Instant Composition is the art of
composing in the moment. In contrast to a set choreography
where the process of decision making happens by developing
and polishing the material for many weeks in the studio,
an improvised piece demands a different way of working:
Here the dancer has to create, compose and perform all
at the same time in the performing situation on stage.
An instant composition can be completely open, or be
predefined by developing a common language between the
performers, or by agreeing on a score. But every time
the piece is performed in a very new way.
Instant Composition as a way of performing asks of the
dancer a specific presence and availability, as well
as a high degree of commitment and responsibility. The
performer's body and mind need to be specifically tuned
for perception, imagination, intuition, inhibition and
action. At the same time one must be able to constantly
read and respond to one's body, the other dancers and
the composition itself, including all its different
layers. These seemingly elusive qualities are actually
skills that can be learned through specific training
and practice. In any mode of
dancing there are two elements: the concrete movement
material, which demands certain physical abilities to
perform it; and the form and structure in which the
material is set and composed. The dialogue between these
components forms the core of any dance.
My approach to Instant Composition focuses on
skills as well as compositional
abilities and on experiencing their strong interrelationship
in the practical work.