relationship between letting go and shaping in artand in life.An important contribution to the growing field of arts-based research.' - Ellen G. Levine,MSW, Ph.D., ATR-BC , RSW, Author of Play and Art in C hild Psychotherapy: AnExpressive Arts Therapy Approach (2015, JKP)
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