Small assignment: How to begin an improvisation
A group task that is a good introduction to the world of improvisation, the main point being to explain to students what improvisation means and to encourage them to improvise.
Goal and output
Introduction to the world of improvisation and interaction in improvisation.
Following sound and/or movement, listening, reacting.
Usually a field-like soundscape, often chaotic
• For a warm-up, try assignment 24 Small assignment: Movement–sound.
• Improvisation can be done with a 'leader' or without.
• If you select a leader, also agree on the gestures, sounds, etc., that the leader is to use to guide the improvisation as it proceeds.
• The improvisation may be completely free, or you may agree on a particular idea or theme on which to base the improvisation, such as 'bright/dark', 'summer/winter', 'fast/slow', and so on.
Topics in the assignment
The main purpose of the assignment is to encourage students to improvise, using their voices and instruments. Controlling the progress and shape of the improvisation is the next step, and it is not necessarily feasible to go there yet in this assignment.
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