Dance Improvisation - Seminar 1

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Code Completion Credits Range Language Instruction Semester
107TIS1 Z 2 2 hours (45 min) of instruction per week, 32 to 42 hours of self-study Czech winter

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Learning outcomes of the course unit

The aim of the course is to introduce students with contemporary methods of dance improvisation and develop thier improvisation skills. In today's choreographies improvisation is one of the basic creative tools. Improvisation skills are necessary for the choreographer and performer.

Mode of study

presentation, classes, exercises

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Extensive dance experience, at best in modern and contemporary dance technique is required.

Course contents

The program includes learning improvisation methods developed by William Forsythe and joining these with principles and procedures of contact improvisation. The course includes relaxation and awareness exercises, learning ideas about Laban's Cube, manners of joining points and direction in the cube, working with an idea of a space developed in time, dynamics and in a space. Development of the perception of one's body space and placing the body in a space and in relation to a group.

The basic principles of contact improvisation - awareness and increase of mutual feeling, working with weight in duet, push, pull, positive and negative space, exercises in leading and following, manipulations, improvisation with and without physical touching.

Solo and group improvisation.

Recommended or required reading

CD-rom Forsyth, William: Improvisation Technologies A tool for the Analytical Dance Eye

Assessment methods and criteria

Credit is awarded based on: activity in exercises and class.


This course may be repeated.

Further information

Course may be repeated

Schedule for winter semester 2022/2023:

room H1041
black studio

(Hartig Palace)
Date Day Time Tutor Location Notes No. of paralel
Fri 10:45–12:15 Bohumíra ELIÁŠOVÁ black studio
Hartig Palace

Schedule for summer semester 2022/2023:

The schedule has not yet been prepared

The subject is a part of the following study plans