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Texas Dance Improvisation Festival

Guest Artist

Lisa Nelson

LISA NELSON is a dance-maker, improvisational performer, and collaborative artist who has been exploring the role of the senses in the performance and observation of movement since the early '70s. Stemming from her work with video and dance, she developed an approach to spontaneous composition and performance she calls Tuning Scores. She performs, teaches, creates, and dances in diverse spaces on many continents, and maintains long-term collaborations with other artists, including Steve Paxton, Daniel Lepkoff, Cathy Weis, Scott Smith, and Image Lab--a Tuning Score performance ensemble. She's received various encouragements along the way, including a 1987 NY Bessie Award and a 2002 Alpert Award in the Arts. Her writings have been published in Nouvelles de danse, Contact Quarterly, Writings on Dance, ballettanz, MovementResearch.org Critical Correspondance, and sarma.be/oralsite. She has co-edited Contact Quarterly dance and improvisation journal since 1977 and lives in Vermont.

TUNING SCORES Laboratory - Composition, communication, and the sense of imagination.

This performance research practice focuses on the physical base of the imagination. It raises the questions: what do we "see" when we look at a dance? How does composition arise in the body and its environment? The scores offer inner and outer communication tools and practices that make apparent the ways each of us sense and make sense of movement. A focus on vision, touch, and hearing will expose our body's opinions and initiate a dialogue-in-action about space, time, movement, and the desire to compose our experience. The explorations provide tools and a framework for communication and collaboration that is constructed by the players in the act of doing. As a practice of real-time editing and instant replay, Tuning mimics life and is an aesthetic game and self-balancing system that uncovers its intention each time anew. Performers and creators in all disciplines are welcome.

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