1. Taketina, The Forgotten Power of Rhythm by Reinhard Flatischler is a book that influenced me. We explore some of the concepts from the book in performance.

    This is an improvisation performed at Washtenaw County Community College's Towsley Auditorium. The production: Dance Fantastique! Featuring 2011 Company Members and Musician and Composer Ken Kozora.
    Dancers: Tony Krisilyn Frazier, Amy Hutchison, Joy Morris, Christina Sears-Etter, Kya Walton, Fransoir Marie Wright.

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  3. This improvised duet features our Company Members Kyra Hauck and Amy Hutchison. Performance at The Stone Chalet, a charming Bed and Breakfast in Ann Arbor MI. This is a structured improvisation with original design by Detoit-based dance artist Rachael Ahn Harbert and myself, Christina Sears-Etter.

    Lighting Design: Sam Sobel
    Sound: Nick Cave and Warren Ellis
    Videography: Laura Zimmerman
    Costume and Rehearsal Direction: Christina Sears-Etter

    Special Thanks to Jillian Hopper for production assistance, as well as Leslie Sobel and Ken Kozora.

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  4. This dance is one Ken Kozora and I have been developing for quite awhile. It is Gypsy Jazz! Original Bass Composition and Performance by Ken Kozora and Tap Fusion choreography and performance by Christina Sears-Etter, yours truly.
    Other credits: Costume Ashley Clair Dulin, Production elements: Detroit Dance City Festival.

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On the Fly: Improvisation!

Christina Sears-Etter

Made-in-the moment, improvisations can occur in many of the arts, including theatre, music, dance. Jackson Pollock's "Action Painting" can be seen as improvisation. Most people have improvisatory moments in everyday life. Cooking, playing, and sports…


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Made-in-the moment, improvisations can occur in many of the arts, including theatre, music, dance. Jackson Pollock's "Action Painting" can be seen as improvisation. Most people have improvisatory moments in everyday life. Cooking, playing, and sports all contain improvisation.

I started formally improvising while studying at the Laban Center of Movement and Dance in London, England. There I discovered that I had really been improvising all my life, with childhood play. My friends and I created detailed fantasy play scenarios and acted them out. Improvising along the way, of course.

This Channel is dedicated to improvisation in performance, but I'd love to invite others to share about their own improvisatory processes. All of the videos I post here are improvisations. Some use structures, prompts or found material. But they all are improvisation! Meaning, we just don't really know, 100% how it's going to all work out.

I think these worked out pretty well! ENJOY a captured moment with our beautiful dancers and amazing musical guests.

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