Now Pieces, 2021 builds on the lineage of improvisation in contemporary dance practice in Melbourne, and opens up to forms and methods of improvisation in other creative fields and cultural practices. Improvisation as a performance technique is the disciplined exploration of embodied practice that leads to crafted, spontaneous, and artful communication made on-the-go. This monthly platform invites a range of intergenerational practitioners who–in one way or another–prioritise movement to incorporate body, sound, vocalisation, memory, image and energy, responding to each passing moment in relation to the space where they are dancing in relation to the audience. Now Pieces, 2021 curates curators as well as performers, opening up improvisation as a relevant, urgent, poetic transdisciplinary practice that reflects back patterns and possibilities for freedom, and flight.
Each month a different curator or collective is invited to host and program Now Pieces, 2021.
Amaara Raheem is a shape-shifter, an unspectacular dancer, permaculture enthusiast, occasional writer and amateur basket weaver. Dancing came about through working in theatre, and for her language has always been part of her practice of movement. Amaara’s improvisations–in dance and life–are shaped by her history of migration. She’s lived in three continents, and now resides part-time in Naarm/Melbourne and part-time in rural Victoria. She’s completing a practice-based PhD at the School of Architecture and Urban Design RMIT University.