Rough and Tumble

In my artistic research I explore and analyse the differences and similarities between children’s physical play events and improvisational dance. I have found the term participatory sense-making useful in understanding the underlying mechanisms of both dance improvisation and children’s physical play since both activities seem to invest in creative activities, relational dialogues and embodied meanings.

In this post I discuss two related workshops. The first workshop took place in December 2017, at the Conservatory of Amsterdam. Four boys (all thirteen-year old) were invited for a spontaneous play session. The second workshop took place in March 2018 at the Modern Theatre Dance department of the Amsterdam University of the Arts in Amsterdam.

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