Where Does ‘Your’ Space End and the Next Begin? Non-Representational Geographies of Improvised Performance
In this chapter, the practices of a General Assembly of Interested Parties (GAIP; Melbourne-based performance group) are presented through images of participating artists and a ‘gentle description’ oriented towards seven themes within non-representational theory: Sense, Movement, Relation, Self, Memory, Affect, and Experiment. The intention is not to treat these practices reductively but to highlight the ways in which an attunement to the non-representational is at the heart of the work. The chapter is infused throughout with references to philosophical thought that go only part way to elucidating what is intuitively felt and realised by performers through creative acts of improvisation.
To all the participants in a General Assembly of Interested Parties.
Special thanks to Campbell McKay for generously sharing literature on the memory of place and absence-presence.
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