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“If you have to ask,” IICSI + IPLAI Conference, 9am

May 28, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation (IICSI) and Institute for the Public Life of Art and Ideas (IPLAI) present:

“If you have to ask”: Cultural, Cognitive and Neural Underpinnings of Improvisatory Behaviour in the Arts and Beyond

Free and open to the public!

Day 2, Saturday, May 28, 9:00 – 17:30

9:00 -9:45 The Purpose of Playing: Neocybernetics and Improvisation in the Stanislavski System of Acting, Tom Scholte, University of British Columbia

9:45-10:30 Dancing and Improvising with Parkinson’s, Joanabbey Sack, Maura Fisher, Zuzana Sevcikova, Tania Lazuk, (Parkinson en Mouvement), Concordia University

10:30-10:45 Coffee break

10:45-11:30 “You have to sweat”: Creating Embodied Capacities in Freestyle Hip Hop Dance, Claire Lyke , McGill University

11:30-12:15 Contact Improvisation as a Structure of Attention, John Faichney, University of Waterloo

12:15-1:30 Lunch

1:30-2:30 Keynote: Vijay Iyer, Harvard University

2:30-3:15 Drift: Improvising meaning from text through recitation and movement, Nilian Perera, musician/improviser/composer ; Julie Lassonde, performance artist; Zoe Alexis-Abrams, performance artist

3:15-3:30 Coffee break

3:30- 5:30 Exploring the Emergence of Meaning in Dance through Neuroimaging and Joint Improvisation Practice, Asaf Bachrach, University of Paris 8


May 28, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm