artwork by Cecile Reve © all rights reserved
How can Improvisation
"We always have a choice: we can limit our
perception so that we close off vastness,
or we can allow vastness to touch us."
— Chögyam Trungpa
Improvisation is the practice of creating, in the moment, and in response to stimuli from our outer and inner worlds. It is a practice where process skills and form skills work cohesively together for a higher purpose, and where we learn to be one among many. In this context, where both sides of the brain are engaged in a pleasurable and safe experience, change can happen. This practice can be compared to an invention cycle where new thought patterns, practices, structures, symbols and behaviors can emerge. The skills of improvisation can be applied to many different disciplines, problem salving techniques, forms of communication and expression. In expressive arts therapy, when the practitioner has a thorough intuitive, diagnostical and technical understanding of the necessary skills within the improvised domain (music, art, theatre, movement...), improvisation provides the opportunity to develop new neuropathways. In addition to being fun, this practice can help develop performance skills as well as life skills: mindfulness, listening, focusing, integrating information and being able to use it efficiently, reflecting, relating, communicating, expressing, problem solving, teamwork and more. For trauma survivors, this form can provide the opportunity to move through fight/flight/freeze states towards more embodied, empowered, fluid and mindful coping strategies. The practice of improvisation can be an effortless and safe way to learn how to respond rather than react to stressful situations, by teaching us to stay present no mater what arises.
Definition by Cecile Reve, All rights reserved, April 2010.
source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Improvisation | http://www.actiontheater.com/action.htm
- MixedMovementLAB (stretching, breathing, yoga, authentic movement, creative movement are used to relax, explore, slow down and strenghten) - with Cecile Reve